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One year later, Nashville police still debunk "myths" on McNair murder

After 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi gunned down former NFL quarterback Steve McNair on July 4, 2009, numerous questions immediately emerged regarding whether the case was as simple as it appeared to be.  A year later, police in Nashville are still dealing with the question of whether the case was as simple as it appeared to be.

At some point, however, Nashville police will be perceived as protesting too much. 

On Friday, they held a press conference to address multiple “myths” regarding the case.  Per Chris Echegaray of the Tennessean, the police dealt with four of them.

First myth?  “A pistol registered to Steve McNair was found inside the condo
after the bodies were discovered.”  Police claim the pistol was in McNair’s car.

Second myth?  “Adrian Gilliam, who sold Kazemi the murder
weapon, dated a woman on a professional football team that rented a
nightclub owned by a McNair friend who found the bodies.”  (Yeah, we had to read it three times before it made any sense to us.)  Police say the club was never rented by the team in question.

Third myth?  “Gilliam
promoted concerts at the friend’s nightclub.”   Police claim it didn’t happen.

Fourth myth?  “The keys to McNair’s car, parked outside the
condo, were missing.”  Police contend that the keys were on McNair’s body.

Frankly, we’d never heard any of those myths.  And none seem to be nearly as potent as the facts reported in October 2009 by Armen Keteyian of CBS. 

Gilliam was characterized last July as a bit player, a guy who had a gun for sale and who sold it to Kazemi.  But Keteyian reported that Gilliam — a convicted murderer — had been in daily contact with Kazemi in the weeks preceding the shootings.  In all, they exchanged more than 200 calls and text messages. 

The day before the supposed murder-suicide, they exchanged 49 calls and texts.

Last December, police admitted that Gilliam was pursuing a relationship with Kazemi, but they claimed that cell phone records show that Gilliam was in the Spring Hill/Smyma area at the time of the shooting.

It’s unclear whether anyone has considered the possibility that Gilliam’s cell phone was in the Spring Hill/Smyma area at the time of the shooting, and that he had someone else make calls from it to cement his fairly simple alibi.

But, hey, why should we suspect a convicted murderer of, you know, murder?  It’s much simpler to conclude that a girl barely out of high school was capable of pumping two bullets into a man’s chest — and two more into his head — while he was sleeping.

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22 Responses to “One year later, Nashville police still debunk "myths" on McNair murder”
  1. bluestree says: Jul 3, 2010 12:17 PM

    According to a Nashville detective on the tube, the gun was found under Kazemi’s body with blood all around it, and when they picked it up there was an outline of the gun in the blood, indicating she shot herself, fell on the gun, then bled out around it. That seemed to be their whole case. Seems weak.

  2. East Bay Ray says: Jul 3, 2010 12:18 PM

    You thought this particular dead horse needed a little more beating, eh, Florio?

  3. hdahs143 says: Jul 3, 2010 12:18 PM

    Why should we expect you to stop conjuring up nonsense, in the hopes that it would become news. Make up your mind: Either your are a sports writer, or a reporter for the Enquirer.

  4. Ravenmuscle says: Jul 3, 2010 12:43 PM

    Tom Brady is such a pu$$y. The Ravens will destroy the Patty Rots in the 6th game of the season worse than in the playoff game.
    Red..white..and blue stands for bloodied bodies..blue bruises…and white for being scared to death of the Ravens.

  5. SamHam says: Jul 3, 2010 12:47 PM

    5th Myth–He was a world champion tandem parasailer..

  6. PatricktheDookie says: Jul 3, 2010 12:51 PM

    Thank you, Florio. Someone needed to say this shit.

  7. bigbolt says: Jul 3, 2010 12:58 PM

    Completely agree with the last paragraph, Florio. I’ve thought that all along. The Nashville police investigation reeks of total incompetence.

  8. Bob Nelson says: Jul 3, 2010 1:08 PM

    It never was complicated.
    She was Iranian and he was American.

  9. MOH says: Jul 3, 2010 1:09 PM

    Occam’s razor etc.

  10. NationalFelonLeague.com © says: Jul 3, 2010 1:29 PM

    It’s much simpler to conclude that a girl barely out of high school was capable of pumping two bullets into a man’s chest — and two more into his head — while he was sleeping.
    ———————
    Who would have thought two teenagers would go kamikaze on their own school in a small town?
    Who would ever think of sending a 13 year old wrapped in explosives to a shopping mart to become a martyr?
    Who would ever think a rising star with a $100 million contract would risk it all fighting dogs?
    Who would think of invading and destabilizing a country based on myths of WMD’s?
    Life is a lot more complicated once you leave the backwoods of West Virginia Mr. Florio.

