Attorney in FAMU hazing death calls settlement offer 'insulting'

Published On: Nov 08 2012 01:47:31 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 09 2012 08:17:19 AM EST

Florida A&M University is offering to pay $300,000 to the family of a drum major who died last year after he was beaten during a hazing ritual.

SARASOTA, Fla. -

An attorney for the family of a Florida A&M University drum major who died following a hazing incident called a lawsuit settlement offer from the school "insulting."

Attorney Chris Chestnut says FAMU's offer to pay Robert Champion's family $300,000 shows they aren't serious about resolving the case.

The university made the offer this week following an unsuccessful mediation session between university attorneys and attorneys representing Champion's family.

The amount represents the maximum amount FAMU can pay without seeking the Florida Legislature's approval.

Larry Robinson, FAMU's interim president, would not comment directly on the offer. Robinson would only say the university legal team is trying to resolve the litigation.

Champion died after he was beaten by fellow members of The Marching 100 during a hazing ritual in Orlando. An attorney for Champion's family and a spokesman didn't immediately return calls for comment.

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