Donnovan Hill, a former Pop Warner football player who filed a lawsuit with his mother Crystal Dixon, claiming the league insisted Hill use improper and dangerous tackling techniques which left the then 13-year-old paralyzed from the neck down, has died.
Hill was injured on Nov. 6, 2011, during a championship game in Laguna Hills, Calif. The lawsuit claimed that Hill tackled the other team’s ball carrier with his head down during the third quarter while on defense – an incorrect and dangerous method not only banned by Pop Warner but also prohibited at all levels of football. A settlement was reached between the parties on Jan. 13, 2016. Terms were not released.
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