A Critical Look at the Stabbing of the Redskins’ Brandon Banks

By Redskins Gab Columnist Keely Devin

Redskins’ return man Brandon Banks was released from the Virginia Hospital Center on Friday, February 18th after being stabbed during an altercation outside of a nightclub early Saturday, February 12th.

Though Banks’ agent James Gould initially described the injury to his upper left abdomen as “a superficial wound,” reports of much more serious damage emerged throughout the week. On Wednesday, Gould issued another statement revealing that Banks had been moved from Howard University Hospital to the Virginia Hospital Center, where he would be cared for by team doctor Anthony Casolaro.

Gould said, “The knife nicked [Banks’] lung creating a pneumothorax condition.” Pneumothorax is the medical term for a collapsed lung. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a collapsed lung results from “the collection of air in the space around the lungs.

This buildup of air puts pressure on the lung, so it cannot expand as much as it normally does when you take a breath.” To treat the pneumothorax, doctors inserted a tube into Banks’ chest cavity to drain the fluid and air that prevented his lung from inflating. By Friday, doctors had removed the tube and the lung fully expanded on its own, allowing Banks to leave the hospital. The recovery process is expected to take 3 or 4 weeks, at which point he can safely return to offseason workouts.

Disturbing new information about the altercation emerged last week. Initial accounts described the perpetrator Jason Shorter as the knife wielding aggressor and cast Brandon Banks as an innocent bystander who intervened to save his childhood friend Christopher Nixon.

On the Tuesday following the stabbing, local news outlet ABC7 reported that a cell phone video from that night shows Brandon Banks throwing the first punch. In response, the suspect pulled a knife and began slashing. Others then rushed to subdue the man. Review of surveillance footage confirms that Banks and Nixon physically engaged the assailant even after he drew the weapon.

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