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(ESPN)   Displaying a gun during an argument at a stoplight is not smart, especially if you played in the most recent Superbowl   ( espn.go.com) divider line
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69 clicks; posted to Main » on 17 Apr 2003 at 5:06 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-04-17 03:48:54 AM  
2003-04-17 05:10:03 AM  
I was showing him my SuperBowl ring, I just forgot I was holding my neener in the same hand, Officer!
2003-04-17 05:12:39 AM  
Drivers are rude
Such attitudes
But when I show my piece
Complaints cease
Something's odd
I feel like I'm God
You stupid dumbshiat goddam motherfarker
I open the glove box
Reach inside
I'm gonna wreck this farker's ride
2003-04-17 05:14:47 AM  
2003-04-17 05:15:02 AM  
How does this qualify as Aggravated Assault?

If stupid people feared the consequences of driving like a Floridian - the highways might be a safer place.

Now if he actually shot out the guy's tire or something...

He showed his weapon - but didn't use it. If he raised a baseball bat or tire iron, is that still a crime?
2003-04-17 05:17:53 AM  
"Dwight Smith of the Tampa Bay Bucs" sounds like the first line of a dirty limerick.
2003-04-17 05:19:38 AM  
baseball bats and tire irons don't have a high rate of accidently killing people.
2003-04-17 05:24:07 AM  
2003-04-17 05:24:31 AM  
Dwight Smith of the Tampa Bay Bucs
Pulls a gun, and a motorist ducks
He got grabbed by a cop
No-one came out on top
'cept his cellmate who gets celebrity fuks
2003-04-17 05:26:53 AM  
How does this qualify as Aggravated Assault?

Assault is just threatening the person to where they feel that they are in danger, battery is the actual crime where the injury is commited.
2003-04-17 05:29:09 AM  
*cocking my Glock and popping 'till they all drop*
2003-04-17 05:29:28 AM  
Don't ever pull out a gun unless you are going to use it.
2003-04-17 05:42:23 AM  
Jay_vee That was ingenious!

2003-04-17 06:15:09 AM  
Awesome, when I was stationed in TX a fellow airman was a huge Cowboys fan from Denton, an armpit town on the outskirts of the Dallas/Ft. Worth TX. When a Cowboy made the news for something like this, drugs, beating somebody, or anything else the Cowboys were famous for we'd give him the business. Now we can be the butt of NFL knucklehead jokes, if we actually were Bucs fans.

On a side note there was an article months ago about a Denton TX man who was shooting a pistol into the water from a boat. He then requested his shooting/fishing buddies to "look at this" putting the, what he thought was an empty pistol, to his head and pulled the trigger. I suspect the fish around the boat got a rare and tasty treat that day, assuming that fish enjoy "atrophied from lack of use" human brain matter.
2003-04-17 06:16:10 AM  
and Jay_vee that was pretty damn good.
2003-04-17 06:24:02 AM  
The NRA says gunz r cool. Sheep agree. then you hear about shiat like this and suddenly guns aint so coool. guns are scary
2003-04-17 06:59:22 AM  
True story: a couple of years ago, after a little road rage incident, a guy in a van waved his hand gun, as a kind of invitation, at me. I reported the incident to two seperate police stations (the guy lived in the same apartment complex as the friend I was going to visit) and the cops would do nothing. "Did he point the gun at you?", the cop asked. "No, but I think that's beside the point.", I said. "So how do you know he was threatening you?"...
Laziest goddamn cops in the world.
2003-04-17 07:00:12 AM  
Sports heroes aren't allowed to just do whatever they want anymore unless you're a BIG hero, like OJ Simpson.

