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Bernard Pierce’s mother thinks he was targeted

Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce slips through a tackle in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans Reuters

As the AFC draft picks head out, and the NFC draft picks head in, the NFL doesn’t lack for subject matter for this week’s Rookie Symposium.

But if they needed more, the mother of Ravens running back Bernard Pierce said she thinks her son was deliberately targeted in his hometown during Sunday’s carjacking and robbery.

“First of all, I thank God that he’s fine,” Tammy Pierce told CBS 3. “I don’t care whatever he lost — his car, whatever was in there. He’s fine.

I think he was targeted because people knew who he was, and that’s sad.”

Pierce was visiting his family at the time of the incident, and his mother said he had only bought the BMW two weeks ago. She said he was now nervous and concerned for his safety.

“It could have turned out to be whole different ball game,” Tammy Pierce said. “He’s good, he’s healthy.”

That makes him fortunate, as the situation could have easily been worse with a gun involved.

While it’s hard to begrudge young men the tangible symbols of their hard work and good fortune, those symbols also serve to make them more conspicuous.

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24 Responses to “Bernard Pierce’s mother thinks he was targeted”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Jun 26, 2013 3:09 PM

    Pac and Biggie taught me a lesson What? Never leave without your Smith N Wesson…..(Master P).

  2. unbiasfan says: Jun 26, 2013 3:09 PM

    Yeah you’re definitely right, it couldn’t have been because he was driving a $100,000 BMW in an overall poor city

  3. daysend564 says: Jun 26, 2013 3:10 PM

    If he had a gun, the situation could have turned out a whole lot better. He’d have had his stuff and there would be less scum on the streets.

  4. drbob117 says: Jun 26, 2013 3:18 PM

    If I were a detective on this case I’d be going real hard at the cousin who was with Bernard, but wasn’t injured . He COULD be an innocent bystander, but just in case…

  5. thesteelers says: Jun 26, 2013 3:25 PM

    Ray Rice hitman. Period.

  6. SparkyGump says: Jun 26, 2013 3:28 PM

    Perhaps it’s time for Mr. Pierce to move his momma outta there. Or maybe just rent a beat up Ford every time he visits.

  7. godofwine330 says: Jun 26, 2013 3:37 PM

    The people and former players that say that athletes don’t need guns need to realize that every time you step out of your house, and (see Sean Taylor) even when you are inside your home, you are targeted by idiots that want your stuff because they don’t have your stuff. Anytime you have lower class people who are willing to do anything BUT work to get stuff it may include them trying to take it from you, or me, or Bernard Pierce. The difference between you and I and Mr. Pierce is, in their minds we MAY have money…while Pierce DOES have money…even if he doesn’t carry it on him. Not much lower than a thief with a gun. I know jobs are scarce, but damn.

  8. rickyspanish says: Jun 26, 2013 3:37 PM

    I don’t know what most the players look like on my favorite team let alone Ray Rice’s backup. My guess is they saw a shiny expensive car and went for it. I’m glad these knuckleheads weren’t armed and I’m glad Pierce wasn’t armed, this could’ve been uglier than a carjacking.

  9. fortphiladamsterdam says: Jun 26, 2013 3:38 PM

    Idiots, stop saying it’s Pierce’s fault. The guy was getting pizza, come on. I know exactly where he was robbed, and it’s an area with tons of 4-6,000 square foot stone mansions. Yeah, it’s dilapidated, yeah there’s some crime there, it’s a city. But you can’t call it West Philly, and you can’t say he should expect to be robbed. People pulled up to him in a car to rob him — they knew who he was. That’s the bottom line.

    I’d walk down those streets at night and feel comfortable, it’s not a place he should feel like he needs to avoid.

  10. lovefootball4life says: Jun 26, 2013 3:45 PM

    Do a Google street view of the address. Its not awful but I’d guess a shiny new BMW is out of place. If he was targeted because of who he was and not what he was driving someone would have to be close enough to him to know he just bought that ride.

  11. sullijo1 says: Jun 26, 2013 3:49 PM

    Darin Gannt thinks we should all drive the same exact car….typical liberal democrat.

