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Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

Posted on: January 22, 2009 11:09 am
 

 

In the days before the Arizona Cardinals and Philaldelphia Eagles were scheduled to play in the NFC title game, the home of Donovan McNabb, who lives in Chandler, Arizona during parts of the off-season, was vandalized by two of the biggest idiots in the known universe.

CBSSports.com has obtained the police report of the incident and portions of the report follows.

McNabb told police that there was $2,000 worth of damage to his property as a result of the vandalism. Police say they arrested two men for the incident, Ryan B. Hanlon and Rex Perkins.

How did the police find these two dopes? In one of the acts of vandalism, according to the report, Perkins used a cardboard box. But he forgot that printed on the box were his name and address. So police went to the home of Perkins where he answered the door wearing an Arizona Cardinals hat.

You can't make this stuff up.

Isn't there a show called "The World's Dumbest Criminals" or something like that?

One last word: What the criminals did wasn't just stupid and insensitive. Burning things in the front yard of a black man has horrific connotations and shows a lack of historical perspective.

Also, why this incident has received such little attention is amazing to me. If Eagles fans had done this to Kurt Warner, it'd be front page news everywhere.

Anyway, here are portions of the police report. It begins with the officer describing his arrival at McNabb's house:

"On 01-17-09 at approximately 1703 hours, I was dispatched to (address redacted) regarding a criminal damage report. When I arrived, I contacted the reporting person, Donovan McNabb, who is a professional football quarterback employed by the Philadelphia Eagles franchise. McNabb stated unknown suspects had damaged yard.

"The Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals are scheduled to play in the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship Game at 1300 hours on 01-18-09. According to McNabb, someone had hung an Arizona Cardinal flag in a tree in his front yard on Thursday 01-15-09, and he left the flag there until the next morning because he thought it was humorous. On 01-17-09 at approximately 0200 hours, McNabb said his family returned to the residence and noticed a cardboard sign had been staged in his driveway. The sign read "Go Cards" on one side and "Beat Philly" on the reverse.

"The next day McNabb said they noticed the smell of fuel emanating from the lawn and saw that someone had used fuel to scribe messages all over the his lawn. The western most areas of the lawn had a message reading, 'Go Kurt' referencing the Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. Adjacent to that message was another that read, 'Go Cards.' The patch of grass just south of the driveway also had a message reading, "I [heart] AZ." McNabb estimated the cost of replacing the sod in his front yard at approximately $2,000.00 dollars. McNabb stated his residence is equipped with surveillance video, but he was not sure when he would be able to access that video."

Later the report talks about the officer tracking down one of the perps and the perp immediately admitting to the alleged crime. The funny thing is, according to the report, Perkins immediately sold out his accomplice. The report states they used diesel fuel to burn the grass and that the fuel was put into a canister normally used to contain pesticide.

This is a scary part. According to the report, the two men read in the newspaper that McNabb lived in Chandler. Then cooked up the idea to vandalize his home. How'd they find his address? According to police, they looked up McNabb's personal info on the Internet.

It was that easy finding and vandlizing his property.

The report concludes with Perkins allegedly telling officers that they knew their acts were illegal and that the criminal masterminds "didn't think it through." Hanlon allegedly told police, the report states, that he "understood what he did was against the law, but because the 'grass grows back,' he thought the situation would be looked at as along the lines of 'toilet papering' someone's house."

 

Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals
 
Comments

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2009 12:57 pm
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

Any real fan would have burned the whole house down...with Mcnabb inside.




Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 12:56 pm
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

This should have been a great atricle on simply the stupidity of these clowns.  Why do you have to taint it with racial allegations?  You could have just stated the facts and it would have been hilarious how dumb these guys were.  It seems to me these two guys targeted Mcnabb only because he has a home in Arizona, not because he was black.  If Andy Reid or any other white Eagles player lived there they would have had the same thing happen to their place.  I just don't understand why it has to be a black thing.  Why does CBS even print this?  You should be ashamed of yourself Freeman.  It's because of crybabies like you that racism still exists, but the real problem is that CBS allowed you to post it.  Take your garbage somewhere else.




Since: Aug 3, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2009 12:56 pm
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

Yes, burning things in the front yard of a black person does have horrific connotations. But when we think of burning things, we usually assume think of fiery crosses, or other symbols that imply a threat to the residents within. In absolutely no way do I condone the actions of these louts, but I really don't think it was meant to be anything other than funny.

It is also long past time that we, as a society, become a little less sensitive, and stop trying to read deeper meanings into every action.  Not every conflict between a black person & a white person is inherently racial and not every action taken by a white person against a black person is indicative of at least incipient racism. The real racism in this incident are the people who are looking to find racism, because they can't accept the fact that our society, finally, slowly, is moving beyond that.

I think the real significance of the election of President Obama, regardless of whether people agree with them, is that he did not campaign as a black man the way Jesse Jackson did back in the 1980's. At least one glass ceiling has finally been shattered.

Now, if we can get back to sports, I am picking the upset -- Cardinals over Steelers, 32-28.




Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2009 12:51 pm
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

i didn't read anything about mcnabb's color being burned into the lawn, nor were there confederate flags pitched into his lawn.  these were a couple of homer fans, i mean "I Heart ARZ"  and "Go Kurt", it's so innocent it's laughable!




Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2009 12:48 pm
 

Are you kidding me?

So I start reading the article and early on there is reference to race. That immediately led me to believe the vandalism was not just flags and burning "Go Cards” in the grass. As I read each paragraph I figured the description would carry on, recounting racial slurs painted on his garage, burning crosses on the front lawn or even worse. Then... the description of the vandalism is complete.

Where does race fit in this picture?

The other comments are spot on. Don't make this a race thing when it's not. Demote this writer to posting box scores.



BradyMania
Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2009 12:48 pm
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Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2009 12:43 pm
 

Shut up, Freeman!

This is not a "story."




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2009 12:43 pm
 

Give me a break

Why does everything have to be racial with you... like the Tiger Woods article you wrote recently. Tiger is free to support or not support whomever he pleases, and doesn't have to support Obama just because they are both African American. And these two vandals had no racial intentions when they burned their support for the Cardinals in McNabb's lawn. I'm guessing you wouldn't even mention this if McNabb were white, and I am sure this would get even less press if it had happened at Warner's house.

What they did might been in good sport had they not damaged McNabb's property... they went over the line at that point. Even Donovan saw the humor in it until they crossed the line, but I am sure if you asked him on or off the record he would not think it was racially motivated.

We will never get past racial prejudice if we continue to make every issue racial that involves black and white. I hate racism, but I don't look for it in every issue that comes up. If we want it to end, then we have to address only the real issues, which this is not.




Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2009 12:38 pm
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

Good point lovethegame99! This had nothing to do with being racial!!




Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2009 12:37 pm
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

Using Freemans logic, if Warner or any other white quarterback had been found guilty of the same crimes to animals that Michael Vick had been convicted of they would have been given a free pass?  That is so stupid it is just plain irresponsible.  Did what these two men did acquire an amazing amount of stupidity?  Yes!  Its time to stop looking for racist intent behind every act that happens, maybe some people do things because they really are just that stupid.  Where in this article does it say that their act was motivated by racial hate or intolerance?  What if this act had been perpetrated by two black men against Curt Warner, would Freeman have the same feeling that it was inspired by racial intolerance? 



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