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McNair Shot and Killed

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Former Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair was shot and killed in Nashville, police have confirmed.

McNair, 36, and an unidentified woman were found dead in a condominium complex, a Nashville police spokesman told reporters at a news briefing near the property.

Investigators did not yet know the circumstances of the shooting, spokesman Don Aaron said.

"At this point, we don't know the circumstances of these shooting deaths," Aaron said. "The investigation is going to be conducted by the police department's centralized homicide unit. Those detectives have assembled here at the scene. The condominium still has to be processed. There is a lot of work yet to be done. It's going to take many hours to process the scene. I don't have any answers for you now as to what's happened, who's responsible, what the circumstances are."

Aaron said that police had tentatively identified the woman but did not release her name, pending confirmation of that identification and notification of her family.

No one had been arrested for the shooting, said Aaron, who indicated that investigators were questioning visitors to the condo complex to see if they had any information.

"We are saddened and shocked to hear the news of Steve McNair's passing today," Titans owner Bud Adams said in a written statement released by the team. "He was one of the finest players to play for our organization and one of the most beloved players by our fans. He played with unquestioned heart and leadership and led us to places that we had never reached, including our only Super Bowl. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they deal with his untimely passing."

McNair played 13 NFL seasons, the first 11 for the Houston Oilers and Titans franchise and the final two for the Ravens.

He threw for 31,304 career yards and 174 touchdowns, and was the NFL's co-most valuable player with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in the 2003 season. McNair was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and led the Titans to a Super Bowl appearance in the 1999 season. They lost to the St. Louis Rams, falling one yard shy of a tying touchdown on McNair's last-second completion to wide receiver Kevin Dyson.

"There was nobody who didn't like Steve McNair," former Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Fassel said today. "He was probably one of the most easy-going guys I've ever been around.

"Quarterbacks can be opinionated, but Steve was real laid-back and easy to coach. He was not demonstrative, wasn't someone who needed everything to go just his way or else. You talk bout toughness, this guy is at top of the list. He played with pain, could take a hit and never ran from a hit.... You admired him because he always tried to do what you wanted him to do. He wasn't a complainer and was always the first to take responsibility, even when things weren't necessarily his fault."

McNair was plagued by injuries throughout his career and retired after playing in six games for the Ravens in the 2007 season.

"I am deeply saddened to learn of today's tragic news regarding the death of Steve McNair," former Titans general manager Floyd Reese said in a written statement released by the New England Patriots, the team for which Reese now works. "He was a player who I admired a great deal. He was a tremendous leader and an absolute warrior.

"He felt like it was his responsibility to lead by working hard every day, no matter what. I don't think there was a player who played with him or against him that didn't look up to him and respect him. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, his friends and the many teammates who loved and admired him."

McNair was known as "Air McNair" for his prolific passing as a young player who made his mark in the NFL after playing in college at Alcorn State. By the end of his NFL career, he was known more for his toughness as a player. Wide receiver Derrick Mason, who played with McNair with both the Titans and Ravens, said in a televised interview today that McNair should be remembered as the toughest quarterback of his time.

"I saw countless times, going into the training room on Monday and seeing him on the table and seeing ice everywhere and trainers working on him, just to try to get him back for next Sunday," Mason told ESPN. "And he would be that way for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, sometimes even Thursday. And then on Friday he'd do a little [in practice], but still be able to go out there Sunday and play as if he wasn't hurt. It amazed me to see somebody, especially at that position, to be so tough and to play through all that he went through, with the injuries."

Mason said during the interview that he was shocked about the news of McNair's death.

"I got a phone call and, you know, you're busy throughout the day, trying to get ready for the holiday, and then someone calls you and explains to you what's going on and what happened," Mason said. "It's a shock.... We built a close bond around the 10 years that we played together that not too many people can build.... It's just something that it's just hard for you to believe."

Cornerback Samari Rolle, another former teammate in both Tennessee and Baltimore, said he "still can't even believe it.

