The NFL halts its preparation for the coming 2016 Draft as the whole organization sympathizes with the Baltimore Ravens after Tray Walker died due to injuries he succumbed in a motorcycle incident going into the weekend.
Walker was on board his motorcycle when he figured in an accident in Miami, Florida. Walker crashed into a Ford Escape and sustained multiple injuries due to the accident. He was rushed to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital and underwent a series of surgery but Baltimoresun reported that medical officials announced Walker died around 5 p.m.
Walker suffered major injuries to the head and according to his agent Ronald Butler, Walker was fighting for his life during surgery but due to his severe injuries the 23-year old cornerback did not make it as authorities are continuing their investigation on the matter.
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On the other hand, TMZ reports that police are looking into an angle that another NFL player was on the scene at the time of the accident and are now determining the identity of the player to ask for his statement regarding the accident. Authorities believe that the said player could give investigators another picture of what really took place at the location of the incident which is an intersection between west of Northwest 75th Street and Northwest 21st Avenue.
However, police are verifying if the tip of another NFL player on the scene really holds up as the Miami traffic homicide unit takes over the case.
Based on the investigation Walker was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and his motorcycle did not have any headlights on. They added that Walker was wearing dark clothing that could have been a “factor” to the accident.
With the incident, the Baltimore Ravens and Walker’s friends extend their condolences to the family. The Ravens were deeply saddened with Walker’s passing and Raven’s head coach John Harbaugh stated in his letter to the team, as reported by ESPN, that they are all “brothers in arms” and that they look out for one another.
“That was the kind of phone call you never want to get as a coach, as a parent, as a brother, as a friend. This shook me and all of us. There is a lot going on out there and you are going to be involved in tough and difficult situations. You are making and will continue to make important choices pretty much every day. That’s okay. That’s our reality. It can even be very good to be put in different circumstances. To make it right, you are going to have to grow up fast. Probably faster than many of your friends and family. Remember, We are Brothers in Arms. And, again, take care of each other,” Harbaugh said in his letter.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith also offered his condolences to the family of Walker saying that the whole NFLPA was “saddened” to hear about the tragic accident that ended up in a loss to one of their own.
“The community of players mourns his loss and sends our condolences and support to the Walker family,” Smith added.
As a freshman at Miami Northwestern, Walker recorded 22 tackles (17 solo), three interceptions (59 return yards) and a career-best 11 deflected passes. In his senior year, he earned Second-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference (2014).
Walker was selected in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens making him the highest draft selection from Texas Southern since Joe Burch in 1994. A day after his draft, Walker and his family spread the ashes of his father off the waters of Miami who died of a heart attack in 2014. During his rookie season with the Ravens, he dedicated it to his father, who never get to see him drafted.
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