Iowa Basketball Player Intentionally Misses Free Throw to Preserve Fallen Player’s Record

By Nancy Flory Published on February 26, 2018

With all the talk about college kids these days being self-consumed snowflakes, we wanted to share the story of one young man who demonstrated heartwarming honor and sacrifice. Last night, in a game against Northwestern, Jordan Bohannon of the Iowa Hawkeyes missed a free throw. It wasn’t just any free throw.  Bohannon missed to keep a former player’s record on the books.

Bohannon stepped to the foul line with a chance to break former Hawkeye legend Chris Street’s record of 34 consecutive free throws. Street had been killed in a car accident halfway through the 1993 basketball season right in the midst of his streak. Street’s parents were in the stands last night, set to see their boy’s record broken.

Instead, Bohannon took a breath, and lofted the ball gently toward the front of the basket, far short of what he’d need to make the shot. He then pointed to the sky.

After the game, Bohannon told reporters “That’s not my record to have. That record deserves to stay in his name.”

It’s been on my mind for a while,” Bohannon added. “Life is a lot bigger than basketball.”

Bohannon’s coach Fran McCaffery said he thought about talking to Bohannon about the shot, but left it up to the player to make the decision. “That’s what he chose to do,” said McCaffery. “I think it’s awesome. … It says a lot about him.”

Iowa won Sunday night’s game 77-70. 

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  • GLT

    Adam Silver, this is the type of individual of which your league needs many, many more. Complete class and humility. If the NBA consisted of more players like Jordan Bohannon I would watch.

  • In a circumstance like that, if I tried to make it I’d probably miss, and if I tried to miss it, I’d probably make it by accident.

  • JTLiuzza

    There’s no honor in this at all, Nancy. Emotionalism and deception. The record, as it stands now, is a lie. How does the record now have any value at all to the deceased player’s loved ones? It’s phony. Artificially left on the books because… sentimentalism pretending to be “honor.”

    You can’t on the one hand say “life’s a lot bigger than basketball,” right after you treated a basketball free throw record as sacrosanct and the most important thing on earth.

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