Michigan QB Wilton Speight’s Parents Say Purdue’s Medical Treatment Of Their Son Was A ‘Train Wreck’
On September 23rd, Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight suffered three fractured vertebrae in his back when he was sacked while playing Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana. According to the quarterback’s parents, Bobby and Martha Speight, the medical treatment he ended up receiving from the Purdue athletic department was frighteningly inadequate.
Two days after the game, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh went off on Purdue, saying, among other things, “Gamesmanship should cease at the line of health and safety for the players,” and that “there needs to be a way to X-ray a player at the stadium. There has to be a minimum standard of care for the players.”
His comment about being able to X-ray a player recently took on even more significance thanks to the story Wilton Speight’s parents told to the Detroit News about what actually went on following his son’s devastating injury.
“What an absolute train wreck,” Bobby Speight said of the experience.
As soon as they saw Wilton injured on the field, stadium police helped them get from their Ross-Ade Stadium seats to be with their son.
“Wilton gets hit and didn’t move for a little while, which is a parent’s worst nightmare,” Bobby Speight said. “The police took us down but were unable to open the door. Someone who appeared to be a member of the food staff realized what was going on and let us in. When that door opened, even in high school I had never been in a visiting locker room that bad. It was dark, dingy, dirty.”
There was no capability to take X-rays in the stadium. Purdue’s original statement said it made clear that “basic X-ray is available within our athletic footprint and more sophisticated capabilities are located two blocks away, similar to the arrangements at many other schools.”