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McKelvin vandals found

After second-year Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin, who boasted as a rookie that he believes he can take every kickoff all the way, allowed the Pats to come all the way back from 11 points down late in the fourth quarter by fumbling a return with little more than two minutes to play on Monday night, he returned home to find that his yard had been vandalized.

According to the Buffalo News, two teenagers have admitted that they did it

The names of the teens have not been, and likely won’t be, released.  But it would be one hell of a coincidence if one of them is named Stefan Djordjevic

Per the report, police will defer to McKelvin on whether to press charges.  But McKelvin suggested Wednesday that he’s willing to forgive and forget.

“I don’t want anybody to be arrested or anything like that,” McKelvin said in comments distributed by the team.  “Our fans have been great.  It’s just one incident and hopefully it won’t happen anymore.  I just don’t want anyone to get arrested.”

Classy stuff from McKelvin, who took a risk during the game and it didn’t pay off.  Lost, of course, in the discussion is the fact that the risk taken by the Patriots — the decision to use starting safety Brandon Meriweather on the kickoff team — paid off, given that Meriweather had the presence of mind and the skill to rip the ball out of McKelvin’s grasp.

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  1. I♥Patriots says: Sep 17, 2009 9:40 AM

    The Pats use a lot of starters on special teams.
    Classy move by McKelivn. Hopefully the fans will let this go, he deserves it.

  2. Gick says: Sep 17, 2009 9:42 AM

    Meriweather didn’t strip McKelvin, you half-breeds, Pierre Woods did.

  3. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Sep 17, 2009 9:43 AM

    Press charges, Leodis. Aberrant antisocial behavior often snowballs as these youth advance in age. First comes the vandalism, then the shoplifting, then the purse snatching, then the assault & battery, and eventually then the murder. Nip it in the bud.

  4. Nathan says: Sep 17, 2009 9:43 AM

    Brandon Meriweather hit him, stood him up and went for the ball initially but it was Pierre Woods who actually knocked the ball out.

  5. Felcus says: Sep 17, 2009 9:44 AM

    I bet one of the teenagers’ girlfriends told him she would give up the squish mitten if he confessed. Bro’s before Hoe’s, dude!

  6. leatherneck says: Sep 17, 2009 9:44 AM

    A “risk” is something that can bring you a reward. What McKelvin did was wrong because the Bills already had the lead at that point. His primary job was to just take possession of the ball. That was it.

  7. hayward giablommi says: Sep 17, 2009 9:46 AM

    I hope he does press charges. Somebody needs to hold these losers accountable.

  8. whywerule says: Sep 17, 2009 9:47 AM

    …Lost, of course, in the discussion is the fact that the risk taken by the Patriots — the decision to use starting safety Brandon Meriweather on the kickoff team — paid off, given that Meriweather had the presence of mind and the skill to rip the ball out of McKelvin’s grasp.
    FWIW, Meriweather made the initial hit that stood McKelvin up, but it was Pierre Woods that made the strip of the ball.

  9. KILLER FIN says: Sep 17, 2009 9:57 AM

    the lesson here is to keep your trap shut… especially when you under perform, fumble boy!!!

  10. Citizen Strange says: Sep 17, 2009 10:06 AM

    given that Meriweather had the presence of mind and the skill to rip the ball out of McKelvin’s grasp ……
    ….. after McKelvin had been stopped dead in his tracks and stood straight up with no forward progress for a good 10 seconds with no whistle.

  11. homercles82 says: Sep 17, 2009 10:13 AM

    McKelvin making a classy move on not wanting to press charges. Hopefully people leave him alone now.

  12. Chris Fiorentino says: Sep 17, 2009 10:20 AM

    Sucks that he was put in a no-win position…if he presses charges, people call him a bully. If he doesn’t press charges he is told he should press charges to help get these two pieces of garbage off the streets and maybe change their lives for the better down the road since they will know the punishment for their crimes.
    I think it is easy to see that I think he should have said yes to press charges….but the police should not have put him in that position to make that choice in the first place.

  13. Mike Florio says: Sep 17, 2009 10:24 AM

    Usually I resist the urge to respond to comments accusing me incorrectly of being factually incorrect.
    But it was Meriweather who rips the ball out and Woods who flattens McKelvin just as he likely is realizing, “Oh shit the ball has been ripped out.”

