Lawsuit planned in exhumation of football hero Gipp's remains

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Relatives of George Gipp are suing another family member, ESPN and a sports writer over the exhumation of the football legend's body to determine whether he fathered a child out of wedlock.

The lawsuit also targets the medical examiner who authorized the early-October removal of Gipp's remains from a grave near his Upper Peninsula hometown for DNA testing.

An ESPN crew filmed the exhumation for a planned newsmagazine program.

Test results made public last week showed the Notre Dame star was NOT the father of his former girlfriend's daughter. The baby was born five days after Gipp's death in 1920.

The lawsuit contends the remains of Gipp's sister were disturbed because workers initially dug in the wrong spot.

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