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Old 03-17-21, 04:53 PM
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Ex-NBA player Shawn Bradley paralyzed

Ex-NBA player Shawn Bradley paralyzed in cycling accident

https://apnews.com/article/nba-cycling-utah-philadelphia-brooklyn-nets-0244737f97276f626f025f6b51a2585e

Terrible news. What a shame.
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Former NBA player Shawn Bradley disclosed Wednesday that he was paralyzed two months ago when he was struck from behind by a vehicle while riding a bike near his Utah home.

The statement issued through the Dallas Mavericks on behalf of the 48-year-old Bradley was the first public acknowledgement of the incident involving the second overall pick in the 1993 draft by Philadelphia.

The 7-foot-6 Bradley was riding his bike about a block from his home in St. George, Utah, on Jan. 20, when he was struck, causing a traumatic spinal cord injury, the statement said. Bradley has been hospitalized since the accident, undergoing neck fusion surgery and rehabilitation.
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man that sucks...
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Terrible. Hoping for the best,
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Old 03-17-21, 06:39 PM
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Sad. A decade ago his custom Trek road bike was stolen. It was recovered pretty quickly. Not like many people could ride it.



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Old 03-17-21, 07:48 PM
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Wowzers...7’6”?! He makes those 700c look like 20ers!! So unfortunate; best wishes to him for a satisfactory recovery.
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I'm sad about this. Does this make it scarier to be a biker?
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Originally Posted by mc9000 View Post

Ex-NBA player Shawn Bradley paralyzed in cycling accident

He didn't hit a tree, or a pothole, and his handlebar or fork didn't break; those are accidents. He was hit from behind by a motorist.

In other news, eight Atlanta-area massage workers die in terrible accident.
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Very sad news. I read all the articles about this I could find and none described the 'accident.' I wonder how fast the car that hit him was going. He was only a block from his home. I stopped riding in traffic over a decade ago - it's just too dangerous on a bike.
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Originally Posted by Biketiger View Post
Very sad news. I read all the articles about this I could find and none described the 'accident.' I wonder how fast the car that hit him was going. He was only a block from his home. I stopped riding in traffic over a decade ago - it's just too dangerous on a bike.
It doesn’t take a speeding car to damage the spine; even a slow moving one can do the trick if it hits you right.
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I'm sure the driver "didn't see him"
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I'm sure the driver "didn't see him"
That should automatically result in a suspended license at a minimum.
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We gotta stop calling cyclist being hit from behind 'accidents'. Crash, collision, vehicular maiming, caused by driver negligence. Though it doesn't have the same ring as 'accident', which just kinda rolls off the tongue. Most collisions are not accidental, but are a direct result of driver error and negligence. Having a tree that was struck by lightning fall in front of you causing you to swerve into oncoming traffic and colliding with another car is an accident, and probably completely unavoidable and unpredictable.

Wishing Mr Bradley all the best in his rehab and recovery. The bike pictured above looks like a toy bike in his hands.
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We gotta stop calling cyclist being hit from behind 'accidents'. Crash, collision, vehicular maiming, caused by driver negligence. Though it doesn't have the same ring as 'accident', which just kinda rolls off the tongue. Most collisions are not accidental, but are a direct result of driver error and negligence. Having a tree that was struck by lightning fall in front of you causing you to swerve into oncoming traffic and colliding with another car is an accident, and probably completely unavoidable and unpredictable.
Use of "car accident" instead of "car crash" isn't accidental. From this page:

In response to the emerging public backlash against cars (which were, at the time, largely owned and driven by the wealthy), automakers and other industry groups pushed for a new set of laws that kept pedestrians off the streets, except at crosswalks.

To get people to follow these laws, they tried to shape news coverage of crashes. The National Automobile Chamber of Commerce, an industry group, established a free wire service for newspapers: Reporters could send in the basic details of a traffic collision, and would get in return a complete article to print the next day. These articles, printed widely, shifted the blame for crashes to pedestrians — and almost always used the word "accident."
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Use of "car accident" instead of "car crash" isn't accidental. From this page:

In response to the emerging public backlash against cars (which were, at the time, largely owned and driven by the wealthy), automakers and other industry groups pushed for a new set of laws that kept pedestrians off the streets, except at crosswalks.

To get people to follow these laws, they tried to shape news coverage of crashes. The National Automobile Chamber of Commerce, an industry group, established a free wire service for newspapers: Reporters could send in the basic details of a traffic collision, and would get in return a complete article to print the next day. These articles, printed widely, shifted the blame for crashes to pedestrians — and almost always used the word "accident."
Why am I not surprised that the auto industry is behind this, and other insidious acts to forward and promote their cause and bottom line.
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Why am I not surprised that the auto industry is behind this, and other insidious acts to forward and promote their cause and bottom line.
Blaming the "auto industry" may never provide the positive change that cyclists are often after. It's holding the people, the decision making people, accountable in driving the ignorance that is often swept under the rug. The accidents that happen out on the freshwater lakes likely have a higher ratio of severe accidents (loosely used word at this point) than the least lifechanging recoverable injuries. Location & reporting go hand in hand for these broadcasts.
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It doesn’t take a speeding car to damage the spine; even a slow moving one can do the trick if it hits you right.
Sure - but it's a lot harder to get hit by a slow moving car - especially on a bike! The driver has more opportunity to see the danger and move out of the way.
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Distracted driver?? Not like you couldn't see him. He was hit from behind . Wonder if they can pull the phone records. Horrible "crash" .
prayers go out to him and family.
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