  14. Florios'Lawyer says: Sep 17, 2009 10:25 AM

    “…SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: September 17, 2009 9:43 AM
    Aberrant antisocial behavior often snowballs as these youth advance in age. First comes the vandalism, then the shoplifting, then the purse snatching, then the assault & battery, and eventually then the murder…”
    Ray Lewis was a purse snatcher?
    Who knew?

  15. VoxVeritas says: Sep 17, 2009 10:28 AM

    “First comes the vandalism, then the shoplifting, then the purse snatching, then the assault & battery, and eventually they vote for Democrats”
    Fixed.

  16. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 17, 2009 10:31 AM

    Wow- I’ll have to look at it again, because it looked to me that Meriweather tried to strip it fail, but held McKelvin up long enough for Woods to do the job.

  17. hayward giablommi says: Sep 17, 2009 10:35 AM

    Mike Florio says:
    But it was Meriweather who rips the ball out and Woods who flattens McKelvin just as he likely is realizing, “Oh shit the ball has been ripped out.”
    ^^^^^^^
    Where is that (report as inappropriate) button when you need it? One of the seven dirty words…earmuffs!!

  18. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Sep 17, 2009 10:35 AM

    @ Mike Florio
    Don’t hold back on nothin’, mon. Tear dem all a new one!

  19. planktonDisciple says: Sep 17, 2009 10:36 AM

    This was minor league vandalism. No property was damaged, just spray paint on a lawn. No need to “nip it in the bud”. Sometimes a gracious adult “victim” nips it in the bud. Kids make mistakes and they don’t need this screwing up their future. This wasn’t a destructive or violent act. About as much harm as putting toilet paper in the trees.
    Good for him to let it go. If they do anything else, no one will let it go.

  20. TSE says: Sep 17, 2009 10:36 AM

    Classy stuff? It’s selfish. He doesn’t want anybody arrested because, for one, it will bring more attention to him and his bad play, and two, he got off easy with how much he hurt the population of Buffalo with his stupidity and neglect, if he were to approve of the arrest, he would look like such a loser for having triggered the motive in the first place with his own pathetic actions. This is not a case of a pro athlete being classy, if anything it’s quite the opposite. I can’t believe that you would take the time to pat this guy on the back after what he did to his team and his city. That’s just not appropriate. If he donated a million dollars to a needy charity as a result to make up for his blunder, THAT would be classy, not letting a couple of punk teens off on a trivial charge.

  21. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 17, 2009 10:37 AM

    Florio- according to the NFL you are factually wrong on this one. The stats line for that play from NFL.com reads “S.Gostkowski kicks 72 yards from NE 30 to BUF -2. L.McKelvin to BUF 31 for 33 yards (P.Woods). FUMBLES (P.Woods), RECOVERED by NE-S.Gostkowski at
    BUF 31. S.Gostkowski to BUF 31 for no gain (J.Wendling).”
    The stats guys do their thing for a living, I think they got it right, but find a snap shot of the play and maybe you can prove everyone else wrong- I doubt it, but you never know..

  22. johnblackk says: Sep 17, 2009 10:40 AM

    ^^^holy crap Mike Florio siting! Colin Coherd was referencing you on ESPN Radio this morning.

  23. davis1281 says: Sep 17, 2009 10:45 AM

    Citizen Strange says:
    September 17, 2009 10:06 AM
    ….. after McKelvin had been stopped dead in his tracks and stood straight up with no forward progress for a good 10 seconds with no whistle.
    *******************************************
    Funny how the haters see what they want to see.
    there was 2:06 on the clock when the ball was kicked and 1:56 when the play ended after the ball was recovered.
    Again another dumbass posting by another dumbass who does not know what he is talking about.
    Hate on Hater, Hate on……………..

  24. dcfan-1212450 says: Sep 17, 2009 10:47 AM

    Mckelvin knows he is the scapegoat for the loss. The defense still gave up the points. The offense did not run off enough time off the clock with their last possession. But yes, the fumble was crucial. 2 teenagers, probably minors, did this crime. If it was some 40 year old man who lost a ton of money on the game, i bet he would press charges. This is nothing by other countries standards. A man in Colombia shot and killed the defender who scored on his own goal against the USA in the World Cup of 1994. Sean Taylor was the victim of a break in, shot and killed as well. Thats why this is a serious matter, but I am glad nothing will progress from it. He still should have taken a knee…

  25. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 17, 2009 10:48 AM

    Florio- AP supports your view, but the photo is not perfectly clear. It does appear that Meriweather had a hand in a stripping position, but then again so does Woods.
    Look at http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/bills-cb-mckelvin-s-front-lawn-vandalized-1.1451037
    Like everyone else I watched that the multiple times it was shown during the game and (gasp) on ESPN and NFL network, and I thought it was Woods. The NFL stats people do not agree with you either.

