FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019 file photo, JoAnne Atkins-Ingram drapes her son's old Neptune High School football jersey over her shoulder in her attorney's office in Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J. Her 19-year-old son, Braeden Bradforth, died in August 2018 about an hour and a half after football practice at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan. Former coach Jeff Sims at at Missouri Southern community college where a defensive lineman died of heatstroke after the first day of practice, in 2018 says the death is an act of God on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Doug Hood/The Asbury Park Press via AP File)

Coach: Kansas football player's death act of God

August 01, 2019 - 1:47 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The former head football coach at a Kansas community college where a defensive lineman died of heatstroke after the first day of practice says the death was an act of God.

KCUR reports Thursday that the comment by former head coach Jeff Sims comes nearly one year after 19-year-old Braeden Bradforth collapsed following practice at Garden City Community College. Sims made the remark Wednesday during football media day for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Sims said, "It's unfortunate what happened, but God has a plan."

He insisted Bradforth's death was not his fault, but instead an act of God. He also noted it didn't happen at football practice, but after practice.

Sims left after the 2018 season to take the head coaching job at Missouri Southern University in Joplin.

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