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Moto­rcyclist wearing Heat jersey forced off road

Man wearing LeBron James basketball jersey recovering from broken collar bone

SAN ANTONIO - A man, driving his motorcycle, is now in the hospital after he was run off the road and according to the man's parents, it's because he was wearing a Miami Heat basketball jersey.

Chad Cazares, 25, is now at University Hospital recovering from a broken collar bone. He also has skin peeling off of his arms and hands.

Cazares was wearing his LeBron James basketball jersey Friday morning when he was forced off the road by another vehicle, causing him to lose control and crash his motorcycle.

Cazares' father, Daniel Castano, said his son was headed home after watching the Spurs-Heat game, just after 2 a.m., when another driver hit him.

Castano said it happened because Cazares was wearing that Miami Heat jersey.

"He was coming off I-10 and Colorado and they were just talking smack back and forth to him," said Castano. "They ended up hitting him, pushing him into the retaining wall."

Castano said a good Samaritan brought his son home and that they immediately took him to the hospital. As of Friday night, Cazares was still in the hospital in stable condition.

Castano said Cazares could be recovering from the wreck for at least the next six months. A huge price to pay, he said, for being a Miami Heat fan.

"Luckily, he's still here with us," said Castano. "It was a bad accident, but it could have been a lot worse."

Castano said what's disheartening is the fact that a fellow Spurs fan would actually take it to that extreme.

Still, Castano said he's not holding a grudge against all Spurs fans, just against the person responsible for hurting his son.

"You can't be mad at everybody," he said. "It's just that person chose to do what he did for some reason. I don't know, but I hope he can come forward or whoever it was come forward and take responsibility for their actions."

Castano said they did not catch the name of the good Samaritan who brought Cazares to safety, but that they just want to thank him for helping their son.

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