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Knizzle
Jul 4th, 2009, 09:51 PM
:sad: gunshot wound at his home.

Pureracket
Jul 4th, 2009, 09:51 PM
Wow!

Sally Struthers
Jul 4th, 2009, 09:52 PM
people on the titans message board say it was a murder suicide at an apartment

Denise4925
Jul 4th, 2009, 09:56 PM
Damn. So young. :sad:

SloKid
Jul 4th, 2009, 09:57 PM
I've heard rumours saying his wife killed him and then killed herself, but also stories about a double homicide. Sad. :(

Cat's Pajamas
Jul 4th, 2009, 10:00 PM
:eek: He was quite the star when the Titans went to the Superbowl and lost that amazing game to the Rams! RIP :sad:

Rocketta
Jul 4th, 2009, 10:05 PM
WOW, what the hell is happening! :eek:


This world is just too sad these days. :tears:

Rocketta
Jul 4th, 2009, 10:16 PM
wow, he was only 36. :sad:

mckyle.
Jul 4th, 2009, 11:29 PM
WTF? Random.

HRHoliviasmith
Jul 4th, 2009, 11:51 PM
Nooooooo...I cannot believe it. OMG. :sad:

In The Zone
Jul 5th, 2009, 12:00 AM
Wow. :eek:

*JR*
Jul 5th, 2009, 12:20 AM
I remember when Baltimore got him a few years ago, and team leader (veteran linebacker) Ray Lewis said that he was their ticket back to the Super Bowl, which they won in 2000. It didn't work out that way given that the AFC had 3 powerhouse teams of recent years (Tom Brady's Patriots, Ben Roethlisberger's Steelers, and Peyton Manning's Colts) but Steve sure gave the Ravens a shot in the arm.

If he'd had better running backs during his stellar career with the Titans (who early in it were finishing that strange migration from being the Houston Oilers, to Memphis, and finally to Nashville) "Air McNair" would likely have had @ least one Super Bowl ring. And had he been more of a "hey, look @ me" type of player, he'd have been better known beyond just among local fans and hardcore followers of the NFL.

Tech1
Jul 5th, 2009, 07:10 AM
Former NFL star McNair found dead

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/3114), who led the famous Tennessee Titans (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/titans)' drive that came a yard short of forcing overtime in the 2000 Super Bowl, was found dead Saturday with multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head. Police said a pistol was discovered near the body of a woman also shot dead in a downtown condominium.

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron identified the woman as 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi, whom he called a "friend" of McNair's. She had a single gunshot wound to the head.

Police said the 36-year-old McNair was found on the sofa in the living room, and Kazemi was very close to him on the floor. Aaron said the gun was not "readily apparent" when police first arrived.

Autopsies were planned for Sunday.

Aaron said McNair's wife, Mechelle, is "very distraught."

"At this juncture, we do not believe she is involved," he said. "Nothing has been ruled out, but as far as actively looking for a suspect tonight, the answer would be no."

Fred McNair, Steve McNair's oldest brother, said some family members likely will travel to Nashville on Monday to consult with Steve McNair's wife.

"It's still kind of hard to believe," Fred McNair said. "He was the greatest person in the world. He gave back to the community. He loved kids and he wanted to be a role model to kids."

He said he did not know who Kazemi was.

The bodies were discovered Saturday afternoon by McNair's longtime friend, Wayne Neeley, who said he rents the condo with McNair.

Aaron said Neeley told authorities he went into the condo, saw McNair on the sofa and Kazemi on the floor but walked first into the kitchen before going back into the living room, where he saw the blood.

Neeley then called a friend, who alerted authorities.

Police said a witness saw McNair arrive at the condo in the upscale Rutledge Hill neighborhood between 1:30 and 2 a.m. Saturday and that Kazemi's vehicle was already there. The condominium is located within walking distance of an area filled with restaurants and nightspots, a few blocks from the Cumberland River and within view of the Titans' stadium.

Two days ago, Nashville police arrested Kazemi on a DUI charge while driving a 2007 Escalade registered to her and McNair. McNair was in the front seat, but didn't break the law and was allowed to leave by taxi.

The arrest affidavit said Kazemi had bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol on her breath, but refused a breathalyzer test, saying "she was not drunk, she was high."

In June, McNair opened a restaurant near the Tennessee State University campus. It was closed Saturday evening, but had become a small memorial, where flowers, candles and notes had been placed outside the door.

On the restaurant's windows were messages: "We will miss you Steve" and "We love you Steve."

A note attached to a small blue teddy bear read, "We will never forget you, Steve. Once a Titan, always a Titan."

