Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder Surprised Ava Jones Is Walking After Suffering Serious Knee Injury In Car Wreck, Fears Player May Not Play Basketball Again
When speaking to media on Thursday, Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder said she fears Iowa commit Ava Jones may never play basketball again. Jones was reportedly involved in a serious car wreck back in July. The player tore all four major ligaments in both of her knees as part of the serious knee injuries she suffered as a result.
Jones was with her family in Louisville walking on the sidewalk when the wreck occurred. Jones was in the state of Kentucky for a tournament that was being held. She, her younger brother and her mother, Mary Jones, reportedly spent weeks in the hospital before being discharged to continue their recoveries from the comforts of their home. Jones’ father, Trey Jones, passed away from his injuries.
Officials say the male suspect, identified as Michael Hurley, admitted to taking hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an opioid that belongs to a group of medicines called narcotic analgesics (pain medication). Hydrocodone is taken orally, used to treat pain and as an antitussive (cough suppressant). Hurley was charged with one count of murder, three counts of assault and one count of driving under the influence. Hurley has plead not guilty to the charges.
Bluder praised Jones’ toughness when speaking to The Cedar Rapids Gazette. Bluder talked about how shocked she was to see Jones even walking after suffering such a catastrophic injury. “I can’t believe she was walking. The doctor said, ‘I’ve never seen a person come in here with four torn ligaments in a knee and not be crying.’”
In the aftermath of the incident, it was announced that the University of Iowa will continue to honor Jones’s scholarship. Coach Bluder emphasizes the decision, saying that the team will continue to support not only Jones but also her family however means they can. Bluder also states that Jones will continue to be a part of the the women’s basketball program to some degree.
“She’s still somebody that we are going to have as a part of our program because we believe in her. She committed to us, and just because she had something bad happen to her doesn’t mean that we turn our back on her. We’ll be there for her and her family as much as we can.”
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