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Brandon Banks was anything but “fine” after knife attack

Brandon Banks

After an early Saturday stabbing, both the Redskins and agent James Gould declared that Redskins receiver Brandon Banks is “fine.”

Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie told PFT on Saturday that Banks received stitches, and that he was expected to be released from the hospital soon.

Said Gould in a Saturday statement, “Brandon was injured by the assailant with a surface knife wound on his side which will require stitches.  He is recovering in a local hospital and is expected to be released within 24 hours.”

Four days later, Banks remains hospitalized.  A four-day hospital stay in this day and age happens only when the patient’s condition is serious.  Women who have delivered babies are sent home in less than half that time.  (Men who have delivered babies usually are kept a tad bit longer.)

According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, doctors inserted a tube into Banks’ chest to prevent his lung from collapsing.

When informed of the true state of Banks’ condition, Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie told Jones, “You’ve got to be kidding me.”

So it looks like Gould was disseminating embellished information.  And, apparently, Gould was disseminating embellished information because he was getting embellished information from Banks’ family.

“He has a knife wound and a tube in his chest,” Gould told Jones Tuesday.  “And with that tube, he’s had repeated X-rays.  I do know that today’s X-rays were good, so I’d expect him to be released very soon.  There’s no sense in rushing.  Taking all of the necessary precautions is very important because knife wounds are dangerous.  He was knifed in the chest.”

So why did Gould call the “dangerous” situation a “surface knife wound” on Saturday?  “I’m not there, so I don’t know how deep it was, how many inches it went in, but it was on the left side,” Gould said.

We can understand why Banks’ family would be reluctant to put the truth out there initially, but someone had to realize that the truth eventually would come out.  Then again, telling the rest of the world about Brandon’s condition surely was the last priority in the aftermath of the stabbing.

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19 Responses to “Brandon Banks was anything but “fine” after knife attack”
  1. superbowler says: Feb 16, 2011 7:03 AM

    Can we not forcefully insert bad shtick into EVERY article? “Men who deliver babies…” Not every story needs jokes. And not a single story needs bad shtick. Otherwise, a good article which properly summarizes this oddball incident and PR nightmare.

  2. jc1958cool says: Feb 16, 2011 7:27 AM

    more bad PR by the league, do these guys ever tell the truth!

  3. jackhall00 says: Feb 16, 2011 7:27 AM

    **Women who have delivered babies are sent home in less than half that time.**

    Not that it has anything to with health and everything to do with insurance companies only paying for 2 days stay.

  4. orangeflh says: Feb 16, 2011 7:44 AM

    well said, superbowler; well said.

  5. baseballstars says: Feb 16, 2011 7:48 AM

    Hopefully he gets better, and hopefully these young men will finally learn that clubs aren’t always a good place to hang out if you have fame and money.

  6. hollywood26 says: Feb 16, 2011 8:09 AM

    I hate to see young athletes at the club but this wasn’t some around the way affair but rather a very nice spot in the heart of DC. I hope he gets better, but it just sh0ws that today people have no value for theirs or anyone else’s life.

    I heard a radio guy saying “why didn’t he take the party to his house?” Hello, you want people knowing where you live if you aren’t the best friends ever?

  7. kevinfromphilly says: Feb 16, 2011 8:15 AM

    It’s a sad age we live in, when something like this is dismissed as “just a knife wound”.

  8. waynefontes says: Feb 16, 2011 8:21 AM

    My dad told me years back that nothing good ever happens after midnight, especially in bars/clubs. The old man was right.

  9. tatum064 says: Feb 16, 2011 8:29 AM

    “waynefontes says: Feb 16, 2011 8:21 AM

    My dad told me years back that nothing good ever happens after midnight, especially in bars/clubs. The old man was right.”

    Son, there’s always better clubs. Banks just went to the wrong one, with the wrong crowd. Change out the “crew” and upgrade…there are great clubs, where NOTHING like that happens. Future children are conceived after midnight depending upon the woman….very unfortunate story, though.

  10. firethorn1001 says: Feb 16, 2011 8:39 AM

    ‘Can we not forcefully insert bad shtick into EVERY article?’

    I agree. Typically there is enough unintentional comedy in every Redskins, Cowboys, Raiders and Bengals article so, you can skip any forced jokes in those.

  11. MosesZD says: Feb 16, 2011 8:46 AM

    Not an unusual hospital stay, dingleberry. I broke two ribs and collapsed a lung. Because of that I spent three days in the hospital.

    They have to make sure the lung re-inflates AND stays re-inflated as a collapsed lung can kill you. If trashing people for life-threatening medical issues is how low you’re going to set the bar, maybe you should go back to ambulance chasing…

    I know, next time you’re going to ‘opine’ on medicine, try PubMed. They could have set you straight:

    ?If you have a large pneumothorax, a chest tube will be placed between the ribs into the space around the lungs to help drain the air and allows the lung to re-expand.

    The chest tube can be left in place for several days. You must stay in the hospital while the chest tube is in place.

  12. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Feb 16, 2011 8:54 AM

    “When informed of the true state of Banks’ condition, Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie told Jones, “You’ve got to be kidding me.””

    How the heck can the ‘Skins NOT know? I’d think they would check up on their player, especially one that had been, you know, stabbed!!!

  13. boysroll says: Feb 16, 2011 8:54 AM

    wow…not only a dysfunctional org but really bad character guys this team. They are always in trouble.

  14. danwhitmer says: Feb 16, 2011 8:57 AM

    I hope that covering up the severity of the situation was just to keep the media away. I just hope the young man is not covering something else up….. These stories almost always have more to them then what we initially hear.. .

  15. 1standlong says: Feb 16, 2011 9:13 AM

    MosesZD says:
    Feb 16, 2011 8:46 AM
    Not an unusual hospital stay, dingleberry. I broke two ribs and collapsed a lung. Because of that I spent three days in the hospital.

    They have to make sure the lung re-inflates AND stays re-inflated as a collapsed lung can kill you. If trashing people for life-threatening medical issues is how low you’re going to set the bar, maybe you should go back to ambulance chasing…

    MosesZD, you missed the piont. A four-day stay in a hospital and a chest tube is unusual for an injury that was originally downplayed as a simple surface wound that required some stiches. Obvioulsy, if Banks has a chest tube in, the injury he sustained was a lot more serious than what his agent and the skins led on.

  16. homebruer says: Feb 16, 2011 9:51 AM

    RE: SUPERBOWLER

    If you dont like the jokes and tounge and cheek comments here, you really would not have liked it in the early years(tacobill where are you?).If you dont like the content here go read candy coated stories on espn.com and leave this to the big kids that like a site with a sense of humor.

  17. skoobyfl says: Feb 16, 2011 10:18 AM

    Why doesn’t stuff like this ever happen to the owners?

  18. superbowler says: Feb 16, 2011 10:30 AM

    Re: homebruer (why was my name in all caps?)

    It’s bad shtick. They’re bad jokes (see the Vick column, 200 British pounds jokes). I’ve been here since 2007, started reading during the Free Agency period.

    When jokes are clever and original, they can be funny. But when it’s bad shtick, bad timing, it’s waste of time and conveys bad journalism. It used to just be bad Vick/Virginia Tech shtick, but now it’s every column.

    But hey, you seem like the type of guy to be into bad shtick considering after one post you’re already posturing, showing your prowess as a big kid.

  19. firethorn1001 says: Feb 16, 2011 11:19 AM

    ‘If you have a large pneumothorax, a chest tube will be placed between the ribs into the space around the lungs to help drain the air and allows the lung to re-expand.’

    Thanks Doogie.

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