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As hard as it is for Creighton's Josh Jones to give up basketball, he says it's not worth risking his life to keep playing.
Doctors advised Jones to stop playing after he underwent a procedure Dec. 18 to locate and correct an atrial flutter. He faces more procedures to treat the heart condition that caused him to faint before a game three weeks ago.
He said he wanted to let their words soak in a few days before he made his announcement this week.
''My life is more important,'' he said Thursday as teammates practiced behind him at the Vinardi Athletic Center. ''The game has gotten me this far. I'm the same person with or without it. But right now, and maybe forever, I'm just stepping away from the game.''
Coach Greg McDermott said he sensed after he visited with Jones two weeks ago that it was doubtful Jones would return.
Jones had an initial health scare in 2007, when he needed an infected heart valve replaced. Doctors said the fi...
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OMAHA, Neb. -- Josh Jones is hanging up his high tops for good. The senior guard on the Creighton mens basketball team has announced that his basketball career is over, the result of an atrial flutter discovered after the Omaha native fainted prior to warm-ups at Nebraska on Dec. 6th.
Jones underwent nine hours of testing on Dec. 18th, but in...
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