Colleges ride players and athletes to profits and pay or provide them with little. Sometimes one of the shortcomings is in their medical care. Alex Len told Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons he played through the stress fracture in his ankle last season and didn’t have an MRI done until after Maryland’s last game.
Nate Timmons of Denver Stiffs wouldn’t drop the issue. Timmons used video and a USA Today article to confirm what Len said and questioned how Maryland handled the situation.
And while there was some out rage over their handling of the trade. Len said he doesn’t have a problem with Maryland and how they handled his injury.
“A stress fracture is hard to discover sometimes,” Len said. “Because we did x-rays when it started hurting, but the doctor didn’t see anything. Sometimes, you can’t see anything. It just shows up after two months.”
Alex Len moved from Ukraine two years ago to go to school in the states. He chose Maryland and credits his coach for helping him develop into the player he is today.
“Coach Turgeon did a tremendous job helping a lot,” Len said. “He kind of guided me, what I needed to do, because when I came from Europe, I wanted to play outside. He explained to me, on the block, that’s where I’m going to play throughout my career.”