Bull Rider Dies after Being Stomped by Bull
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A 21-year-old professional bull rider from Missouri died after being stomped by a bull he had just ridden. Joshua J. "Cody" Brunner of Warrensburg, Mo., died Saturday night after he was stepped on by a bull in a United Rodeo Association event, Topeka police said. He died after being taken to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka. Autopsy results released Monday by the Shawnee County coroner's office said the cause of death was "blunt force injuries." Brunner had completed his eight-second ride and was injured as he dismounted the bull. He was sixth in earnings for the season, with $1,537 heading into the URA finals Saturday.
1) Well, you can't tell me when you rely on somebody called a "rodeo clown" to provide for your safety, you don't expect this to happen on a not-so-infrequent basis. I know I trust my safety to people who are most commonly associated with making balloon animals and riding in very tiny cars.
2) Did you happen to catch the last sentence of the story? Sixth in earnings with $1,537 on the season??? Let's think about this... a grand-and-a-half. ON THE SEASON. And it's not like this was near the beginning of the season, as he was "heading into the URA finals Saturday." It's pretty sad to think that when I was out coaching swimming, I was making more than the sixth-highest-paid rodeo athlete. Hell, the guy down the street scooping rice at Chipotle is probably higher paid.