Awful, heart-breaking news out of Ohio State today. The body Ohio State football defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge, who was reported missing on Wednesday night, was found near campus of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Karageorge was reported missing on Wednesday morning around 2 a.m. when he went for a walk. a fight with his girlfriend. He texted a his mother apologizing about complications from concussions. The texts he sent to his mother are especially haunting and will inevitably bring up more questions about how we handle concussions in football. Via The Columbus Dispatch:
A search had been ongoing for Karageorge, who had been missing since walking out of his E. 7th Avenue apartmentaround 2 a.m. Wednesday. The body found today was near that location.
Karageorge’s body was found in a dumpster at 6th Avenue and Courtland Avenue in the University District section of Columbus. A 911 caller informed police of the discovery.
Police said he died of a single gunshot wound that appears to be self-inflicted. The gun was found in the dumpster. Karageorge’s body was identified in part because of his tattoos.
The walk-on senior defensive lineman was reported missing by his family after he left his apartment about 2 a.m. Wednesday. Shortly before he left, he sent a text to his mother apologizing “ if I am an embarrassment, but these concussions have my head all f—ed up.”
Karageorge was a fifth-year senior who walked on the football team this past August after three years of wrestling at Ohio State. He was set to be recognized on senior day during the Michigan game. Instead, PSAs about his disappearance were announced to the crowd.
All thoughts and prayers to Karageorge’s family in the wake of such devastating news. RIP.