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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Georgia’s Derrick Lott Out 4-6 Weeks After Scooter Accident

For those of you who missed me a few weeks back, I was busy buzzing around Bermuda on a scooter endangering the life of my fiancee.  While I say that sarcastically, those things really are dangerous — especially in a country with different traffic rules.  Having ridden one before, I completely understand how a player like Georgia’s Derrick Lott could suffer an injury while using one.

Lott is said to have suffered a lower leg injury that required surgery after he crashed his scooter into a fixed object, as UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson shared with the Atlanta-Journal Constituion on Wednesday.  We have featured our fair share of weird injuries on LBS including this one, this one, and this one, but I must admit Lott’s is a bit more understandable.

That being said, injuries like this show us why professional athletes’ contracts have become much more detailed in recent years with regard to motorcycles.  Scooters have been a problem for Georgia for quite some time now, with baseball player Chance Veazey having been paralyzed from the waist down in a 2009 accident.

Should athletes not ride scooters because of the risk?  I guess you could say they should never leave their house if you want to argue that, but it certainly doesn’t help.



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