  26. Big Stretch says: Sep 17, 2009 10:56 AM

    TSE…..little harsh you think? I’m a buffalo fan and yes it sucked watching that play, but the tone you take makes it seem like you want to tar and feather the guy, i mean seriously they still covered the spread and hit the over take it easy.

  27. Nevisyakker says: Sep 17, 2009 11:04 AM

    How about a “plea bargain” with the kids? No arrest for now, but an agreement for them to do 50 hours of community service cleaning up somewhere in order to avoid further action.
    They do need to understand that there are consequences to their actions, but from McKelvin’s point of view I am sure he doesn’t want to do anything that keeps this moment alive.
    By the way, if there was anything really classy about this it was the way his coach, without any hesitation, stuck up for his player to the media and commended him for his confident play.

  28. footballnut says: Sep 17, 2009 11:07 AM

    TSE…are you serious? McKelvin screwed up, good for us Pats fans, big deal it is a game. How do you know he doesn’t donate to charity?
    He gave the kids a mulligan. It’s not like the lawn will cost a ton to fix.
    Florio is partially correct though, Meriweather made the hit started the strip and the ball was coming loose then Pierre Woods jarred McKelvin from the ball. It was a team effort, doesn’t matter who took care of it.

  29. falstaff1962 says: Sep 17, 2009 11:13 AM

    TSE says:
    September 17, 2009 10:36 AM
    Classy stuff? It’s selfish. He doesn’t want anybody arrested because, for one, it will bring more attention to him and his bad play, and two, he got off easy with how much he hurt the population of Buffalo with his stupidity and neglect,
    Whoa there- taking this a little too seriously, aren’t you? The guy made a bad play in a game. Hurt the population of Buffalo? Grow up.

  30. NFLJunkie says: Sep 17, 2009 11:14 AM

    To the morons who are saying he should have never taken it out of the endzone, hindsight is 20/20 suckas.
    What he was trying to do is get the clock down to the other side of the two minute warning to leave the Pats with one less “timeout”. If you know anything about football, that’s obvious.
    It’s easy for you armchair coaches just to say “he shouldn’t have taken it out”. If he didn’t fumble, got the clock down to the other side of the two minute warning and the Bills won the game, you all would be on here praising him. Get real.

  31. TSE says: Sep 17, 2009 11:25 AM

    Big Stretch –
    A little harsh? Comes with the territory of being paid millions of dollars per year and having large numbers of people depend on you. If I go to McDonalds and they forget to give me extra pickles on my burger, well that’s a few cents of a mistake that affects one person being done by a person who makes a small dollar amount. If you choose to take a job that puts you in the spotlight and pays you millions, you have a responsibility of higher importance. I’m not a Buffalo fan but if I was I would rather McKelvin show up at my door and punch me in the face than cost me a football win. His transgressions are worse than a personal assault in that respect from my point of view. And if nobody’s going to charge him with a crime considering it’s not illegal, then I’m going to do my part and properly flog him to the extent that he deserves, they sure won’t do it on TV, so all I can do is chip in and do the right thing by not letting this guy walk away with positive press by being called “classy”.

  32. DallCowboyR1 says: Sep 17, 2009 11:28 AM

    Stefan Djordjevic – LOL

  33. Patsfansince73 says: Sep 17, 2009 11:30 AM

    Citizen Strange says:
    September 17, 2009 10:06 AM
    ….. after McKelvin had been stopped dead in his tracks and stood straight up with no forward progress for a good 10 seconds with no whistle.
    Yeah and you probably tell your woman that three inch thing between your legs is eight inches right?

  34. sim448 says: Sep 17, 2009 11:39 AM

    gick, watch the play again you retard. woods helped, yes, but Meriweather drilled him, stood him up, and began the process of knocking the ball out, pierre woods finished it off, and gostkowski recovered it. It was a 3 man effort.

