by Irvin Muchnick
On November 17 this blog published a pungent follow-up to my recent Salon article about non-traumatic football conditioning deaths, with special focus on exertional sickling and what that largely unknown medical phenomenon illustrates about the difficult and exploitative relationship between African-Americans and an amateur football feeder system desperately in need of being cut down to size.
The post about the elimination of football by Fort Scott Community College in Kansas is at https://concussioninc.net/?p=14892. The long Salon piece, “Football’s unknown epidemic: When Black players die suddenly, the cover-up begins,” is at https://www.salon.com/2021/11/13/footballs-unknown-epidemic-when-black-players-suddenly-the-cover-up-begins/.
Last week brought another P.S. This time it was yet another supposed random heart attack that, on full examination months later, is found actually to be exertional sickling.
The victim in this case was 18-year-old Quandarius Wilburn, a defensive end at Virginia Union University in Richmond who collapsed and died during conditioning drills in August. Read the full story at https://richmond.com/sports/college/virginia-union/acute-sickle-cell-crisis-killed-vuu-freshman-football-player-according-to-chief-medical-examiner/article_16653cd1-8380-5dd7-b5b2-e4787adcab56.html.