Chris Fatilua, an incoming freshman for the Cal football program, suffered a serious spinal injury according to an announcement from the university on Wednesday night. Fatilua suffered the injury during an undisclosed accident in San Diego, according to a statement from his family that was released through the football program’s official Twitter account.
“Chris has sustained a significant and serious spinal cord injury from an accident that occurred Monday afternoon in San Diego. He is receiving treatment for his injury and his long-term prognosis is unknown at this time,” the statement from his family read. “Our family is tremendously appreciative of the support we have received from everyone at this difficult time. It is reassuring and inspirational to know that we will have that support as we begin the recovery process and tackle the challenges ahead. At this time we ask that our privacy be respected to help allow our family and those closest to us to focus on Chris’ recovery.”
Cal football coach Justin Wilcox added, “Our hearts and minds are with incoming freshman Chris Fatilua and his family at this difficult time. The most important thing to focus on right now and in the immediate future is Chris’ recovery. Our Cal family will be there to support them in every way possible now and when Chris is ready to join us in Berkeley.”
Fatilua, who is a three-star linebacker from Madison High School San Diego, committed to the Golden Bears in late January. He also held offers from Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Air Force, Navy, Colorado State, and more.
Our thoughts are with Fatilua and his family during this incredibly difficult time.