Kevin Hart Shares He's In a Wheelchair After Racing Former NFL Player: ‘This Is 44’

The comedian joked that he was trying to be the fastest man at the barbeque when he tore his lower abdomen.

Kevin Hart Says He's In Wheelchair After Racing Former NFL Player
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Kevin Hart Says He's In Wheelchair After Racing Former NFL Player

Kevin Hart has now been temporarily confined to a wheelchair thanks to a "stupid" injury he said he sustained while trying to outrun a former NFL player at a family barbeque.

The comic took to his Instagram Story, which was reshared by TMZ, and told his followers to not be alarmed when they inevitably see him out and about in a wheelchair for the next six to eight weeks. He said it's all because he tried to beat former NFL running back Stevan Ridley in a race, who used to play for the New England Patriots.

"Ladies and gentlemen the age 40 is real," Hart began. "To all my men, women out there that are 40 years and above, it's not a game. Respect that age, or that age will make you respect it. I was just forced to respect. This is just a public service announcement because I know people are gonna see me out and I don't want you to be alarmed but I'm in a wheelchair."

He continued, "Why? Well because I tried to jump out there and do some young stuff. Tried to go out there and do some young man stuff and I was told to sit my ass down. Shout out to Stevan Ridley I'm gonna put this story out before you do. Me and Steven got into a little debate. This debate was based off of who was faster. Those that know me know I'm pretty fast. Steven said, 'Kev ain't no way you gonna beat me.' Steven is an ex-NFL running back, played for the New England Patriots. Very good guy. I said, 'Steve you can bet it. We get out there we gonna run the 40 yard dash.'"

Kevin went on to say that in those 40 yards he "blew all my shit," and said he now has a torn lower abdomen and shattered abductors.

"I don't even know what that is but I tore 'em," he continued, "I can't walk. Sit my ass down. This is 44. Tell you what you just lost son. You just lost every opportunity of me going and racing you anytime soon. It's over. Kenneth, it's over. Sit down. What are we competing for at this age? What am I doing? Why did I even race? Stupidest shit ever. Now I can't walk because I'm somewhere trying to get the title of the fastest n***a at the barbeque. What was I thinking son? Got to be the stupidest man alive. It is what it is man. This is life, and I'm out. I got about 6 to 8. I blew my shit."

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This isn't the first time Kevin Hart has had to undergo some serious physical therapy after an accident. The "Hart To Heart" host was involved in a serious car crash back in 2019, which forced him to undergo some serious rehab in order to recover.

In a report completed by the California Highway Patrol after the accident, Hart's friend Jared Black, who was behind the wheel at the time of the crash, reportedly accelerated the comedian's 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, causing the vehicle to spin out before crashing through a fence and winding up in an embankment. 

In order to make these determinations into the cause of the crash, the CHP needed to entirely disassemble the car that Hart bought for himself for his 40th birthday earlier this year. By doing so, the report was able to eliminate the possibility that a mechanical issue contributed to the accident. However, it was confirmed that the vehicle didn't have safety harnesses. 

The accident resulted in a lawsuit and caused Hart to have to undergo spinal surgery in order to fuse two fractures in his vertebrae.

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