Vikings Push To Move Stringer Lawsuit To Different County

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings argued Tuesday that a lawsuit over lineman Korey Stringer's death should be heard in Blue Earth County because that's where he died.

Stringer, a native of Warren and former Ohio State star, died of heatstroke Aug. 1 after collapsing on the second day of the team's training camp in Mankato.

His widow, Kelci Stringer, and family are suing the team in Hennepin County District Court, where they want the case heard.

The family's lawyers argued in front of District Judge Gary Larson that many of the preludes to Stringer's death happened at Vikings headquarters in Eden Prairie, including a pre-camp physical, the signing of Stringer's contract and decisions about staffing of an emergency trailer at training camp.

"Where an airplane goes down ... is not necessarily where the breach of duty arose," said Paul DeMarco, who is representing Stringer's widow, son and parents.

The team's attorneys argued that claims of decisions made in Eden Prairie are incidental facts. They said the allegations in the suit all are set in Mankato.

Larson said he will rule in three to four weeks.

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