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Jose Canseco recalls saying ‘What the f—?’ when he nearly shot his finger off


Jose Canseco is accustomed to making news with the things he says — and everyone knows he loves the sound of his own voice and appreciates his expressions of sage wisdom — but even a person who desperately craves the public’s attention like he does probably would have preferred to avoid the news cycle altogether as a result of an incident last October when he suffered a pretty serious gunshot wound during a firearm mishap in his home.

Profiled for a “Where Are They Now?” piece in the recent issue of Sports Illustrated (which features Brett Favre in a Packers jersey on the cover), Canseco explains to Jack Dickey exactly what happened, as it has never been exactly clear how things played out in an incident where Canseco thought he blew the middle finger on his left hand clean off.

“You know, it’s funny,” Canseco tells Dickey. “I didn’t realize I had shot my own finger off. I just put my gun back on the table and looked to see where the bullet went because I was behind this huge desk. And all of a sudden I see my hand, blood spurting out. I said, ‘What the f—? Oh my god, I shot my finger off.’”

A reasonable reaction. Dickey goes on to write that instead of the finger being blown off, it was instead “hanging against the back of his hand from an unsevered blood vessel.”

While attempting to keep blood loss to a minimum, Canseco apparently sought out his fiancée, telling her, “Listen, I’m sorry, but I just shot my finger off.”

If the average person had a nickel for each time that sequence of words came out of his or her mouth…

Doctors were able to reattach the finger but later required an additional surgical procedure that inserted a piece of bone from his hip. While this may seem extreme and slightly unfortunate, it is a far cry better result than originally anticipated at the time of the accident.

“I heard the gun go off and saw his middle finger hanging by a string,” said Canseco’s fiancée Leila Knight.”It will either have to be amputated or have full reconstruction surgery.”

With all that in mind, So, you know, the entire sordid and bloody saga had a happy ending. Or at least as happy an ending a story can have when a person accidentally shoots themselves in the finger.

[H/T Extra Mustard, image via Leila Knight/Twitter]