Thursday delivered Part 3 of Sports Illustrated’s series on OSU.
But it also delivered a peek into Part 5 – “The Fallout” – due Tuesday as the series finale and framed around what has happened to players reportedly no longer of use to the program and subsequently cast aside.
The Fallout will clearly feature Artrell Woods, who has already been a source in the series, but said in an interview with OSU student Kieran Steckley that he blames OSU for the weight room accident that broke his back in 2007.
And he wants to be paid.
Woods was injured during a weight-lifting session, when after competing his set, he went to return the 185-pound barbell and slipped, tumbling backward with the weight on top of him. He suffered a spinal cord injury that left him briefly paralyzed, although he came back from the injury to play again for the Cowboys and later at UCO.
Today, he says that back pain is a daily issue. And he wants to be paid.
“All this (bleeping) back pain is because of Oklahoma State,” Woods told Steckley in the interview. “That’s the bottom line. Everything I’m going through right now, they’re responsible for. They could have gave me something. They could have made sure I left with a degree. Those (bleeping bleeps) ran me out of there and you will hear more about it on Tuesday (Sept 17). You will see a video about it on Tuesday. They ran me the (bleep) up out of there. They could have treated somebody who broke their spine better.”
To that end, Woods is talking about money.
“All I want is what the (bleep) I’m owed,” Woods said. “I signed something that said I will not sue but when I signed it, I bet you I was drugged up on something, some kind of pain medication.”
So, would he consider suing?
“No, no. Maybe, maybe not. I don’t know. I will not comment on that. Just know, somebody is going to have to pay me what I’m owed. I don’t even want much. All I want is a better (bleeping) way of life than what I have now. Because I know before I came to Oklahoma State, if I was doing the job that I’m doing now, I would be just fine doing that job. But since I went to Oklahoma State, the job I’m doing now hurts my (bleeping) back. Actually any (bleeping) job I do now pretty much gives me back pain.
“I wouldn’t have those back pains if I never went to Oklahoma State and played football for them. It’s the only point I’m making. I don’t give a (bleep) about that other stuff. That stuff is irrelevant to me. I don’t care. I don’t care if this is selfish. It is very selfish of me. I could care less what happens to Oklahoma State. Somebody needs to pay me. That’s all I know.”