Kansas Bureau of Investigation: ‘We Do Not Have an Investigation Related to the Death of Braeden Bradforth’

Published January 29th, 2019, Uncategorized


“Kansas Police Chief Told Father of Dead Garden City Community College Football Player Braeden Bradforth That He Would Make Calls Inquiring into Evidence in the Incident — But Did He?”, January 28, https://concussioninc.net/?p=13583

“Garden City Community College Officials Won’t Commit to Public Release of Ongoing ‘Internal Review’ of Braeden Bradforth Football Conditioning Death — His Mother Heads to Kansas to Press For Answers,” January 29, https://concussioninc.net/?p=13585


by Irvin Muchnick


The director of communications for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Melissa Underwood, today told Concussion Inc.: “We do not have an investigation related to the death of Mr. [Braeden] Bradforth,” the 19-year-old Garden City Community College football player who collapsed and died of exertional heat stroke following a practice session last August under the supervision of head coach Jeff Sims.

Underwood ignored the questions of whether the Garden City police contacted KBI regarding this matter, and if so, when. I’ll let readers know if the bureau responds to our follow-up.

The information in our report yesterday was that Sean Bradforth, the father of Braeden, said he spoke on January 4 with Michael Utz, the Garden City police chief, and Utz said he would follow up for further information with both Jill Greene, lawyer for Braeden’s mother Jill Atkins-Ingram, and the KBI.

Greene said Utz never called her, and the chief responded to our query obliquely: “I asked [Sean Bradforth] for her name and phone number.”

The logical upshot of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s unhelpful response is that Utz didn’t contact them, either. Maybe the chief wrote down KBI’s phone number for future reference.