Vince Young pays tribute to Steve McNair, calls him ‘pop’

Vince YoungIt’s hard to believe, but it has been four years since Steve McNair was found shot to death inside a Nashville condominium on July 4, 2009. It is believed that he was killed by his mistress, Sahel Kazemi, in a murder-suicide.

McNair was drafted by the Houston Oilers and served as the franchise’s quarterback all throughout its time in Tennessee until the team locked him out of their facilities in 2006. The Titans decided to move on with a new quarterback and drafted Vince Young third overall that year. McNair was traded to the Baltimore Ravens.

Though McNair had an ugly split from the team, he was still a huge part of the franchise’s history, and Young has always acknowledged that. Despite all of Young’s failings off the field, he has pledged to take care of McNair’s sons and treated them well since their father’s death.

On Thursday, the fourth year since the death of Air McNair, Young paid tribute to the man he calls “pop” with a series of photos:

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Jaguars Fans Cross the Line with Steve McNair Skeleton

Some Jacksonville Jaguars fans crossed the line by hanging a bloody Steve McNair jersey on a skeleton at their tailgate Sunday. According to Outkick the Coverage, the fans did this at their tailgate prior to Sunday’s Jags-Titans game.

McNair of course was Tennessee’s franchise quarterback from 1995-2005. He went to three Pro Bowls, won a co-MVP, and led the team to the Super Bowl. He was murdered on July 4th, 2009 and his death left a scar on the city of Nashville and the Titans franchise. This is no laughing matter and it is disturbing that some fans felt this was acceptable behavior.

We’re all about fans showing up to support their team before and during games, but you don’t need to express your anti-opponent feelings by mocking the death of their franchise icon. I would ask how some fans could be so ignorant, but some fans have already taught us not to be surprised by anything.

Police Release McNair-Kazemi Text Messages to Refute CBS Report

Back when the surprising news came down to ruin the July 4th holiday, it seemed like an open and shut case of murder-suicide for Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi. The investigation and conclusion by the police didn’t take too long but it left many Cold Case fans unsettled. Count Armen Keteyian of CBS as one of those people considering he spent the past three months investigating the case to show that the police may have done a poor job. Keteyian’s arguments are that the police cited the wrong day of when Kazemi may have bought a gun, that she wasn’t having financial problems (by uncovering a bank statement), and that she wasn’t distraught (showing a police video from her DUI stop). Apparently feeling some pressure, the police released some text message exchanges from McNair and Kazemi to back up their case:

Text messages show a woman asked former NFL quarterback Steve McNair to transfer $2,000 into her bank account hours before police say she shot him to death, then turned the gun on herself.

Sahel Kazemi texted McNair on July 3 to say she was so stressed she might have a breakdown and asked for money to pay cell phone bills. One text said she might need to go to a hospital because she could hardly breathe. The texts also show Kazemi meeting McNair at the Nashville condominium where he was shot. He asked her to leave the front door open for him.

So far Keteyian seems 1-for-3 on his disputing points, the one being credit for the police erring on the day Kazemi bought the gun. One of the other new developments in the case is that there’s a Mississippi woman who claims McNair fathered her child and that she’s seeking financial support. Given Air McNair’s touchdown dancing ways of the past, I’m not surprised. The bottom line is that maybe nobody will know exactly what happened in the case. I still feel there’s the slightest, most minimal chance it wasn’t a murder-suicide but I’m not sure how it’s going to be proven.

McNair Fans Pissed it Was Closed Casket

You know, I’ve never been one of those open casket types. Once someone’s gone, that’s it for me — I don’t want to remember them lying in a casket, completely lifeless. But I guess like most things, I’m in the minority on this one. Take for instance your typical Titans or general NFL fan. I’m not sure exactly what they had to gain by visiting Steve McNair’s casket at the funeral home, but some felt that they needed to be there. These are probably the same people who slow down at the scene of a car crash and look over, all the while bringing the freeway speed down from 70mph to 25. Thanks guys. So anyway, if you want to know how sick some of these people are, they were bitching that it wasn’t open-casket. No joke.

