Garden City CC authorizes outside probe of football player's death

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KWCH) The Garden City Community College Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to authorize an external investigation into the death of Braeden Bradforth who died during an August 2018 football practice.

The Garden City Telegram reported a teammate found Bradforth, a New Jersey native, in his dorm on the night of Aug. 1 in medical distress. He was transported to St. Catherine Hospital where he died about two hours after he was found.

Head Football Coach Jeffrey Sims said doctors believed a blood clotting issue led Bradforth to have a heart attack, but autopsy results showed it was heat stroke.

In March, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) sent a two-page letter to leaders at GCCC pushing for an independent investigation into Bradforth's death. He also addressed the case in letters to U.S. senators from Kansas, Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran.

The Asbury Park Press reports Bradforth's mother has hired an attorney from Leawood, Kansas and now intends to file suit against the college.

"I don’t feel like we had a choice," Joanne Atkins-Ingram told the newspaper. "I would have much rather just sat down and had a conversation with them prior to all of this. Who really wants to be in litigation? It’s a lot of things that are involved. We may be calling the kids to testify, there’s a lot involved."