Thursday, May 23, 2013

Former Sooners Stunned by Tornado Damage

THE PICTURES of Monday's tornado aftermath on Lane Johnson's phone didn't come from CNN or a newspaper. They were taken, Johnson said, by ex-Oklahoma Sooners teammates who made the short drive from Norman to Moore, Okla., to try to help first responders.

Offensive tackle Johnson and his fellow ex-Sooner, defensive end David King, were stunned and horrified to see the devastation in Moore; both recalled frequently going to see movies at the ravaged theater that has been so prominent in news coverage of the disaster.

"That's a popular spot," King said.

King has a photo on his phone of the heavily damaged theater's marquee, which still lists director Michael Bay's film, "Pain & Gain," a startling message amid the rubble.

"That gave me chills, when I saw that," King said.

"A few of my teammates lived in Moore; their houses might be gone," Johnson, the Eagles' first-round rookie, said yesterday at NovaCare. "It's terrible."

Johnson said he learned of the tornado as he left the practice facility Monday afternoon.

"I went back to the hotel and saw it on CNN," he recalled. "It was hard practicing out there today, worried about people back home, my friends . . . I'd always go to Moore to do things, see a movie and stuff." (
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