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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: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2009 12:50 am
 

Was this really the best you could do?

Mike,

Since you obviously sat down with the full intention of saying something about racism in America, was this really the best you could do?  Seriously?  You couldn't find a better topic than this to make your point?  You haven't heard any news out of Oakland, CA recently that was just a wee bit more relevant to your point here?  Oh that's right, there was really no sports angle to that heinous crime was there?  That's really unfortunate for you, isn't it?  You could have really sunk your teeth into that one, but instead you had to go searching for a racial angle in this otherwise silly and harmless story. 

Dude, your last name is Freeman, as in "Free Man".  Stop acting like the long-suffering victim and get over yourself.  Or at the very least have the basic integrity to stand by your convictions and quit this gig so you can go get a position where it is actually your job to write about racism, because trust me, that's not what any of us are here to read about.

If you can't take a break from your usual hyper-sensitivity and extreme paranoia about perceived racial issues this week I guess you never will.  Leads one to believe that you don't really want to see an end to racism, as it would leave you with so little to say.  Time to write up that two week notice and move on, man.  Either that or shut up.  There is no option C here.  Be a man.

TW

 




Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 12:38 am
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

Thunderdan i'd like to burn your computer!

 




Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 12:15 am
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

This Could Have been a great story to have wrote about but it gets ruind with the talk about RACE. Maybe if people would stop talking about race it wouldnt stay such a issue. All the talk about it keeps making it an issue.




Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 12:15 am
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

Exactly!  I would like to put a burning bag of poo on freeman's doorstep.




Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2009 11:50 pm
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

Y'all leave mike b.p. freeman alone he's playing with his crayons right now oh yea and their all black.....Boy i'm glad i'm not black and bitter like him...D.A..




Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2009 9:35 pm
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

( I ) Tongue out




Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2009 9:25 pm
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

freeman is superstupid why doesn't he tell everybody he's a black panther and why doesn't he complain as to why the majority of nfl players are black.He needs to come south to some places i know and talk that b.s..I know more racist blacks than i do whites but the whites just laugh it off.the blacks benefit off of it.Also why is their only ONE MAN WITH A NATIONAL HOLIDAY didn't GEORGE OR ABE OR THOMAS OR BEN DO ANYTHING OH!!!!!!!!! THATS RIGHT THEY HAD A BACKBONE..If it would have happened to kurt warner by 2 blacks it wouldn't have never been investigated oh but thats right blacks don't hate.




Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2009 9:07 pm
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

Pathetic story.  Totally non racist, simply enthusiastic fans.  The vandalism was no more than jest.  Its not like they burned McNabb's house down.  Freeman is just making a mountain out of a molehill. 




Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2009 8:54 pm
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

Mostly because of ignorance and they make a good living off playing the race card.If it would have happened to warner all the bro's would be laughing.We have a little grubby racist reporter like him where i stay all the white folks are trash to him.YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE WHITE TO BE RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!! 




Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 7:16 pm
 

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity

Ok let's get passed the bull.  $2000 to fix a lawn?  OK Mr. Rockefeller.

 

It's a freaking lawn.  Pay a kid to mow it for twenty bucks.  If McNabb spent $2000 to fix it, he really is out of touch with the common man.  Not that it matters much, but any judge that looks at $2000 for fixing a lawn and accepts that, is out of touch with those he presides over.


Was it a crime.  Yes.  Should they face punishment. Yes.  But let the punishment fit the crime.  Community service, that it. 

 

Anyone thinking they wanted to burn down his house, or chemicals would create a toxic fog is ludicrous.

 

Anyone thinking this had race invovled, is an idiot. 

 

These were Cardinal fans, playing a practical joke, in an attempt to throw McNabb off his game by distracting him.  Not scaring him.  Distracting.  

Personally I think we're past this sort of burning things on your lawn.  Thirty years old, a couple years younger than McNabb, and I've never seen a racist crime, or heard of anyone I know doing one, ever.  I understand if someone is say 45+, they might have memories of things gone wrong when they were a wee child.  But my generation, completely different situation.  I think we proved that November.  Oh but people remember the MLK issue, which was about as false as an 90 year old's teeth.  See what people forget (besides that there are not sand dunes and way more than 100 people live here) is that the other 49 states, had their STATE LEGISTLATURE pass the bill.  Us Arizonans, at the time, decided we wanted the people to speak on the issue and pass it, rather than a state legislature.  So we put it to a vote.  It failed roughly 51-49.  Not because it was MLK, it could've been JFK and not gotten many more votes.  You see people were backlashing at all the moves, President's day instead of Washington's and Lincoln's.  I'm quite sure if it was an ADDED holliday, it would've passed if it was Jeffrey Dahmer day.  But that said, Arizona got painted as racists.  Sorry, as a lifelong Arizonan, I can tell you, that we are less racist than just about everywhere else.  I see more racism coming out of people that come down from Chicago or Boston and talk about their Bears and Patriots who let racist things slip far more than I ever hear here.  That said, the next time the MLK holliday came up for a vote, it passed.  So, here we are well more than a decade later, with about double the population here in Phoenix area, and are STILL the ONLY ones to have a PUBLIC VOTE for MLK and have it PASS.

 

Much like no hot water in Eagles hotel rooms, honking horns late at night.  Taking chemicals and writing a word in a lawn, IS on the same level.  The only reason for arrest.  Grass blades died on someone's property, and creates an eyesore, the eyesore of which is dispeasing to the owner, who owns that land.  Technically, it's right.   But in spirit, it's all wrong.  A crime is a crime, and this was no crime. 

Also, people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.  If we want to throw the book at them, then everybody that does this deserves to be busted for every little thing they do.  Oh didn't use a turn signal, and a cop didn't see you, never mind that, you get a ticket.  Not a complete stop, yep. Driving 1 mile an hour over, yep.  There's thousands of these little rules we all break on a daily basis. 

There is judgment to be had with any crime.  If anyone uses REAL SOUND judgment, there is no crime here. Alas, we aren't doing that in this country to well, so people try to say, it's racist, or throw the book at him. Sad thing is, changing lanes in a car CAN kill somebody, thus making this small offense less risky than changing lanes without using a signal.

I wouldn't of done anything like this, it's polar opposite of me, however I cannot for the life of me find a reason that these people should have to do any more than pay 20 bucks plus court costs. 

Replacing the sod? That was the owner's decision.  You don't chuck a car, and ask someone to pay for your car because their car door bumped yours and scratched the paint.  I guess I haven't seen a picture of his lawn, but my guess is it would have grown out.

I'm sure glad we all got worked up about nothing.  Like the fact that what's worse than having your info all over the internet as a famous person? That we'll throw anyone to the wolves that does something with fewer and less servere consequences than change a lane without using a signal.  You are right to be upset, but I think you are focusing on oranges, when you should be looking at the apple FIELDS.

The part about the address tag and cop going to his door and seeing him have a cards had was hilarious though.

 

 



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