Oklahoma player broke a $10k camera lens in sideline fall

Tuesday October 21st, 2014

Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard suffered an injury after falling on camera equipment while trying to pull in a touchdown pass during the Sooners' 31-30 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats. 

While Shepard later returned to the game, a photographer revealed his equipment was not quite as lucky, as a $10,499 Canon lens was snapped in half on the play.

The photographer, Mike Simons of the Tulsa World, made the revelation in an open letter apologizing for any role he played in Shepard's injury, adding that the cost of the lens is negligible when compared to keeping the players on the field safe.

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Coach Bob Stoops said after the game that the media around the field needs to be more cognizant of the players on it.

The Tulsa World has published a gallery of the shots Simons took in the moments leading up to the collision.

Brendan Maloy

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