Tiger traps

By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 11, 2007

According to the arrest warrant, Sarvis and Waters were driving in different cars along Nichols Highway in South Carolina, when Sarvis threw a rock at Waters’s car, busting up Waters’s windshield. This led to a confrontation on the side of the road, in which Waters struck Sarvis “on his head and body.” Waters was charged with simple battery, while Sarvis was charged with malicious damage to personal property. Authorities have yet to explain why Sarvis — a pitcher — was throwing a rock at Waters’s car. (At least he was able to hit the windshield — not bad for a moving target.)

Waters seemingly should get no more than one point for this irritating story, but since he plays for whiny-ass San Diego, he gets five.

Gator mystery
There might be one more sports-related murder to talk about soon, though it’s still too early to tell. Former University of Florida cornerback Avery Atkins was found dead in his car on July 5, in what police are calling a “suspicious death.” It certainly seems suspicious: Atkins was arrested for crack possession two Mondays ago, his third arrest in three months, then ended up dead that Thursday.

Atkins was in his garage at his home in Port Orange, Florida, when his aunt found him unconscious. The car had a loaded gun in the console with three rounds in it; Atkins had no signs of trauma or other injuries.

The troubled defensive back had been a high-school all-American and a centerpiece of Urban Meyer’s first recruiting class. But he was forced to leave Florida after twice being arrested for domestic battery. Atkins then transferred to Bethune-Cookman this past year. He was trying to get back into Florida by paying his own way, but Meyer hadn’t yet agreed to take him back. In the meantime, he racked up two more arrests: one a weed charge, the other an assault beef springing from a threatening phone call he made to an ex-girlfriend. Scouts almost universally believed that, had Atkins straightened out, he would have had a long NFL career.

Police right now say they don’t know if anyone else was involved in his death, but we’ll let you know.

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