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Report: Kenny McKinley committed suicide

Posted on: September 20, 2010 8:56 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 9:38 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Tragic news out of Denver as Broncos WR Kenny McKinley has reportedly taken his own life, according to KDVR .

McKinley, a fifth-round draft pick out of South Carolina in 2009, was found dead in Arahapo County. The Broncos issued a statement saying they are "deeply saddened" after being informed by McKinley's death, but had no additional information regarding the circumstances surrounding his death.

“Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley," owner Pat Bowlen said in a statement released by the team. "He was part of the Broncos’ family and will be greatly missed by our organization. My most heartfelt condolences go out to Kenny’s family and friends.”

The 23-year-old former Gamecock, who Steve Spurrier once called the best wide receiver he'd ever coached, did not register a catch in eight games last year with Denver.

We'll update you with more information as we hear it.

“Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room," Broncos' coach Josh McDaniels said. "This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Update (9:21):
The Denver Post tweets confirmation that McKinley has passed. Just sad, sad stuffl

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Report: Kenny McKinley committed suicide

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Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 8:27 pm
 

Report: Kenny McKinley committed suicide

Great insight, Robinhuud.  Thanks for posting. 



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2010 1:42 am
 

Report: Kenny McKinley committed suicide

I am a South Carolina graduate and have been watching Gamecock football for over 46 years.  I happened to be at a game three years ago (I don't remember who the opponent was), and I saw Kenny catch a pass literally backward going down the right sideline.  He was an amazing talent in college and it seems depression had overcome him, since he had not really played as a receive since he came to Denver.  Everyone in the Gamecock community lived not only to watch him play, but really admired the attitude he had.  He went to class; made his grades; stayed in shape; practiced after the rest of the team had left.  Such a good example for younger players.  As more information comes in, apparently he was depressed over his injury and had financial problems.  Even though he signed for almost 2 million dollars; that was over 4 years and he was not in the millionaires range.  Perhaps he received some bad news about his knee recently; we don't know, however.  He was in Columbia two weeks ago for the USC - Georgia game and was recognized on the field as one of the greatest players ever to play at South Carolina.  He had that big smile and positive attitude then, so something dreastic must have occurred to cause him to do the radical thing he did.  Of course, everyone here is in utter shock.  Coach Steve Spurrier had a small press conference after practice and was really distraught. Kenny was one of his favorite players and he has had many.  Coach Spurrier wants his players to have the same attitude and work ethic he had, and Kenny had that for sure.  Please pray for this young man; whatever his demons were, let's hope he is at peace with God now.



Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2010 1:37 am
 

Report: Kenny McKinley committed suicide

Are you kidding me! A trajedy of this type is devastating for this young man's family and friends, and you are concerned about how the fans will be affected? Shame on you. That is all I can say..you need to seek guidance my friend.  A promising young life has ended prematurely..RIP young man... and again SHAME on you.




Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2010 10:59 pm
 

Report: Kenny McKinley committed suicide

wheresmyjuice,  you have a man that is dead.  cut the crap.  I was waiting for someone to say something  and pleasantly see lots of sincere sadness. 

You with your haha comment makes your a world class ass



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2010 10:43 pm
 

Report: Kenny McKinley committed suicide

Has nothing to do with this story.



Since: Jan 9, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2010 10:26 pm
 

Report: Kenny McKinley committed suicide

"How much can the fans take?"  That comment is a bit tacky and disingenuous.  The "fans" only think of these events in passing and they have no affect on their lives.  The family and friends of this young man are feeling the pain of this loss.



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2010 10:22 pm
 

Report: Kenny McKinley committed suicide

That's dick. A man is dead and you're making Tebow jokes. Here's hoping someone's around to tell jokes at your funeral, @sshole. There's a time and place for humor- but this surely isn't it. 


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