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Marvin Harrison case resurfaces, just in time for Colts playoff game

Last year, a GQ article regarding new findings as to the cumulative effects of brain injuries seemed to spark a chain of events culminating in sweeping changes to the manner in which the NFL deals with concussions.

The magazine more widely known for sartorial splendor than sports coverage has now turned its attention to the case of receiver Marvin Harrison, a long-time member of the Colts who remains under suspicion in two Philadelphia shootings.  The first occurred in April 2008, and the second came roughly 14 months later, when one of the persons struck with a bullet in the earlier incident ended up being hit with a bunch of them.  He later died.

In my new reality of constantly gathering information and presenting it for digestion via computer screens and/or Sprint phones, I rarely devote a substantial chunk of time to the careful perusal of lengthy articles, in any format.  In this instance, however, I pressed pause on the PFT machine to read every word crafted by Jason Fagone — even though my first reaction upon learning of the item was to roll both eyes (it’s really hard to roll only one) and assume that GQ was dropping the bomb just in time for the Colts’ postseason debut with Harrison.

So do yourself a favor and read the entire article.  It’s right here.

As to the first shooting, Fagone makes a compelling case for Harrison’s guilt, based largely on Harrison’s own words.  Inexplicably, the shy to the point of socially inept Harrison agreed to speak with police after a shooting occurred outside the aptly-named Playmakers bar he owns, and Harrison said enough to justify prosecution on charges that he fired bullets that struck David Dixon and Robert Nixon.

The key exchange comes at the top of page 5 of the article.  The bottom line is that Harrison lied to police about the whereabouts of the gun on the day of the shooting, while also insisting that no one else could have had possession of it.  Perhaps Harrison opted to take the fall for the person who actually picked up the gun and aimed the gun and shot the gun at Dixon (Nixon was merely a bystander).  Either way, Harrison appears to be guilty, based on his own nonsensical explanation, given that the gun he claims was at his home was determined to be the gun that someone fired outside Harrison’s bar.

As to the second shooting — the hit that ultimately claimed Dixon’s life — Fagone writes that surveillance tapes obtained from Playmakers mysteriously were missing three minutes of footage, beginning with the moment it appeared that the face of the suspected shooter was coming into view.  (The working theory apparently is that Harrison asked or hired someone to turn Dixon into a block of human Swiss cheese.) 
 
And that’s where ESPN’s latest article on the subject — which curiously makes no mention of the GQ piece and has a rushed feel to it — picks up.  Shaun Assael of ESPN The Magazine reports that the FBI has joined the effort to determine whether the murder of Dixon is related to the April 2008 shooting that was accomplished with a gun Harrison insists was at his home.  (The rest of Assael’s new story is rehashed background.)

So even if the GQ item was published specifically to coincide with the first postseason game played without Harrison by the team with which he spent so many seasons, it has an incredible amount of meat and merit.  And with a new prosecutor in Philadelphia, the question becomes whether the work done by Fagone will prompt authorities to seek justice on behalf of Dixon.

Let’s face it — the man was a victim of not one but two shootings, and it’s undeniable that he didn’t shoot himself.  Someone was responsible for both crimes, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that the someone in question could be wearing something other than a mustard blazer on the day his bust is added to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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47 Responses to “Marvin Harrison case resurfaces, just in time for Colts playoff game”
  1. sniperhare says: Jan 15, 2010 9:03 AM

    He was always a good example to counter the blatant “gangsta” lifestyle so many in the NFL try to emulate. But it’s a shame that he actually is a gangster.
    From reading articles on these shootings it’s obvious he rules that section of Philly like a feudal king. But he should face justice for his actions, and it might end his chances of being in the Hall of Fame.

  2. Moose Skyway says: Jan 15, 2010 9:03 AM

    The real question is how Jason Fagone writes an article about seeing a murder, uses the quote ” I ain’t seen nothin’” and does not quote Ray Lewis.
    Florio, there is the story. You have outed people for plagiarism in the past…

  3. Popeye says: Jan 15, 2010 9:06 AM

    ummm…who cares

  4. B Eazy says: Jan 15, 2010 9:08 AM

    Hey florio. Marvin doesnt play for the colts anymore so as far as the playoffs who cares. Keep haten the colts as they roll all the way to the super bowl.. Also im glad they rested all there starters just to piss all of you haters off. SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    The sherriff is in town and hes throwin for 300 and 3 tds. holla. Balt. not possible, Chargers. never one a big game, jets eneough said,
    we own this shi te

  5. tenaciousdb7 says: Jan 15, 2010 9:11 AM

    Ray Lewis murdered someone…now the teams are even

  6. realitypolice says: Jan 15, 2010 9:15 AM

    Harrison is up to his neck in this thing, and there a lots of dots that can be easily connected if the Prosecutor’s office in Philly ever gets serious about connecting them. Philly is very protective of it’s home grown superstars, which is usually admirable but in this case must be set aside in interests of justice.

