Tuesday's intriguing people
University of Central Florida football player Ereck Plancher died in 2008 after a workout. His parents have sued the school.
June 14th, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Ereck Plancher

The University of Central Florida football player's death is in the spotlight this week in an Orlando courtroom, just 11 floors below where the Casey Anthony trial is under way. Plancher's family filed a wrongful death suit against the school, and jury selection for the trial began Monday, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Plancher, 19, died in March 2008 following an off-season workout that head coach George O'Leary conducted. An autopsy confirmed that Plancher died from complications of a sickle cell trait, and his parents allege the school and its football medical support staff did not properly treat their son, according to the newspaper.

The Sentinel's Mike Bianchi reports the trial's outcome could affect college football programs in the future. He also notes the case is unique because it's going to trial rather than being settled out of court.

Cory Moll

The part-time employee at a San Francisco Apple store is trying to form a union. Moll says he hopes to get better wages and benefits and is fighting against what he says are unfair practices at Apple's retail stores. He's taken to Twitter, Facebook and a union website he created last month to communicate with other employees.

"There's definitely no call to action yet. Right now what I hope to gain is to get people to start talking about it and get comfortable with it," Moll told Britain's Daily Mail.

Rich Cho

The 45-year-old former general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers, who was fired after less than a year on the job, has been hired by the Charlotte Bobcats for the same position. The first Asian-American to be a general manager in any major-league sport immigrated to the U.S. from Burma with his family at age 3 and earned an engineering degree before working for Boeing for five years.

Cho told The Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer that he always wanted to work in professional sports and quit his job at Boeing to attend law school. He began his career as an intern for the Seattle SuperSonics. Cho is tapped to head up the team that Michael Jordan co-owns.

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. BobNAlabama

    So now our collegiate athletic programs are supposed to provide diagnostic medical care? Is this litigation for financial gain? I wonder.

    June 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy

    I was wondering the same thing. If he died from complications of a sickle-cell trait, his parents *had* to be aware he suffered from it...
    And if they didn't, it would follow that the school were not aware of it, either.
    Unfortunate as it is, I feel the was no fault on anyone's part.

    I do not believe a lawsuit is warranted, or will be won.

    My sympathy to his family for the loss of their son.

    June 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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