Jose Canseco Shoots Off Middle Finger in Gun Accident
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Ex-ballplayer and 'roid-user Jose Canseco shot his own finger off in a shooting accident Tuesday night.
The former major league slugger/book author/time traveler/baby-goat owner was apparently cleaning his semiautomatic pistol at his home in Vegas when the weapon discharged and blew off the middle finger of his left hand.
His girlfriend Leila logged onto Canseco's Twitter account to let everyone know he'd be fine. As fine as a person who just shot off his own middle finger could be, anyway.
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TMZ first reported the incident Tuesday night and spoke with Leila, who told them Canseco didn't know the gun was loaded.
Leila told TMZ that Canseco, 50, was sitting cleaning the gun in his home when it accidentally discharged. The shot "ripped through the middle finger on his left hand."
Canseco was rushed to surgery Tuesday night. Doctors said he'll never have full use of the finger again. It might also have been amputated during surgery.
The Cuban-born Canseco, who attended Coral Park High in Miami and has a street named after him in South Florida, was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1986 and league MVP in 1988 while playing for the Oakland A's.
After his retirement, Canseco made headlines with an autobiography chronicling the many years of his rampant use of steroids as a ballplayer.
In the book, Canseco outed several fellow major leaguers as users, including Mark McGwire. At the time, Canseco was vilified as an attention hound. But as we know now, steroid use was pretty widespread throughout major league baseball.
Canseco had also become something of a sideshow recently, starring in several reality shows and taking to Twitter to fire off bizarre tweets.
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