Alabama DL Dakota Ball finally revealed the gruesome details today regarding an incident two weeks ago in which he accidentally shot off his index finger.
Dakota Ball is a defensive lineman for the Crimson Tide, but he won't be playing in the Peach Bowl due to an injury he suffered two weeks ago where he shot off his finger with a shotgun. Today, he made an appearance at the Peach Bowl's media day, where he was more than happy to answer questions about his bandaged hand, per Michael Casagrande of AL.com.
When asked about what exactly happened on that fateful day in Calhoun, Georgia:
"I shot my finger off with a 12-gauge shotgun," he said matter of factly.
"It's completely gone," he said. "I shot it right at the knuckle and blew it off."
Okay, but how in the world did he manage to do that?
"I was tying a rope around the barrel and around the stock to keep the shotgun from falling out of my lap," Ball said. "I was tying rope around the barrel and it just went off. I didn't have my hand on the trigger."
There was a brief moment of disbelief.
At first he thought he had shot through the middle of his hand. Then he saw the index finger "hanging by a piece of skin."
"At first it wasn't painful but once we got to the hospital, that's when it started hurting -- when my adrenaline started wearing off," Ball said. "Then it got pretty bad."
And there was no hope for the finger.
"They had to go down and cut the bone out," Ball said, "two inches down."
Head coach Nick Saban even shared a story at media day that he previously shared with Ball, about a player from his hometown who ended his football and basketball career because of a hunting accident.
"There was a guy -- I was in eighth or ninth grade -- and he was the best athlete in the school," Saban said. "Was the quarterback, a great basketball player. He actually shot his leg off in a similar kind of hunting accident and was never able to play again."
You can watch him tell the story below. It's pretty interesting!
Moral of the story? BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU'RE MESSING AROUND WITH A GUN.