Lawmakers seek probe in heatstroke death of football player

NEPTUNE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s U.S. House delegation is seeking an independent investigation into the heatstroke death of a Kansas community college football player from their state.

The state’s 12 representatives wrote Tuesday to Garden City Community College President Ryan Ruda requesting the probe.

Nineteen-year-old Braeden Bradforth died in August about an hour and a half after practice. Bradforth was a defensive lineman from Neptune High School who arrived in Kansas in July.

An autopsy report from December blamed his death on exertional heatstroke.

School administrators said last year they were conducting an internal review of the circumstances of his death.

Messages seeking comment have been left with the college.

New Jersey’s representatives say the probe should at least review health and safety practices at the school.

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