"We don't know the details, but it is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the families involved," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

McNair, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, led the Titans to the 2000 Super Bowl, which they lost 23-16 to the St. Louis Rams. He was co-MVP of the NFL with Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/4256) in 2003. He also played for the Baltimore Ravens (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/ravens) before retiring in April 2008.

His most notable moment came in that Super Bowl, when he led the Titans 87 yards in the final minute and 48 seconds, only to come up a yard short of the tying touchdown. Kevin Dyson (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/4264) caught his 9-yard pass, but was tackled at the 1-yard line by the Rams' Mike Jones (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/8735).

McNair accounted for all of Tennessee's yards in that drive, throwing for 48 yards and rushing for 14. The rest of the yardage came on penalties against the Rams. Before that, he brought the Titans back from a 16-0 deficit to tie the game.

"If you were going to draw a football player, the physical part, the mental part, everything about being a professional, he is your guy," former Ravens and Titans teammate Samari Rolle (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/4305) said. "I can't even wrap my arms around it. It is a sad, sad day. The world lost a great man today."

McNair grew up in rural Mount Olive, Miss., and became a nationally known college football star playing for Alcorn State, a Division I-AA school in his home state. He was so dominant in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, he became a Heisman Trophy contender. National media flocked to little Lorman in the southwest corner of the Magnolia state to get a look at "Air McNair." He still holds the Division I-AA (now known as Football Championship Subdivision) records for career yards passing (14,496) and total offense (16,823).

McNair was the third overall draft pick in 1995 by the Houston Oilers, who eventually became the Titans. He finished his career with 31,304 yards passing and 174 touchdowns. McNair's rugged style led to numerous injuries and aches. He played with pain for several years, and the injuries ultimately forced him to retire.

"On the field, there isn't a player that was as tough as him, especially at the quarterback position," the Ravens' Derrick Mason (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/3988) said. "What I have seen him play through on the field, and what he dealt with during the week to get ready for a game, I have never known a better teammate."

During a five-game stretch at the end of the 2002 season, McNair was so bruised he couldn't practice. But he started all five games and won them, leading the Titans to an 11-5 record and a berth in the AFC championship game for the second time in four seasons.

McNair played all 16 games in 2006, his first season in Baltimore, and guided the Ravens to a 13-3 record. But he injured his groin during the season opener in 2007 and never regained the form that put him in those Pro Bowls.

"I am deeply saddened to learn of today's tragic news regarding the death of Steve McNair. He was a player who I admired a great deal," said New England Patriots (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/patriots) senior football adviser Floyd Reese, who was GM of the Titans when McNair played for them. "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."

Titans coach Jeff Fisher was out of the country, taking part in the first NFL-USO coaches tour to Iraq.

Ozzie Newsome, Ravens executive vice president and general manager, said he immediately thought of McNair's four sons.

"This is so, so sad. We immediately think of his family, his boys. They are all in our thoughts and prayers," he said "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."

No funeral arrangements have been made.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/07/04/mcnair.death.ap/index.html?eref=sircrc

doni1212
Jul 5th, 2009, 07:11 AM
This is just shocking. R.I.P. Steve

Rocketta
Jul 5th, 2009, 02:57 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090705/capt.8d961d378baf4307b82d9ac5fb220cff.mcnair_kille d_ny111.jpg

Rocketta
Jul 5th, 2009, 02:59 PM
I wonder why he had a car registered in his name and hers? I wonder why he shared a Condo with his friend? Was he seperated from his wife?:confused:

mykarma
Jul 5th, 2009, 03:30 PM
I wonder why he had a car registered in his name and hers? I wonder why he shared a Condo with his friend? Was he seperated from his wife?:confused:
Interesting that his family didn't know who she was but they were close enough to have a car registered in both their names.

Don't know if they were separated but a lot of athletics rent places in the city where they work if the family home is in another state or perhaps he was having an affair with the young lady.

HRHoliviasmith
Jul 5th, 2009, 03:53 PM
Interesting that his family didn't know who she was but they were close enough to have a car registered in both their names.

