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Report: Shooting victim claims Marvin Harrison hired gunman

NFL_Harrison.jpgSo I’m sitting here, working on a SportingNews.com column and trying not to pass out due to the 4.5 hours or so of sleep I got last night after a late night at the Green Day show in Pittsburgh, and just as my eyes are in full droop mode I see an e-mail with the subject line “Scoop on Harrison.”

I considered leaving it for the morning, but I waited too long to talk myself into procrastinating. 

Within seconds, I was wide awake.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the man who was shot seven times earlier this week and who previously claimed he’d been shot by former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison told authorities before he slipped into a coma that he believes Harrison hired the gunman.

Wow.

But the law enforcement source who provided the information to the Daily News also said that Harrison is not yet considered a suspect, pointing out that police “won’t know what made [the victim] say that until he wakes up.”

As we pointed out the other night (carefully and professionally, in order to avoid getting sued . . . or shot), Harrison clearly had a motive.  The victim, Dwight Dixon, has filed a civil lawsuit against Harrison arising from the April 2008 shooting.  ESPN The Magazine, which published in January an excellent item on this (insert unnecessary emphasis on the next two words) civil case not accompanied by criminal charges (yeah, we’re being smartasses indirectly), all but fingered Harrison as the shooter.  And with Harrison unable to hide behind the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination (he can still invoke it, but the jury is allowed to infer liability if he does it), Dixon’s persistence could eventually trigger a prosecution, since Harrison will be forced to respond to the charges.

“I’m pretty comfortable I know who fired the gun,” Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham said at the time.  “But I’m not going to say because I don’t have the evidence.”

The bigger question for now is whether the person who fired the gun at Dixon this time around has any connection to the person who fired the gun 15 months ago.

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26 Responses to “Report: Shooting victim claims Marvin Harrison hired gunman”
  1. sportfan1234 says: Jul 23, 2009 11:58 PM

    If it looks like a turd….and smells like a turd…then it’s probably a turd.
    Is it any wonder that Marvin hasn’t even had a sniff of interest by NFL teams in need of WR help. There are plenty of other WR Vets who don’t carry the same stink as Harrisons name does right now.

  2. Bob S. says: Jul 24, 2009 12:04 AM

    looks like there are more stoolies today in the country than in the fatherland country in world war 2. or is everyone now hooked on truth serum!

  3. EdReed4prez says: Jul 24, 2009 12:04 AM

    Florio I have a question about the law in this matter. If a defendant in a civil suit can’t use his fifth amendment rights, and he incriminates himself. He is technically under oath, can testimony from a civil trial be introduced as evidence in a criminal trial?
    Say if big Jen let’s something crucial slip at the civil trial is he f-cked later for a criminal case? Would perjury apply if he chose not to answer the second time around or if his story varied from one trial to the next?

  4. dlcreed44 says: Jul 24, 2009 12:17 AM

    As we pointed out the other night (carefully and professionally, in order to avoid getting sued . . . or shot
    Thats a classic…Don’t most Men’s best lines come just before they fall asleep. Thanks Florio

  5. Moe Lester says: Jul 24, 2009 12:20 AM

    the beauty of all this lies within our legal system. While it appears obvious to most people with a brain that Marvin Harrison had something to do with this, he will most likely get away squeaky clean. However, in the case of Big Ben, where it is obvious to all those who aren’t morons that he happened to find a gold diggin liar and probably didn’t commit a crime at all, yet will end up paying a crucial amount of money in some way or another. Gotta love america.

  6. dlcreed44 says: Jul 24, 2009 12:27 AM

    So since no criminal charges have yet been filed and this is connected to a civil case I guess Mickey Mouse won’t report on it?

  7. JuicyMelon says: Jul 24, 2009 1:23 AM

    I hope this is not true…

  8. PETEYMONEY says: Jul 24, 2009 1:32 AM

    This has dying declaration written all over it, no?

