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Family seeks damages after TSU player died at practice

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Wayne Jones III (Photo from TSU Athletics) Wayne Jones III (Photo from TSU Athletics)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The family of a Tennessee State University football player who died during a practice last fall is now filing a formal complaint against the school.

The parents of Wayne Jones are asking for damages incurred because of pain, suffering, medical and funeral expenses, as well as the value of the loss of life.

The complaint seeks the maximum allowed under state law - $600,000.

The family claims TSU coaches and trainers didn't tend to their son quickly enough when he collapsed in November 2012, and they say the coaches moved everyone over to continue practice and avoid him as he lay helpless.

"The timeline is there. The time practice started at 4 p.m. and the call was made to 4:35 p.m. to 911. Somewhere in that 35 minutes that expired, this young man laid on the practice field unattended to," said attorney Joe Haynes.

The claim also lists TSU football players as witnesses, and according to the family's attorney, depending on what happens with this claim, the family may still file a formal lawsuit against the university.

Because TSU is a state school, Jones' parents are asking the state for damages.

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