Don't know if they were separated but a lot of athletics rent places in the city where they work if the family home is in another state or perhaps he was having an affair with the young lady.


he was. supposedly, allegedly he was trying to break up with her. they are suggesting a murder-suicide. or murder-accidental suicide. he had 4 sons.

he was one of my favorite players. i will never forget that 2000 superbowl...best game ever! :sad:

CrossCourt~Rally
Jul 5th, 2009, 06:45 PM
RIP:sad: I saw him play when he was on the Baltimore Ravens :)

drake3781
Jul 5th, 2009, 07:38 PM
I wondered the same thing, and it was also very interesting how McNair's friend entered the condo, saw him lying on the couch and Sahel lying on the floor, and thought nothing of it. :shrug: As if they would pass out routinely in the living room, I guess.

mckyle.
Jul 5th, 2009, 07:49 PM
I wondered the same thing, and it was also very interesting how McNair's friend entered the condo, saw him lying on the couch and Sahel lying on the floor, and thought nothing of it. :shrug: As if they would pass out routinely in the living room, I guess.

Ever gotten drunk? :o

drake3781
Jul 5th, 2009, 08:07 PM
Ever gotten drunk? :o

Of course! And that's pretty much what I'm saying... it was apparently routine enough for Steve and his ladyfriend to pass out in the living room, that his guy friend thought nothing of it. And in that traffic stop she said she wasn't drunk but high. ;) So prolly some things are going on there, in addition to the relationship that his wife didn't know about.

Denise4925
Jul 5th, 2009, 11:25 PM
Sounds like a murder/suicide by the description of the police in the news conference.

drake3781
Jul 6th, 2009, 01:55 AM
Here is a good article describing their relationship. He came into Dave and Busters and kept chatting her up until she agreed to date him. She was told by him that he is divorcing. But there is no divorce pending in Nashville where McNair/wife live. Other details. The sister seems a bit crazy and in denial, but that is understandable.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2009-07-05-kazemi-family_N.htm

Victim's sister: 'Third person involved' in Steve McNair's death

By Kate Howard, The Tennessean
The sister of Sahel Kazemi, the 20-year-old women found shot dead with former NFL QB Steve McNair on Saturday, says she was a young woman who wanted to have fun and couldn't have hurt anyone — not herself, nor anyone else.
Kazemi was actually the aunt of Sepideh Salmani, but they were raised as sisters. Salmani's mother adopted her when she was 9, after Kazemi's mother was killed in their native Iran. Salmani talked to her sister every day, and said she was very happy in her relationship with Steve McNair.

She doesn't believe her sister killed McNair, or herself.

"She was one, young girl who had so many dreams that they never came true," Salmani said. "She would never kill anyone, ever. Or anything. Not even a little bug. I want people to know that."

Nashville police have ruled McNair's death a homicide, but have refused to classify Sahemi's death. McNair suffered four gunshot wounds on Saturday, while Sahemi received just one. The gun was discovered underneath her body.

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McNair was found sitting on the sofa. Kazemi was lying on the floor.

Disbelief was also building near Kazemi's home, where police were interviewing neighbors Saturday.

Regan Howard said when Kazemi first became her neighbor, she didn't know if it was Kazemi or McNair who moved in since he was there so much.

"She was such a nice girl," Howard said. "I can't believe she would do that."

When McNair got her the Escalade, Howard said, she had to help her figure out how to use the remote starter.

Salmani said she talked to her sister nearly every day, and that she'd been hearing about McNair for several months, since he started coming to Dave & Busters and chatting her up.

"He started to talk to her a little," Salmani said. "They exchanged phone numbers, and started dating from there."

Kazemi told her sister that McNair was in the process of divorcing.

"That's why she was like, 'OK, now you're divorcing. We can date,'" Salmani said. "He told her, it was going to be finished, the whole divorce was going to be done, two weeks from yesterday."

Although a check of Davidson County's court records shows there is no divorce pending — at least in Nashville — McNair's house is for sale. His wife, Mechelle McNair, hasn't spoken to the media. Police said she is distraught over his death.

Salmani said her sister believed that she and McNair would move in together once the divorce was final, and eventually marry.

"All she was trying to do was have fun," Salmani said. "Nothing else. I believe there is a third person involved."

Kazemi first came to Nashville nearly four years ago with her then-boyfriend, Keith Norfleet. They broke up about five months ago, and she started seeing McNair soon after.

She probably didn't know who McNair was, Salmani said, until her colleagues at the restaurant told her. Salmani now fears McNair was using her sister, because she was a young woman with a pretty face. She fears jealous people in his life are the reason her sister is dead, and won't live out her dreams.

Her greatest dream, Salmani said, was to be famous.