  7. snowangel says: Jan 15, 2010 9:16 AM

    There’s no question in my mind…
    … the REAL killer will be found somewhere ensconced in the shady underworld inhabited by such bottom feeders as Faye Resnick and St. Tony Dungy.

  8. Ron Burgandy says: Jan 15, 2010 9:17 AM

    I don’t blame #88 for not wanting some fat, drug dealing, gun carrying P.O.S. into his bar. Here is the link to the youtube video mentioned in the article.
    Marvin sure has one brutal diet for being one of the top wide recievers ever
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRlRJF3wgsk

  9. kellyb9 says: Jan 15, 2010 9:21 AM

    As the biggest Colts hater on this entire site…. who cares?

  10. -RoNiN- says: Jan 15, 2010 9:21 AM

    “Let’s face it — the man was a victim of not one but two shootings, and it’s undeniable that he didn’t shoot himself.”
    I mean, afterall, the man’s name is David Dixon.. not Plaxico Burress.. I’m just sayin’

  11. GiorgioMustica says: Jan 15, 2010 9:21 AM

    Drivin from Jersey to Indianapolis today for the game….Go Colts!….o yea, Marvin is guilty but I am biased towards my team through thick and thin so I believe he’s innocent :P

  12. StevePhillipsLikesFat/UglyChicks says: Jan 15, 2010 9:23 AM

    The Rooney Rule at its finest! They just want to interview a minority before interviewing any white suspects.

  13. Mavpa says: Jan 15, 2010 9:25 AM

    Marvin Harrison isn’t really a shy dude… he’s pretty outgoing around Philadelphia. I just think he was smart enough to never say too much while he was in the NFL.

  14. zilla1126 says: Jan 15, 2010 9:28 AM

    Does anyone else get the feeling that Florio gets unnaturally aroused at the prospect of anyone involved with the Colts being implicated in any sort of wrong doing?
    Now I’m not saying that Harrison didn’t do anything wrong here – the whole thing smells bad.
    I can tell you this: The Colts will not be affected by this in ANY way. Marvin was barely engaged in a personal way with anyone on the team.
    The guy was a cipher and he let no one in.

  15. Insomniac says: Jan 15, 2010 9:29 AM

    I’m surprised that there wasn’t at least some charge given they can link Harrison’s gun to the first shooting.

  16. jersey73 says: Jan 15, 2010 9:30 AM

    This has nothing to do with the Colts now.

  17. jwill007 says: Jan 15, 2010 9:37 AM

    Prove it??? All the witnesses cant be used in court….THEY ARE SHADY AS HELL! Ex drug dealers, convicted drug dealers..The innocent bystander now Marvin needs to break him off crazy cash cause it happened outside his establishment….but YOU HAVE GOT TO PROVE IT! if the FBI has the power then show it!
    But using shady witnesses with past crimes aint gonna cut it in court….they need CREDIBLE witnesses….
    Right Mr Lawyer???

  18. Seeryer says: Jan 15, 2010 9:45 AM

    I don’t think the timing of the GQ article had anything to do with the Colts playing this weekend. His Colts teamates didn’t like him anyway so this will not be a distraction.

  19. Bird Man says: Jan 15, 2010 9:51 AM

    “Has a rushed feel to it?” Is that some kind of shot at ESPN?

  20. Tompadre says: Jan 15, 2010 9:58 AM

    Why would ESPN mention the GQ piece? They did their own story on Harrison over a year ago, covering most, if not all of what you state GQ reported. In fact, the ESPN the Magazine article also reported that Harrison not only claimed the gun was at home during the shooting, but that the gun had never been discharged. Quite a knucklehead if he didn’t think that they could prove the gun was used by testing it. Their stroy also covered some disturbing behavior Harrison had displayed throughout his career. It was a fascinating story – almost Jekyll & Hyde territory.

