WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- NFL player Kendrick Norton, 22, lost his left arm after a horrific car crash that happened early Thursday morning.
- The Ford truck Norton was driving crashed into a concrete barrier and overturned on State Road 836, The Associated Press reported.
- The Miami Dolphins defensive lineman’s arm was forced to be amputated so the rescue crew can extract him from the site.
Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Kendrick Norton is still recovering in a hospital after a devastating car crash early Thursday morning resulted in the amputation of his left arm.
The Ford truck Norton was driving crashed into a concrete barrier and overturned on State Road 836, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho told The Associated Press.
The Carolina Panthers picked Norton in the seventh round of the NFL draft last year. The 22-year-old was traded to the Dolphins in December but has yet to make an appearance in a regular season game.
The rescue team was left with no choice but to amputate Norton’s arm so they can extract him from the site. He is still in serious condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
Norton’s agent Malki Kawa confirmed the crash over Twitter and asked the public to respect the NFL player’s privacy while he recovers.
“We ask that you continue to pray for him. His family also asks that the public respect Kendrick’s privacy,” Kawa tweeted.
Norton’s mother, Tess Stephens, thanked his son’s supporters in a Friday morning Facebook post.
“It is not possible for me to individually respond to all the messages, texts, calls, etc. But my family and I welcome and appreciate all the love & support,” Stephens posted.
“KJ is a fighter!!” she added. “And he will fight through this! Yes he did lose his arm but he’s got his life! We ask for respect and privacy during this time for him to heal and grieve for he has lost so that he can get up and fight for all the many blessings he still has and WILL have! My family & I THANK U all and love u all!”
Norton’s girlfriend was with him in the vehicle during the crash, but she did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Another vehicle, a 2015 Maserati was involved in the crash, but its driver suffered no injuries.