Boozer's mother seeking damages


COLLEGE PARK - The attorney representing the mother of Duke men's basketball player Carlos Boozer is requesting compensation from the University of Maryland for injuries suffered by Renee Boozer during an incident after Duke's recent, 98-96, overtime victory over Maryland at Cole Field House.

James Curtain, a Juneau, Alaska-based attorney, has yet to file a formal lawsuit in the matter. According to school sources, Curtain sent a letter to Susan Bayly, the University of Maryland's general counsel, in which Curtain said Maryland should compensate Mrs. Boozer for her medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, and general pain and suffering. No dollar amounts were specified.

Mrs. Boozer was struck in the head by a thrown plastic water bottle behind the Duke bench, after the Blue Devils completed an improbable comeback victory on Jan. 27. The mothers of Duke players Jason Williams and Chris Duhon also reportedly were hit by flying debris, which came from the Maryland student section.

The Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun reported that Mrs. Boozer suffered a mild concussion and has been unable to return to work.

"We are talking with representatives of the Boozer family about the incident, and we hope to come to a satisfactory mutual understanding in the near future," said Rob Mullens, Maryland's senior associate athletic director in a written statement.

"Through her attorney, Mrs. Boozer is seeking compensation from the institution related to her injury, although a formal lawsuit has not been filed."

In reaction to the incident, Maryland banned its pre-game tradition of allowing its student fans to throw balled-up newspapers at the visiting team bench after its players are introduced.

The ban took effect with last Sunday's game against Clemson.

Neither Bayly nor Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow could be reached for comment yesterday.

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