Shuffling off to infamy

By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 22, 2009

Even though Whitner seemed psychotic (and this is at least his second police incident — he was also nabbed for non-criminal harassment of his live-in girlfriend in 2006), I'll shave off some points for getting Tasered, so give him 45. It bears repeating: sooner or later, an athlete is going to get killed by a police Taser. Just last week, a 16 year old in Detroit was killed by a Taser shot after a routine traffic stop. A few weeks before that, a 15 year old in Bay City, Michigan, was killed after being shot with a Taser, dropping to the ground and "flopping around" like a "fish out of water."

No mistake this time
Here's a really weird one. Three students from Virginia's Norfolk State University (including two athletes, one of each gender) and three other suspects were busted last week for what police are calling a series of armed robberies.

According to cops, two young women, including hottish NSU volleyball player Jourdan Nicole Ellison, were used as bait to pick up military guys at a bar. The girls would lure them back to a hotel room, where they would be robbed at gunpoint. Police reportedly discovered eight guns, 20 credit cards, and a cache of cell phones, jewelry and cameras— all believed to have been stolen— in the homes of two of those who have been arrested.

Another suspect, NSU power forward Brandon Monroe, was busted for robbery last year, but had the charges temporarily dropped after claiming it was a case of mistaken identity. (Must have been that other 6-7 guy, I guess.) This time, he's insisting he was "just the driver." Looks like these charges might stick. Seventy points for using a gun.

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