Ronald Poppo had half his face chewed off, but his heart remains very much intact. In that heart, tucked away in a safe place, is plenty of passion for his beloved Miami Heat.
Poppo, the homeless Florida man who was the victim of a vicious cannibalistic “zombie attack” in Miami last month, had two words to get off his chest in lieu of a public statement: “Go Heat.”
The Christian Post reports that Poppo, who has been described by doctors as “alert” and “positive,” has shown serious interest in the Heat’s ongoing playoff run. In fact, he reportedly asked for the TV in his hospital room to be turned off, except for when the Heat are playing.
Poppo, who is expected to remain in a trauma center for “weeks at least” as a result of the May 26 attack, has reportedly had three surgeries and will still need an undetermined number of skin grafts and future surgeries. He was attacked by a man named Rudy Eugene on the Miami Causeway. Eugene, who it was revealed through an autopsy had a number of undigested pills in his stomach, chewed off 50 percent of Poppo’s face before police intervened.
It’s good to see Poppo in good spirits. He likely isn’t too pleased with the result of Tuesday’s game, though, in which the Thunder jumped out to a 1-0 NBA Finals lead.
Wonder if this guy was a Sonics fan.
If he needs some personal time then I’d rather have somebody coming in with their head and heart into it than just coming in and going through the motions.
–Shawn Thornton, speaking to ESPN.com’s James Murphy about Tim Thomas’ decision to take next season off
He’s probably invited at least.