Monday, July 6, 2009
Steve McNair's Legacy To Be Overshadowed By Circumstances Of His Death?
Air McNair, Jordan like on the football field. Perhaps not as lucky off the playing field. Steve McNair, 36, was found murdered. He quarterbacked for 13 seasons in the NF, the majority with the Tennessee Titans. Now, both McNair and his pretty 20 year old girlfriend, Sahel Kazemi, were found shot to death in a condominium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. McNair was shot twice in the head and twice in the chest. Kazemi was shot once in the head. The murder weapon was found under Kazemi's body which is most likely consistent with a murder-suicide. However, the investigation and autopsies are not complete.
McNair has a hero's image. But this married man with four children apparently had a secret side at the time of his death. McNair and Kazemi "apparently were involved in a dating relationship," according to investigators. Did something go wrong with this affair? Did someone decide to end the relationship with a gun?
There were no signs of forced entry. The condo was rented by McNair and Wayne Neeley, a sporting-goods dealer. Neeley discovered the clothed bodies Saturday afternoon. Steve McNair found shot to death. Neeley called a third party who called the police.
McNair's body was on a living room sofa. A semi-automatic pistol was found under Kazemi's body. McNair had apparently been at the Blue Moon Lagoon Bar and the Loser's Bar late Friday night. A Cadillac Escalade registered to Kazemi and McNair was in the condominium parking lot when McNair arrived at about 1:30 a.m on Saturday. Presumably, Kazemi was waiting for McNair when he arrived. As part of the investigation, Kazemi's former boyfriend is being interviewed; however he is not considered to be a suspect at this point in time.
Perhaps the affair should have hit the public eye much sooner. Two days earlier, Kazemi was pulled over for DWI while driving McNair in the Escalade. McNair left the scene of the arrest in a taxi. He later returned to the station and bailed out Kazemi. Just what was the NFL's co-MVP in 2003 thinking? What was McNair, always portrayed as a family man, thinking?
McNair played in the 2000 Super Bowl with the Titans. He spent his last two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He officially retired from football in April 2008. McNair played his collegiate ball at Alcorn State in Mississippi. He was a true grid iron hero who was portrayed as a role model for young people all across the country. Now, he is likely to be remembered as an adulterer and another senseless victim of domestic violence.