Former PRP football coach Jason Stinson showed up for his deposition in the civil case against him this morning, and promptly refused to say anything. His attorney cited his ongoing criminal case, in which Stinson is charged with reckless homicide, as reason for his silence in the civil matter, brought by the late Max Gilpin’s parents.
On the stand, Stinson exercised his rights and refused to answer questions, including the one the prosecution most wanted to ask — Did he deny players water and make players run until someone quit?
We may never know, but it’s going to take a criminal trial before Stinson speaks and the facts come out.
Meanwhile, Stinson is going to work every day for JCPS in a non-teaching role. And this week Rep. Joni Jenkins introduced a bill in Frankfort calling for defibrillators to be present at high school practices along with a pool of ice in hot weather.
Publicity about Stinson’s case SHOULD be enough, however, to keep such an incident like this from happening again. Running sprints until players drop just isn’t OK. No one disputes that Stinson (as evidenced by the rallies of support in PRP) is a decent human being or that he was not intentionally causing Gilpin’s death. But we’re also pretty sure that his coaching techniques helped cause this young man’s death.
The other piece of news in the case is that a judge wants to see the results of the Jefferson County Schools’ investigation, and demanded that JCPS attorney explain why they won’t turn the good over next week.