Richard Collier of the Jacksonville Jaguars was shot last night outside of an apartment at around 2:45 in the morning. He is currently listed in critical condition.
Apparently, Collier and a former teammate were waiting for a couple of women that they had met at a nightclub earlier on in the evening when the car that Collier was in was fired upon.
I am getting sick and tired of hearing about these professional athletes getting into situations like this. Why are these guys constantly in the wrong place at the wrong time? The NFL season opens up this coming weekend. What was Collier doing out at 2:45 in the morning?
It is my hope that professional athletes take notice of the stupid actions of some of their colleagues. The late Sean Taylor of the Washington Redskins was rumored to have run with a pretty rough crowd in his time, is now deceased. Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed when his rented limousine was sprayed with bullets minutes after leaving a New Year's party at a downtown Denver club in 2007. That incident was rumored to be gang related.
And then there is the king of bad decisions, Adam "Pacman" Jones. This numskull has been arrested numerous times for many reasons. Since he was drafted in April 2005, he has been arrested five times -- although he has not been convicted of any crimes. Jones has been involved in at least 11 separate police investigations, authorities say. Most notably, he was arrested for an incident at a Las Vegas strip club at 4 a.m.!!!
Is there anything good that can happen from being at a strip club at 4 a.m.? How about if you are running around with a rough crowd and upset some of them, like Sean Taylor did? Or, if you have connections with a gang?
Why do these athletes put themselves in these situations? Do they not realize that they need to take care of themselves in order to have a better career? They don't need to be out at 2:45 a.m. on a Tuesday!
I really do hope that Richard Collier is okay and has a full recovery. I also hope that he realizes his mistakes and shapes up. There is a very small percentage of us that get the opportunity to play professional sports. I just wish that more of these athletes realize what a privilege it is to do what they do. I believe that some of the guys that got cut from the team (especially those that play Collier's position) do.