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Football player with one kidney sues Southern Miss for not letting him play

A college football player born with only one kidney is suing the University of Southern Mississippi, claiming school officials removed him from the football team after learning about his condition.

The suit argues Southern Miss is in violation of federal anti-discrimination laws by refusing to play Deven Hammond, a 20-year-old LSU student who says he’s never had any medical issues related to having one kidney while playing football in high school and college. The student health center at USM also cleared him to play.

Hammond offered to sign a liability waiver hoping officials would reinstate him, but they declined.

“Protecting the USM’s Athletic Program — not Deven’s health — was the guiding star of (their) decisions,” the suit claims.

Read more at NatchezDemocrat.com.

Director of Content Development Magnolia State Live
Alex McDaniel is the director of content and audience development for Magnolia State Live. She’s also the editorial director at Oxford Newsmedia, where she oversees The Oxford Eagle, Oxford Magazine and special publications.
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Director of Content Development Magnolia State Live
Alex McDaniel is the director of content and audience development for Magnolia State Live. She’s also the editorial director at Oxford Newsmedia, where she oversees The Oxford Eagle, Oxford Magazine and special publications.

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  • Issac Kroetz

    July 8, 2018

    Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he just bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch! “He who walks in another’s tracks leaves no footprints.” by Joan Brannon.

  • Kamala Macwilliams

    July 18, 2018

    Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way to much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

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