UAB running back Greg Bryant was driving with a friend, Maurice Glover on southbound I-95 when he and his friend got shot.
CBS Sports reports that Bryant was in the driver’s seat when the incident happened. Palm Beach Post clarifies Bryant, 21, to be in a critical condition after having been taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Misleading information that Bryant died surfaced along with his former high school posting collage of the football player and condolences being sent over social media before the authorities and Bryant’s relatives confirmed the player was still in the intensive care unit, fighting for his life.
“We understand that our running back, Greg Bryant, is still fighting for his life in a Florida hospital following injuries he sustained in a shooting earlier today. The condolences we expressed earlier today were based on information a family member at the hospital provided and gave us permission to release. We remain steadfast as a Blazer family in our prayers and support for Greg and his family at this difficult time,” UAB coach Bill Clark immediately rectified his previous statement, USA Today reports.
Greg Bryant is an outstanding player on the field, helping his former high school claim the state title in 2011. The young athlete gained 243 yards and three touchdowns for the state championships before moving on to play for the UAB.
Before the incident, Bryant expressed his gratitude to his coach Bill Clard, quoted by the Associated Press saying ““Coach Clark, he really did me a favor, because I was living in hotels in Miami. He said I could come in as soon as the semester was over. Any other school I would have had to wait another semester and probably be enrolled by December. I just bought into what coach Clark was saying and I got in with a 2.0” GPA.”
The UAB Blazers will return to compete in 2017, two seasons after the school has temporarily shut down their football team. Meanwhile, they are set to open their 2017 season against Alabama A&M Bulldogs.