Pro athletes killed or injured in boating accidents at alarming rate
After the first-round NFL playoff game in which the New York Giants lost to the Green Bay Packers, all anyone seemed to talk about was the day off spent by the Giants’ receivers partying on a boat in Miami just days before their matchup with the Packers. New York’s pass catchers did not perform well and of course, many tried to trace it back to their fun in the sun earlier in the week.
But this incident is just the latest to prove that athletes should just do their best to stay as far away as possible from boats or anything else that travels on water.
Dropped passes are one thing, death is another. Pro athletes are disproportionately killed or injured in boating accidents. Here’s a comprehensive list of incidents involving pro athletes and boats over the past 25 years.
2017: New York Giants receivers party on a boat in Miami, Florida just six days before losing a playoff game to the Green Bay Packers. (Photo Source: Twitter)
2016: Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is killed after crashing his boat into a jetty in Miami Beach. (Photo Source: Twitter)
2015: Former NFL player Rob Konrad swims 27 miles to shore in 16 hours after flipping off his fishing boat in the Florida waters. (Photo Source: Twitter)
2015: Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez dies weeks after sustaining various head injuries from a boating accident. (Photo Source: Twitter)
2015: Former NFL player JaJuan Dawson drowns to his death after falling off a boat and into a lake in Dallas, Texas. (Photo Source: Twitter)
2010: Former NHL player Bob Probert dies after collapsing on a boat in Ontario, Canada. (Photo Source: Twitter)
2009: Former NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith go missing after their boat capsizes in the Gulf Coast by Clearwater Pass, Florida. (Photo Source: Twitter)
2005: Members of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings are charged with misdemeanors following their sex party on multiple boats in Lake Minnetonka. (Photo Source: Twitter)
2002: Former NBA player Bison Dele is murdered by his brother aboard a boat while sailing in Tahiti. (Photo Source: Twitter)
1999: Former NHL player Dmitri Tertyshny dies after falling off a boat in British Columbia and getting his neck slashed by the boat’s propeller. (Photo Source: Twitter)
1997: Former NBA player Sam Mack crashes his boat into a man on a jet ski in Lake Michigan resulting in the man dying. (Photo Source: Twitter)
1993: Cleveland Indians pitchers Tim Crews and Steve Olin die after crashing their boat into a wooden pier in Clermont, Florida. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Emergency phone numbers have been dialed in many instances involving athletes and boats and some scenarios have even ended up in tragedy. Many of these unfortunate events have occurred while these athletes are still making a living in their specific sport, so maybe their peers should take note and wait until their careers are over with before they end up going overboard.