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Cowboy's assistant scout paralyzed

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  1. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Cowboys scouting assistant paralyzed

    Associated Press

    Updated: May 3, 2009, 7:51 PM EST

    IRVING, Texas (AP) - A Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant was permanently paralyzed from the waist down after his spine was severed during the collapse of the team's tent-like practice structure in a severe storm.

    The team announced Rich Behm was in stable condition at Parkland Hospital on Sunday after surgery to stabilize a fracture to the thoracic spine.

    The 33-year-old Behm was among a dozen people hurt in the accident Saturday, and was one of three Cowboys staffers who remained hospitalized.

    Joe DeCamillis, 43, the team's new special teams coach, sustained a fracture of one of his cervical vertebrae without paralysis. He was in stable condition at Parkland and scheduled for surgery Monday.

    Assistant athletic trainer Greg Gaither, 35, had surgery Saturday night to repair a fracture to the tibia and fibula in his right leg. He is expected to be released from the Baylor Regional Medical Center later this week.

    "To the Behm family we extend our love, comfort, and the full support of every person and resource within the organization," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. "Rich is a courageous member of our family and someone for whom we care deeply. We ask for all friends and fans of the Dallas Cowboys to join us in embracing him and his family with their thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time."

    Behm has a brother who works in the Cowboys television department.

    Jones, who was attending the Kentucky Derby on Saturday when the accident occurred, didn't stop to talk to media outside the team's Valley Ranch headquarters Sunday morning when he arrived or left.

    Jones had a somber look on his face and his hands tucked in his pockets when he surveyed the mangled mess.

    About 70 people, including 27 players attending a rookie minicamp, were in the structure when the storm hit. Wind in the area around that time was clocked at 64 mph, a single mph shy of the threshold for a weak tornado.

    National Weather Service officials said a "microburst" may have pushed the wind beyond 70 mph at the top of the structure that was built in 2003.

    Most of the 27 players taking part in the minicamp were drafted the previous weekend or signed as undrafted rookies. None of the team's veterans were involved. Coaches, support staff and media were also in the structure.

    The final scheduled practice of the three-day minicamp was canceled Sunday, though the players attended meetings. Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said all 27 players were there Sunday, and that none were considered among the injured.

    Media were restricted from the Cowboys headquarters Sunday, a ban the team said would continue through at least the next week "due to ongoing work that is scheduled to take place in the aftermath of the accident."

    About 70 people were in the facility when the roof was damaged. (Matt Slocum / Associated Press)

    The players arrived together Sunday morning on a bus from the hotel where they were staying. They were off limits to the media, and instructed by the team not to talk about what had happened.

    Dalrymple said Jones spent "considerable time" Saturday night and Sunday visiting those in the hospital.

    "As we share concern for everyone who was touched by this accident, we also extend our heartfelt and best wishes to Coach Joe DeCamillis and his family as they prepare for Joe's surgery," Jones said. "We are grateful that Greg Gaither's surgery was successful, and we feel blessed that others involved were able to walk away from this accident after receiving medical attention."

    Behm, DeCamillis and Gaither were standing on the field when the $4 million structure gave way, sending debris such as the framework and lights crashing to the ground.

    The no-frills building was pretty much a 100-yard football field with a few more yards of clearance all the way around. The roof was 80 feet high, the equivalent of an eight-story building.

    Calls to Summit Structures LLC, one of the companies involved in building the $4 million facility, were not returned to The Associated Press on Sunday.

    A Pennsylvania court ruled in December 2006 that Summit was negligent in the design and construction of a membrane-covered building that collapsed in 2003 after a major snowstorm in Philadelphia. The building was constructed for the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.

    The first voluntary full-squad minicamp for the Cowboys is scheduled May 19-21.
     
  2. SDRaiderH8er

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    Without sounding morbid or anything, but if he is the worst casualty of that roof falling down, then the Cowboys were lucky. They were lucky that no one was killed, or that there was not more injuries.
     
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    wow that sucks. :no:
     
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    Jerry Jones is going to be up shits creek
     
  5. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    He was at the Kentucky Derbry when this happened. I watched him being interviewed with softball questions thrown by Bob Costas. I think it was a commercial break or two after that NBC announced the collapse of the structure.
     
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    So sad :( but thank god no one was killed.
     
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    What a terrible incident to have happen. I hope those that were injured make a speedy recovery.
     
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    The issue is why does he have a bubble enforced with light weight metal in an area that can have some ridiculously high winds like that? There's going to be alot of questions about why it was made out of aluminum and why it was never reinforced etc. Jones has alot of questions to answer and they won't be softballs
     
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    That doesn't sound morbid at all, I thought the exact same thing. Its too bad he is hurt but they are really lucky nobody was killed
     
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    That's horrible...Thank God he's alive though.

    The thing that gets me is how the heck do you build a 1.3 billion dollar stadium and have you team practice in a $100,000 plastic and steel structure?
     
  12. boltssbbound

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    It is certainly a tragedy for the scout and his family, but how do you build a practice structure that is incapable of withstanding 60 mph winds? In Dallas? Jerry Jones and the engineers who approved the design of that facility have quite a bit to answer for.
     
  13. LV Bolt Fan

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    Those type of structures are built to withstand more than 60 mph winds. They're actually built to withstand more than that. :yes:
    It's when you get those "freak of nature" wind's that even the best engineers can't compensate for.

    I'm glad that everyone survived with their lives. :yes:
     
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    Ok then why would you build something like that in an area known to have those "freak of nature" conditions?
     
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    For the same reasons that we build on earthquake faults and below sea level. :icon_huh:
     
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    and on flood plains
     
  17. LV Bolt Fan

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    Kind of like rebuilding a mobile home park, in the same place, after a tornado whipes it out? :lol:
     

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