by Irvin Muchnick
The words in the headline above, quoted in our story yesterday on the fallout from the autopsy report confirming that football player Braeden Bradforth’s August colapse was from exertional heat stroke — not, as his Garden City Community College coach, Jeff Sims, had claimed, from a blood clot — invites a new round of reflection and action on a 100 percent avoidable variety of this blood sport’s many pathways to death or disability.
Garden City CC has undertaken an internal review of the coroner’s finding with all deliberate speed.
Missouri Southern State University, where Sims just jumped to his 12th job in the college football industry, is metaphorically pressing its thumbs to its ears, trilling tra-la-la, and pretending not to hear the questions swirling around its new hire.
Sims himself seems to be reneging on an offer to me to be interviewed about the circumstances of losing a player on his watch, and about his irresponsible spin on it.
Referencing the “in water” language from hospital records I acquired and reviewed, I wrote yesterday, “Immersing a victim in water is a standard first aid measure for heat stroke.”
It is unlikely, however, that Braeden Bradworth was found completely immersed in water. What seems likelier is that the Garden City CC athletic trainer, upon finding the young man in a grave state, poured water over him. This would be consistent with something Sims said early on while propounding the blood clot theory: that the trainer “first thought it could have been a heat issue or cramps.”
First thought, indeed.
Today is the deadline for the filing of the University of California’s supplemental brief in our state Public Records Act motion for release of 141 pages of secret Berkeley campus police reports surrounding the 2014 football conditioning death there of Ted Agu. Last month Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Brand tentatively ruled in our favor and invited the university to present evidence supporting a claim that the police files should be protected on the basis of “reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.”
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