Attorney: there was ‘culture of hazing’ at FAMU



LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — An attorney for the family of a Florida A&M University band member who died from suspected hazing says the university had a history and ‘culture of hazing.’

Attorney Christopher Chestnut made his remarks at a news conference in Georgia on Monday. Chestnut is representing the family of 26-year-old Robert Champion, who was found Nov. 19 on a bus parked outside an Orlando, Fla., hotel after the school’s football team lost to rival Bethune-Cookman.

Police say Champion, a clarinet player who recently was named drum major, had been vomiting and complained he couldn’t breathe shortly before he collapsed. Police suspect hazing but have not released any more details about what may have led to Champion’s death.

Champion’s parents say their son never told them about any troubles with the band.