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Baconeater
02-13-2007, 02:52 AM
:shake: Late word is that it was an overdose.

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=1200&u_sid=2330187

Published Monday | February 12, 2007
Nebraska I-back Marlon Lucky hospitalized
BY MITCH SHERMAN AND RICH KAIPUST
WORLD-HERALD BUREAU



LINCOLN - Nebraska I-back Marlon Lucky remained hospitalized Monday night after police and fire personnel responded to a weekend medical emergency at his residence.

Nebraska I-back Marlon LuckyOfficials have not disclosed the nature of the emergency, but Lucky's high school coach and roommate said the 20-year sophomore was in stable condition in an intensive-care unit.

Lucky was admitted to BryanLGH West hospital Sunday night for "undisclosed medical reasons," according to the NU athletic department. A release said coach Bill Callahan and other department personnel would not comment further.

Lucky came to Nebraska in 2005 out of North Hollywood, Calif., as one of the most heralded recruits ever to sign with the school. After playing a minor role in his first season, he emerged as the Huskers' second-leading rusher and earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors last fall in a part-time starting spot.

Still, Lucky has rarely appeared comfortable in the spotlight. He struggled to accept his role on the team as recently as last month, North Hollywood coach Brad Ratcliff said.

On Sunday, Lincoln police and firefighters were dispatched at 8 p.m. to an apartment shared by Lucky and fellow Californian Jordan Picou near Capitol Beach Lake, west of downtown.

A fire engine was at the residence for 20 minutes, Deputy Fire Chief Pat Borer said, and an ambulance was involved for about an hour, typical when patients are transported to a hospital.

Picou said Monday night that hospital staff would not allow him to visit Lucky.

"He's cool right now," Picou said of Lucky as the junior lineman returned to their apartment. "They're just making sure his organs are OK."

Suzanne McMasters, director of public relations for BryanLGH, declined to release Lucky's condition.

Ratcliff, for whom Lucky gained more than 4,800 rushing yards and scored 81 touchdowns in three seasons of high school football, said he had been notified of Lucky's condition but declined to comment on the specifics.

"I want to give his family some room and some privacy," the coach said.

A family friend said Lucky's guardian, Wayne Padden, and uncle, Stanley Joseph, were unavailable Monday. The NU release asked news media to "respect the privacy of Marlon and his family."

Lucky's college career, to date, has not matched the enormous expectations that followed him to Lincoln. He rushed for 129 yards as a true freshman and did not score a touchdown.

Last season, Lucky gained 728 rushing yards to go with six touchdowns and ranked as the Huskers' fourth-leading receiver. But he lost the starting I-back position to Brandon Jackson midway through the season.

Lucky did start the Jan. 1 Cotton Bowl against Auburn and carried 25 times for a game-high 88 yards while battling a back injury.

After the season, Ratcliff said Lucky was unsure about his future but that his mood improved greatly after the start of Nebraska's winter conditioning program.

"The last time I talked to him, he was the same old Marlon," Ratcliff said. "No problems, nothing to worry about. That was just a few days ago."

Ratcliff said he had sensed some frustration from Lucky about his role in the Nebraska offense.

"He wanted to do more, but I don't think that played into this at all," Ratcliff said.

When asked to elaborate, again, the coach retreated.

"I'm not at liberty to say anything," he said.

Callahan last week spoke optimistically about Lucky, the Huskers' top returning back after Jackson last month declared for the NFL draft and both Cody Glenn and Kenny Wilson headed into the offseason with injury problems.

"He's worked extremely hard," Callahan said at his signing day press conference. "He's challenged himself. I've had some great conversations with him. I think the world of Marlon Lucky. I think you guys know that."

There had been January rumors, however, of Lucky leaving the program.

Said Padden, Lucky's guardian, at the time: "It would be news to me. I don't know where these things come from or where they get started."

Lucky's position coach, Randy Jordan, was among those to decline comment on the situation. The NU assistant faced the task last season of finding work for four I-backs.

Former Nebraska assistant John Blake did not return a call to his cell phone Monday after visiting BryanLGH West. Blake, who left NU for North Carolina in December, was instrumental in recruiting Lucky and the two stayed close during their time together in Lincoln.

Saggysack
02-13-2007, 03:07 AM
Luck definately wasn't on his side

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 09:29 AM
Luck definately wasn't on his side

:shake:

Baconeater
02-13-2007, 09:41 AM
:shake:
I actually expected worse than that when I posted this. :)

Saulbadguy
02-13-2007, 09:41 AM
What was it? Pain pills? Cocaine? Heroin?

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 09:44 AM
I'm thankful that Jordan Picou found him. The fact that he was in ICU leads me to believe that he could've died. That would've been beyond awful.

