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These statements are part of transcribed interviews from witnesses, coaches and players collected by Louisville Metro Police in their criminal investigation of the practice where 15-year-old Max Gilpin collapsed of heat stroke.
These statements are part of transcribed interviews from witnesses, coaches and players collected by Louisville Metro Police in their criminal investigation of the practice where 15-year-old Max Gilpin collapsed of heat stroke.

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September 09, 2008

The time is approximately 1314 hours. Speaking is Detective Timothy Hightower of the Louisville Metro Police Homicide Squad. Today\u2019s date is Tuesday, September 09, 2008. I am currently in the parking lot of PRP High School. This will be a taped statement in regards to Case #08-197. Also present with me in my vehicle is David Thompson. David, if you would state your full name for the tape?

Thompson
David Thompson.
Hightower
Okay and David is a black male, and how old
are you Thompson?
Thompson
18.
Hightower

Okay and your date of birth?
Thompson
Hightower

And your home address?
Thompson
x
Hightower
Is that in Louisville, Kentucky?
Thompson
Yes sir.
Hightower
And what is your zip code?

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Thompson
40212.
Hightower

Your home phone number?
Thompson
Hightower

And David, what are you at the school? Are
you a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior?
Thompson
I\u2019m a senior.
Hightower
Okay David, this statement is being recorded.
Does this meet with your approval?
Thompson
Yes sir.
Hightower

Okay I\u2019m taking this statement in reference to the events that occurred on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 that occurred during the PRP football practice. Please describe to me the events of that Wednesday, August 20, 2008 from the beginning of football practice to the end of football practice, David?

Thompson

Okay, we um\u2026 went out to the field, we waited till everybody got situated and their equipment on and then we uh, we warmed up and we did drills and then uh, the.. our teams and everything and then uh, I think the defensive line, they was walking because we don\u2019t usually walk, we uh we just like jog to we\u2019re going.

Hightower
Uh-huh.
Thompson

And he was walking and he said that we had to get on the line so that meant we had to run. And then we was running because we thought

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We usually do like uh\u2026 6 to 8 gasers.
Hightower
What are gasers?
Thompson
It\u2019s uh\u2026 up the field, it\u2019s up\u2014back up\u2014that\u2019s
one gaser.
Hightower
So how many times is that?
Thompson
Um, we did 8, so that would be like 16, I think.
Hightower
No, I mean, gaser now what makes one gaser?
Thompson
Um\u2026 um\u2026
Hightower
How many times do you have to run the field
to make one?
Thompson
Two like up, back, up, back. So it\u2019s like 2.
Hightower
So up is one.
Thompson
No, up, back is\u2026
Hightower
Is one?
Thompson
No, up\u2026 back, up, back is one.
Hightower

Okay, so that\u2019s\u2026 what you\u2019re showing me in your hands. I know we\u2019re on tape\u2014that\u2019s 4 times then.

Thompson
Yes.
Hightower
Basically 4 times. Do you run the length of the
field or the width of the field?
Thompson
The\u2026

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