Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Reese: Kiwanuka's brother 'stable'
By Ohm Youngmisuk
RYE, N.Y. -- Mathias Kiwanuka's brother, Benedict, is in "stable" condition according to New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese.
The Giants defensive end and his older brother were riding motorcycles in Indianapolis when an accident occurred last Friday. According to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police, Benedict Kiwanuka hit a car pulling out of an apartment complex and it was estimated that he was thrown 100 feet.
He was transported to Methodist Hospital in "critical condition with multiple injuries" including a "severe" injury to one of his arms, according to Lt. Jeff Duhamell. Mathias Kiwanuka, who is from Indianapolis and played at Cathedral High School, was not injured.
Reese said on Tuesday that he had spoken to the defensive end and the news was positive.
"He said [Benedict] was stable and has a long road back but everything looked like it was going to work out for him," Reese said at the team's foundation golf charity event at the Westchester Country Club. "Sounds like the brother is going to be OK."
Mathias Kiwanuka, 27, was shaken by his brother's injuries but Reese expects the defensive end to attend this week's offseason training activity programs.
Benedict Kiwanuka, 32, was not wearing a helmet according to Indianapolis police. It is unknown whether Mathias Kiwanuka was wearing a helmet. Motorcyclists who are properly licensed and are not beginners are not required to wear a helmet in Indiana.
Reese first was informed about last Friday's accident when personnel from the Indianapolis Colts called the Giants to alert the team of the crash. According to Duhamell, witnesses on the scene said the brothers were riding "at a high rate of speed."
Reese talked to Kiwanuka shortly after, while he was at the hospital with his brother. The driver of the passenger vehicle struck sustained facial injuries but was in good condition according to Indianapolis police.
NFL player contracts come with a standard hazardous activity clause that contains vague language. Should a player suffer injuries from hazardous activities, a team might be able to claim a breach of contract. Kiwanuka, who is entering the final year of his contract, wasn't injured in this case. Reese didn't recall any additional clauses in the defensive end's contract specifically pertaining to riding motorcycles without having Kiwanuka's contract in front of him.
The general manager said he tells his players to exercise caution and be responsible.
"Obviously we would like for guys to be careful but we can walk out here on the golf course and somebody can hit me between the eyes with a golf ball," Reese said before playing in the team's charity event. "I'm not sure what was happening ... [I] don't know if they were drag racing or just riding a leisure ride. We'd like for the guys to be careful but it is a dangerous world. I don't think you have to put a clause in for every little thing in the world."
Head coach Tom Coughlin said he traded voicemails with Kiwanuka over the weekend.
"Let's just hope and pray that his brother is going to fully recover," Coughlin said. "And then we will leave the rest of it when I get an opportunity to speak to him."
Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.
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