Slippery Rock, NCAA sued over sickle cell death

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The parents of a Slippery Rock University basketball player who died after an intense practice are suing the school and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, because their son wasn’t screened for the sickle cell trait that contributed to his death and because school officials allegedly didn’t do enough to help him after he collapsed.

The NCAA and Slippery Rock officials did not immediately return calls and emails seeking comment on the lawsuit filed by Jack and Cheryl Hill, of Roselle, N.J.

Their 21-year-old son, Jack Jr., died shortly after midnight Sept. 10, 2011.

The lawsuit contends the NCAA began screening Division I players for sickle cell in 2010, but didn’t require that of Division II player until 2012. Slippery Rock is a Division II school.

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