I remember a case in the 80s where some sports star murdered a child with his bare hands, and got off with shock probation. It was so horrid an injustice that I kept the articles about it for years, because I knew no one would believe that a sports star could get away with being a convicted killer, yet given a free second chance to kill again. I finally pitched it, but... I forget the name now... anyone remember who that was?
2003-04-17 07:03:00 AM  
What a real asshat
2003-04-17 07:26:02 AM  
Yep stupid football no brainer again
2003-04-17 07:35:44 AM  
I am a process server. A co-worker of mine had a gun fired pretty much AT HIM. all the cops wanted to know was "at what angle" was his arm during firing? as if there are areas in the 90 to 150 degree range that dont constitute "being shot at" . the guy turns out to be a convicted coke dealer 5 or six years ago. hmmm. lawsuits against police have nearly turned this into a "lets be carefull not to offend the criminals sensibilities" contest
2003-04-17 07:54:10 AM  
"Police said they responded to a cell phone call from a motorist who complained that a man in a sport utility vehicle pointed a gun at him at a traffic light."
now why am I guessing this SUV had 22" rims on it ?

[image from lowkeeriderz.com too old to be available]

2003-04-17 08:22:23 AM  
Its Our fault really we should never have granted celebrity status to so many low brainers but no we have to have something to go all goo goo over never thinking what it is doing to those poor people
2003-04-17 08:32:29 AM  
It really bugs me that these celebrity types that have low IQ's are making millions of dollars, get to do things that average people don't do, like carry loaded guns just to scare people and to pump up their egos even more(and perhaps use the gun) and do drugs...AND THEY DON'T GET PUNISHED THE SAME! Why the heck not? They can't find another dork to replace them? Surely that's not it! I see plenty of dorks to go around. How about choosing someone who actually deserves the job because they have real skills?
2003-04-17 08:33:26 AM  
But Penrod I don't like those countries that grant celebrity status only to smart people. What good is celebrity if you can't enjoy their demise? Hell, I think the Brits got us beat on that though;)
2003-04-17 08:43:56 AM  
laughing my ass off Vegasj...
2003-04-17 08:49:13 AM  
Pulling a gun without using is called brandishing, and it is against the law in most areas of the country. If you don't shoot it then that means you didn't really need to pull it.

A lot of modern self defense doctrines are based on the notion that you shouldn't draw your weapon unless you intend to shoot to kill. This applies to civilians and to police officers to a lesser extent.

IMHO it has raised the mortal shooting incident rate in America, but it leaves fewer perps alive to sue the heck out of you and/or your local police dept. when the danger is over.
2003-04-17 08:56:44 AM  
Welcome to the National Felon League.
2003-04-17 09:01:01 AM  
You know, as bad as it is for low-income dipshiats to act "ghetto," it's really utterly inexcusable for middle or upper class morons...

Why is it "keepin' it real" to remain "ghetto..." Wouldn't it be more "real" to use your position to help your friends and members of your community to escape the cycle of tragedy in the ghetto?

(of course, I don't know if this asshat actually came from a ghetto background or if he's just a dipshiat who buys into all the glorified "gangsta" garbage... either way it's pretty shiatty)
2003-04-17 09:23:18 AM  
Don't be hatin', yo.
2003-04-17 09:30:19 AM  
Meet Dwight Smith

[image from espn.go.com too old to be available]
2003-04-17 09:35:52 AM  
"I apologize for any negative light that I may have placed on our football team and the entire Buccaneer organization," Smith said in a statement released by the team.

Is negative light what we're supposed to call negritude nowadays?
2003-04-17 09:37:26 AM  
damnit...smile Dwight
2003-04-17 09:37:28 AM  
This actually happened two blocks from my house, there were police cars everywhere and it was kind of funny when I watched the news and found out what happened.
2003-04-17 09:52:10 AM  
RevBigfoot: I wonder if he was pissed because the talent (American Idol wannabe) contest he was the celebrity guest for at the Sun Dome this past weekend only drew about 150 people. That had to have sucked.
2003-04-17 10:05:36 AM  
That may have been the reason, but then again whenever I drive down that road I want to shoot the stupid people so that may explain it.
2003-04-17 10:09:04 AM  
Pay no heed to Betelgeux....Denton, TX is a perfectly lovely place.

