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Saturday, Apr 22, 2017

Family of injured Wharton High football player working with attorney

The injury Wharton High junior football player Sean McNamee sustained Wednesday on Wharton's campus could become a legal matter with the school district.

The McNamee family has sought the help of Tampa law firm Yerrid Law regarding the serious injury to their son. McNamee was injured Wednesday at Wharton before practice when his head landed on a paint machine. He was not wearing a helmet. Hillsborough County Schools spokesman Stephen Hegarty said McNamee was escorted off the field to see a trainer on site, and the trainer then called McNamee's family.

Wharton High principal Brad Woods and Hegarty confirmed Saturday that McNamee is in the hospital, but they would not give any more details. Tribune correspondent Jeff Berlinicke reported Friday that McNamee was in a medically induced coma.

“We met with the team on Thursday and we let them know what was going on,” Woods said Saturday.

When contacted by the Tribune Sunday, Todd McNamee, Sean's father, responded via text “Thank you for your interest in our son Sean. Because we feel it is vital to learn the truth regarding our son, we have asked Steve Yerrid and his firm to help our family and ask that all further inquiries be directed to him.”

Yerrid Law is a specialty firm concentrating in state and federal civil trial practice and represents individuals and their families in areas ranging from personal injury, wrongful death, medical negligence, product liability, premises liability and maritime to complex commercial litigation matters.

The law firm office is closed Sunday but messages were left seeking comment.

After Friday's win against Steinbrenner, Wharton coach David Mitchell did not give an update on McNamee's condition, but said he and his family are in the team's prayers.

“Our guys gave everything for him tonight,” Mitchell said. “Our thoughts and our prayers were with him all through the game.”

McNamee, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound linebacker, had 34 tackles, a fumble recovery and team-high three sacks heading into Friday's game.

Wharton hosts Alonso on Friday in a district game.