Every once in a while you hear stories about footballers getting bizarre off the field injuries.
Who can forget the Kaiserslautern striker who was ruled out for three months after he fell out of a cherry tree?
Or the Liga star who broke his ankle after managing to run over himself with his own car?
First is the story of Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens who was the hero of last year's Super Bowl when he scored two touchdowns in the Ravens victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
TMZ reveals that Jones got injured on a party bus when he and several team-mates were celebrating a team-mate's birthday.
Per the report — which neither the Ravens nor Jones' agent has denied — a brawl broke out on the bus. Strap in, it's about to get good.
So apparently a stripper by the name of "Sweet Pea" started swinging a champagne bottle, and at one point connected with Jones' head. The bottle opened a gash on Jones' head severe enough that an ambulance was called.
Meanwhile, let's pop over to Detroit where another wide receiver, this time Nate Burleson of the Detroit Lions, was involved in a one-car accident in which he sustained a broken arm.
Detroit Free Press reporter Dave Birkett is reporting that Burleson's accident occurred because a pizza fell off his front seat around 2:25 a.m., which led to the receiver breaking his arm in two places. Here is a portion of Birkett's report.
Burleson was driving a 2009 GMC Yukon SUV when he was distracted by pizza falling off his front seat, according to Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw. He lost control of the car and struck the centre median wall.
Burleson, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported by emergency medical responders to a local hospital, a police statement said.
However, the Lions confirmed "there was no alcohol involved" in Burleson’s accident.
"We will provide appropriate updates when more information on Burleson’s condition becomes available," the Lions said in a press release.
Let's us make it clear that this is a guy who is paid to catch a ball and then hang onto it. Dropping pizzas is not a good sign.
So all this happened over the span of just 24 hours in the NFL – eat your heart out European footballers– you still have some way to go before you can truly be considered home of the dumbest sporting accidents.
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