Murder most foul

By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 20, 2007

Curry is charged with murdering Jennifer Flores, his 30-year-old girlfriend, allegedly because she was set to testify against him in a case involving unlawful corporal punishment (he had been accused of severely beating his 16-year-old son). Flores was shot and killed in early April; Curry called police and reported her death as a suicide, but was later charged with her murder.

Meanwhile . . .
The University of Florida owns the rare distinction of being the simultaneous national collegiate football and basketball champion, so it only makes sense that a member of each team should be arrested on weed charges during the off-season.

Two Brandons — running back Brandon James and hoopster guard Brandon Powell — were busted by cops in Gainesville for the utterly crap charge of paying a police informant $20 for eight-tenths of a gram of marijuana.

On principle, I’m not only not giving these guys two points for this ridiculous charge, I’m giving them a nine-point credit, which means each player is welcome to commit a crime on the order of throwing a rock in a pet-store window, or at least stealing a fire hydrant. Should they do so, they will go back to a yearly rating of zero. The Gainesville cops get 23 points for interpreting Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the founding fathers’ gift of democracy as a license to entrap teenagers by selling fake double–dime bags. Assholes.

When he’s not googling “sports-murder spree” and “lame marijuana charges,” Matt Taibbi writes for Rolling Stone. He can be reached at M_Taibbi@yahoo.com.

Sports crime leaderboard
LAVON CHISLEY (PENN STATE)
| murder (case pending) | 99
JIMMY LEON WILSON (MONTANA) | murder (case pending) | 99
JAMES CURRY (RETIRED, TORONTO ARGONAUTS) | murder (case pending) | 99
LOREN WADE (ARIZONA STATE) | murder, second degree | 98
STEVE SWINDAL (YANKEES) | DUI | 98
RON ARTEST (KINGS) | starving Socks, domestic violence, intimidation | 95
PACMAN JONES (TITANS) | TBA | 90
CURLY-HAIRED BOYFRIEND (GLOBE) | being a dick and, worse, a bore who can’t write | 90
ELIJAH DUKES (D-RAYS) | stalking, threats, weed, multiple busts, being a dick | 82.5
TOM PARROS (RETIRED, RAIDERS) | creepy teen sex assault | 80
JULIO MATEO (MARINERS) | punching, biting wife | 80
RICHARD SEIGLER (STEELERS) | pimping | 79
MURIETTA JOCKS (MURIETTA FIGHT CLUB) | various | 75
A.J. NICHOLSON (BENGALS) | hitting girlfriend, inducing her to say she hit herself | 69
TONE TAUPULE (U OF IDAHO) | pistol-whipping, armed robbery | 62
JUSTIN MILLER (JETS) | accidental girl-punching, getting caught on foot by cops | 50 
SIX FOOTBALL PLAYERS (GUILFORD) | assault | 50 (downgraded)
KATSUHIKO MAEKAWA (ORIX BUFFALOES) | DUI, hit/run | 47
RONNIE FIELDS (MINOT SKYROCKETS) | sex assault | 40
MIKE GILLESPIE (FLORIDA A&M) | lurking, pseudo-stalking | 38
WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER DEWAR (CMU) | window peeping | 38
DAVID “CIRCUS” KIRCUS (BRONCS) | breaking dude’s face | 36
JERRAMY STEVENS (SEAHAWKS) | DUI, weed, throwing used condoms | 32
LIONEL SULLIVAN (BGSU) | stealing video games, being a dumbass | 31
DEX REID (COLTS) | weed, gun, being a Colt, sucking while a Patriot | 30
MARVIN JONES (IDAHO) | dealing coke to undercover cops, getting caught for same | 30
MIKE TYSON (N/A) | coke, DUI | 28
RASHAUN BROADUS (BYU HOOPS) | DUI, having Snoop Dogg’s last name | 26
GUSTAVO CHACIN (BLUE JAYS) | DUI, having cologne named after him | 26
TONY LA RUSSA (CARDINALS) | DUI | 25
RYAN KRAUSE (CHARGERS) | DUI | 25
HENRY MELTON (UT LONGHORNS) | DUI | 25
GAINESVILLE POLICE (FLORIDA) | entrapping with dime bags, being sneaky fucks | 23
DONTRELLE WILLIS (MARLINS) | DUI, peeing | 23
BATMAN CARROLL (JAGUARS) | gun, ecstasy, sucking | 22
CHARLES SHARON (JAGUARS) | stolen gun | 22
DARRELL REID (COLTS) | weed-in-car, being a Colt | 20
RANDY FOYE (T-WOLVES) | fighting | 20
MINNY P.D. (N/A) | Tasering | 20
KRIS LUCHSINGER (OHIO) | bar fight | 18
GERALD SENSABAUGH (JAGUARS) | gun, speeding | 17
TINSLEY, DANIELS, MCLEOD (PACERS) | fighting | 15
TARELL BROWN (TEXAS) | pre-draft weed bust | 11
STEVE GARCIA (SOUTH CAROLINA) | keying a professor’s car, not getting away with it | 9
ROBERT ANTHONY GRANT (FORT HAYS STATE) | fugitive balling | 6
MOBILE P.D. (N/A) | being dicks | 5
HOWARD STIRGUS (DENTON) | bomb threats | 3
DERMARR JOHNSON (NUGGETS) | getting Tasered | 2
MIKE TAYLOR (IOWA STATE) | stealing $11.06 | 1.5
KYLE MCALARNEY (NOTRE DAME) | weed | 1
TERRANCE DESHAWN HOOKS | weed | 1
BRANDON JAMES AND BRANDON POWELL (FLORIDA) | victims of petty weed entrapment | -9

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