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August 14, 2001 | LANCE PUGMIRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Northwestern football player Rashidi Wheeler was laid to rest Monday, he was recalled as a senior strong safety whose legacy in death would be to bring about change for the protection of fellow football players across the country. In a step toward that end, Wheeler's parents said Monday they had hired high-profile Los Angeles attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. to lead the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Wheeler, who collapsed Aug.
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March 11, 2006 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Linda Will, the mother of late Northwestern football player Rashidi Wheeler, was awarded an estimated $10.7 million Friday, 70% of the $16-million settlement the university agreed to pay last year to end a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Wheeler's family after his 2001 practice-field death. Wheeler's brothers, George III and Hershel Jr., received 5% each in the allocation order by Cook County (Ill.
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March 11, 2006 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Linda Will, the mother of late Northwestern football player Rashidi Wheeler, was awarded an estimated $10.7 million Friday, 70% of the $16-million settlement the university agreed to pay last year to end a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Wheeler's family after his 2001 practice-field death. Wheeler's brothers, George III and Hershel Jr., received 5% each in the allocation order by Cook County (Ill.
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August 16, 2005 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Against the wishes of a mother pushing for a jury trial, a Chicago judge Monday ordered a $16-million settlement of the emotionally charged lawsuit pitting the family of late football player Rashidi Wheeler against Northwestern University. Wheeler, a 22-year-old senior strong safety who graduated from La Verne Damien High, collapsed while struggling to complete a rigorous set of wind sprints on a Northwestern practice field on Aug.
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November 30, 2001 | LANCE PUGMIRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The attorney serving as co-counselor in the Rashidi Wheeler wrongful death lawsuit against Northwestern University said Thursday he's convinced the case will proceed to trial without a settlement. Tom Demetrio, the Chicago-based attorney representing Wheeler's father, George Wheeler Jr. of Northridge, said that belief likely was a motivating factor behind the decision of Wheeler's mother, Linda Will, to change legal teams Wednesday. Rashidi Wheeler of Ontario and La Verne Damien High died Aug.
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October 31, 2001 | Lance Pugmire
George Wheeler Jr. and Linda Will, the divorced parents of Rashidi Wheeler, agreed Tuesday to become co-administrators of their son's estate while designating their attorneys co-counselors in the wrongful death suit against Northwestern University. Rashidi Wheeler, an Ontario native and graduate of La Verne Damien High, died Aug. 3 after collapsing during a series of football conditioning wind sprints on a Northwestern practice field.
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August 25, 2001
Diane Pucin put the right spin on Jesse Jackson ["Jackson Will Be a Problem, Not Part of the Solution," Aug. 17]. It shows how far he'll reach to try and make something into racism. I do believe the temperature on the field was the same for all players, not just black ones. And to equate today's millionaire athletes to cotton pickers goes beyond ridiculous. Racism is something to be fought, but trying to turn everything that happens into racism should be fought too. Diane will probably be called a racist in some circles, but she should be called a truthist.
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March 17, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The mother of Rashidi Wheeler has fired her Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.-led legal team, drawing sharp criticism from the attorney for Wheeler's father and complicating the family's wrongful-death lawsuit against Northwestern University. The suit recently was moved from Illinois to federal bankruptcy court in New Jersey. "I'm hands-on, you know that," Linda Will said Tuesday.
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August 7, 2001 | Staff and Wire Reports
Rashidi Wheeler's parents don't want another family to feel their heartache and pain. Three days after the Northwestern safety died following an asthma attack during preseason conditioning drills, Wheeler's parents said Monday they will work with the university to see if additional safety measures should be implemented. "If we can develop any procedures to prevent this from happening, we will," George Wheeler, Rashidi's father, said in Evanston, Ill.
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January 29, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. District Court judge has ordered the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of former Northwestern football player Rashidi Wheeler transferred to New Jersey, where it can be consolidated with 52 other claims against an ephedra-product-making company in bankruptcy proceedings. Wheeler, a 22-year-old La Verne Damien High graduate who was a senior safety for the Wildcats, died Aug. 3, 2001, after collapsing on a practice field during an intense set of wind sprints.