"To lose such a good friend and a good man so soon doesn't make sense," Rolle said in a written statement released by the Ravens. "If you were going to draw a football player, the physical part, the mental part, everything about being a professional, he is your guy. I can't even wrap my arms around it. It is a sad, sad day. The world lost a great man today."

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said in a written statement: "This is so, so sad. We immediately think of his family, his boys. They are all in our thoughts and prayers. What we admired most about Steve when we played against him was his competitive spirit, and we were lucky enough to have that with us for two years. He is one of the best players in the NFL over the last 20 years.... He was a great player, one of the toughest of competitors, and a tremendous teammate, who was a leader on the field and in the locker room, especially to the young players."

The Ravens indicated they were working on a statement by linebacker Ray Lewis but Lewis was highly upset by the news.

According to a biography on his foundation's website, McNair had homes in both Nashville and his native Mt. Olive, Miss.

McNair had opened a new restaurant in Nashville in June, located near Tennessee State University.

According to McNair's biography on his foundation's website, McNair was married in 1997 and had four sons. The police indicated that the woman found dead with McNair was not his wife, Mechelle.

By Mark Maske  |  July 4, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  | Category:  Crime , Ravens , Titans Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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In fact, the guy specifically wrote:" I can see this same scenario happening to Donovan McNabb or Terrell Owens, but I cannot imagine it happening to a quality guy like Eli or Payton Manning."

??????? why would the same scenario happen to them? why?

But that's not racially motivated, right? what off-field trouble has either McNabb or T.O. gotten into that makes that statement accurate...you are correct when you said its amazing to see how some people think...trouble is, you were talking about the wrong people...its crazy how you can brush over that kind of statement and try to pick apart what I was saying...but that's your brand of truth, right? All of a sudden Eli and Peyton are much more quality guys than McNabb? According to who? again with that "truth" thing right? now you are seeing what's truly sad...

Posted by: tejr3575 | July 4, 2009 9:44 PM

no what's a shame is that a HUMAN BEING is killed and all of a sudden out come the comments about the state of the NFL and NBA and the words "gangster" and "thug" were thrown around...i never said that anyone called Steve McNair a "thug" or "gangster"...try getting your facts straight...what's really sad is that I don't hear anyone commenting like this when its NOT a black person involved...what's even more sad is that no one truly knows the circumstances yet, but much of the speculation has been negative and racially motivated...again, check the post that I was RESPONDING to and you will see where I am coming from...so no its not me that throwing around the racism card...its already being played and I am responding accordingly...you want to examine incidents involving black athletes...no problem...but since you are examining such a narrow criteria...of course your results are going to be slanted...you can do that with anything or anyone and get similar results...how narrow minded is that? noone mentions the MBL though...i guess that's because perjury to Congress is a "white-collar crime" so even if it is a felony, its cool...what a joke...yea the character of MLB has taken a major hit just as much if not more...but God forbid we talk about Clemens' character or guys like him...wow...I mean since we are talking about character and all...and the post i was responding to mentioned T.O., who may not be the classiest of guys, but what off-field trouble has he gotten into that dictates he be associated with the term gangster or thug???? no my friend, what's truly sad is that we just lost a great football player and the responses to this have been very negative, insensitive, and yes, somewhat racist...that's what is sad...call it what it you want, but I didn't make those people type those words...I just responded to them...

Posted by: tejr3575 | July 4, 2009 9:38 PM

After reading several of the comments on this article, it amazes me to see just how some people think. Why is it that there is always someone who has to throw around the racism card and claim that everyone is racist just because they spoke the truth. The fact is that in the last 5 years or so, the quality of the character of players in pro sports, especially the NFL and NBA has one down. I hate to admit it but it has happened. When you have incidents involving players such as Plaxico Burress, Michael Vick, Tank Johnson, and PacMan Jones out there that does not look good for the NFL. I don't remember anyone commenting and saying that McNair was a "thug" or "gangster". He was someone who was caught in the middle or at the wrong place at the wrong time. It's unfortunate that this has happened. It is also a shame that people such as (tejr3575) have to go around claiming that everyone is a racist just because one of the victims or even possibly an assailant happens to be black.