On Topic: Pro sports is similar to any segment of society in the fact that you have some good guys and some bad guys, some bright guys and some dim bulbs. What I can't figure out is why people are still surprised when one of them commits a criminal act.
2003-04-17 10:17:00 AM  
"However, it is not appropriate for me to comment any further on the specifics of this matter at this time.''

Interpreted: My ass is grass and Chuckie Gruden is the lawn mower.

But having driven in Florida for the past 8 months, I think we should all be armed. Absolutely the worst farking drivers in the world. Worse than Detroit, worse than Montreal, probably worse than a camel jockey in Baghdad. And the cops are too farking lazy to enforce any of the basic laws like speeding and running red lights. If we were armed, we could deal sensibly and rationally with these problems. Cut me off? Fire a round or two into their arse. Be like the Steve Martin movie... was it LA Story? Driving down the freeway with everyone popping off shots at each other.

And Jay_Vee - a classic limerick, my good man. Excellent work.
2003-04-17 10:28:34 AM  
First off, they're not quite like "any segment of society," they are a segment of society that is precariously employed in a career that offers unbelievable rewards, rewards that vastly outweigh the actual work, but one in which image is a very important consideration. It seems foolish to risk such rewards over trivial nonsense, a simple "road-rage" exchange of words, for example.

Even still, I don't think people are surprised that they commit criminal acts, it's the sheer stupidity of the criminal acts... Brandishing pistols on the highway, "accidentally" shooting limo drivers in their homes, beating their wives in public places, etc., etc.

The world of professional sports is a relatively small cross-section, yet one that is disproportionately filled with absurd "ghetto"/"white trash" Jerry Springer-esque behavior and crimes.
2003-04-17 10:46:52 AM  
Hmm, can take the thug off the street, but give a thug millions of dollars and he'll turn blacker than he EVER was. Who is surprised?
2003-04-17 10:50:44 AM  

Yeah, I pretty much agree with you. Truth be told, I don't have any real interest in renegade athletes. My comment was just a pretext for defending Denton. (Home of the Fine Arts/Fine Farts Theatre, depending on which direction you view the marquee from.)
2003-04-17 10:57:04 AM  
I like how he said the OTHER DUDE was getting agressive. This guy plays in the NFL!! It's not like he can't whip the guy's ass if he has to! He's a PRO ATHLETE!
2003-04-17 10:57:57 AM  
Denton is a good little town, except for the Southern Baptists.

Don't pull a gun unless you're ready for a fight to the death.
2003-04-17 11:03:51 AM  
WHAT KIND OF ASSHAT THUGS ARE WE ALLOWING INTO PROFESSIONAL SPORTS THESE DAYS?!?! Is it really worth stripping the quality of our children's heroes to put slightly better athletes on our teams?

I'm almost done with professional sports. And this is coming from someone who is a die-hard sports fan.
2003-04-17 11:10:28 AM  
Yeah, MisterSym, I HATE pro sports. At least with college sports, if some idiot screws up he gets punished, or kicked off the team....

I can't STAND pro sports.
2003-04-17 11:13:42 AM  
He should be forced to leave the NFL one year without pay and go serve his country. After he completes basic he can be sent to the middle east where he can drive around in an SUV and brandish weapons.

Denton, TX rocks.
2003-04-17 11:17:24 AM  
A few more instances of pro athlete thugs like this partaking in criminal activities and I'm ready to start a ban. I would call for all people who truly love the sport to not purchase any officially-licensed gear, game tickets, etc.

If the pro sports leagues can't clean up their act on which players they bring into the sport (or at least on how they punish them....a $5,000 fine doesn't mean diddly squat to these millionaires), then we'll force them to. Let them feel the sting of loss of a few million dollars and let's see what they do then.
2003-04-17 11:43:52 AM  
You Know he could of just killed him and pulled an OJ
2003-04-17 12:34:59 PM  
I wonder if the most feared gang in the country, The Carolina Panthers, is jealous that a football player from another team did something foolish.
2003-04-17 01:11:28 PM  
Now, more than ever, WE NEED A Only in Florida tag.
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