A source close to the family said James sustained a concussion on Dec. 16, was examined on Dec. 17 and told not to practice because of the concussion and an elevated heart rate. The source said Leach called a trainer and directed him to move James "to the darkest place, to clean out the equipment and to make sure that he could not sit or lean. He was confined for three hours."
Later on the trainer apologized to James for what was done to him.
I would assume the elevated heart rate was because he was in a lot of pain.
Let me offer up some of my own experience with migraine headaches. I know some of you have the same thing.
I donâ€™t have headaches that often but every couple of years I would have a bad one and think that this was a migraine headache. Then I truly had a migraine headache and my previous bad headaches were a walk in the park compared to this one.
The night I had a migraine, there was a fire on my street which meant fire trucks and their sirens. If I would have had the strength to carry myself out to the street, I would have laid down there and let a firetruck drive over me and finish me off, it was that bad. The next day I went out and I had to wear sunglasses to help me cope with the pain from the sunlight. There is a good reason why many migraine sufferers retreat to a darkened room and wait them out. Light and sound are incredible painful.
What amazes me from this situation is that Mike Leach is a) so ignorant about concussions b) thought he could get away with it in an age of Facebook and Twitter c) thought he could get away with it when the players dad was an ESPN analyst d) someone didnâ€™t say bring up point a, b, and c to Leach.
Today Leachâ€™s current players offered up some thoughts
Today, though, the Leach lovefest emphatically ended, in the most unlikely place: From his own team. When the media ban was lifted on current Raider players during their Alamo Bowl preparations in San Antonio, a few team spokesmen opened up with both barrels:
Defensive tackle Chris Perry, to ESPN: "I have no complaints about this decision. [Leach] put Adam [James] in a shed like an animal. Like an animal in a cage. That was bull. You call other players. I think it was a good decision. We have our pep back now. We practice hard this week. We had less stress this week. You know why? Because he’s gone." (Emphasis added)
Wide receiver Tramain Swindall, to the Associated Press: "I’m supporting Adam and what heâ€™s doing because itâ€™s the right thing to do. And so do most of the players. It wasnâ€™t just about Adam. It was always a negative vibe."
Cornerback Taylor Charbonnet, to ESPN: "The players make this team, not one coach. As Adam’s friend, I didn’t like it at all what [Leach] did. He was my brother and I didn’t agree with it. I don’t know why [Leach] did that. But I know we our fully behind [interim] coach Ruffin [McNeil]. We love him and support him."
Charbonnet’s older brother, former Tech safety Daniel Charbonnet, updated his Facebook status to the same effect this afternoon: "For everyone who wants to know what happen [sic], you probably never will. The only thing you should know is Coach Leach and Coach Leach alone is responsible for this. I wish it wasn’t like this." Combine that with the frustration on the team in September — when veterans Marlon Williams and Brandon Carter used their Twitter accounts to vent over the team’s 2-2 start and call out Leach for showing up late to a team meeting after back-to-back losses to Texas and Houston — and it’s not hard to piece together a much rougher year behind the scenes than we saw on the surface.