Posted by: WCB1978 | July 4, 2009 9:19 PM

I can see this same scenario happening to Donovan McNabb or Terrell Owens, but I cannot imagine it happening to a quality guy like Eli or Payton Manning.

The NFL and NBA have really gone downhill in terms of the integrity of the personnel in the last 3-4 decades. The college football factories recruit out of juvie regardless of character or anything but raw speed and violence. No wonder the NFL and NBA have turned into gang thug wars, with idiots like TO, Iverson, and just about anybody on the Cincinnati Bengals.

http://larrybrownsports.com/football/ranking-the-cincinnati-bengals-arrests/612

The should put felony arrests and felony/misdemeanor conviction stats on the Topps football cards now.
POSTED BY: MARK_KASKIN | JULY 4, 2009 7:53 PM


WOW COULD YOU BE ANYMORE RACIST? COULD YOU BE ANYMORE OF A WORLD CLASS IDIOT? AND YOU ARE TOO MUCH OF A COWARD TO COME STRAIGHT OUT AND SAY HOW YOU ARE FEELING...I GUESS BLACK PEOPLE ARE THE ONLY VICTIMS AND PERPETRATORS OF VIOLENT CRIMES NOW? I DIDN'T KNOW THEY HAVE COMPUTERS IN THE BACKWOODS WHERE YOU MUST BE LOCATED...ONLY THING WORSE THAN A RACIST IS A CLOSET, COWARD RACIST...AT LEAST BE MAN ENOUGH NOT TO HIDE BEHIND YOUR WORDS...YOU COWARD...A MAN DIES AND THIS IS WHAT YOU COME UP WITH? AND YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE...I SEE PLENTY OF OTHER IDIOTS AND COWARDS ON HERE...ONE LAST THING FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ARE SO QUICK TO ATTRIBUTE WORDS LIKE "THUG" AND "GANG" TO BLACK PEOPLE...DO YOUR FREAKING RESEARCH AND CHECK THE ACTUAL ORIGINS OF THOSE WORDS...YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO SEE WHERE THEY TRULY ORIGINATE FROM AND WHO THEY WERE ATTRIBUTED TO FIRST...JACKASSES...RACIST COWARDS...THIS ISN'T THE FIFTIES ANYMORE AND YOU ARE TOO SCARED TO SPIT THAT POISON OUT IN THE OPEN SO YOU HIDE BEHIND SCREEN NAMES AND MORONIC BLOG POSTS LIKE THE ONE ABOVE...COWARDS...BUT WE WON'T MENTION THE CRAIGLIST KILLER OR THE 80 YEAR OLD MUSEUM KILLER...OR THE PEOPLE WHO SHOOT UP POST OFFICES, OFFICES AND SCHOOLS...OR ANY OF THE MANY SERIAL KILLERS...WE WON'T MENTION THEIR RACE OR BACKGROUND RIGHT???? I GUESS THEY AREN'T THUGS OR GANG MEMBERS RIGHT???? NOONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT THEM RIGHT...BUT THE HYPOCRITES AND COWARDS COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS...CLASSLESS IDIOTS...

Posted by: tejr3575 | July 4, 2009 8:40 PM

Ah, rampant speculation, our national passtime. Patience, grasshoppers. Chill the uninformed theories for a minute. The factual version will be out soon enough. If your pet theory turns out to be correct, you'll have ample time to crow about it. And, if you weren't right, you'll be glad you kept your electronic mouth shut.

Today is a good day to remember Lincoln's wisdom: "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."

Posted by: salescoach | July 4, 2009 8:30 PM

THE toughest QB ever in my opinion. What a sad day. RIP Steve.

