NFL Player Injured in Can-Am Spyder Crash
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Can-Am Spyder
has gotten a lot of mainstream attention since its debut, but the latest spotlight hasn’t been too favorable. Cleveland Browns defensive end Marcus Benard crashed his Spyder earlier this week. And while in most mainstream motorcycle crash stories the bike doesn't often get singled out, in this case the Spyder gets special notoriety as the multiple news reports single it out as a “three-wheeled motorcycle.”
Benard was hospitalized with a broken hand after hitting a guardrail on I-71. Benard seems to have got off lucky considering the accident reports, describe the 256-pound getting tossed 80-yards from the point of impact. Not so lucky is news from local Ohio ABC affiliate NewsChannel5 that Benard faces charges
of “driving under a suspended license and reckless operation of a vehicle.” On the plus side, an AP report states the 26-year-old will get the remainder of his $525,000 salary – despite the Browns not being obliged to pay up for time missed by a non-football related injury.
If the “Browns player out for the season due to motorcycle crash” story angle sounds familiar, a similar incident occurred in 2005. The Browns tight end at the time, Kellen Winslow, destroyed his knee stunting in a parking lot. Like Benard, he was out for the season.
Interestingly enough, the current President of the Cleveland Browns, Mike Holmgren, is himself a motorcycle enthusiast. Holmgren was also a former head coach of the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, and players from the latter team presented their outgoing coach with a special-edition Screaming Eagle Harley-Davidson when he stepped down in 2008.
Check out more on the Benard Spyder accident in the embedded video below, courtesy of newsnet5.com.
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