  11. oxycode30 says: Jul 3, 2010 1:45 PM

    Clearly the official story bears little resemblance to the truth.
    Something is very wrong here and hopefully one day truth and justice will prevail. At the moment we’re being sold a bill of goods.

  12. robert ethen says: Jul 3, 2010 1:51 PM

    She just got sick of the fat pig’s snoring.

  13. funi says: Jul 3, 2010 2:01 PM

    McNair had somethign to do with this. However the police want to blame a 20 year old dead girl!

  14. rovibe says: Jul 3, 2010 2:31 PM

    bluestree says:
    July 3, 2010 12:17 PM
    According to a Nashville detective on the tube, the gun was found under Kazemi’s body with blood all around it, and when they picked it up there was an outline of the gun in the blood, indicating she shot herself, fell on the gun, then bled out around it. That seemed to be their whole case. Seems weak. — That seems ‘weak’ to you? The implication there is that because the floor underneath the gun was clean and not bloodstained, a 3rd party shooter could not have placed the gun under her body after shooting her, because it would have had blood underneath th egun as well. That doesn’t sound weak. That sounds like good forensics work.

  15. steely devil hab says: Jul 3, 2010 3:35 PM

    Bob Nelson says:
    July 3, 2010 1:08 PM
    It never was complicated.
    She was Iranian and he was American.
    —————————–
    Wow!
    I guess everything in your world can be broken down into nice little racial pigeonholes, eh Bob?
    Probably not the kind of guy to let education get in the way of an opinion.
    You need to get a passport and get out a little more…(and invading nations on your country’s behalf doesn’t count)

  16. Huskersrock says: Jul 3, 2010 4:27 PM

    steely devil hab says:
    July 3, 2010 3:35 PM
    Bob Nelson says:
    July 3, 2010 1:08 PM
    It never was complicated.
    She was Iranian and he was American.
    —————– ————
    Wow!
    I guess everything in your world can be broken down into nice little racial pigeonholes, eh Bob?
    Probably not the kind of guy to let education get in the way of an opinion.
    You need to get a passport and get out a little more…(and invading nations on your country’s behalf doesn’t count)
    ———————————————-
    I think that was meant as a joke.

  17. SATAN says: Jul 3, 2010 4:45 PM

    OK I confess… I did it! I also was the third gunman at the Grassy Knoll. And I offed Vince Foster too.

  18. TheBaySay says: Jul 3, 2010 4:55 PM

    Now about that “myth” that police like to clear major crimes, especially those involving high – profile names, from their caseloads as quickly as possible, whether they get the actual criminal all the time or not…

  19. TheBaySay says: Jul 3, 2010 4:56 PM

    Huskersrock – I don’t think you’ve read a lot of Bob’s opinions here on matters of “morality.”

  20. bluestree says: Jul 3, 2010 7:43 PM

    rovibe says:
    July 3, 2010 2:31 PM
    bluestree says:
    July 3, 2010 12:17 PM
    According to a Nashville detective on the tube, the gun was found under Kazemi’s body with blood all around it, and when they picked it up there was an outline of the gun in the blood, indicating she shot herself, fell on the gun, then bled out around it. That seemed to be their whole case. Seems weak. — That seems ‘weak’ to you? The implication there is that because the floor underneath the gun was clean and not bloodstained, a 3rd party shooter could not have placed the gun under her body after shooting her, because it would have had blood underneath th egun as well. That doesn’t sound weak. That sounds like good forensics work
    ————————————-
    You’re probably right, and there’s Occams’s razor too, but couldn’t somebody shoot the girl and drop her on the gun?

  21. numberfour says: Jul 4, 2010 8:44 AM

    blue, there would be more blood splatter in inconvenient places for the “other shooter story” then.
    unless up comes a SIXTH MYTH: gilliam owns a carpet cleaning service that specializes in removing blood from carpets where he “offed” black jesus, i mean, steve mcnair. and his crazy girlfriend.

  22. bluestree says: Jul 4, 2010 11:52 AM

    numberfour says:
    July 4, 2010 8:44 AM
    blue, there would be more blood splatter in inconvenient places for the “other shooter story” then
    ——————————–
    I don’t know, I haven’t studied the details enough to know what I’m talking about as far as the crimescene goes, it just has a funny smell.
    One thing’s for sure, this kid spent a lot of her life on the phone! 49 texts to gilliam in one day! Plus all the other people she must have been texting? McNair was probably dumping her for texting during sex!

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