Reality of career-ending condition sinking in for Simpson

Jay Simpson’s career is over due to the heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).
Jay Simpson’s career is over due to the heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The reality is sinking in for Purdue forward Jay Simpson.

He won’t play competitive basketball ever again. Simpson fainted in the Boilermakers’ game at Nebraska on Feb. 23. A week later Simpson was told by a Minneapolis Cardiologist that his playing career was over. Simpson suffers from the heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM.

“HCM is a disease which causes structural abnormalities to the heart and may lead to sudden death in young exercising athletes. It’s discovery precludes the participation in competitive sports,” Purdue team doctor Greg Rowdon said.

A week after the diagnosis Simpson says the shock is beginning to fade, just a little bit.

“It sunk in a little bit,” Simpson said. “It didn’t right away. It took a few days for me to realize, like it’s actually over, but even though it’s hard I’ve just been trying to stay positive. Everybody is trying to tell me that it’s going to be ok, but that’s just hard to take, something like that just taken away from you. Basketball, that’s pretty much all I knew. That’s all I ever did growing up, and for it to be gone just like that, it’s mind-blowing. Like I said, it’s hard. It’s going to take some time to get over, but I’ll get through it.”

Simpson is on course to graduate in May 2016 and will remain on scholarship at Purdue. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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