Baconeater
02-13-2007, 09:48 AM
What was it? Pain pills? Cocaine? Heroin?
No one's saying anything, so I guess we're pretty much free to speculate. He was nursing a back injury all season so I'd say pain pills are a safe bet. What I'd like to know is whether the OD was unintentional or not, but it looks like no information is going to be released about it which makes me assume the worst.

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 09:49 AM
I'm going to wait until something is published before saying much more.

Baconeater
02-13-2007, 09:53 AM
I'm going to wait until something is published before saying much more.
I don't expect anything else to be published, which really pisses me off. How convenient that Stevie P gets to hide behind the HIPAA laws on this.

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 10:00 AM
I don't expect anything else to be published, which really pisses me off. How convenient that Stevie P gets to hide behind the HIPAA laws on this.

There will be something published. The public has a right to know. I know you don't like him, but Pederson has nothing to do with it.

Baconeater
02-13-2007, 10:09 AM
There will be something published. The public has a right to know. I know you don't like him, but Pederson has nothing to do with it.
You're probably right SP having nothing to do with it, the hospital can't release any information, and if it was a suicide attempt I'm sure the family won't want that made public. Works out pretty good for SP if you ask me. Then again, I probably should just put my bitterness aside for a while and hope that the kid pulls through OK and gets his life figured out.

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 10:09 AM
If I'm an editor for the newspapers in Omaha or Lincoln, I would definitely send reporters to cover the story. The public has a right to now. If the University gets upset and threatens to stop advertising with us, than fine. Conflicts of interest are unacceptable.

Baconeater
02-13-2007, 10:10 AM
If I'm an editor for the newspapers in Omaha or Lincoln, I would definitely send reporters to cover the story. The public has a right to now. If the University gets upset and threatens to stop advertising with us, than fine. Conflicts of interest are unacceptable.
If the family won't release any info then there is no story.

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 10:14 AM
If the family won't release any info then there is no story.

The family isn't the only possible source. The truth may come out eventually. However, that doesn't mean the media shouldn't be careful and sensitive to Marlon and his family. This could go unpublished because of journalistic ethics.

Saggysack
02-13-2007, 10:17 AM
If I'm an editor for the newspapers in Omaha or Lincoln, I would definitely send reporters to cover the story. The public has a right to now. If the University gets upset and threatens to stop advertising with us, than fine. Conflicts of interest are unacceptable.

The public has a right to know, my ass. You are only saying that because you want to know.

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 10:19 AM
The public has a right to know, my ass. You are only saying that because you want to know.

you're full of crap

ChiefsfaninPA
02-13-2007, 10:20 AM
The public has a right to now.

Since when does the public have a right to know? It is a personal medical problem, why do we need to know. Out of curiosity it would be interesting to know, but to say we have a RIGHT is wrong.

Baconeater
02-13-2007, 10:21 AM
The family isn't the only possible source. The truth may come out eventually. However, that doesn't mean the media shouldn't be careful and sensitive to Marlon and his family. This could go unpublished because of journalistic ethics.
I'm sure it probably will, and you could argue that it's rightfully so. But by saying nothing they leave everyone to speculate which isn't necessarily a good thing either. It's pretty much a catch-22 for the family. Anyway, I need to head out for the day, if I hear anything new I'll drop you a PM.

Saggysack
02-13-2007, 10:22 AM
you're full of crap

Not anymore. I just shat a Sam Hall.

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 10:23 AM
The public's right to know must be balanced with the privacy of Marlon and his family. If I'm an editor, I'd have concerns about publishing the truth. I don't think I would do it.

ChiefsfaninPA
02-13-2007, 10:29 AM
The public's right to know must be balanced with the privacy of Marlon and his family. If I'm an editor, I'd have concerns about publishing the truth. I don't think I would do it.

The public has no RIGHT to know. You are missing the whole point. If they had a RIGHT to know it would be illegal to withhold the info. Since it isn't, there is no RIGHT to know. I think there are privacy laws for a reason.

InChiefsHell
02-13-2007, 10:31 AM
At some point, the University will release a statement. It will probably not have much info though. The media here is pretty pissed about the lack of information. Personally, I think it's great.

We'll hear what happened though. I don't think the media here will just let it go, and sooner or later somebody will talk. Anonymously. But they will talk.

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 03:18 PM
I HATE TO TELL SOME OF YOU, BUT THE NEWSPAPERS HAVE DONE ANOTHER STORY ABOUT THIS!!!

THE OD RUMOR WAS NOT TRUE!!!

I DON'T THINK THIS ARTICLE VIOLATES MARLON'S PRIVACY!!!

