UAB football player in critical condition after being shot in Florida


WEST PALM BEACH, FL. (WIAT) – UPDATE: Coach Bill Clark has released another statement about the Bryant shooting, which can be read below:

We understand that our running back, Greg Bryant, is still fighting for his life in a Florida hospital following injuries he sustained in a shooting earlier today. The condolences we expressed earlier today were based on information a family member at the hospital provided and gave us permission to release. We remain steadfast as a Blazer family in our prayers and support for Greg and his family at this difficult time.

ORIGINAL: West Palm Beach police responded to a shooting early Saturday morning to find two men shot including UAB runningback Gregory Bryant, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Around 3:45 a.m. CST, a car was found on the side of the road by police, and two victims, later identified as Bryant, 21, and 25-year-old Maurice Glover, were transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Bryant is an alumni of American Heritage, a K-12 school in Florida, and began his college career at Notre Dame before transferring to UAB when the program began to reignite.

According to a tweet from his high school, he passed away on Saturday afternoon. The school later deleted their initial tweet and stated that Bryant was still fighting for his life in the hospital and that their coach was on the scene praying.

According to West Palm Beach police, Greg Bryant Jr is not dead, and is still listed as being in critical condition.

Coach Bill Clark issued an initial statement on the shooting, which you can read below:

The UAB Football Family’s prayers are with Greg Bryant and his family this morning. He was injured in a shooting last night in Miami and is receiving medical care, surrounded by his family. We are workingto get more information and to support Greg and his family in this difficult time. – Bill Clark, UAB Head Football Coach

After news initially spread that Bryant had passed, UAB officials gave statements. UAB President Ray Watts, Athletic Director Mark Ingram and Head Football Coach Bill Clark issued words on Bryant that can be read below.

Bill Clark:

We lost a member of our Blazer Family today with the senseless passing of Greg Bryant. We were so excited to recruit Greg, welcome him to Birmingham and to UAB Football, and get to know him over the past several months. Greg was a very special talent and young man. He always had a smile on his face. While he was with us for a short time – too short – he was a big part of an exciting and historical time for our program and will always be a Blazer. Greg worked extremely hard this spring on the field and in the classroom. He told me his GPA this semester was the highest he has had in his life, and he was very proud. The light really went on for him here, and he had a bright future ahead of him. We in the UAB community are all deeply saddened, and we are praying for Greg and his family. He and his family deserved much better than this, and we are heartbroken.

Mark Ingram:

The Blazer athletics family is mourning the loss of sophomore running back Greg Bryant from Delray Beach, Florida. His death leaves us all grieving the promise and excitement this young man brought to his studies and his game. Greg, who was majoring in communications, was a leader on the field and a guiding force on our football team. We lift his family in prayer.

Ray Watts:

Our hearts are heavy today at the loss of one of our students, Gregory Bryant, Jr., whose life was taken way too soon in a terrible crime in Florida. We suffer and mourn as a UAB family at this tragic turn of events. Young people pursuing their educations are filled with the hope and expectation of a bright future. The sudden end of a dream is jarring and painful. We offer our sincerest condolences to Greg’s family at this time.

WIAT will bring you more on this situation as it develops.

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