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Former NFL player arrested for arson

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Marijuana is used for many things.  Recently, it was used to deliberately start a fire.  Allegedly.

Former Chargers and Seahawks linebacker Kevin Ellison, who now plays for the AFL’s Spokane Shock, faces arson charges after allegedly setting fire to his bed with a marijuana blunt.

According to the Spokane Spokesman-Review, Ellison admitted to police that “‘God’ had told him to set fire to the bed.”  Ellison initially said the fire started accidentally, but he apparently changed his story once he was told that the evidence didn’t match his explanation.

Shock G.M. Ryan Rigmaiden reportedly told authorities that Ellison had provided Rigmaiden with the same admission.  Ellison was arrested at a local hospital, after receiving treatment for smoke inhalaton.

Teammate Chris Tucker, Ellison’s roommate, was awakened by smoke detectors.  Tucker knocked on Ellison’s door, and Ellison said, “I’m good.”  Tucker fled, and Ellison eventually jumped out a third-floor window.

Ellison faces federal charges, given that the fire happened in an apartment complex.  Damage is estimated at $50,000.

A sixth-round pick of the Chargers in 2009, Ellison was arrested in May 2010 after police found 100 Vicodin tablets in Ellison’s car.  Cut by San Diego, the Seahawks later signed Ellison, who played for coach Pete Carroll at USC.  Ellison was cut before the start of the 2010 regular season.

Ellison remains jailed without bail.  An initial hearing has been set for June 19.

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31 Responses to “Former NFL player arrested for arson”
  1. dldove77 says: Jun 15, 2012 11:09 AM

    Philip Rivers wants an explanation.

  2. chocopoppy says: Jun 15, 2012 11:10 AM

    He’s Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs.

  3. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 15, 2012 11:16 AM

    Man that had to have been some good stuff.

  4. cereal blogger says: Jun 15, 2012 11:18 AM

    Another NFL brainiac

  5. nepaseahawk says: Jun 15, 2012 11:20 AM

    seems like something god would tell someone to do….
    tebow demands the truth!!!

  6. yankees177 says: Jun 15, 2012 11:30 AM

    I hope someone blames it on the pot, to really show you how they know nothing about what it does to you. Im guessing that it was laced with something (perhaps bath salts the crazy drug of choice these days) because no weed ive ever smoked has told me to do anything other than be lazy and eat lots of terrible food. But he was smoking it so it must be the sole reason right?

  7. mrgroovesd says: Jun 15, 2012 11:34 AM

    Nice writing but he was a safety not a linebacker. Glad this headache was let go from the Bolts. Could’ve been a great player but wasted it on being stupid off the field.

  8. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 15, 2012 11:34 AM

    Are they going to charge God with being an accessory to arson?

  9. insanelomein2 says: Jun 15, 2012 11:38 AM

    Im sure God has better things to do than telling people to burn their beds in Spokane, WA.

  10. edhochuli says: Jun 15, 2012 11:42 AM

    How long before he blames the NFL for this and files a concussion lawsuit?

  11. smartanis says: Jun 15, 2012 11:45 AM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 15, 2012 11:34 AM

    Are they going to charge God with being an accessory to arson?
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    No, but I hear that Tim Tebow is a “person of interest” in the case.

  12. beavertonsteve says: Jun 15, 2012 11:58 AM

    And I thought my neighbors were bad…

  13. humb0lt says: Jun 15, 2012 12:00 PM

    AJ knew what he was doing when he made this guy an ex-Charger upon his first display of imbecilic behavior. (And he was a safety for the Bolts, not a LB.)

    The Raiders are probably already calling the dude’s agent cuz they can never get enough knuckleheads on their roster. Ellison would fit right in with Rolando McClain.

  14. toddm1016 says: Jun 15, 2012 12:00 PM

    Humbolt told him to do it

  15. mostlombardisintheleague says: Jun 15, 2012 12:01 PM

    “Ellison admitted to police that “‘God’ had told him to set fire to the bed”….