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Steve McNair Had Two Girlfriends on the Side, Was Three-Timing His Wife

When police said Saturday night that they weren’t looking for any suspects and that they were confident they’d have a conclusion after the autopsy, I had a pretty good idea that the Steve McNair/Sahel Kazemi case was a murder-suicide. Many people were saying it was done by a professional and that things didn’t sound right. They thought Kazemi’s ex-boyfriend was involved. The big question was what Kazemi’s motive was. Well, now the Nashville police department have given us two reasons.

Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas said at a press conference this afternoon that their interviews with Kazemi’s friends and coworkers showed that in the last five to seven days of her life, the 20-year-old felt her life was unraveling.

She had recently saw signs that McNair may be involved with another woman, and she might have been worried about making rent payments and payments on two cars, including a Cadillac Escalade registered in both her and McNair’s name.

Serpas said Kazemi saw McNair with another woman days before the murder and attempted to follow the woman, whom police said they talked to but Serpas did not identify.

Boom — there you go. Her rent was about to double because her roomate was moving out and she also had two car payments to make because she was having trouble selling her KIA. But why not just end it for herself? Why involve McNair too? The jealousy and anger factor — she wasn’t Steve’s only chick on the side, surprise surprise. Imagine who crappy McNair’s wife feels now. Not only did she not know about Kazemi who killed her husband, but her husband had TWO chicks on the side (if not more). Yikes.

Is Steve McNair a Hall of Famer?

One of the more tragic, heart-sinking moments for me as a sports fan was seeing the news that Steve McNair died on July 4th after being shot in the head. McNair’s a quarterback who took a while to develop in the league and that’s why it took me a long time to appreciate him. He was one of the new dual-threat quarterbacks for the first part of his career but then he realized you can’t last in the league very long if you keep tucking and running. While his amount of rushing attempts got cut in half, the amount of injuries doubled, and that’s what made McNair stand out so much — he became tough.

I can’t remember an injury that kept McNair out of a game. As a fantasy football guy, McNair developed a legendary reputation as someone who was so banged up that he could never practice during the week, but when it came to Sundays, you could always count on the quarterback from Alcorn State to make the start. McNair took the Titans to the Super Bowl in 2000, shared the MVP award with Peyton Manning in ’03, and led the Ravens to a 13-3 season at the age of 33 in his second to last year. He had a really good career and was memorable for his toughness, but the tragedy of his death shouldn’t change the way we view his career.

I’ve already heard people say McNair should be a Hall of Famer and I’m guessing a lot of it is due to their compromised sentiment. McNair was a winner and a very good quarterback for about a six year stretch or so, but he wasn’t consistently one of the league’s elites. I even heard an analyst today say he was better than Donovan McNabb — a quarterback to whom he was compared because they both were QBs who could run. McNabb’s won more and he’s been a top quarterback on a more consistent basis than McNair so I would completely dispute that notion. I don’t think McNair’s a Hall of Famer, but his reputation as a good quarterback who was one of the toughest mofos around will be his legacy. I’d say there’s a lot of guys who’d love to have that claim.

Check out Steve McNair at his retirement news conference, one of his last appearances in the spotlight:

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Sahel Kazemi Likely Committed Murder Suicide with Steve McNair

Well if this ain’t a jacked up story, I don’t know what is. When Steve McNair was found dead on Saturday afternoon in Nashville, he was found killed along with a 20-year-old woman named Sahel Kazemi. Kazemi works at Dave and Buster’s and apparently had been messing with McNair the past few months to the point where he bought her an ’07 Escalade. Initially police were saying it appeared to be a double homicide but the latest details indicate it’s a likely murder-suicide.

McNair was found with multiple gunshot wounds including a fatal one to the head. Kazemi was found with only one gunshot wound and a pistol close to her body. Add up that evidence plus what the Nashville public informer said — that they’re not chasing down any suspects — and you have to believe it was a murder-suicide.

According to Kazemi’s ex-boyfriend, McNair had been telling Kazemi that everything would be perfect between them even though Steve was married and had a family. I’m guessing that this was one of those scorned lover scenarios where she wanted more than he was willing to give and she therefore plugged him. As for Steve, let him serve as a lesson for other guys out there that this is what can happen if you mess around with something on the side. Be careful.

Sahel Kazemi Pics courtesy of Bumpshack