(NEW YORK) -- A Little League World Series player who was seriously injured after falling from a bunk bed while staying at the Little League World Series Complex in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is back home in Utah after getting discharged from the hospital.
Easton Oliverson's parents say they're thankful to have their 12-year-old home after over a month of uncertainty.
"There were many moments this past few weeks where we didn't think that he was ever going to be able to come home. We thought our son wasn't going to make it," Easton's father Jace Oliverson told ABC News' Good Morning America.
Easton, a baseball pitcher and left fielder, had traveled with his Snow Canyon Little League team, which hails from Santa Clara, Utah, to Pennsylvania in August to play in the Little League World Series. On the night of Aug. 15, however, he fell from a bunk bed in one of the league's dormitories while sleeping and suffered a serious head injury, leading to a fractured skull, broken artery and epidural hematoma, a condition where bleeding occurs between the brain's dura and the skull.
Little League players, coaches and managers are typically required to stay at the league's complex. The dormitory where Easton was staying included bunk beds for the players to sleep on, which did not have guard railings. Since the incident, Little League Baseball officials announced they would remove all bunk beds in their dormitories.
"Since 1992, Little League has used institutional-style bunk beds to offer the most space for the players to enjoy their time in the dorms," the league said in a statement last month. "While these beds do not have guardrails, Little League is unaware of any serious injuries ever occurring during that period of time. Out of an abundance of caution, Little League has made the decision to remove all bunks from within the dorms and have each bed frame individually on the floor."
A photo of the beds from a parents guide of the facility shows no railings on any of the top bunks.
After the fall, Easton was airlifted to Geisinger Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania, according to Little League Baseball, and had to receive surgery and treatment in an intensive care unit.
"I was told after the surgery that he was easily 30 to 45 minutes away from passing away," Jace Oliverson told GMA in August.
While in the hospital, Easton, whose nickname is "Tank," made big strides toward recovery. His dad told GMA that "doctors were stunned by his progression in a short amount of time."
At the end of August, Easton was transferred to another hospital in his home state of Utah where he recovered enough to be discharged.
Now that Easton is out of the hospital, his parents remain by his side as he continues to heal.
"We're so proud of how far he's come and how hard he has worked. But he definitely has a lot more work to do," Nancy Oliverson said.
"He's home and we're just so blessed and so grateful that he's still with us and that he's able to have a road of recovery with everything that this kid has had to go through since Aug. 15," Jace Oliverson added.
The Oliversons have since filed a lawsuit against Little League Baseball and Savoy Contract Furniture, the company that made the bunk beds.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the family by Duffy + Fulginiti, a Philadelphia-based law firm, claims Little League Baseball "allow[ed] the bed to exist in a dangerous condition" and failed to "inspect the bed," "have rails on the bed," and failed to "properly secure the bed," allowing Easton to fall. It accuses Savoy Contract Furniture of selling "dangerous and defective" furniture that caused Easton "significant and permanent injuries, including internal bleeding among other injuries, some or all of which are permanent in nature."
The 12-year-old "has suffered in the past and will continue to suffer in the future, aches, pains, trauma, contusions, humiliation, embarrassment, suffering, disfigurement, and/or inconvenience" as a result of the incident, the lawsuit claims.
The suit is seeking "in excess of $50,000" plus "costs, interest, compensatory and punitive damages, and all other damages allowed by law."
Kevin Fountain, senior director of communications at Little League International, said in a statement to Good Morning America that "it is Little League International’s policy not to comment on pending litigation."
Savoy Contract Furniture has not issued any public statements on the lawsuit and did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.
