The name Brandon Roy hasn't been floated across NBA circles in quite some time, but some stunning news about him will definitely do just that.
Roy was forced to retire early after dealing with several leg and knee injuries, leaving the Portland Trail Blazers without their superstar in the making. He played in six seasons and was selected to three NBA All-Star games.
Brandon has since become a head coach for Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, falling a bit off the radar, but he should now be considered a hero for literally putting his life in the line of fire to save the lives of children.
Roy was in Los Angeles at his grandmother's house and was shot in the leg, according to numerous reports. The shooting is being reported as a random act of violence for now, but Brandon's quick thinking makes him a true hero.
Roy reportedly shielded a number of children who were in front of the house with him, leaving him wounded but saving the young bystanders from taking at least one bullet. It's an amazing act of heroism from someone with so much to lose.
The Trail Blazers have since confirmed that Roy was shot and released a statement on the incident:
“Like many others, we’re just learning of the injury suffered by former Trail Blazers player Brandon Roy in a shooting over the weekend in California. According to those reports, Brandon was wounded as a bystander, but is expected to recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon and his family during this time.”
The Los Angeles Sheriffs Department confirmed the shooting, which took place in Compton on Saturday. They noted that Roy was one of four people who were shot, and all victims are expected to survive. There is no known motive for the shooting at this time.
Roy was treated in California and has since returned to Washington to recover, according to news station KING 5. The outlet also reports that it may have been a gang related incident, but Roy is considered an innocent bystander.
Brandon led Nathan Hale's high school team to a state title in his first season as coach, also going undefeated. While he may have been shot, Roy remains unbeaten and is now a true hero for reasons bigger than basketball.
From all reports it sounds like Roy is going to recover, and his quick actions may have saved the lives of the children he protected.