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Former C-USA Player of the Year shot at dice game

Posted on: July 20, 2009 11:29 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2009 4:57 pm
 

Former Memphis basketball star Antonio Burks underwent emergency surgeries at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis on Monday and Tuesday after being shot during a robbery, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

Burks was shot in the stomach while reportedly watching a dice game.

He has undergone three surgeries so far.

He is listed in critical condition.

The 2004 Conference USA Player of the Year was one of several men robbed by three other men who reportedly swarmed the dice game with guns. Burks and one other man were shot. The second victim is in stable condition, according to The Commercial Appeal . The newspaper is reporting that no suspects are in custody.

Former Memphis Tiger Clyde Wade was also at the dice game.

He was unharmed.

Burks averaged 16.0 points and 5.5 assists for John Calipari's Tigers in 2004. The Orlando Magic selected the point guard 37th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft. His rights were immediately traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, for whom Burks played two seasons. He's been out of the NBA since 2006.
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Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:44 pm
 

Former C-USA Player of the Year shot at dice game

Funniest typo ever! Hope he gets better quick and whoever scooped his cash gives it back to him. Cool



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2009 9:57 am
 

Former C-USA Player of the Year shot at dice game

This never Happens at my dice matches...



Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 3:02 am
 

Former C-USA Player of the Year shot at dice game

More bad luck junkies! Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan and others are gambling junkies who've just been lucky. Steve McNair, Michael Jackson and this Burks guy are junkies who ran out of luck. It doesn't make any difference if you "drug of choice" is dice, golf, strippers, food, booze or cocaine; it will eventually lead to a disaster. It will destroy your family and friends and you might just lose your life.



Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2009 2:59 pm
 

Former C-USA Player of the Year shot in robbery

Evidently you haven't been to many cities.  I have been to several and live in a city where the "good" area and the "bad" areas are seperated by a street.  Not even a full city block. 



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2009 1:21 pm
 

Former C-USA Player of the Year shot in robbery

I wish Burkes and his family the best.  I hope he makes it through just fine.

Well, I hate to say it, but this is Memphis.  I was born there and lived there most of my childhood.  I graduated high school and left and only come back for holidays to visit family.  To be honest, there are alot of good things in the city.  It has  alot of history and entertainment to enjoy.  But for some reason, the culture among SOME of the locals is that crime is cool or ok.  I lived with it for a long time and still don't understand it.  I know we always here about the bad things of the city, but there are still many great, law abiding people in the city. 



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2009 10:45 am
 

Former C-USA Player of the Year shot in robbery

Here's hoping Antonio makes a full recovery.  He put a lot of effort into making himself a better player and a better person.

I also want to add my two cents in regards to the quality of life here in Memphis.  I've been here most of my life and have never been mugged, shot at, or raped (that's for you, Mjamammy).  To read some of these posts, you'd think you'd have to wear a suit of armor to survive a day in this city.  The next time the SEC, CUSA, or NCAA tourney is here, I'd like to invite all you fans to come and have a good time.  If you're a little scared, hit me up and I'll make sure to steer you away from the "bad" parts of town. Smile



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2009 10:38 am
 

Must be more to the story...

The crime happened outside an abandoned house at 353 LaClede. - WREG News Channel 3
Police said three gunmen approached six people in a backyard on LaClede Avenue in an attempted robbery.  They shot Burks, who Jefferson said was visiting family, along with a 44-year-old man. - WMC TV 5
If you put both of these statements together, what you have is that Burks was in the backyard of an abondoned house visiting family along with a 44-year-old man.

He wasn't there for a BBQ folks.



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2009 10:18 am
 

Former C-USA Player of the Year shot in robbery

Sad story.  I hope he's ok.  Our thoughts and prayers are with him. 



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2009 9:39 am
 

Former C-USA Player of the Year shot in robbery

One block over? It's not like that... Why would would there be good stuff next to bad stuff only separated by one block? C'mon man...  Memphis is like any other city with a good and bad part of town, it's just the bad part of town is REALLY bad. 



Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2009 9:22 am
 

Former C-USA Player of the Year shot in robbery

I have been to the SEC tourney in Memphis 3 times and one other time just passing through. The tourists are harassed if you stray one block over. One of the most violent cities in the U.S. Stay Away until the people of the city that are good will elect someone into offfice to clean it up. Because it is a beautiful place with alot of history to let a few bad eggs ruin it.


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