  35. sim448 says: Sep 17, 2009 11:43 AM

    florio, you commented!!!! you must have been annoyed, hahahahahaha. you were right, pierre did help, but the ball was coming out because of Meriweather, and for the moron who said forward progress had stopped, well, so did Eli Mannings in Super Bowl 42, and that didnt stop them. Get a clue.

  36. iceman4896 says: Sep 17, 2009 12:02 PM

    Florio is correct, and this has been reported wrongly elsewhere. I’ve watched the play in slow motion a number of times, and Meriweather got his hand between McKelvin’s arm and the ball. He then ripped the ball out of McKelvin’s grasp (the ball visible turns around as Meriweather ripped it out via the inside nose). The ball is still coming out when Woods hit’s McKelvin, which completed the separation.
    Maybe McKelvin regains control of the ball if not for the hit from Woods, but the ball was already coming out.

  37. Roethlisberger's Bitch Tits says: Sep 17, 2009 12:05 PM

    None of this would have happened if he would have had Rifleman fall on the ball.

  38. east96st says: Sep 17, 2009 12:09 PM

    NFLJunkie says: “What he was trying to do is get the clock down to the other side of the two minute warning to leave the Pats with one less “timeout”. If you know anything about football, that’s obvious.”
    And if you knew anything about football, you would know that NE D was not able to stop Edwards and Jackson the whole fourth quarter, until NE took the lead and Edwards was forced to pass with 50 seconds left, so even a “football expert” such as yourself must realize there was a excellent chance that Buffalo would have picked up one or two first downs and killed the clock. It helps if you actually watched the game as opposed to just the highlights.

  39. Kidekk says: Sep 17, 2009 12:16 PM

    TSE says:
    September 17, 2009 11:25 AM
    Big Stretch –
    A little harsh? Comes with the territory of being paid millions of dollars per year and having large numbers of people depend on you. If I go to McDonalds and they forget to give me extra pickles on my burger, well that’s a few cents of a mistake that affects one person being done by a person who makes a small dollar amount. If you choose to take a job that puts you in the spotlight and pays you millions, you have a responsibility of higher importance. I’m not a Buffalo fan but if I was I would rather McKelvin show up at my door and punch me in the face than cost me a football win. His transgressions are worse than a personal assault in that respect from my point of view. And if nobody’s going to charge him with a crime considering it’s not illegal, then I’m going to do my part and properly flog him to the extent that he deserves, they sure won’t do it on TV, so all I can do is chip in and do the right thing by not letting this guy walk away with positive press by being called “classy”.
    —————
    So the fact he makes a lot of money makes it okay to insult/harrass him? Over a game? His transgressions are worse than physical assault?
    I’m with you that he shouldn’t be called classy for giving the kids a pass because it has nothing to do with class at all. Compassion, maybe, but not class. How many people have done far less their first time and still had charges pressed against them? It has nothing to do with class, just the social perception that a “high school” prank shouldn’t hamper these kids lives. Even then, this minor offense would be sealed and only brought up if they got in more trouble if they were older, so this will not end up ruining their lives. It’s not like they’re going to be tried as adults for defacing grass.
    But you need to get back in touch with reality if you think that a game which the majority of the country didn’t even know was going on holds enough relevance that it’s worse than showing up at your door and bitch-slapping you. Maybe you need some more time to simmer down and post when you’re thinking more rationally. Unless your speaking in hyperbole.

  40. Mike Florio says: Sep 17, 2009 12:17 PM

    @sim448 . . . .
    that’s what she said?

  41. Fanamine says: Sep 17, 2009 12:21 PM

    @TSE
    When person after person is telling you that you are talking like a scary, Ted Bundy neophyte, it should be taken to heart. Please, tell us you do not have children as we all fear for their well-being. You are over the edge, sir.

  42. hayward giablommi says: Sep 17, 2009 12:32 PM

    @ east96st
    Perhaps, but what are the odds that with NE having all three timeouts, Buffalo is going to be airing it out?
    Consider what happened late last year (week 15 or 16) vs. the Jesters in (what would have been) a similar scenario…Buffalo needs to pick up a first down to ice the game, Fred Jackson had been having success running the ball all day. What do they do? Pass play, JP Losman rolls out…fumble, touchdown Jesters, Bills lose, game over.

