After news broke that someone shot at former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison last week, Harrison faced some questions about whether he had been involved in some kind of wrongdoing to precipitate the shooting. Harrison insists that’s not the case.
Instead, Harrison told the Indianapolis Star, he was simply driving down a street in Philadelphia around 3:20 a.m. on Saturday when he came upon a man who was being chased by two gunmen. Harrison let the man into his car to try to help, and then one of the gunmen shot at Harrison’s car.
“I didn’t do anything but drive my car, pick a guy up and call 911,” Harrison said. “I just happened to be in the right place at the right time for this person. The unfortunate part is things are coming out negative. I had nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing to do with it. I was just driving, minding my own business.’’
The man who was being targeted, Judeau Brown, said Harrison was helping him and should be praised, not scrutinized.
“He was just helping me out at the right time. I’ve called him and told him how grateful I am, that he actually stopped and helped me out. He acted when I needed him. In my eyes, he really saved my life,” Brown said.
Part of the reason Harrison is being scrutinized in this case is that he was tied to a previous shooting in Philadelphia: A gun belonging to Harrison was used to shoot a man in a 2008 incident, although Harrison was not charged in connection with that case.
Harrison says there’s no reason anyone should be criticizing him.
“I was getting negative phone calls and I didn’t know what anyone was talking about,” he said. “The only thing I can tell you is when these negative reports came out on Sunday, the first thing that came to my mind is the next time something like this happens, I’ll just put my head down and keep on going.”
Brown is thankful that Harrison didn’t put his head down and keep on going in the wee hours of Saturday morning.