  12. stlouis1baseball says: Jun 26, 2013 3:51 PM

    Yeah…if he had a gun it could have been much worse. There could have possibly been one or two less carjackers on the street. That would been inconceivable?

  13. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 26, 2013 4:09 PM

    His mother thinks that was being targeted?! Wait until the TP missile has him in his sights. Getting his new ride stolen will seem like a vacation compared to the regular beatdowns he’ll suffer at the hands of Troy, Jarvis & Co.

  14. japmen says: Jun 26, 2013 4:11 PM

    He’s going back to a place where he’s well known. Of course he was targeted. There will always be people who like to take without earning.

  15. rockbottom37 says: Jun 26, 2013 4:32 PM

    Aaron hernandez was behind this!

  16. 13arod says: Jun 26, 2013 4:42 PM

    I don’t thin he was targeted because Before this story came out I don’t think anybody knew who he was

  17. listenupcupcake says: Jun 26, 2013 4:45 PM

    According to the local internet-paper-substitute (philly.com) the car was hi-jacked in Overbrook Park, a nicer area of West Philly across frm St. Joe’s on City Line (where the suburbs start). Specifically, on Drexel Avenue, which is only a few blocks long and is comprised mostly of nice if older upper-middle-class houses south of 58th Street, and a few dozen lower-middle class duplex houses for the northernmost block between 58th & 57th.

    But the car was later found at Broad and Lehigh, in the slums of North Philly and near Pierce’s alma mater, Temple University.

    So a reasonable guess is that some of his former “classmates” either helped themselves to Bernie’s ride, or tipped off (inadvertently or otherwise) a few boys from the local ‘hood who decided to effect a little income redistribution. Kinda like free phones ‘n’ sh*t, but without a detour through the political process.

    Glad he’s OK, but the ghetto culture – it is what it is. Some still defend it (incredibly), but other guys aren’t so lucky. Ask Aaron about that, as his buddy isn’t going to be talking…. :/

  18. NoHomeTeam says: Jun 26, 2013 4:55 PM

    daysend564 says: If he had a gun, the situation could have turned out a whole lot better. He’d have had his stuff and there would be less scum on the streets.

    ******************

    If he’d had a gun, the situation could have turned out a whole lot worse. You seem to be presuming that the simple act of owning a firearm conveys with it the ability to use it effectively.

  19. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 26, 2013 7:39 PM

    “His mother thinks that was being targeted?! Wait until the TP missile has him in his sights. Getting his new ride stolen will seem like a vacation compared to the regular beatdowns he’ll suffer at the hands of Troy, Jarvis & Co.”

    Gotta admire the Crown’s talent for sarcasm. As for all you gun nuts, those Clnt Eastwood movies you’ve been watching are pure fantasy. In the real world, when guns go off, it’s a horrible mess for all involved.

  20. lovefootball4life says: Jun 26, 2013 9:14 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Jun 26, 2013 4:09 PM

    His mother thinks that was being targeted?! Wait until the TP missile has him in his sights. Getting his new ride stolen will seem like a vacation compared to the regular beatdowns he’ll suffer at the hands of Troy, Jarvis & Co.
    ~~~~~~
    The TP missile? As in Troy Polamalu missile? That ‘missile’ launches with ferocity likes it really means business, over compensates with a high arch and then self destructs with some internal malfunction. That antique doesn’t scare Pierce.

  21. vincentbojackson says: Jun 26, 2013 9:43 PM

    I tried to warn people that the crime rate would increase now that Ray Lewis has all this free time.

  22. waltwinston says: Jun 26, 2013 10:12 PM

    Vincentbojackson good point. Lewis -once a semi literate ghetto blaster always one. Also he is a cowardly snitch.

  23. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 27, 2013 8:03 AM

    “Vincentbojackson good point. Lewis -once a semi literate ghetto blaster always one. Also he is a cowardly snitch.”

    Nice to see you advocate for the kind of behavior that keeps gangs and other organized crime figures from getting the justice they deserve and hence, freeing them to inflict more violence on others. Well done.

  24. waltwinston says: Jun 27, 2013 10:18 AM

    What else do you say to these useless kneaggors.
    What are they good for?

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