  43. JPlosmanHOF says: Sep 17, 2009 1:35 PM

    hey florio merriweather made the intitial hit, pierre woods knocked that shit out of there.
    and instead of thios lame ass “turd watch”, you should re-format it to focus on ur comments section. find an average timeframe for how long it takes for ur comments section to degenerate from idle banter to arguing with people yelling “hater” and “go so and so, the ____tards suck.”

  44. Mike Loves The UFL says: Sep 17, 2009 1:50 PM

    Stepf from all the right moves really did it this time.

  45. Tiberime says: Sep 17, 2009 1:53 PM

    Amazing work by the Patriots. Once again winning a game by scoring more points than the other team by the end of the fourth quarter.Impressive comeback.

  46. mwcarolina says: Sep 17, 2009 2:01 PM

    TSE……..your comments are NOT classy, let’s forget about the game for a minute, how would YOU feel if your family members were in this position, they screwed up in a game, then had their home and property damaged, that isnt a good thing, it is scary and puts fear in a person’s life………THIS IS A GAME, games are SUPPOSED to be fun, not personal, McKelvin didnt shoot the mayor of Buffalo, he lost a game, he got chewed out by the coach (most likely Owens will publicly humilate him too) which is punishment enough, a crime isnt good…..McKelvin IS being classy, he isnt charging these kids, he is giving them a chance NOT to be known to the criminal justice system.

  47. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 17, 2009 2:04 PM

    NFLJunkie says:
    September 17, 2009 11:14 AM
    To the morons who are saying he should have never taken it out of the endzone, hindsight is 20/20 suckas.
    My guess is that 90% of the coaches and players would have told him to take a knee in that situation. Its a basic football strategy. Calling folks morons does not change reality.
    Considering the fumble- McKelvin had both hands on the ball and would have kept it despite Meriweather, but Woods finished the process and the kicker recovered, group effort. Florio should have just kept to himself like he does with 99% of the grief that is directed his (only some of which is richly deserved).

  48. east96st says: Sep 17, 2009 2:06 PM

    hayward giablommi says: “Consider what happened late last year (week 15 or 16) vs. the Jesters in (what would have been) a similar scenario”
    Until the fumble, they were playing a competent, if somewhat dull, game. Edwards was making fairly sound decisions. Your team got a gift. That’s ok, a win is a win. But if I was a NE fan, that game would have made me nervous. It should have been blow out and it never should have taken a fumble for NE to win. One game does not a season make, but they did not look good overall.

  49. Free_Tramopoline says: Sep 17, 2009 2:19 PM

    At least he’s being a good sport about it. It was a harmless prank. The guy screwed up, so he should just take his lumps and move on.

  50. VicksPuppies says: Sep 17, 2009 2:43 PM

    Actually, there was much reward in him running it out of the endzone – had he knee’ed it, the clock would have stopped before the 2 minute warning, giving the Pats an extra clock stoppage.

  51. Monstersport says: Sep 17, 2009 3:07 PM

    Classy move by McKelivn. Hopefully the fans will let this go, he deserves it.
    He does what he has to every time he touch the ball so stop blame on him. Blame it on DICK because he did not tell Mckelvin what to do with the lead and about 5 minutes left.
    Fire DICK………………..
    Hey T.O., if you can’t the Pats, joint them!

  52. mrmagoo says: Sep 17, 2009 3:53 PM

    VoxVeritas says:
    September 17, 2009 10:28 AM
    “First comes the vandalism, then the shoplifting, then the purse snatching, then the assault & battery, and eventually they vote for Democrats”
    Fixed.
    ____________________________
    You’d have thought that Democrats were the Cowboys playoff opponents with the asswhippings they handed out at the polls the last two elections. Keep whining Vox, if they’re pissing you off it gives me hope they’re fixing things.

  53. Bbigj2 says: Sep 17, 2009 4:16 PM

    Since White people always make racist comments on here about law breaking black people……I’ll say
    Throw them in jail. Only white people mess up other peoples lawn. THOSE WHITE BOYS ARE HORRIBLE PEOPLE. Those white guys are going to try to blame in on their enviorment.
    Lawn killing bastards!

  54. MastaFace says: Sep 17, 2009 5:53 PM

    VoxVeritas says: “First comes the vandalism, then the shoplifting, then the purse snatching, then the assault & battery, and eventually they vote for Democrats”
    “First comes the vandalism, then the shoplifting, then the purse snatching, then the assault & battery, and eventually they become slack-jawed Cowboys fans”
    NOW it’s fixed

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