September 9, 2008

Time now is 2013 hours; today’s date is September 9th, 2008. My name is Detective Terry Jones, my Code Number is 6354, I’m with the Louisville Metro Police Department. This interview uh, pertains to File #07, I’m sorry 08-197 uh, and this interview is uh, Mr. Sam Ellis.

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Uh, Sam can you identify yourself? How do you want me to do that? Just say your name. Oh, Sam Ellis. And, last name spelling is, is what, how you sp…, spell your last name? E-L-L-I-S. Okay. And, your date of birth? And, your address? 5415 Decker Road. Okay. Phone number?

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Jones Ellis Jones Ellis (Father) Jones

Okay. This statement is being tape recorded; does it meet with your approval? Yes, sir. Mr. Ellis uhm, does this meet with your approval also? Yes, sir. Okay. And, just to acknowledge for the purpose of this tape Mr. uh, Sam’s dad is also present in my vehicle. We are currently at 5601 Greenwood Road; we are in, at the rear of PRP High School. Uh, again uh, I’m taking this statement in reference to the events that occurred August 20th, 2008. That occurred during the PRP Football practice. Please describe the events of t…, of August 20th, 2008, from the beginning to the end of practice? Okay. Uh, we started our team stretch and then we went to our individual position drills. And, I had a sore knee or I’d sustained a knee injury the day before. And, Coach Stinson sent me inside to get in the whirlpool. And, that was the last I saw of practice. Okay. How long were you actually on the field? Uh, 45 minutes. From what time till what time? Uh, we started about right at 3 to, between 3 and 4 uh, 3 is when we started. And, I probably was inside by 4:00.

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Jones

Okay. Uh, some of these questions you may or may not be uh, familiar with. And, I will walk through ‘em. Uh, how are water breaks given individually or as a team? As a team. Uh, and you stated you were in, in the locker room around 4:00, correct? Well, I l…, yeah, yes sir. Okay. Did you in fact receive any water breaks on August 20th, 2008? I believe I was present for one. And, this is prior to going to the locker, the locker room, correct? Yes, sir. Can I say anything right now? Yes, sir. Uh, they watched films that day, which p…, which I’m not trying. Yeah, you’re, you’re welcome yeah; you’re welcome to say anything you want. He ‘cause he, ‘cause he, ‘cause he said 3 to 4 and they was at films. And, I could be wrong. Okay. But, they had films that day and started

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practice (inaudible)…, films. Jones Ellis Jones Ellis Jones Ellis Jones Ellis Jones Okay. Okay. Okay. Uh. That’s uh, yeah we just had films. Okay. So, you, you did other type of uh, uh, things as it relates to practice? Right. Film, things uh, of such and and. Yes, sir. And, you were actually on the field until 4:00, and you didn’t. You wasn’t present during any remaining training after that, correct? No. sir. Okay. Uh, so you wasn’t present during the last water break? No, sir. You don’t know why the team was running sprints? I’ve heard but I’m not completely sure. You, you wasn’t present, correct? No, sir.

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And, you don’t know how many sprints that your group ran? No, sir. Because you were not there, and uh, I think you can answer this one. What group were are, are you assigned to, offense or defensive team? Offense, tight end, wide receivers. Off…, offensive team? Yes, sir. Okay. And, as it relates to, how many sprints uh, ran before taking off gear? And, you’re not, you was not. (Inaudible)… You wasn’t present. And, uh, you’re not for sure how long the team was running sprints, correct? Yes, sir. ‘Cause, you were still inside the gym, you was inside the locker room? Okay. And, you, you wasn’t present, if any teams. Or, if any of your teammates have asked for water. No, sir. You, you wasn’t present for that? And, you wasn’t present during any illness that may have came from any of your teammates, correct? We came back out uh, after we had gotten

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treatment or whatever. And, then they were coming off the field. And, I saw the uh, the one that uh, passed out. They were taking him over to the water that was the first thing I saw. Jones Ellis Jones Ellis Jones Ellis Jones Ellis Jones Ellis Jones Was that Mr. Gilpin, Max Gilpin? Yes, sir. So, you only observed Max Gilpin he. Taken to the water, I never saw him go down or anything like that. Okay. And, you don’t know what caused this, and you’re not for sure. No, sir. You’re not even sure on his condition, correct? Uh. ‘Cause, you didn’t personally walk up to him? No, sir. You didn’t talk to him or anything like that? It’s just what you saw, him being carted over to the water? Yes, sir. Okay. Uhm, okay. During practice this year have you personally seen or heard of any teammates being injured or quitting the team? Uhm, people have quit the team, yes.

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Okay. And, you don’t, not sure of their, their names or anything like that? Okay. How many would you say? Uhm, that’s the thing I’m not sure of. Because, we started summer practice with about a 100. Um-hum. It dropped down a little bit, but then it came back. So, I’m not really sure. Okay. So, it’s safe to say you, you have known, personally known of players quitting. But, you’re unsure of who? Yes, sir. Okay. Has anyone influences you in anyway to withhold information. Or change any of the facts that actually occurred during the practice? No, sir. Is this statement truthful? Yes, sir. Do you have anything else to add? No, sir. Okay. Uhm, Mr. Ellis I think we’ll con…, we’ll conclude this interview with you. The time now is 2019 hours.

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END OF STATEMENT

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