ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan, 42, broke his BACK after being crushed by a tree, but he is not paralyzed and expects to make a full recovery.
- ESPN’s Jeff Passan took to Twitter to reveal the shocking news on Monday.
- He joked that he will make a bat out of the tree that had crushed him.
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ESPN reporter Jeff Passan revealed that he broke his back after a tree fell on him, but he is not paralyzed and says he will make a full recovery.
Passan, 42, is an MLB Fellow for ESPN and has been with the company since 2018.
He took to Twitter on Monday to explain why he had been quiet for a few days during the halfway point of the 2023 season, revealing that he was in a serious accident at his home in Kansas.
“Sorry I haven’t been posting lately,” he wrote. ‘During cleanup after a big storm in KC, a large tree branch decided to fall and crush me.
‘The good news: I still have use of my Twitter arms, legs and fingers. The bad news: I have a broken back.
ESPN baseball reporter Jeff Passan broke his back when he was struck by a tree after a storm
Passan, 42, said in a lengthy statement on Twitter that he will make a full recovery.
Passan also tweeted a photo of the tree in question and said he would make a bat out of it.
The fracture of the vertebra will heal. I’ll be better. I hope the pain subsides between now and the trade deadline, though the painkiller-fueled tweets could be a fun time.
‘To my incredible family, friends and everyone at ESPN who have been so supportive: thank you. To the nurses, doctors, and support staff at KU Med: I greatly appreciate your care and diligence.
“And to those who are so vital in helping me deliver the news especially this time of year: my back may be hurt, but my phone still works.”
However, Passan seems to be in a good mood: When he tweeted his statement explaining what happened, he captioned it: “Breaking: my back.”
He also tweeted a photo of the tree that fell on him, writing: ‘This is the culprit. You can be sure that I will turn you into a bat.
Before moving to ESPN, Passan was a reporter for Yahoo for 13 years.
In 2021, the National Sports Media Association named Passan their sportswriter of the year.