Steve McNair

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Worst Sports Excesses of the Decade

Pacman Jones' strip club behavior typifies the sad new culture

(Newser) - American sports culture descended into sheer decadence this decade, and no single incident sums it better than Pacman Jones' "making it rain" with cash in a Vegas strip club in 2007, writes Clay Travis for Fanhouse. The chaos that ensued after he tossed around the money—reportedly about $100,... More »

McNair-Kazemi Texts Released

As CBS questions investigation, police paint Sahel Kazemi as unstable

(Newser) - Nashville police released 50 text messages between Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi, the woman they believe killed him before killing herself, last night—on the heels of a CBS Early Show report claiming the investigation was flawed, the AP reports. The text messages show McNair transferred $2,000 into Kazemi's... More »

For Pro Athletes, Retirement Is a Nightmare

(Newser) - Steve McNair’s death was a grisly illustration of the nightmare that retirement can be for pro athletes, writes former outfielder Doug Glanville in the New York Times. Though players are often told they’ll be set for life, “the pleasure of a hammock at age 35 only lasts... More »

McNair Was Drunk At Time of Death: Medical Examiner

Shooter had some marijuana in her system

(Newser) - Steve McNair was legally drunk the day he was killed by his 20-year-old lover, the Tennessean reports. The former NFL quarterback had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16, the state medical examiner said today—twice the amount at which it is illegal to drive. Sahel Kazemi had a small amount... More »

Feds Nab Man Who Sold Gun to McNair Killer

Convicted murderer faces charges after parking lot transaction

(Newser) - ATF agents have arrested the man who sold the gun that killed Steve McNair, the AP reports. The suspect, Adrian J. Gilliam Jr., has prior convictions for murder and attempted robbery. He admits he sold a fully loaded 9mm pistol to McNair’s girlfriend in a mall parking lot 2... More »

Why Lover Killed McNair

Friends, family tell of course of doomed affair

(Newser) - Within six months of meeting Steve McNair, Sahel Kazemi had fallen hard—and soon after came to the harder realization that the former NFL star wasn't actually planning to leave his wife and family for her, the New York Post reports in an extensive look at the chain of events... More »

Mourners Flood McNair's Hometown to Pay Respects

(Newser) - Steve McNair's Mississippi home town boasts only 1,000 residents, but more than 2,500 came to mourn him there yesterday. The murdered NFL star's body was brought home after a memorial service Thursday in Nashville; fans came from all over the country to pay their respects, standing in line... More »

McNair Ditched Lover in DUI Bust Days Before Murder

(Newser) - Former NFL star Steve McNair apparently ditched his lover during a DUI bust just two days before she killed him in a murder-suicide, according to a police video. On the video, McNair's girlfriend, Sahel Kazemi, fails a field sobriety test in Nashville, and McNair takes off in a cab. "... More »

McNair's Girlfriend Shot Him While He Slept

(Newser) - Steve McNair's girlfriend shot and killed him while he slept on the couch before turning the gun on herself, the Tennessean reports. Sahel Kazemi, 20, believed McNair was seeing yet another woman and was worried about paying her rent and car loans, say police. “We do believe there was... More »

McNair's Girlfriend Fired Gun: Medical Examiner

Gunshot residue tests show Kazemi fired the weapon found at the scene

(Newser) - Sahel Kazemi fired the gun that killed her and Steve McNair, TMZ reports, citing Tennessee's assistant medical examiner. Dr. Feng Li says preliminary lab tests show that gunshot residue from the gun that killed both individuals was found on Kazemi's hand—evidence supported by the crime scene and police interviews.... More »

McNair Wasn't Planning to Divorce: Pal

(Newser) - Robert Gaddy, the longtime friend who called 911 after McNair’s body was discovered, lashed out today at speculation that the late quarterback was getting a divorce. “People need to quit talking about what they don’t know,” Gaddy said. “Mac never said anything to me about... More »

McNair Autopsy: 3 Distant Shots, 1 Close-Up

Kazemi shot with gun touching head

(Newser) - Three of the four gunshots that killed Steve McNair came from more than 3 feet away, while the fourth was close-range, the football star's autopsy concludes. His girlfriend’s wound came from a contact shot, meaning the gun was touching Sahel Kazemi’s head, the Tennessean reports. But that doesn’... More »

Girlfriend Owned Gun at McNair Crime Scene

Weapon sold less than 48 hours before shooting deaths: cops

(Newser) - Steve McNair's girlfriend bought a gun on Thursday, less than 2 days before she and the retired NFL quarterback were shot to death with the weapon, Nashville police say. A spokesman refused to say who sold Sahel Kazemi the gun but did say it fired five shots, the Tennessean reports.... More »

Kazemi Didn't Kill McNair: Angry Sis

Quarterback lied to 20-year-old lover about getting a divorce

(Newser) - Sahel Kazemi was a gentle young woman who couldn’t have murdered boyfriend Steve McNair, Kazemi’s sister Sepideh Salmani tells the Tennessean. "She was one young girl who had so many dreams that they never came true," Salmani said. "She would never kill anyone, ever. Or... More »

McNair Death Was Murder; No Ruling on Murder-Suicide

(Newser) - Nashville police ruled Steve McNair's death a homicide today but kept mum on rumors of murder-suicide, the Tennessean reports. An autopsy revealed that two bullets to the head and two to the chest killed the former NFL star; 20-year-old girlfriend Sahel Kazemi, found dead alongside him, died of one to... More »

McNair's Talent Paved the Way for Others

Gritty QB blazed a trail for black franchise players in the NFL

(Newser) - Steve McNair had plenty of hype to live up to at the beginning of his professional career, and rose to the occasion, not only proving himself but also paving the way for black franchise quarterbacks from Donovan McNabb to Vince Young, writes Tom Curran for MSNBC. He had both grit... More »

McNair Likely a Victim of Murder-Suicide

Evidence suggests his girlfriend killed him, then herself

(Newser) - Details in the shooting death of NFL great Steve McNair are beginning to emerge. It now appears that McNair's 20-year-old girlfriend shot him several times before killing herself, the Tennessean reports. Both were found in McNair's rented Nashville condo, the girlfriend with a single gunshot wound to her head and... More »

NFL Great McNair Shot Dead

13-year veteran led Tennessee Titan to Super Bowl in 1999

(Newser) - Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was found shot to death in the head today, along with an unidentified woman, at an apartment complex in Nashville, WTVF-TV reports. No suspects are in custody. McNair, 36, who played 13 NFL seasons before retiring last year, led the Titans to the Super... More »

QB McNair Retiring From NFL

Co-MVP in 2003, injuries had plagued 35-year-old recently

(Newser) - Ravens quarterback Steve McNair will announce his retirement today, the Baltimore Sun reports. The 13-year veteran surprised his teammates with his decision this morning at a team mini-camp. After leading Tennessee to a Super Bowl, he spent the past two seasons with Baltimore, and injuries limited him to only six... More »

Big Ben Rings in Rout of Ravens

5 TDs from Roethlisberger seal Pittsburgh's 38-7 crushing of division rivals

(Newser) - Ben Roethlisberger put on a show on the Monday Night stage last night, overcoming both the Ravens' defense and an injured hip to throw five touchdowns in the Steelers' 38-7 win over Baltimore. When Roethlisberger wasn't on the field, linebacker James Harrison was, picking up nine tackles, 3.5 sacks,... More »

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