  21. kosarsmyidol says: Jan 15, 2010 10:04 AM

    # GiorgioMustica says: January 15, 2010 9:21 AM
    “Drivin from Jersey to Indianapolis today for the game”
    Out of the frying pan and into the fire, eh?

  22. Tompadre says: Jan 15, 2010 10:05 AM

    They linked the gun to the shooting, right? I thought that the gun laws there allowed for the owner of a gun to be prosecuted for it being used in a crime.

  23. ninjapleazee says: Jan 15, 2010 10:11 AM

    does it matter? like Peyton’s gonna lose sleep over it

  24. EVH12345 says: Jan 15, 2010 10:18 AM

    Great article in GQ. Everyone should read it.

  25. Seaman Jelle says: Jan 15, 2010 10:23 AM

    Good thing the Bills are out of the playoffs. All of the Bruce Smith drama would have made it hard for the Bills to keep their heads in the game.
    Dumb enough headline Florio?

  26. crispy says: Jan 15, 2010 10:31 AM

    BTW, Marvin wouldn’t need to “hire” or even ask someone to whack Pop.
    I’m sure many were willing to do what needed to be done for the Don… ;)
    Go Colts!

  27. DikShuttle says: Jan 15, 2010 10:51 AM

    um..
    responsible for EACH crime. You can’t prove “both”, yet.

  28. jimbofungus11 says: Jan 15, 2010 10:52 AM

    GiorgioMustica says:
    January 15, 2010 9:21 AM
    Drivin from Jersey to Indianapolis today for the game….Go Colts!….o yea, Marvin is guilty but I am biased towards my team through thick and thin so I believe he’s innocent :P
    ———————————————
    I totally feel you bro! I root for USC so I always felt the same way about O.J.
    Idiot.

  29. SWILPackfan says: Jan 15, 2010 10:53 AM

    One way or another, if not now than eventually, Marvin Harrison will get his “justice”. As the years pass, he will no longer have his celebrity to hide behind and he will get caught by something, someone or somewhere. Can’t take the ghetto out of some of these guys.

  30. hizzle1281 says: Jan 15, 2010 10:59 AM

    thug

  31. Complete Fan says: Jan 15, 2010 11:13 AM

    Unfortunately for Marvin …
    Johnny Cochrane and Robert Kardashian are deceased, Alan Dershowitz is teaching, Robert Shapiro sells legal forms, and Barry Scheck probably isn’t of much use here.
    On top of that, Ford discontinued the Bronco in 1991.

  32. ZombieRevolution says: Jan 15, 2010 11:13 AM

    “And that’s where ESPN’s latest article on the subject — which curiously makes no mention of the GQ piece and has a rushed feel to it…”
    Has a rushed feel to it fits 40% of what PFT kicks out. After reading PFT for years, Florio really needs to be celeb reporter where all the drama he loves to play up really lives….

  33. chargerrich says: Jan 15, 2010 11:19 AM

    “Hey florio. Marvin doesnt play for the colts anymore so as far as the playoffs who cares. Keep haten the colts as they roll all the way to the super bowl”
    Many people care, that was an amazing article that sheds a lot of light on Marvin Harrison. It topical and should 100% be covered here.
    Do not let your blue and white dolt glasses obfuscate that.
    Oh and your Dolts wont even make it past the Ravens this week, more less advance to the championship where they would surely get rolled by Chargers as per usual.

  34. KnuckleBucket says: Jan 15, 2010 11:20 AM

    To jwill007
    The bullets came from HIS GUN which he says was at home at the time of the shooting. Isn’t that some hard evidence against him?

  35. IndyColt45 says: Jan 15, 2010 11:29 AM

    Gee, I hope this doesn’t affect the way Marvin prepares for tomorrow’s game.
    Oh wait.

  36. Nate_G says: Jan 15, 2010 11:38 AM

    If that GQ article is true, there isn’t a jury in the world that wouldn’t convict Marvin.

