High school football player who died had suffered previous concussion, official reveals

SEATTLE --  Evergreen High School football player Kenney Bui who died after a head injury in a game last week had suffered a previous concussion, Highline School District Superintendent Susan Enfield disclosed Thursday night.

Bui, 17, died just before noon Monday at Harborview Medical Center after he collapsed during a football game against Highline High School last Friday night.

The King County Medical Examiner's Office said earlier Thursday that an autopsy showed Bui died from blunt-force trauma to the head.

In an interview with Q13 FOX News Thursday night, Enfield revealed that Bui had suffered a previous concussion before he collapsed at the game last Friday night.

"Apparently he had had a concussion a couple of months ago -- or several weeks ago, I don't know the exact date -- but was seen by a doctor and cleared by a doctor before he even beginning our concussion protocol," she said.

"It's a good, at least a two-week process before a student can even come back after that," she said.

So he was cleared before last Friday's game? she was asked.

"Absolutely," Enfield replied.

Bui, a TEC High School senior wide receiver and defensive back, was hurt during the 4th quarter of the game at Highline Memorial Stadium last Friday night in what was described as "a fairly routine play."

Highline Public Schools spokesperson Catherine Carbone Rogers said he was taken by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he underwent surgery. He was last listed in critical condition in intensive care on Sunday, and then died on Monday.