IT LOOKS LIKE MARLON WILL BE FINE

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=1200&u_sid=2330754

Baconeater
02-13-2007, 03:29 PM
I HATE TO TELL SOME OF YOU, BUT THE NEWSPAPERS HAVE DONE ANOTHER STORY ABOUT THIS!!!

THE OD RUMOR WAS NOT TRUE!!!

I DON'T THINK THIS ARTICLE VIOLATES MARLON'S PRIVACY!!!

IT LOOKS LIKE MARLON WILL BE FINE

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=1200&u_sid=2330754
This doesn't mean he didn't OD, this just means he didn't OD on "illicit" drugs. He may legitamitely had painkillers and overdosed on them. It's the SP spin machine in action.

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 03:36 PM
This doesn't mean he didn't OD, this just means he didn't OD on "illicit" drugs. He may legitamitely had painkillers and overdosed on them. It's the SP spin machine in action.

I doubt Pedey told Marlon's family what to say.

Baconeater
02-13-2007, 03:41 PM
I doubt Pedey told Marlon's family what to say.
I don't. I'm sure Pedey was up all night preparing that statement. Regardless, you do agree the statement doesn't completely eliminate the possibility of some type of overdose, don't you? The gratuitous use of "illicit" really bothers me. You can overdose on legal drugs too.

Saulbadguy
02-13-2007, 03:44 PM
What does "Rosie" have to say about this?

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 03:45 PM
I don't. I'm sure Pedey was up all night preparing that statement. Regardless, you do agree the statement doesn't completely eliminate the possibility of some type of overdose, don't you? The gratuitous use of "illicit" really bothers me. You can overdose on legal drugs too.

Now you're starting to sound like a journalist instead of me :)

I can believe his family. The situation will blow over soon.

Baconeater
02-13-2007, 03:48 PM
What does "Rosie" have to say about this?
Well, his minions over at bigredboard.com have bought the story hook, line, and sinker, if that tells you anything.

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 03:49 PM
What does "Rosie" have to say about this?

Here he is, why don't you ask him.

Baconeater
02-13-2007, 03:51 PM
Now you're starting to sound like a journalist instead of me :)

I can believe his family. The situation will blow over soon.
It's just like that with everything related to the program anymore. There's never a definitive answer about anything, it drives me nuts.

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 03:52 PM
Marlon will be fine, so let's be happy.

Saulbadguy
02-13-2007, 04:19 PM
So, what do you UNL fans think about the game tonight?

Baconeater
02-13-2007, 06:24 PM
So, what do you UNL fans think about the game tonight?
Damn, cbssportsline.com didn't show this game as being televised. Well they're off to an ok start, although they jumped out early @KSU as also. I suppose we have a shot at home, although KSU played us tough defensively last time.

Damn as I typed this KSU takes the lead. :cuss:

Sam Hall
02-13-2007, 08:40 PM
So, what do you UNL fans think about the game tonight?

It's a bad loss for Kansas State.
The Huskers spring game is April 14.

InChiefsHell
02-14-2007, 06:49 AM
The second article to me says that he did not do anything stupid with alcohol or illegal drugs. The dude is on pain killers for his back or something, so maybe he accidentally OD'd on them. Sometimes meds do funny things to certain people. In any case, I don't think Marlon is some whacked out addict or troublemaker. He's got a lot to look forward to this year. I think he'll be fine.

Baconeater
02-14-2007, 07:04 AM
The second article to me says that he did not do anything stupid with alcohol or illegal drugs. The dude is on pain killers for his back or something, so maybe he accidentally OD'd on them. Sometimes meds do funny things to certain people. In any case, I don't think Marlon is some whacked out addict or troublemaker. He's got a lot to look forward to this year. I think he'll be fine.
If he accidentally OD'd, why the hell don't they just say so? Shit happens, especially with young people, it wouldn't be that hard to understand. My problem with the university as of late is that they don't ever seem to want to tell the whole story, which leaves people to draw their own conclusions. It's like they don't think we can handle the truth.

InChiefsHell
02-14-2007, 07:24 AM
If he accidentally OD'd, why the hell don't they just say so? Shit happens, especially with young people, it wouldn't be that hard to understand. My problem with the university as of late is that they don't ever seem to want to tell the whole story, which leaves people to draw their own conclusions. It's like they don't think we can handle the truth.

Now that I agree with. But it seems to me that they have always been this way. Kinda protective of their players, and always wary of what gets released to the press. In this case, if it turns out to be an accidental OD, you know there will be speculation about weather or not it was an accident, or whatever. No matter what, it's a lose lose situation.

Sam Hall
02-14-2007, 12:18 PM
I think every university is protective of its student-athletes.