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Benefit planned for former NBA player injured in ATV wreck

Posted November 30, 2008

— Friends in Durham are rallying around former pro-basketball player Rodney Rogers.

Rogers, who lives in the Triangle, suffered serious injuries in an all-terrain vehicle crash Friday night in Vance County.

A horseback riding group, "Black Trail Riders," said Sunday they are planning a benefit ride in a few weeks for Rogers.

Friends say his condition is uncertain and that he may have suffered some paralysis.

Rogers played basketball for Hillside High School in Durham and Wake Forest University. In 1993, he left Wake Forest in his junior season for the NBA and was selected ninth in the draft by the Denver Nuggets.

Rogers went on to play for the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and the Philadelphia 76ers, before retiring in 2005. In career games, he averaged 9.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 22.7 minutes a game.

Rogers won the 1999-2000 NBA Sixth Man Award, honoring the league's premier reserve player. That season, he ranked fourth in 3-pointer percentage and 16th in 3-pointers made.


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  • lashandras Dec 2, 2008

    I am in total shock at some of the comments that I have read here. I didnt personally know this man however my prayers go out to him and his family. What I do know is that this young man has been very active in his community and has been more than generous to numerous of his friends and family so maybe this benefit is a way of giving back. Also as GETOUT stated, maybe this man is bored sitting at home and wants to do something constructive to occupy his time. Did you folks ever think that maybe this man invested his money in lucrative ventures however/whatever his reasons for working for the city belong to him. Whether he is a multi-millionaire or just plain broke, he is human just like you and me and his works speak for themselves. So why do you have a problem if someone does something good for him. He has spread the love and your works will follow you all the days of your life.

  • GETOUT Dec 2, 2008

    meh2- tell me please, what is he supposed to be doing now, that would suffice for you that he managed his money wisely? If he decided, "hey i'm gonna go greet people at wal-mart" or any other "menial" job as you call it, would that mean he didn't manage his money wisely??? You tell me what he should be doing? Some people, including him, do some things because they want to.... I know if I had financial success, I would do what the heck I want to do, or "work" where the heck I wanna work! I know plenty of people who are retired and set financially, and get these "menial" jobs as you call it, because they get tired of sitting at home. TRUST ME, what appears one way, it might not exactly be that way.....

  • aocopeland Dec 2, 2008

    Okay.. okay.. first off, I am well aware of how charity events and benefits work. I am also aware that there are several multi billion dollar organizations and persons who sponsor them out of the goodness of their hearts. However, in this situation, I believe that this is a group of people who are coming together out of the kindness of their hearts- NOT because anyone asked them to. I respect people's opinion's but it is really odd that all people are focusing on out of this is this man's financial portfolio. I am wondering where the sense of compassion is. This man just lost his brother in August and now he is in a questionable state in the hospital from an accident. So what he works for the city? Is he supposed to sit around and twiddle his thumbs? I find it refreshing that someone of his stature takes what you call a menial job and does it. I don't care what he does with his money-not my business.

  • meh2 Dec 2, 2008

    Getout - he has been working digging ditches, and trust me, he stands out in a crowd, and has been recognized.

    A benefit is being organized to provide him with money. Would people do that for a multi-millionaire?

    Based on those two facts - working at a menial minimum wage job, and having people raise money for him, a reasonable person could surmise that he has not managed his 37 million dollar lifetime income well. Or perhaps that he likes to dig ditches and his friends think that with all the money he has in the bank that he would like some more, just because.

  • GETOUT Dec 1, 2008

    Hey GravyPig, thisquestionis for you nad everybody else that has your opinion. Where is it reported that he didn't manage his money well? Or is that an ASSUMPTION that was and has been made. All because one group wants to show their support for him... ANYONE, please show me where he didn't manage his finances to YOUR liking......

  • GravyPig Dec 1, 2008

    That's how these things work aocopeland. You have a benefit for the American Cancer Society, and the money (all or part) goes to that group. Doing otherwise would be dishonest or fraud.

    Just because I don't gush all over and pray for him or his recovery doesn't mean I wish him ill will. I do believe that those sentiments have been repeated several times already. I stop reading when the forum fills with page after page of the same sentiment or opinon. It just isn't worth reading.

    I would have to work 900 years to make what he made in 12. I'd settle for another 1000.00 per year. So yes I guess I am offended when someone makes that much money and isn't able to manage it well. Could be a great guy, I don't know. That kind of excess and poor management of funds is disgusting.

    Sorry he got hurt, but ATVs are dangerous machines.

    Sorry I have a different opinion.

  • aocopeland Dec 1, 2008

    This is terrible. Are you people serious? This man is laid up in a hospital after a tragic accident and all you have to talk about is his decision making with HIS money? I did not read where it said the money was going to him anyway. Do you know about the community service that he does and how many people he has helped along the way? Come on now let's quit with the crab in the barrel mentality for once. This is pathetic. You could wish him well or something or just be quiet. YOUR decision to post nasty comments will come back to haunt you as well.

  • eddielee Dec 1, 2008

    money or no money, last time I saw Rodney he was doing maintenance work for the city of Durham...hopefully he has insurance through them...

  • GETOUT Dec 1, 2008

    Wow, it's amazing how someone can have such a tragic life-altering accident occur in their life, and the only thing that you all can post about is "hmmm... wonder how much money he has" or "hmm... wonder why he didn't save for a rainy day like this" or "hmmm... wonder why they are having a benefit for him,shouldn't he have money". This is sad! Why not, "hey, let me pray that he's able to resume some sort of normal life" or " let me pray that he has a speedy recovery". The article never said that he asked for the benefit, nor did it say he has any idea the benefit is going to happen. Sounds like it's a group that's showing their support for the guy and they might be able to donate what "they" want to donate. It was an accident that occured while he was enjoying recreational activites just like all us do. I bet if it were Coach K or Roy Williams, nobody would question anything. How about a little more compassion people! Hey TOT, My prayers go out to you for a speedy recovery!

  • dbcooper41 Dec 1, 2008

    merry christmas ya'll!!
    please give generously.