by Irvin Muchnick
If football coach Jeff Sims “had any self-awareness, he would quit coaching today,” the Kansas City Star said last week in an editorial.
The newspaper was commenting on the report by counsel for the insurance company of Garden City Community College in Kansas, where Braeden Bradforth last year died like a dog, unseen and unattended to for most of an hour, at the side of a campus building, following a reckless and inhumane cardio drill on the first day of practice, during which Sims cussed out Bradforth while he struggled.
Sims hasn’t quit coaching. And his current employer, Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, hasn’t fired him. Last year, immediately following Garden City’s loss in the junior college national championship game — and days following the coroner’s confirmation that Bradforth died of 100 percent preventable exertional heat stroke, not the blood clot “act of God” theory that Sims had falsely promoted — Sims left for MSSU. The school gave no indication that its hiring process had included the slightest due diligence on the question of whether the new coach carried baggage as the perpetrator of what this space calls criminal reckless endangerment and manslaughter.
With the issuance of the Garden City report, the Joplin Globe asked Sims for comment. The coach said he had none.
The Globe left it at that. There is no publication of an attempt to solicit comment from Missouri Southern State University. Globe sportswriter Jared Porter and sports editor Jim Henry did not respond to Concussion Inc.’s queries. The university long ago stopped responding to them.
Complete chronological headline links to Concussion Inc.’s coverage of the Braeden Bradforth story are at https://concussioninc.net/?p=13441.