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The state Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday the former University of Tulsa linebacker who died in an unsanctioned church boxing match in September died from sudden exertion due to complications of sickle cell trait.

George Clinkscale III, a father of two young children, died at a hospital in the early hours of Sept. 22 following Guts Church's Fight Night VI. Clinkscale fought in the unsanctioned fight's final match and reportedly suffered from cramping and severe pain after the fight, witnesses said. 

As lawmakers work on ways to change state laws to provide stricter penalties and oversight on unsanctioned boxing matches in the state, Clinkscale's family is pursuing a civil lawsuit filed in Tulsa District Court against Guts Church and its owners, Bill and Sandy Scheer, according to court documents. 

The Clinkscale family lawyer, Trevor Henson of Bodenhamer and Levinson law firm, said the medical examiner's finding of cause of death doesn't damage the suit alleging the owners of Guts Church were negligent in holding a boxing match without proper medical personnel at ringside. 

"That's kind of what we figured all along," Henson said. "George had had these sickle cell attacks many times while playing for TU. Trainers know how to treat it, but you have to treat it immediately." 

The full autopsy report will not be completed for several weeks, according to a spokeswoman with the ME's office. 

Sickle cell trait differs from sickle cell disease in many ways, including severity of the symptoms and risks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. 

Henson said if Guts Church officials had followed Oklahoma boxing laws, they would have had a pre-fight physical and a doctor at ringside. 

Guts Church officials and the church's attorney, Derrick Teague of Jennings Cook and Teague law firm in Oklahoma City, did not return calls requesting comment. 

Guts Church's ministry began in 1992 and has had a focus on reaching youth, according to the organization's website. 

Henson said Clinkscale signed some form of medical waiver, but he has not seen the actual document yet. 

The judge has not set a hearing date yet on the civil lawsuit, according to court documents. 

Even if Clinkscale signed a waiver indicating he had a clean bill of health, Henson said he doesn't believe that signs his rights away. 

"You can't agree to negligence ... Guts Church knew this thing should have been sanctioned," Henson said. "I don't think that Guts Church went to any extent to explain to the participants any part of what the waiver consisted of." 

A doctor at ringside would have been able to talk with Clinkscale before he went unconscious several minutes after the fight and was taken to the hospital, Henson said. 

"Had they fulfilled their duty as required by the state, George Clinkscale would have survived," Henson said. 

Henson also said the fight's referee, Samuel Adams, would have known that the fight should have been sanctioned and followed Oklahoma boxing laws. 

Adams has said the fight did not involve licensed amateur or professional boxers and it was a fundraiser, so it did not need to be sanctioned. 

As previously reported in the Tulsa World, several members of Oklahoma's boxing community do not believe Adams or the Oklahoma Athletic Commission are absolved of responsibility because current laws only address licensed amateur and professional boxers. 

Adams, who officiated during the fights and provided the ring for the event, said he was simply asked by Guts Church to be a referee and had nothing to do with whether they followed state laws. 

Adams owns and operates Extreme Thai Boxing Academy, 9746 E. 55th Place, and has promoted and refereed several sanctioned amateur events. 

"We have no call on how they ran that show. They had EMSA on site, police on site, nurse," Adams said. "We attend church there. I was there to be helpful." 

Adams said all the fighters signed a waiver and knew what they were getting into before they stepped in the ring. 

"My understanding is that everyone that got in there and put on gloves had training," he said. "Everybody seemed to have experience."
1/4/12 9:28 PM
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"Adams has said the fight did not involve licensed amateur or professional boxers and it was a fundraiser, so it did not need to be sanctioned."

Nice logic there Sam
1/4/12 10:47 PM
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No doubt, what a way to reason Phone Post
1/5/12 1:55 AM
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So why do we need stricter laws? Abide by the law as it is now and the comission does their job, then it won't happen again either. There are already laws in place, they just have to be enforced.
4/5/12 5:50 PM
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ESPN Outside The Lines will be delving into the death this Sunday. Phone Post
4/5/12 6:16 PM
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Will have to find a way to watch that online. I am very interested how they depict the events.
4/9/12 7:41 AM
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its sad that in America that dojos act like they are in a despotic countric, living with despotic ideals instead of democratic ideals.
4/9/12 8:25 AM
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Edited: 04/09/12 8:25 AM
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It is clear from this example that Sam Adams was making a selfish, Despotic decision based on his own opinion and judgement, that resulted in death. Had he made a Democratic, American decision, where the rules in our society are there to protect us, not hinder us- thus the regulations are followed, then there would be no death.
4/10/12 12:45 AM
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http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7784413
4/10/12 10:58 AM
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LMAO..Gilbert Grape.. Enough said..!!!! Phone Post
5/16/12 11:38 PM
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your link doesn't work mr Cook I can't even copy and paste it in my url
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That's just despotic. Phone Post
5/28/12 6:17 PM
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espn.go.com/video/clip 

Link still works. Very good piece by ESPN.

I know they OSAC takes fighter safety very seriously. We recently had a fighter, after the prefight physical noted he has sickle cell trait, was counciled by the ringside physichian about the Clinkscale tragedy and the dangers of competing with this condition. The fighter ultimately decided to err on the side of caution and withdrew from his match.
5/29/12 10:38 AM
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"everybody SEEMED to have experience"

WTF is wrong w this dude??? Phone Post

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