Today would have been the 20th birthday of Braeden Bradforth, who is now a national symbol of the excesses of the conditioning practices in college football, which have claimed at least 36 lives this century.
The New Jerseyan died after the first day of football practice at Garden City Community College in Kansas on August 1, 2018.
In a public relations version of the play-action fake, the head coach, Jeff Sims (who now holds down the same job at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin), told the media that Bradforth had suffered an apparent heart attack from a blood clot. The autopsy report four months later would uncover the truth: It was exertional heat stroke. The college destroyed the security video that might have captured Bradforth’s fatal collapse near a campus building, and the coaching and training staff’s allegedly slow and inadequate response.
In the wake of the release by Garden City of a skewed summary of a captive internal administrative review of the incident — and the college’s refusal to heed the call by Congressman Chris Smith and New Jersey’s other 11 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to commission an independent investigation — Bradforth’s mother, Joanne Atkins-Ingram, has moved toward filing a seemingly inevitable civil lawsuit against the institution in Kansas court. Atkins-Ingram chose Chris Dove, of the Kansas City area firm DRZ Law, to co-counsel with her New Jersey-based attorney Jill Greene.
Complete chronological headline links to Concussion Inc.’s coverage of the Braeden Bradforth case are at https://concussioninc.net/?p=13441.