(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
NY Yankees 12, Milwaukee 8
Chicago White Sox 11, Detroit 5
Tampa Bay 5, Texas 3
Minnesota 3, Cleveland 0
Baltimore 5, Toronto 4
Boston 13, Kansas City 3
Houston 11, Oakland 2
LA Angels 5 Seattle 1
Miami 3, Washington 1
Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 2
Cincinnati 3, St. Louis 0
NY Mets 7, Pittsburgh 3
Colorado 4, Chicago Cubs 3
San Diego 6, Arizona 1
LA Dodgers 4, San Francisco 3
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Detroit 36, Washington 27
Jacksonville 24, Indianapolis 0
Miami 42, Baltimore 38
NY Giants 19, Carolina 16
NY Jets 31, Cleveland 30
New England 17, Pittsburgh 14
Tampa Bay 20, New Orleans 10
LA Rams 31, Atlanta 27
San Francisco 27, Seattle 7
Arizona 29, Las Vegas 23 (OT)
Dallas 20, Cincinnati 17
Denver 16, Houston 9
Green Bay 27, Chicago 10
WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Las Vegas 78, Connecticut 71
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Portland 1, Columbus 1 (TIE)
Miami 3, DC United 2
Los Angeles FC 3, Houston 1
(LONDON) -- David Beckham joined the miles-long queue Friday to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II.
The soccer legend joined the hundred of thousands of people waiting in line for hours to pay respects to the monarch, who is currently lying in state at Westminster Hall ahead of her state funeral on Monday.
"I grew up in a household of royalists and I was brought up that way," Beckham told ITV News from the queue. "If my grandparents would have been here today I know that they would have wanted to be here, so I am here on their behalf and on behalf of my family."
The former Manchester United star is married to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, with whom he shares four children, sons Brooklyn, 23; Romeo, 20; and Cruz, 17; as well as daughter Harper, 11.
"It's a sad day, but it's a day for us to remember the incredible legacy that she left," he said of the queen, adding that "Her Majesty meant so much in so many different ways."
Beckham said he was "lucky to have a few moments" with the queen throughout his life and career, noting that the "most special moment" for him was receiving his Officer of the Order of the British Empire distinction, or OBE, which was bestowed on him by Elizabeth herself in 2003.
Elizabeth died Sept. 8 at age 96 and is the longest-reigning British monarch, having held the throne for 70 years.
The late queen's eldest son King Charles III has since inherited the throne.
(NEW YORK) -- Tennis great Roger Federer has announced his retirement from the sport.
"As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries," Federer wrote in a lengthy note on his social media accounts. "I've worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body's capacities, and limits and its message to me lately have been clear."
He continued. "I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career."
Federer went on to say his final ATP event will be at the Laver Cup next week in London.
Federer had said as recently as Wimbledon that he planned to still return to the game after a lengthy absence due to injuries. The former world No. 1 discussed a possible return during an on-court ceremony recognizing the 100-year anniversary of Wimbledon's Centre Court on July 3.
"I hope I can come back here one more time," Federer told the crowd to loud cheers.
He also admitted how hard it has been for him to come back from his knee injuries, however.
"I would have loved to be here [competing]," he said. "I knew walking out here last year it was going to be a tough year ahead. Maybe I didn't think it was going to take me this long to come back but the knee has been rough on me."
Federer, who turned 41 last month, has won 20 major tournaments. He was the first player to ever win 20, though he has now been passed by longtime rivals Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21). His 103 titles overall is second all-time in the Open Era behind only Jimmy Connors. He won a gold medal for Switzerland in doubles alongside Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Olympics and a silver in singles at the 2012 London Games, coming up short to hometown favorite Andy Murray.
He also has the record with 237 consecutive weeks spent at No. 1.
"This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me," he wrote. "But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on Earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it ata level I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible."
Federer's retirement comes just weeks after Serena Williams announced she was stepping away from the game. Federer said on Instagram before what became her final match -- a loss to Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round at last week's U.S. Open -- that he wished her well and congratulated her on her career.
"I wanted to congratulate you on a truly amazing career," he said in the video posted by the ATP and WTA. "You know what you have achieved. I know what you have done and I know and you know it was just amazing."
The two greats played against each other just once in their careers. Federer and his mixed doubles partner Belinda Bencic defeated Williams and her partner, U.S. Open darling Frances Tiafoe, in a match in Australia in January 2019.
(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams is opening up about how she is moving forward after the final match of her historic career at the U.S. Open earlier this month.
The tennis legend appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday and said "it hasn't quite sunk in yet."
"I've been so busy literally every day -- except for the first two days I literally slept all day -- but otherwise, it's just like, OK, I'm still running a business, still have my company ... still a mom," she shared.
