The worst kinds of stories…

Are the ones that we have to write about people we care about.

My friend and former UCLA football player Nick Ekbatani was involved in a car accident on Friday night and is in the ICU at Harbor Medical Center. I just spoke with a nurse who said he was in stable condition, but this is a scary situation.

Since Nick has been working for ESPN Recruiting we’ve become close friends, and we’re talking about hosting a podcast together. His spirit is absolutely incredible. Can’t go into too many details, but please, please pray for him. Please.

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  • Heather

    He is an AMAZING Bruin and a wonderful guy. Prayers go out to him!

  • Anonymous

    Nick, get well soon!

  • ucla ex-dormie

    I have never met Nick but cheered for him when he was on the team.
    I love his blog which is at this URL:
    I am praying for him.
    Please join me.


    Nick – prayers and well-wishes from a North Carolina family of Bruins.

    Remember – the tasks ahead of you are never as great as the power behind you. We are all there in support!

  • BruinRogue

    Went to high school with Nick and later in college. Wish him a speedy recovery.

  • Lisa

    There’s been a fund set up for donations – more info at the link below.

  • Anonymous

    Nick went to my elementary, middle, high school, and UCLA. We are both former Bruin student-athletes and despite an age difference, we were able to become friends and he is a great person, an energetic individual, and the kind of guy who doesn’t deserve to be in this situation. We’re all wishing & hoping for the best here… Get well soon Nick!

  • Ray M.

    Get well soon, Nick. You are in my prayers.

  • This is not the space for a religious dialogue. Get well Nick.


    I just hate it when people talk about “prayers.” It’s as if they think God will intervene if they “engage” Him/Her enough.

    The poor kid took a chance, just by being on a motorcycle in L.A., and now he has to face the consequences. His good attitude in handling this drastic-life-changing event will help more than prayers

  • Coleman Hamilton

    I played pop warner football with Nick in his first year. he overcame a lot to be the best out of all of us in the long run. He will get though this. Prayers for Nick.

  • Ekbatani

    Jon. I love you, bro. Thanks.


    Oh man i saw Nick that night in the trauma center he is going no need alot of support. He will have a long road ahead of him. Our prayers from station 85 is with him! Godspeed brother and heal quickly. I didn’t know who he was till after i read this message. Is there any way we can help? My family and fire station is praying for him and his family.


    @Be Real I am never the one to impose religion on anyone. But if you were in the trauma center and saw how fast the surgeons were running to stabilize him….prayers were all i had left for someone i never met. prayers couldn’t hurt for this young man.

  • Slippery Pete

    BE REAL…..

    Eat a Dick….. That is all

  • Jon,

    Why the deleted post?


  • McNamara’s Band

    This is the the time for God folks. Hit your knees and pray.


    LAFD BRUIN, your sincere words moved me.


  • Watty

    BE REAL – I am not a religious person who believes in the power of prayer, but openly hating on those who do isn’t helpful. It just makes you look like a jerk.

    But you seem very concerned with what will and won’t “help” Nick. So let us know what you ended up donating to the fund that’s been set up to assist with Nick’s recovery.

  • timmah

    Jon, you can’t ask people to pray and then ban “religious” comments…praying is an inherently religious act. Your deleting posts that you deem “too religious” while asking for prayers for Nick seems contradictory at best, and censorship of people who dare to express faith in God at worst. Whatever, Jon, you can delete this post now…

  • rejn

    Timmah – I completely agree. It’s another example of how the liberal media treats those with very strong Christian values, and how the media has no tolerance for anything related to God, etc. Censorship? Absolutely. Hypocritical? Like I wrote after Gold deleted my post, it’s very interesting that prayer is asked for, and yet when someone does in fact pray, it’s banned.

    Obviously there are some who use the term pray very loosely and have no concept of what it means or its impact. If you don’t want people to pray, then don’t ask for prayer. But if you do, then you get what you ask for. On the other hand, if they have no clue what they’re asking for, then how do you expect the liberal, non-religious mentality to fully understand what it is you’re doing?

    A line was crossed. Censorship was applied. And to be a victim of such bias against those practicing their freedom of religion is something that should not and will not be tolerated.

    I don’t always see eye to eye with attorneys, however, if one does see this, I’m sure they’d have a field day with it…

  • Anonymous

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh broooooooooooootherrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111!!!!11!1!

    this thread is not about you rejn. stop it. stop. it.

    (ps. thanks for going the litigious route. it’s claims like this that keep out justice system strong…..)