Posted by: ringlingj | July 4, 2009 8:29 PM

"Guns guns, guns, when will America undestands that guns kill people, very valuable persons each of them"

Let us know how to get the weapons off the streets - the barn door has been open a long time. BTW, we liberated your country in WWII.

Posted by: mike21 | July 4, 2009 8:25 PM

Beep beep. New post. Tribute from Gregg Williams.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | July 4, 2009 8:24 PM

Let's hope they get the maniac who did this.

"Air" was one of the all time greats.

When celebrating the 4th, remember to pour a little out for Steve.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 4, 2009 8:01 PM

Excellent point RobinVABeach. The Europeans love to act high and mighty like they never experience any kind of violence back in the "Old Country". Ive spent plenty of time in Scandinavia, the UK and the Netherlands, and those folks definitely have their share of problems in terms of violence. The soccer brawls are just a small part of it. You can get knifed up in Copenhagen as fast as you can get shot up in Southeast and you can get shot up twice as fast in Amsterdam with all those Hell's Angels, African and Muslim gangs running around.

Posted by: rall_sx | July 4, 2009 7:55 PM

I can see this same scenario happening to Donovan McNabb or Terrell Owens, but I cannot imagine it happening to a quality guy like Eli or Payton Manning.

The NFL and NBA have really gone downhill in terms of the integrity of the personnel in the last 3-4 decades. The college football factories recruit out of juvie regardless of character or anything but raw speed and violence. No wonder the NFL and NBA have turned into gang thug wars, with idiots like TO, Iverson, and just about anybody on the Cincinnati Bengals.

http://larrybrownsports.com/football/ranking-the-cincinnati-bengals-arrests/612

The should put felony arrests and felony/misdemeanor conviction stats on the Topps football cards now.

Posted by: mark_kaskin | July 4, 2009 7:53 PM

Its interesting how SOME of you white guys always claim a black individual is a thug when he turns up dead and he somehow deserved it. The term thug must be the new redneck term for n1gger. Yall aint foolin anybody and I hope you burn in hell you racist pigs.

Posted by: rall_sx | July 4, 2009 7:47 PM

ray lewis?
he probably was involved.
Posted by: californicationdude | July 4, 2009 7:27 PM

Nice, I'm no Ray Lewis fan, but that was pretty ignorant.

I would put you on the suspect list because you certainly butchered the English language on that post. "He probably was involved"......let me try in your language, You probably are an idiot.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | July 4, 2009 7:39 PM

vgiguere,

It's a shame this country can't be civilized like those fine countries where dozens of people are killed in soccer riots on a regular basis. Now that's what I call civilized!

There is plenty of crap on the front page to post your political garbage. Take it there, doesn't belong here. Someone is dead, how about a little sympathy instead of trying to pass your stupid views that most here obviously don't care about.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | July 4, 2009 7:32 PM

I'm guessing it wasn't a Sean Taylor thing. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm guessing the lady's husband came in, saw McNair with her for whatever reason, and to quote Morgan Freeman, greased them both. Whatever, it's just as much of a tragedy either way. Up here in Baltimore, we really appreciated him and his talents. Safe travels, my friend.

Posted by: bucinka8 | July 4, 2009 7:27 PM

ray lewis?

he probably was involved.

Posted by: californicationdude | July 4, 2009 7:27 PM

It's about time it hit the WaPo. It has been known for over three hours.

Posted by: mortified469 | July 4, 2009 6:53 PM

By Mark Maske | July 4, 2009; 4:59 PM ET

Posted by: KeithMcMillan | July 4, 2009 7:19 PM

The gun guys are right.

The killer or killers were just exercising their second amendment rights. It's just part of their "well organized militia" training to shoot and kill people.

And it was the victims own fault for getting killed. If they'd been armed, they could have returned fire.

Happy Fourth, guys.