Reflecting on what was likely her final tennis match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, she added, "I couldn't have asked for anything more and it was -- I'll never forget those moments, you know, it was pretty awesome."
When asked about her sister, fellow tennis star Venus Williams, trying to persuade her to come back, Serena laughed.
"Because she's not done yet -- this is just me ... she's trying to get me and I'm like, 'No listen,' " she said.
"I mean you never know," she added. "... You know, I think Tom Brady started a really cool trend ... and the way he did it, huge."
Brady, the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, announced his retirement from the NFL on Feb. 1 but reversed that decision six weeks later on March 13.
Regardless of whether or not she decides to ever return to tennis professionally, Williams said she'll always be involved in the game to some extent.
"I feel like tennis has given me so much, and I feel like there's no way that I don't want to be involved in tennis somehow in the future," she said. "I don't know what that involvement is yet, but I do know that I love the sport so much. I love the game. I love everything about it and it's just been such a light in my life that I definitely want to keep something involved in there."
For now, Williams is focusing on is her new children's book, The Adventures of Qai Qai, which debuts Sept. 27.
Longtime fans may already know that Williams created the popular Qai Qai Instagram account for her daughter's favorite doll in 2018. Speaking about the inspiration for the book on Wednesday, she explained that she came up with the idea "during COVID, and this particular book of Qai Qai is really just about using her imagination because kids have such an amazing imagination."
"We just wanted to really just put in people's minds that we can't forget how important it is to just use your imagination and play and also believe in yourself," Williams said. "So there's some really cool hidden messages in there about self-confidence and that you can do it and also just going back to the art of just being a kid."
The book's illustrations were created by artist Yesenia Moises. Williams said she had a specific vision in mind for the book's art.
"When I saw the illustration, I said, listen, I really want it to represent a Black girl because I thought it was really important -- the reason Qai Qai came [about was] because I was looking for a Black doll and I just wanted it to be something really authentic that represented who we are -- our hair and like everything and the texture. And I thought she did a wonderful job with getting that across, even with the mom and the dad."
"Olympia thinks it's her in the book," she added with a laugh. "And she thinks the dad is my husband and it's quite funny because I'm like, it's not us although it's heavily [inspired]. I don't want it to go to her head!"
On a night in February 2021, Felicia Miller had pulled over on the side of the road to help her cousin, whose car had broken down, as her 5-year-old daughter waited in the backseat. As both cars were stopped on the shoulder, a pickup truck slammed into both vehicles.
Behind the wheel was Britt Reid, the son of Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and, at the time, the assistant coach for the team.
Miller spoke exclusively to ABC News on Good Morning America days after Reid pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence as part of a plea deal for a reduced sentence.
The night of the crash, Miller said she found her daughter Ariel trapped beneath the crush of the seats. She had been critically injured with a traumatic brain injury.
"I was just freaking out and then finally, we find her, because she's buried under the seats," said Miller. "When I got her outta the car, she was stiff … she was just stiff like a board."
Ariel was rushed to the hospital where she would spend nearly two weeks in a coma. When Ariel woke up, Miller said she was relieved, but knew her daughter was still hurting.
"She didn't know who I was, so as I'm trying to touch my baby, like, 'Hey, baby,' she was, you know, moving away. And … she didn't recognize me," said Miller.
According to a search warrant application obtained by ABC News, an officer on the scene reported smelling "a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from [Reid]." Reid reportedly told the officer that he'd had "2-3 drinks" and was on the prescription drug "Adderall."
Miller said her daughter does not remember the crash, but due to her injuries, has had to re-learn many of her favorite things -- including dance.
"She didn't remember the wreck or anything, so she just woke up seeing her pictures and a whole bunch of videos from before [and she compares those to] now, like, 'Why am I like this?' is how she thinks," said Miller.
Reid, who has faced prior legal trouble -- including pleading guilty to driving under the influence in 2008 -- will be sentenced in late October. He can be sentenced to a maximum of four years in prison.
"I think the family is upset, because they perceive a different system of justice for those who have privilege and those who don't, those who have privilege and those people from the victim's community," said Tom Porto, the family's attorney.
In part of a statement to ABC News, Reid's attorney, J.R. Hobbs, told ABC News that Reid "has accepted responsibility for his conduct," and added that, "[Reid] continues to be remorseful and has apologized to all affected."