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July 31, 2005 | Bill Plaschke
Sixteen million dollars. Jiggle that number around in your deepest pocket, see how it feels. It's lottery money, lifetime money, 1,056 games worth of Monopoly money, a stack-of-one-dollar-bills-reaching-more-than-6,000-feet-high money. Now, carry that thought to the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Covina, to a patch of grass in front of the Mausoleum of Christian Heritage. The young football player whose death produced $16 million is buried here.
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July 13, 2005 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A recently appointed minors guardian in the Rashidi Wheeler wrongful-death suit against Northwestern University is suggesting a Chicago judge replace the former football player's mother as a co-administrator of his estate, a move the guardian contends would allow the case to be settled for an estimated $16 million. In a six-page report to Cook County (Ill.) Judge Kathy Flanagan, minors guardian George B.
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March 26, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Linda Will, the mother of the late Northwestern University football player Rashidi Wheeler, has reunited for a second time with Chicago-based attorneys Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. and James Montgomery, less than two weeks after she fired the high-profile legal team from her wrongful-death lawsuit against the university. A secretary in Montgomery's office said Thursday that the attorney had only a two-sentence reaction to the development: "Yes, she has returned. No further comment."
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March 17, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The mother of Rashidi Wheeler has fired her Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.-led legal team, drawing sharp criticism from the attorney for Wheeler's father and complicating the family's wrongful-death lawsuit against Northwestern University. The suit recently was moved from Illinois to federal bankruptcy court in New Jersey. "I'm hands-on, you know that," Linda Will said Tuesday.
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February 3, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A judge in Illinois Monday severed the involvement of a company that makes ephedra products in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Rashidi Wheeler's family against Northwestern University, a move that would keep the possible trial in Chicago and override a previous federal order to move the case to court proceedings in New Jersey.
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January 29, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. District Court judge has ordered the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of former Northwestern football player Rashidi Wheeler transferred to New Jersey, where it can be consolidated with 52 other claims against an ephedra-product-making company in bankruptcy proceedings. Wheeler, a 22-year-old La Verne Damien High graduate who was a senior safety for the Wildcats, died Aug. 3, 2001, after collapsing on a practice field during an intense set of wind sprints.
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August 29, 2001 | LANCE PUGMIRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Cook County, Ill., Circuit Court judge granted approval Tuesday to a request from Northwestern University attorneys to preserve pathology samples from the body of Rashidi Wheeler. Attorneys Eric F. Quandt and Julian Solotorovsky filed an emergency motion Monday to secure Wheeler's blood, fluid and tissue samples, asserting that his use of dietary supplements containing ephedrine have been associated with various adverse health effects, including cardiac arrest and stroke.
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August 20, 2001 | Lance Pugmire
The mother of Northwestern football player Rashidi Wheeler said Sunday she was enraged after viewing a video replay of the controversial practice in which her son died. "The most appalling thing other than the sight of watching Rashidi suffer was that they continued the drill and showed no regard for him--for human life," said Linda Will, Wheeler's mother from her home in Ontario. "To them, it was business as usual and I'm enraged, I trusted them with my child.
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July 19, 2003 | From Associated Press
A Northwestern University doctor acknowledged burning records of a physical he gave Rashidi Wheeler three weeks before the football player died during a 2001 training drill. Dr. Mark Gardner testified for nearly 6 1/2 hours Thursday in a lawsuit that Wheeler's parents filed against the university. Only lawyers for Wheeler's family were able to question Gardner before the deposition ended for the day. He is expected to continue questioning at a later date.
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March 23, 2003 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The medical record of Rashidi Wheeler's final physical examination at Northwestern University is missing, a development labeled "highly suspect" by the late football player's family and attorney. Wheeler, a 22-year-old strong safety from La Verne Damien High, died after an Aug. 3 conditioning drill at Northwestern. The Cook County (Ill.
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