    Concussions defintely need to be taken seriously

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 15, 2012 12:11 PM

    Kevin was arrested for smoke inhalation at a local hospital where he was being treated for smoke inhalation.

  17. jawkich says: Jun 15, 2012 12:29 PM

    “Teammate Chris Tucker, Ellison’s roommate, was awakened by smoke detectors.”

    Chris Tucker aka Smokey?

  18. lovepanthers says: Jun 15, 2012 12:30 PM

    UsC players

  19. realitypolice says: Jun 15, 2012 12:41 PM

    yankees177 says:
    Jun 15, 2012 11:30 AM
    I hope someone blames it on the pot, to really show you how they know nothing about what it does to you. Im guessing that it was laced with something (perhaps bath salts the crazy drug of choice these days) because no weed ive ever smoked has told me to do anything other than be lazy and eat lots of terrible food. But he was smoking it so it must be the sole reason right?
    =============================

    Sure, why waste time waiting for someone to actually make an argument before you counter it?

  20. ravenspit says: Jun 15, 2012 12:58 PM

    I thought it was an article about Jim Brown and how he burns bridges.

  21. dexterismyhero says: Jun 15, 2012 1:04 PM

    BC BUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 15, 2012 1:08 PM

    Jesus and the Parable of the Burning Bed.

  23. arkadyrenko says: Jun 15, 2012 1:10 PM

    “Ellison faces federal charges, given that the fire happened in an apartment complex.”

    Wait – what? The fact that it’s arson in an apartment complex makes it a federal crime?

  24. mullman7675 says: Jun 15, 2012 1:25 PM

    @Humbolt: Touche! Another pot shot (you like that pun) at the RAIDERS for no apparent reason. The obsession continues.

    Humbolt, were you the little kid in his mom’s basement crying while being videotaped after the RAIDERS broke the losing streak against the chargers a couple years ago? Be honest, was it?

    Check it on you tube people- it hilarious. I’m sure he’s still pissed at his mom for posting it. Search: We lost to oakland- san diego loses to oakland. Mp4.

  25. jcdurden88 says: Jun 15, 2012 2:22 PM

    Strong safety man, not linebacker…

  26. bonnette95 says: Jun 15, 2012 2:35 PM

    This man is either crazy or he had to have some laced weed, i have never in my life smoked any weed that made god talk to me, he needs to get his cranium checked

  27. beavertonsteve says: Jun 15, 2012 3:46 PM

    Wait – what? The fact that it’s arson in an apartment complex makes it a federal crime?
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    In a multiple family dwelling you are essentially lighting your neigbors house on fire.

  28. warhawk137 says: Jun 15, 2012 5:50 PM

    Wait – what? The fact that it’s arson in an apartment complex makes it a federal crime?

    ——————–

    It’s a commerce clause based statute, wherein the federal government has the power to regulate interstate commerce, persons and instrumentalities of interstate commerce, and intrastate activities which have a substantial effect on interstate commerce. The federal arson statute basically says as much – malicious (malice being the mens rea, either intent or reckless indifference to an obvious risk) burning of buildings, vehicles, property, etc. used in interstate commerce

    In Russell v. United States, the Supreme Court said that rental properties, by definition, fall under the interstate requirement of the statute. Private residences, on the other hand, don’t.

  29. raiderapologist says: Jun 15, 2012 8:34 PM

    humb0lt says: Jun 15, 2012 12:00 PM

    The Raiders are probably already calling the dude’s agent cuz they can never get enough knuckleheads on their roster. Ellison would fit right in with Rolando McClain.
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    Leave it to humpty to attempt to spin yet another wasted Charger draft pick towards Oakland. His inferiority complex is a pathetic, glaring plague on this site.

  30. stoptrippn says: Jun 15, 2012 9:35 PM

    Very sad.

  31. Brian Murphy says: Jun 15, 2012 10:52 PM

    I went to high school with him.

    I am so proud.

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