Posted by: yankeepignuts | July 4, 2009 7:02 PM


It's about time it hit the WaPo. It has been known for over three hours.


Posted by: mortified469 | July 4, 2009 6:53 PM

hey vgiguere stay outta here with your stupid views. If this country is sooo bad go back where you came from. guns dont kill anyone, understand??

Posted by: snowdogs4 | July 4, 2009 6:50 PM

"Guns guns, guns, when will America undestands that guns kill people, very valuable persons each of them. You are one crazy nation, the last civilized one to think that owning a gun is a symbol of liberty. You are all fools, lie by the guns, die by the guns.

Posted by: vgiguere | July 4, 2009 6:32 PM"

Tell that to the Iranian people whose will towards freedom is right now being crushed by the Iranian Theocracy.

Tell that to the Chinese people whose freedom was successfully crushed by the Chinese Leadership after Tiananmen Square.

Gun ownership by the people is the last barricade between a free people and a despotic government.

I'm truly saddened to hear of McNair's horribly tragic death. But it's got NOTHING to do with the legal ownership of guns.

Criminals with guns kill people even in Europe. SHOCK. DISMAY. Where gun ownership is often illegal.

Tell the poor victims of the drug wars in Ireland, where one is not allowed to own a gun, how those laws saved their lives. Oops, sorry, you can't. They're dead.

You advertise your own ignorance vgiguere.

God be with Steve McNair and his family at this horrible time.

Posted by: Doesanyonecare | July 4, 2009 6:50 PM

Guns dont kill people. . . bullets & angry husbands kill people.

R.I.P. Steve McNair. Your talents on/off the gridiorn will be missed.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | July 4, 2009 6:44 PM

Hey vgiguere, at least we are decent enough people not to use someone's death to promote our political agenda. And you call US uncivilized.

Posted by: nbdynprtcular | July 4, 2009 6:41 PM

Angry husband? Murder-suicide? Robbery? Why does Nashville waste money on detectives when there are so many geniuses on this blog who have already solved the mystery? Y'all watching too much TV.

RIP, Steve McNair. You were a baller.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | July 4, 2009 6:39 PM

Sorry to hear about McNair, one of the rare good guys. I hope the piece of garbage responsible dies a slow, painful, miserable death.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | July 4, 2009 6:35 PM

Murder-Suicide

Posted by: BO_Stinks | July 4, 2009 6:32 PM

Guns guns, guns, when will America undestands that guns kill people, very valuable persons each of them. You are one crazy nation, the last civilized one to think that owning a gun is a symbol of liberty. You are all fools, lie by the guns, die by the guns.

Posted by: vgiguere | July 4, 2009 6:32 PM

Sounds like someone was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong woman! Hope ole' Steve didn't leave a widow?

Posted by: rtricejr | July 4, 2009 6:31 PM

He was a good player. Doesn't sound like robbery to me, sounds more like an angry husband! Whatever the circumstances, murdering 2 people isn't the answer.

Posted by: scrooge1252 | July 4, 2009 6:19 PM

He was an outstanding player and well deserved MVP, I am sorry to hear about his passing.

-Ben

Posted by: Benadork | July 4, 2009 6:15 PM

Whatever the circumstances, this is just awful. McNair was a great competitor, played hurt much of the time... nobody should have to go through this.

Posted by: Regis09 | July 4, 2009 6:07 PM

A rare class-act in todays league. He will be missed by many.

Posted by: JMo2 | July 4, 2009 6:02 PM

Who said anything about a robbery? It is just as likely to be a murder/suicide.

Posted by: MKadyman | July 4, 2009 5:55 PM

A real tragedy. I remember the time he picked apart the Redskins at a Monday night game at Fedex. He was quite the player in college and the pros.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | July 4, 2009 5:51 PM

Totally crazy, I am in shock.

People will just shoot and rob anyone these days. I'm speculating, but that was the first thing that popped into my head aka Sean Taylor.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | July 4, 2009 5:50 PM

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