  37. geek says: Jan 15, 2010 11:43 AM

    Wow! Who would have expected hard hitting journalism from GQ?! I have to thank you Florio. Every once in a while there is something really interesting from some source I’m never likely to read – whether it’s GQ magazine or some idiot’s twitter page. Visiting your site allows me to catch those nuggets without having to waste my time filtering through all of the junk. You waste your time for me. Thanks!
    OK, this was not about a current player, so it’s not really football news, nor should it effect the Colts in any way. That said, the broader issue of the role of sports in society is an important one. This article hits at an importan aspect of that discussion. Every sports fan should be captivated by this. I just wish that we could hear Harrison’s honest side of the story. Of course, that side might be a little incriminating…

  38. natelan says: Jan 15, 2010 12:06 PM

    # B Eazy says: January 15, 2010 9:08 AM
    Hey florio. Marvin doesnt play for the colts anymore so as far as the playoffs who cares. Keep haten the colts as they roll all the way to the super bowl.. Also im glad they rested all there starters just to piss all of you haters off. SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    The sherriff is in town and hes throwin for 300 and 3 tds. holla. Balt. not possible, Chargers. never one a big game, jets eneough said,
    we own this shi te
    ————————————
    So all the times that my Chargers killed your Colts in the playoffs- Those weren’t big games which we won?
    Your Colts better hope they don’t have to play us in the playoffs again this year. 3 years of the same team sending you home in the post-season could spike suicide rates in Indi.
    Yeah, the Colts are better-off laying down against the Ravens, just like they’ve laid down the last 2 weeks… Just so they don’t have to face the wrath of an angry (and hopefully pumped full of peyton-hating-steroids) Shaun Merriman.
    Sweet dreams, cup cake, we gon’ get you!

  39. SATAN567 says: Jan 15, 2010 12:09 PM

    @ popeye:
    Obviously YOU care, jackass. Stop coming on here and telling Florio that this article isn’t news, or nobody cares about another article. Clearly you took the time to read the article, you hypocritical ass, so you clearly have some level of interest in the story. People like you on this site suck – go read ESPN.

  40. Reasonable says: Jan 15, 2010 12:50 PM

    That was a very interesting read. Well written.

  41. jimbofungus11 says: Jan 15, 2010 1:04 PM

    At least Marvin showed up during the playoffs this year. That’s a first.

  42. purplepuzzyeatrz says: Jan 15, 2010 1:04 PM

    You can take the Brother out of the hood….but you cant take the hood out of the brotha….
    In this case he, has not left it seems…Harrison is nothing more than a Ghetto hood with good hands…His true color is coming to light…Sadly, like most other NFL thugs with money, eventually will end up in prison at some point!
    SKOL:(

  43. Swollen_Goat says: Jan 15, 2010 1:16 PM

    Right before the shootig this happened:
    dude to Marvin “remember that bullet you dropped on third down?”
    Marvin back to dude”try dropping this bullet”

  44. simple_simon1 says: Jan 15, 2010 1:53 PM

    Natelan: “So all the times that my Chargers killed your Colts in the playoffs- Those weren’t big games which we won?
    Your Colts better hope they don’t have to play us in the playoffs again this year. 3 years of the same team sending you home in the post-season could spike suicide rates in Indi.
    Yeah, the Colts are better-off laying down against the Ravens, just like they’ve laid down the last 2 weeks… Just so they don’t have to face the wrath of an angry (and hopefully pumped full of peyton-hating-steroids) Shaun Merriman.”
    ___________________________________
    Well said man. The Colts have the worst problem of any of the playoff teams. They haven’t been playing good for over a month now, just squeaking out the wins. Now they think they can simply walk to the Superbowl. The Colts can’t stop the run and they can’t run themselves. I’d be surprized if the Ravens even punt this weekend. Rice and McGahee are going to slice right through them. Better hope that Manning has a 5 TD, 500 yard game in him.

  45. ColtsRMoney says: Jan 15, 2010 2:05 PM

    This news has absolutely NO impact on the Colts/Ravens game tomorrow, period!
    @natelan and @chargerrich:
    If the Chargers beat the Colts, they will at least FINALLY get to the Super Bowl again, but probably lose like they did in ’95 to the 49′rs. Good luck with that!

  46. deymond says: Jan 15, 2010 2:20 PM

    Wow Florio, you don’t read much? I’m shocked!

  47. buzzbissinger says: Jan 16, 2010 8:42 PM

    Colts are gonna lose, Mavins guilty, St. Dungy has his foot in his mouth. Get over it chokes fans.

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