Harlem Globetrotter William “Bull” Bullard suffered a dislocated shoulder and had a cut above his left eye after a slam-dunk stunt went incredibly wrong. It could’ve been much worse, though, as Bullard’s head was just inches away from being crushed by a falling backboard.
The incident, which occurred during the Globetrotters’ game at the Nacional de Ingenieros Coliseum in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on Friday (here), was caught on video:
Bullard described the mishap to the New York Daily News.
“When I dunk, I put my feet on the backboard, put the ball through my legs and dunk it again, so that’s the motion I was going with,” he said. “By the time I realized that the rim was coming down, it was too late, and it crashed down on me.”
Bullard walked off the court under his own power with a towel to his face. After team docs bandaged the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi grad up and popped his shoulder back into place, he returned to the floor to give the crowd a thumbs up and sign a few autographs.
“My main thing was to get up … get cleaned up, come back out and wave to them and show them I was good,” Bullard said. “It was a nice crowd. … The injuries aren’t too major. That’s a blessing.”
Team officials told the paper that Bullard should be good to go by the time the Globetrotters return to the U.S. for their North American tour, which starts on December 26th.