Shawn Bradley, a former NBA player, was paralyzed after being hit by a car while riding his bike on Jan. 20.
Bradley, a 7-foot-6 center who previously played for the Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, and Philadelphia 76ers, announced his injuries in a statement released by the Mavericks.
The 48-year-old, who is one of the NBA’s all-time tallest players, claims he was attacked from behind while biking near his house in St. George, Utah.
The accident resulted in a catastrophic spinal cord damage, necessitating a neck fusion operation that has kept him in the hospital for the past eight weeks while he recovers.
“We are saddened to hear of Shawn’s accident,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. “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.”
Bradley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, is in “excellent spirits,” with his wife, Carrie, by his side “around the clock.”
Bradley indicated a wish to utilize the tragedy to “raise enormous public awareness to the significance of cycling safety,” while he does not plan to share any further updates on his health journey.