Brian Deegan: 'Life's a gift, and it can be taken away just like that'
It was a pleasure visiting Brian Deegan and some of his Metal Mulisha teammates recently for a story that ran in today's L.A. Times, even if its focus was on the tragic loss of Jeremy Lusk and the changes -- some of them positive -- resulting from his passing.
These riders might be notoriously edgy, but they're nice, articulate people, and it became clear after talking to them that the void created when Lusk died from injuries suffered in a crash last February might never completely close.
Here's a quote from Deegan that did not make the story; he was referring to the ordeal Lusk went through in a sub-par Costa Rican hospital, and the ordeal Lusk's wife and parents -- and Deegan and a few other Mulisha riders -- went through while literally watching Lusk die:
"It made me look at life. I said from here on out I'm going to live my life the right way. I'm going to try to make the best of it and spend the most time with my kids and my family and the people I love, and my friends."
"It just made me think of all the dumb little things I've argued over and my bad attitude and being negative. It gave me a vision: I said I was over wasting my time anymore. Life's a gift, and it can be taken away just like that."
Below is a video of Deegan and crew elaborating on the state of freestyle motocross.
-- Pete Thomas
Photo: Brian Deegan, flanked from left to right by by Takayuki Higashino, Todd Potter and Ronnie Faisst. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times