Details about Ariel's condition remain limited because of a legal agreement with the Chiefs, who have worked out a payment plan for her medical care.
Ariel, who is now 7, has returned to school. Miller said her "Ariel Strong" shirt serves as a reminder that her daughter is improving every day, but still has a long way to go.
"She's been strong through the whole last almost two years," she said. "So my family, we all wear the 'Ariel Strong' shirts."
(NEW YORK) -- Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver has been suspended one year by the NBA for sexist and racist language after the league launched an investigation following a bombshell report from ESPN last year.
Sarver was also fined $10 million, the maximum allowed by the league, which will be donated to organizations addressing race- and gender-based discrimination in the workplace.
The league handed down its suspension on Thursday after the Nov. 21, 2021, article triggered an investigation that included 320 interviews with current and former Phoenix employees, according to the NBA.
Sarver had owned the Suns and the WNBA's Mercury since purchasing the team in 2004 from previous owner Jerry Colangelo.
The report details at least fives times Sarver used the N-word "when recounting the statements of others." The ESPN article detailed a conversation between Sarver, who is white, and then-coach Earl Watson, who is Black, in 2016 which he repeatedly used the N-word while questioning why Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, who is Black, could use the term when Sarver could not.
Sarver also allegedly allegedly "engaged in instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees, made many sex-related comments in the workplace, made inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women, and on several occasions engaged in inappropriate physical conduct toward male employees," according to the report.
Sarver also yelled and cursed at employees, the report found.
Suns Legacy Partners, Sarver's company that oversees both franchises, released a lengthy statement saying the issues were "historical matters" that they had addressed in recent years.
"Robert Sarver is also taking responsibility for his actions," the statement read. "He recognizes that at times during his eighteen years of ownership, his conduct did not reflect his, or the Suns' values, and was inconsistent with the advancements the management team has taken with Robert's full support."
The independent report was conducted by the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. In addition to the hundreds of interviews, the investigation also looked at more than 80,000 documents, including emails, text messages and video, the NBA said. Sarver cooperated throughout the investigation, according to the league.
Still, the NBA said, "The investigation made no finding that Mr. Sarver's workplace misconduct was motivated by racial or gender-based animus."
The league said in addition to Sarver's misconduct, other employees within the organization committed similar transgressions and the human resources function was "historically ineffective and not a trusted source for employees who subjected to improper workplace conduct."
Sarver, 60, will not be allowed to have any involvement with either team for the course of a year. Sarver made his fortune in banking and real estate.
When the story emerged during last year's NBA season, Suns star Devin Booker told reporters, "I wasn't aware of the situation and in my seven years I've been here. I haven't noticed that, but that doesn't make me insensitive to the subject."
"[The NBA will] do their due diligence, bringing out facts instead of he said, she said," Booker said at the time of the just-launched investigation. "I'm sure the NBA has it in good hands and will do the proper research to find out the truth."
ABC News' Bonnie McLean contributed to this report.
(NEW YORK) -- For Suni Lee, gymnastics is what she calls her happy place.
"I truly love gymnastics with everything in me," the 19-year-old Olympian told ABC News' Good Morning America.
In 2021, Lee took home a gold medal in the individual all-around at the Tokyo Olympics as well as a silver in the team competition and a bronze in the uneven bars.
Though it was her gold medal on the world stage that launched her into the public consciousness, her love for the sport began when her family introduced her to gymnastics at 6 years old.
"It was just amazing to me," she said. "I loved being able to fly and just kind of do stuff that not a lot of people could do. It kind of made me feel unstoppable."
Lee said she is thankful for her family and without their support, she could not be where she is today.
"My parents sacrificed so much for me," she said. "I really have a really great support system."
Lee said she knew she wanted to compete on the world stage from a young age.
"I would be like, 'I want to go to the Olympics, and I want to win a gold medal,'" she said.
Lee, who is now competing for Auburn University, is often seen on the mat sporting a confident smile, which she attributes to her passion for the sport as well as Invisalign, for whom she is a spokesperson.
"If you put your mind to something and work really hard, you can do amazing things," Lee said.