Baseball Star Jose Canseco Allegedly Shot Himself in Freak Gun Accident

Jose CansecoFormer Major Leaguer Jose Canseco is mostly OK, after accidentally shooting himself while cleaning a handgun in his Las Vegas home on Tuesday, October 28. He managed to avoid vital organs, but it's unlikely he'll be giving anyone the bird anytime soon. At least not with his left hand.

Jose Canseco accidentally shot himself in the hand. Middle finger, to be exact. Good thing the 50-year-old's professional baseball career is behind him.


The incident took place around 2:30 p.m., and Las Vegas Metro Police Lt. Mark Reddon called it "a serious hand injury." He also reported, "There was nothing suspicious. There was no alcohol involved, just a misstep with a handgun."

Ouch. Both for his injury and his pride. His fiancée Leila Knight told the Los Angeles Times that he was unaware the gun was loaded, which means he ignored one of the most basic rules of gun safety -- always assume the weapon is loaded. Le sigh.

She also reported that although doctors are trying to save what's left of his middle finger, it's unlikely he'll ever have full use of it again.

"I heard the gun go off and saw his middle finger hanging by a string," she said. "It will either have to be amputated or have full reconstruction surgery."

The six-time All-Star player was a right-handed outfielder and designated hitter who racked up 462 home runs over the course of his career. He played for Texas, Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, and the New York Yankees.

Canseco was also one of the many players who used performance-enhancing drugs, which he admitted to in his 2005 book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big.

Knight took to his Twitter account on Tuesday night to thank fans for their support and to ask for prayers for his finger.

If you had to lose a finger, which one do you think you could do without?


Image via Jose Canseco/Twitter

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