The teenaged lacrosse player who suffered serious injuries on Sunday when an opposing player allegedly stepped on his head after cross-checking him to the ground, still doesn’t know if he has a broken bone in his neck.
An exhausted-looking Blake Rose spoke briefly with a Kamloops newspaper reporter outside his family’s Kamloops home on Tuesday afternoon.
The 15-year-old, who plays on the midget B Kamloops Rattlers lacrosse team, was hurt during Sunday’s game against the Kelowna Kodiaks at Memorial Arena.
According to Kamloops RCMP, a Kelowna player cross-checked Rose and knocked him to the ground.
Police say the Kelowna player then “stomped” on Rose’s head.
He was rushed to Royal Inland Hospital, and has been in a neck brace since.
“It’s still painful,” Rose said, declining to take part in an on-camera interview.
He said doctors still haven’t confirmed the extent of his injuries.
Blake’s father, Patrick Rose, told CTV News he still can’t believe he watched his teenage son’s head get stomped on during a lacrosse game over the weekend.
Patrick Rose told CTV News the extent of his 15-year-old son Blake’s injuries is unknown, but that he will be in a neck brace for the next week.
“I was in shock. I’d never seen anything like that in my life in sports,” Patrick Rose said. “The kid stood over him, looked at him and stomped on his head.”
The Kelowna Minor Lacrosse Association has suspended the player involved indefinitely—though Rose says he would still like him to face assault charges.
“I feel sorry for my son and I feel sorry for lacrosse because it will give it the reputation it doesn’t deserve, unfortunately,” Patrick Rose said.
Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said Mounties are now investigating and will determine whether or not criminal charges will be sought against the Kelowna player alleged to have injured Rose.
“There has to be some reasonable action taken if the contact was outside the norm for what is expected in that sport,” he said.
Learned said the Kelowna player could potentially face assault charges, depending on what the investigation uncovers.
Kelowna Minor Lacrosse Association president Clint Alexander said he couldn’t offer any details about the incident, but said the suspect Kelowna player won’t be suiting up any time soon.
“I’m aware of this incident and I’m not free to comment,” he said.
“The player in question from Kelowna has been suspended indefinitely.”
Alexander said the player’s eligibility will be reviewed once investigations by the Kelowna Minor Lacrosse Association and the RCMP have concluded.
Kamloops Minor Lacrosse Association president Ellie Bradley is also remaining tight-lipped.
“I will not comment on the details of this incident as it is under police investigation,” she said in an email to Kamloops This Week, after repeated attempts to contact her. “I have been in contact with the player’s family. Everyone involved with Kamloops Minor Lacrosse is thinking of them at this time, and we pray that this young man will have a full recovery.”
The investigation is ongoing, and police are looking to speak to anyone who was present at Sunday’s game.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.
Tim Petruk is a Kamloops This Week reporter and contributor to the Capital News.