"I think she is now," she said. "She is everywhere."

mykarma
Jul 6th, 2009, 02:01 AM
Here is a good article describing their relationship. He came into Dave and Busters and kept chatting her up until she agreed to date him. She was told by him that he is divorcing. But there is no divorce pending in Nashville where McNair/wife live. Other details. The sister seems a bit crazy and in denial, but that is understandable.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2009-07-05-kazemi-family_N.htm

Victim's sister: 'Third person involved' in Steve McNair's death

By Kate Howard, The Tennessean
The sister of Sahel Kazemi, the 20-year-old women found shot dead with former NFL QB Steve McNair on Saturday, says she was a young woman who wanted to have fun and couldn't have hurt anyone not herself, nor anyone else.
Kazemi was actually the aunt of Sepideh Salmani, but they were raised as sisters. Salmani's mother adopted her when she was 9, after Kazemi's mother was killed in their native Iran. Salmani talked to her sister every day, and said she was very happy in her relationship with Steve McNair.

She doesn't believe her sister killed McNair, or herself.

"She was one, young girl who had so many dreams that they never came true," Salmani said. "She would never kill anyone, ever. Or anything. Not even a little bug. I want people to know that."

Nashville police have ruled McNair's death a homicide, but have refused to classify Sahemi's death. McNair suffered four gunshot wounds on Saturday, while Sahemi received just one. The gun was discovered underneath her body.

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McNair was found sitting on the sofa. Kazemi was lying on the floor.

Disbelief was also building near Kazemi's home, where police were interviewing neighbors Saturday.

Regan Howard said when Kazemi first became her neighbor, she didn't know if it was Kazemi or McNair who moved in since he was there so much.

"She was such a nice girl," Howard said. "I can't believe she would do that."

When McNair got her the Escalade, Howard said, she had to help her figure out how to use the remote starter.

Salmani said she talked to her sister nearly every day, and that she'd been hearing about McNair for several months, since he started coming to Dave & Busters and chatting her up.

"He started to talk to her a little," Salmani said. "They exchanged phone numbers, and started dating from there."

Kazemi told her sister that McNair was in the process of divorcing.

"That's why she was like, 'OK, now you're divorcing. We can date,'" Salmani said. "He told her, it was going to be finished, the whole divorce was going to be done, two weeks from yesterday."

Although a check of Davidson County's court records shows there is no divorce pending at least in Nashville McNair's house is for sale. His wife, Mechelle McNair, hasn't spoken to the media. Police said she is distraught over his death.

Salmani said her sister believed that she and McNair would move in together once the divorce was final, and eventually marry.

"All she was trying to do was have fun," Salmani said. "Nothing else. I believe there is a third person involved."

Kazemi first came to Nashville nearly four years ago with her then-boyfriend, Keith Norfleet. They broke up about five months ago, and she started seeing McNair soon after.

She probably didn't know who McNair was, Salmani said, until her colleagues at the restaurant told her. Salmani now fears McNair was using her sister, because she was a young woman with a pretty face. She fears jealous people in his life are the reason her sister is dead, and won't live out her dreams.

Her greatest dream, Salmani said, was to be famous.

"I think she is now," she said. "She is everywhere."
Sad for all involved. since no one knows what happened there could have been a third person involved.

Tech1
Jul 6th, 2009, 02:09 AM
The two on vacation:

http://photos.tmz.com/galleries/steve_mcnair_and_sahel_kazemi

HRHoliviasmith
Jul 6th, 2009, 02:28 AM
The two on vacation:

http://photos.tmz.com/galleries/steve_mcnair_and_sahel_kazemi


OMG this breaks my heart. his poor wife.

his philandering was common knowledge though so i guess i shouldn't be too suprised.

drake3781
Jul 6th, 2009, 02:45 AM
McNair and Kazemi were probably shot early Saturday, hours before their bodies were discovered, Aaron said. A witness told the police that McNair entered the condominium between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. Saturday. McNair had visited two Nashville bars late Friday and early Saturday, but Aaron said the police did not know if anyone was with him before he arrived at the condominium. When McNair arrived at the condominium, Kazemi’s 2007 Cadillac Escalade, which was registered to her and McNair, was parked outside.

Wayne Neeley, a friend of McNair’s who rented the condominium with McNair, found the bodies just before 1 p.m. Saturday. Neeley did not initially realize that McNair and Kazemi were dead. But after seeing blood in the condominium, Neeley called Robert Gaddy, a close friend of his and McNair’s. Gaddy then arrived at the condominium and called the police at 1:35 p.m. Saturday. While it was not clear why Neeley called Gaddy and not the authorities, the police said they thought Neeley must have been in shock.

McNair was a passenger in the Escalade early Thursday when Kazemi was charged with driving under the influence.

drake3781
Jul 6th, 2009, 02:51 AM
This one is sad. It is from his mother, brother, and mentions his four boys.

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/article/20090705/NEWS01/90705007/McNair+s+mom+grieving++but+not+angry