Shawnee Mission West football player and Kansas Jayhawks commit Andre Maloney suffered a stroke after scoring a touchdown Thursday night, according to Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star.
A member of the family told the paper that Maloney is unlikely to emerge from the vegetative state, and the family has decided to end treatment.
From the story:
“The doctors have told us he will not come out of it, so either he will remain like that, or what will happen is we’ll make a decision to let him be free,” said Montoya, 20, who was raised by the same grandmother as Maloney. “He wouldn’t like that. He’s been an athlete since the day he could walk. It would be unfair for us to hold onto him.”
Kansas football coach Charlie Weis tweeted this earlier in the day:
Awful news! As a family guy and loving father, there are no words to describe my sorrow! GOD BLESS! Brings perspective to sports’ importance
— Coach Charlie Weis (@CoachWeisKansas) October 4, 2013
Many others have taken to twitter to express their condolences to the Maloney family under the #PrayForDre hashtag. Among them is Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler.
— Billy Butler (@BillyButlerKC) October 4, 2013
Maloney verbally committed to Kansas over the summer after helping SM West to their first state championship since 1985. He was named honorable mention All-Metro for catching 24 passes for 518 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also picked off four passes, broke up 12 more, and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
His final play from scrimmage was a 63-yard touchdown reception.