Jose Canseco, famed goat diaperer, steroid abuser, and former baseball star who claims to have had a three-way with Jim Carrey, probably is the last person who should be using a firearm, something he demonstrated quite well on Tuesday as he was cleaning his gun.
Canseco completely forgot about a simple rule of gun ownership: The gun is always loaded. Period. According to Canseco’s fiancee, Leila Knight, the former “Bash Brother” was cleaning one of his four guns in the kitchen when it discharged. The shot blew off Canseco’s middle finger, one he will sorely miss the next time he sees Shaquille O’Neil, whom he has been trolling on Twitter for years, in person.
“He had been at the shooting range a few days earlier. He didn’t know it was loaded,” Knight told the NY Daily News. “The middle finger was hanging by a thread, and I wrapped his hand in a towel and then called 911. The doctors said they would either have to amputate or do reconstructive surgery. But if they do surgery, he won’t be able to use it again. He blew away an artery and a big bone chunk.”
She says Canseco has always kept guns in the house. “He keeps them for protection, self-defense,” Knight explained. Fortunately, Knight says, the couple has learned a lesson about keeping guns around.
“At first the police asked me if we were in a fight. I said of course we weren’t. We have four guns in the house. We are now going to have zero. I hate guns,” Knight said. “Jose is a little freaked out. He keeps saying, ‘Sorry, sorry.’ But we’re extremely lucky, lucky it wasn’t worse, or that he didn’t shoot me.” Knight had filed a temporary restraining order against Canseco in 2011.
Canseco is currently recovering from his injury.