Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Man who became Internet joke for missing $1 million shot has rare health disorder

The man who became an Internet laughing stock after he awkwardly missed a $1million half-court shot in a contest has revealed he came up short because his strength is gone due to a rare disorder that caused five of his organs to fail.

Scott Park took, and missed, the half-court shot on Friday during halftime of the ACC Tournament semifinal between Notre Dame and Duke. The shot barely reached the foul-line.

A Vine capturing his failed attempt quickly began spreading on the Internet. It has been viewed more than seven million times, and the comments ranged from "the worst shot ever" to many way more hurtful.

Unknown to the public though, was the fact that the 56-year-old Park knew the ball wasn't going in when he shot it because serious medical problems diagnosed as CAPS have sapped his strength. But he still wanted to give it a try, according to the Sporting News

In 2007, Park had open heart surgery and was forced to go back to the hospital two days later because something was seriously wrong. Doctors couldn't figure out why, but Park's kidney, liver, spleen, gallbladder and pancreas were shutting down. Things got so bad that one of Park's doctors began preparing his wife Ellen for his death.

But those who laughed shouldn't feel too badly, though. The Navy environmental engineer doesn't have a problem with all the attention the shot has gotten.

"I'm happy to be alive. I'm happy to even have a chance to shoot for a million dollars," he said. 

"I had no illusions that ball was going in."

Who's laughing now?

1 comment:

  1. The guy did good! It was basically a two handed (old school) set shot!! Bob Cousey!! Eh!!