NBA Great Shawn Bradley Left Paralyzed After Being Hit by Driver on His Bicycle


March 18, 2021 – Former NBA Center and BYU Graduate Shawn Bradley was paralyzed after being hit from behind on his bicycle by a car only one block from his home in St. George, Utah on January 20, 2021. The Dallas Mavericks issued the statement below regarding Bradley's condition and what happened in the crash. Given that he was hit from behind, it is most likely that the crash was completely the fault of the driver. At the time of this article, we are waiting for a response from the St. George Police Department on the details of the crash.

Shawn Bradley in 2008. Official Army Photo by Dustin Senger

Bradley played for the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Nets, and the Dallas Mavericks. His career spanned from 1993 – 2005. Known for his shot blocking abilities, he blocked 228 shots in the 2000-2001 season for the Mavericks.

Statement from the Dallas Mavericks:

March 17, 2021 – DALLAS, Texas — The Dallas Mavericks are issuing the following press release on behalf of former Maverick Shawn Bradley as well as the below statements from Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson:

Shawn Bradley released the first public details today of the accident that he suffered on January 20, 2021. Bradley, the 7’6” former NBA player with the Dallas Mavericks, was struck from behind by an automobile while riding his bicycle a mere block from his home in St. George, Utah. The accident caused a traumatic spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed. After undergoing neck fusion surgery, Bradley has spent the last eight weeks hospitalized and undergoing rehabilitation.

Bradley, a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spent two years performing missionary work in Australia after his freshman year at Brigham Young University. Following his mission, Bradley was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers as the number two pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, but he spent the majority of his career with the Dallas Mavericks. His very strong sense of faith is being tested as he participates in grueling physical therapy and learns how to cope with the challenges of paraplegia. Doctors have advised him that his road to recovery will be both long and arduous, perhaps an even more difficult physical challenge than playing professional basketball.

With his wife Carrie at his side around the clock, and supported by an amazing team of rehabilitation specialists and family, Bradley is in good spirits. He plans to use his accident as a platform to bring greater public awareness to the importance of bicycle safety.

Bradley asked to convey his deep appreciation for the outpouring of well wishes and prayers he has received from family, friends and fans. Their support has energized his recovery and bolstered his confidence that he will manage the long process ahead successfully. He does not plan to issue further public updates, preferring to devote his full concentration on his rehabilitation.

Mark Cuban:

“We are saddened to hear of Shawn’s accident. Shawn has always been incredibly determined and shown a fighting spirit. We wish him nothing but the best in his recovery. He will always be a part of our Mavs family.”

Donnie Nelson:

“We are deeply saddened to hear of Shawn’s injury and our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. In his eight-plus seasons in Dallas, Shawn demonstrated all of the qualities you want in a person representing your organization. He has always exhibited unwavering grit and determination and we are thinking of him at this difficult time. He is a Maverick for life.”

“This is my wingspan, so you can see how much damage I could do in the air with you,” said U.S. Marine Sgt. Sergio Jimenez, from Fresno, Calif., while posing for a photograph with four former professional basketball players at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, June 2. The four players included: Elden Campbell, Shawn Bradley, Rushia Brown and Tom Gugliotta. The former NBA and WNBA players were traveling to military installations in Southwest Asia to meet deployed service members. “I knew they were tall, but this is ridiculous,” said Jimenez jokingly. “I have been a fan for years but this is the first time I have ever met anyone in the NBA or WNBA.” Former Basketball Stars Travel to Qatar, by Dustin Senger
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