Last Friday night, Leshawn Williams, a football player for Northeast High School in St. Petersburg, suffered a severe knee injury and had to be carted off the field. While this is not an uncommon sight in football games, what happened over the next 48 hours was anything but common. Doctors spent the weekend trying to re-establish circulation in his leg, but were unsuccessful, and the decision to amputate his leg just above the knee was made this past Sunday.
Booger McFarland and Marc Ryan were very disturbed by this story, most notably the fact that there wasn’t an ambulance on site to get Williams to the hospital as soon as possible. Drew Fellios, who has covered high school football in the Tampa Bay area for many years, joined Booger and Ryan and said that the decision to not have ambulances on site at high school football games was made 10 years ago, and that schools have trainers there instead. Fellios also mentioned that a lot of decisions like these are made based on money and how tight funding for schools is in Pinellas County.
In addition, Fellios also talked about Pinellas County’s slower response time to such incidents due to no ambulances being on site, and that even though injuries happen in high school football no matter where it’s played, the response time elsewhere is much faster. Take a listen to the entire interview below!