Dennis Weathersby Update -- as of 1:45 p.m.
April 21, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. -
Former Oregon St. cornerback Dennis Weathersby is in good condition and spirits after being the victim of an alleged drive-by shooting in the late afternoon of April 20th in his hometown of Duarte, California. Weathersby, who has no history of legal problems or gang affiliation, was shot while getting into his car with a casual acquaintance at 5:00 P.M. PDT last night.
According to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. L. Williams, Weathersby was getting into his car when several alleged gang member in a white SUV drove up and its occupants opened fire. Contrary to early reports, Weathersby was hit by only a single bullet, which entered his back below his lungs, exited his torso and then struck his left arm. No surgery was required and according to his agent Gary Uberstine of Premier Sports Management, he is expected to be released from the hospital no later than Wednesday.
Weathersby was on his way to the airport to pick up a friend who was coming in town to watch this weekend's NFL Draft. Weathersby was projected by many experts to be taken in the first round of the draft.
'I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I feel fine,' said Weathersby from his bed at Santa Teresita Hospital. 'I'm lucky. The Lord has a reason for everything and this must be part of his plan for me.'
Uberstine does not feel that this unfortunate incident will affect his NFL playing career. 'First and foremost, we are relieved that Dennis is ok. This is a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are obviously with Dennis and his family,' said Uberstine. 'From a football standpoint, this will not jeopardize his career in any way. After speaking with his doctors, we are expecting a complete and speedy recovery.'
Weathersby was a four-year starter at cornerback for the Oregon State Beavers. In addition to earning numerous on-the-field accolades for his play, he was also an All-Academic Pac-10 selection three times.