  9. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Jul 24, 2009 2:34 AM

    I need more than the alleged word of a thug who keeps getting shot at. Yes, Harrison lied about the gun, but that does not mean he shot the guy. Remember, the guy initially lied about being shot the first time. His credibility is Zilch, Zero, Nada.

  10. Gautam says: Jul 24, 2009 3:02 AM

    Can somebody remind me what were the conclusions of the police investigation last time ? I didn’t keep up with this case. Way too many athletes into/accused of crime in this country.

  11. sevendollarbologna says: Jul 24, 2009 3:11 AM

    He’s the renaissance thug! Goes about his business, quiet & reserved. He sure has had me fooled all this time.

  12. ero52 says: Jul 24, 2009 5:38 AM

    Green Day suck

  13. Rasputin says: Jul 24, 2009 7:56 AM

    But, more importantly, how does this impact Favre?

  14. pantherdan89 says: Jul 24, 2009 7:59 AM

    Where was Vick when this shooting happened ? He does need the money. He wasn’t shot at a strip club in VA. was he ?

  15. tj.52 says: Jul 24, 2009 8:00 AM

    I guess Marvin’s boy should have shot him eight times.

  16. 69ers says: Jul 24, 2009 8:42 AM

    So you’re saying Harrison is an “American Idiot”?

  17. LiPo says: Jul 24, 2009 9:21 AM

    What if it tastes like a turd but doesn’t smell like a turd?

  18. DanRooney says: Jul 24, 2009 9:35 AM

    Reports say the hired gunman was actually wearing a Ravens #52 jersey at the time of the incedent

  19. BengalTyler says: Jul 24, 2009 9:38 AM

    Harrison’s a scum bag. just b/c he’s quiet doesnt’ mean he’s a good guy. Hope they get the evidence they need.

  20. Whododrums says: Jul 24, 2009 10:10 AM

    Re: Moe Lester; what inside information do you have that obviously makes Big Ben innocent? And what inside information do you have that Marvin is guilty?
    Once again a Steelers fan shows how short-minded they are, (not all, as to not piss anyone off that doesn’t deserve it), but to make such a stupid ass statement is amazing.
    More than likely there is some truth in both these cases, whether it’s exactly as the accusers state is more the question, and if they truly are culpable any any of the wrong doings themselves. Until we find out we should wait to declare her a “gold diggin liar” as you state, or if hes a piece of crap, rich boy who thinks he can do anything he wants because of a football. Again it is possible that she’s full of it, but you don’t know anything yet so wait on rock throwing.

  21. gameday says: Jul 24, 2009 10:20 AM

    Sahel Kazemi did it!!!!!!!!!
    Oh wait, she’s dead.
    Keith Norfleet did it!!!!!!

  22. HoosierJim says: Jul 24, 2009 12:28 PM

    Obviously Harrison would be, as they say on TV, “a person of interest”, and it would be a shame if the victim was just trying to get back at him for the earlier incident as a parting (so to speak) shot. I don’t know about Marvin. He is an enigma – sitting on the end of the bench away from his team mates, not talking to the media, etc. I hope it isn’t true! But if it proves true, they’ll have to start an alternate HOF for all athletes with Rose, Harrison, McGwire, Vick, Lewis, etc. with exhibits that include paraphernalia reminding us both their sports accomplishments and their sins (Rose – pair of dice; Harrison – gun; McGwire – hypodermic needle; Vick – dead pit bull, etc.)

  23. empty13 says: Jul 24, 2009 1:18 PM

    … it isnt decided till saint dungy (eye roll) weights in…

  24. AmishGangsta says: Jul 24, 2009 4:11 PM

    empty13-Jealous much?
    As for Marvin-YIKES!!! Say it aint so, Marv, say it aint so……
    Although, at this point, nothing would surprise me.

  25. n2DEEP says: Jul 24, 2009 4:55 PM

    These i see are just comments made by idiots whom cant run r jump,lol you know who u are.

  26. Heresy37 says: Jul 24, 2009 5:37 PM

    ESPN isnt exactly giving this story much attention, are they?

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