High school attended by California University football player clarifies statement on cause of death

The high school attend by Jamain Stephens has changed the wording of a Facebook post that attributed the death of the California University of Pennsylvania football player to COVID-19.

A statement Wednesday by Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh clarified the school did not know the cause of death of its former student.

“When we heard the news of Jamain Stephens’ death, we as a community were devastated," Brother Tony Baginski, FSC, Principal of Central Catholic, said in the statement. "He was well loved by everyone in our community, and in an effort to get the news out about his death in a timely manner, we mistakenly attributed his death without official confirmation on cause of death. We had obtained the information about his passing from close friends of Jamain, who reached out to us with the news. We apologize for this error, and this information has since been removed from our Facebook announcement dated 9/8/2020. At this time, we do not have official confirmation on his cause of death.” 

Stephens, a 20-year-old senior defensive lineman at California University, was the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Jamain Stephens.

Stephens played in 32 games for Division II California University in his first three seasons. The school was not playing football this fall with COVID-19 health concerns forcing sports to be halted by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

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