Posted by Tom Fornelli
The ramifications of the shooting involving three Southern Miss football players just keep getting worse. Earlier it was reported that linebacker Martez Smith was paralyzed from the waist down thanks to his injuries. While the school is yet to confirm Smith's paralysis, head coach Larry Fedora refused to comment on the injury on Monday night as well.
Unfortunately, Fedora did shed some light on the current condition of another one of his players, Tim Green. According to Fedora, Green cannot speak and has been writing notes to express himself. Fedora also went on to say that all night clubs are off-limits to his players, and that grief counselors are now available. Fedora also went on to say that there are no plans to add a curfew on Saturday nights after games.
"We constantly talk about making good decisions with our football team," Fedora told ESPN.com . "These are 18-, 19-, 20-year-old kids. Unless you are that age you probably do not think the same way they do. I know I don't.
"Making decisions is part of the growing process and coming from a young man to a full-grown man. You have to make decisions on your own and understand that there are consequences to every decision you make. We talk about that all the time. Kids are going to make mistakes and they are going to pay the consequences for those mistakes and they move on and learn from them and grow. That is how they become a full-grown man."
No arrests in the shooting have been made, and Fedora said that the police have not given him any new information on the investigation or what led to the fight.
For now, all anyone can do is hope that the injuries to both Smith and Green are temporary, and that both will be fully healthy when it's all over.