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Makhtar Sues!

Apparently determined never to be forgotten in Chapel Hill and ACC country,
Makhtar Ndiaye is suing American Airlines for allegedly giving him dry ice
instead of regular ice to put on his back during a flight. He contends
that the dry ice caused severe injuries which derailed his career.

He is also suing 50 additional people, named as "Does," who are
also supposedly responsible.

Rather hilariously, American has subpoenaed UNC for "any and all"
records pertaining to Ndaiye's time at UNC. They want medical, academic,
disciplinary, pharmaceutical, psychiatric or anesethetic records, according to
the Chapel Hill news. They also want his class grades and professors's

SID Steve Kirschner (a good guy in our book), says it's none of UNC's
business, it happened after Mak's college career was over.

So to sum up the spectacular Makhtar track record:

  • center of an NCAA violation at Wake, forced to transfer to Michigan
  • transferred to UNC
  • reprimanded by the NCAA for accusing a Utah player of using the N word
    during the Final Four game (he retracted the statement).
  • Charged with assault against a friend, found guilty of communicating a
  • Allegedly put dry ice on his own back and is suing AA for damages.

Despite his injuries, as the Herald points out, Ndiaye has managed to
play for bot the Grizzlies and the Magic despite his apparently self-inflicted

We have a few questions about this. First, does anyone have any idea how dry
ice is handled on an airplane? Typically, when we've seen it, it's sending off
gases and is handled with kid gloves. We were taught as children to not
touch it.

Second, for the lawyers, we'd love to hear your opinion on this case.
Does it have any merit at all? Is it a joke? And why would Ndaiye also sue
50 other people? We'd love to know the legal strategies at work here if
anyone has the time