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Father of Bucs CB Wilson Says Son Lucky to Be Alive Following Fireworks Accident

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 9: Safety Major Wright #31 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on November 9, 2014, in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers lost 27-17 (photo by Mike Carlson/Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson suffered a severe hand injury in a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July, .

The former Lincolnton High School standout lost two fingers on one hand – his index and middle fingers – after fireworks exploded in a canister Wilson was holding.

It’s unclear if or how the injury will impact his professional football career.

“I’m sure it’s in the back of his mind,” his father, Curtis Wilson, Sr., told Coleen Harry of WBTV. “For me that really doesn’t matter. My son is alive so God took care of him as far as that. I guess we’ll cross that bridge later on down the road.”

Mr. Wilson said his son was with a group at a friend’s house in Lincolnton the night of the Fourth.

“Having fun with fireworks,” Wilson Sr. said. “I’m not sure where they purchased it from, exactly what nature it was, but had one explode while he was holding it in his hand.”

Mr. Wilson said he was not with his son when the accident happened, but he was told CJ “was pretty much holding the canister – not trying to hold the fireworks – but the canister that it was supposed to pop out of… well it didn’t pop. It exploded inside the canister.”

WBTV checked with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincolnton Police Department but neither agency received an emergency call for the fireworks accident.

Mr. Wilson said that his son’s friends “put him in a vehicle and took him to the {local} hospital.”

Lt William Brooks of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to CHS Hospital in Boger City because someone was causing a disturbance.

According to Lt Brooks, “someone was who with C.J. Wilson was apparently upset about the injury and punched a hole in the EMS bay.”

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One Response to “Father of Bucs CB Wilson Says Son Lucky to Be Alive Following Fireworks Accident”

  1. Dion Hancock says:

    It’s really sad to see these guys have permanent debilitating injuries because of one momentary lapse in judgement. Get well soon C.J.

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