Jose Canseco Nearly Shoots Off Middle Finger While Cleaning His Gun


Former baseball star Jose Canseco nearly lost a finger after accidentally shooting himself in the hand Tuesday.

Las Vegas Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon told the Associated Press that officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting at Canseco’s home just after 5:30 p.m. ET. Canseco told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it discharged and shot a finger in his left hand, according to Reddon.

Canseco’s fiancee, Leila Knight, told the Los Angeles Times that doctors said they’ll have to either amputate or perform reconstructive surgery and warned that Canseco will never have full use of his hand again.

“I heard the gun go off and saw his middle finger hanging by a string,” she told the newspaper.

Knight told the Times that Canseco had been to the shooting range recently, so there was still a round left in the gun’s chamber.

Canseco, a six-time All-Star, made his career with the Oakland Athletics in the 1980s and played for several other teams before retiring in 2001.

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