Marvin Harrison: I was just minding my own business

Getty Images

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.

93 responses to “Marvin Harrison: I was just minding my own business

  1. Yes, just a good Samaritan. Minding his own business on his way to the early shift at 320AM. Sounds plausible.

  2. marvin gave his number out to this guy to call him. you would think he would not do this or or have anything to do with this gut or unless he did know him?

  3. Minding your own business? At 3:20 am in philly? Picking up a total stranger being shot at? Riiiight. Harrison should have been locked up years ago. If he was minding his own business he would have been home at 3:20am.

  4. 3:20am. You pick up a male stranger who happens to be fleeing gunfire. And you think we’re crazy for thinking something isn’t adding up?

  5. Good observations from above posters about him being out at 3AM but my question is how did this guy get Harrison’s phone number to “tell him how grateful he was”?

    If I’m picking up dudes running from bullets (big IF), I’m dropping them off somewhere and saying, “there’s the police station….later bro”. I’m not doling out my phone no. to them.

  6. The head line should read ” I was minding MY business” He knew what was going on. How many of you are going to let a perfect stranger in your car at 3:30 am? Especially one that is being shot at.

  7. retired NFL star with many millions and you’re out in a bad area at 3:20 a.m.?

    WHY?

    What was the purpose?

    Just out clearing your head?

    Couldn’t sleep?

    Why not drive in a better area since you just had to be out at that time of night and it was innocent and all?

  8. You see I was going out to get a cheese steak and as usual I just couldn’t pick between Gino’s or Pats, when all or a sudden… I mean what was I supposed to do? Besides he had the money I gave him to get the coke,er, coca-cola…To wash those delicious steak sandwiches down with. I feel God placed me there at that exact time to be able to help my fellow man. Have a “Blessed” Daye

  9. Is it really that hard to believe?? Hes in west Philly, a shooting happens and he happens to be there. That sounds perfectly possible to me. I’m from the Bay Area. San Jose, Oakland east Palo Alto San Francisco etc have shootings on the regular.

  10. Well, it’s not illegal to be driving at 3am, and sounds like he did indeed save this guys life. Heroic to take the risk of picking the man up, regardless of who he is.

  11. And…. Here is my number in case u ever get chased by two guys shooting at you again at 3:20 am.. Or pm, doesn’t matter. Just call me, what did you say your name was?

  12. All this talk about 3:20am is absurd to say the least. The world doesn’t cease to exist at “not normal” times lol. If everyone was at home at 3:20am in this day and age services American’s use everyday and take for granted (like you jackasses using the Internet to write this drivel) would never be reliable and there would be constant interruptions in services during “normal” time. Life exists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, any other perception is old fashioned and out dated for todays world. This is 2014, not 1954.

  13. Oh wow thanks Marvin for letting me hop in the back of your truck. I was actually caught by my lovers fiancee and I had to jump out of the window from the second floor. If it wasnt for you driving by that night I wouldve been a dead man for sure.

    Thanks again,

    Random dude from PA

  14. From my experience, when a guy starts off with, I was just minding my own business, usually the story ends badly and the storyteller is at least partially at fault…

  15. “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.”

    Yeah, I usually just call Marvin Harrison when I need a ride to avoid getting shot…. You know because he is in my Framily Plan …not because we are both Gang members or nothin’ . .. Most people have Celebrity Athletes’ to call when they are in need.

  16. This episode only proves that none of us really know these people. You worship them above your own families, buy and wear their jerseys, and then act so self-righteously outraged when you find out that they aren’t saints off of the football field.

  17. Seems Plausible. I mean 3:20 AM is a normal time to be out and who wouldn’t give their phone number out to some random guy getting shot at. I mean obviously this was one of those early morning girl scout cookie sales gone bad that you hear about on the news all the time.

  18. So was he the “get away” driver and the two gunmen were police officers. At 330 am, ok
    Harrison. ok

  19. Give me a break these comments are unreal. I guess everyone on this site has never been out late before. I wasn’t aware that marvin Harrison has a curfew. Last time I checked he can be out as late as he wants. Let’s stop judging people for stupid reasons. He can live his life anyway he wants. In fact if he hadn’t been out late the man probably would have been murdered.

  20. Why do most of you have this huge problem with somebody being out in the middle of the night? Is it normal, of course not. But he’s not the only person to ever randomly be out in the late night/early morning.

  21. last thing im doing at 320 am after hearing gun shots is picking the person up getting shot at..call me crazy but that is one stupid thing to do..unless ur involved

  22. 3:20 in the morning. – just driving around? Isn’t this the second time that’s happened to him? Once, shame on me. Twice, shame on you.

  23. Looking to score late night marvin. Talk about a disaster after there playing career. Marvin was thought if a good guy while playing. Look like he morphed into PACman jones.

  24. I dont know what happened anymore than any of you dopes comnenting do, but for all the “oh my god, he’s out at 3:20am!”, you do realize he owns a bar in a city where bars close at 2? Im sure there are a lot of people that work at or own bars that are driving home at 3:20am

  25. bmd2099 says:
    Jun 16, 2014 9:18 PM
    All this talk about 3:20am is absurd to say the least. The world doesn’t cease to exist at “not normal” times lol. If everyone was at home at 3:20am in this day and age services American’s use everyday and take for granted (like you jackasses using the Internet to write this drivel) would never be reliable and there would be constant interruptions in services during “normal” time. Life exists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, any other perception is old fashioned and out dated for todays world. This is 2014, not 1954.

    Exactly, Marivn Harrison was just out on the streets at that hour keeping us regular Joes’ internets up and running. Wow.

  26. I don’t question the late night. I only sleep a couple of hours a night for 3-4 days, and then “crash” for about 18 hours, and then it starts all over again. My wife says I have PTSD but, the VA doesn’t agree.

    Let me tell you, there are a lot of night people out there, especially in the bigger cities. There are reasons many fast food chains have special “late-night” hours.

    What I question is how this “stranger” who was being shot at winds up with Marvin’s phone number. Most of us can barely get an autograph, even at PR events, how does this guy rate not only a ride but his phone number? Something stinks about all of this.

  27. It’s your story Marvin, tell it any way you want. But I for one aint buyin it. A previous post I like, if you would have said, “nothing” 3 times instead of 4 I would have worked with me. LOL. Ok.

  28. Harrison has been accused of involvement in two Philadelphia shootings, but wasn’t charged either time. One of the men was later shot and killed near a bar Harrison owns.

  29. There must be a lot of people who knock out at 8pm. Work,partying,buying weed,dropping off a chick,I don’t think there is a curfew in effect for adults in America. I fairly certain there isn’t a rich guy road either so more than likely he has to use the same streets as the rest of us to get home after a night of carousing. You’d call him scum still if he let the guy get murdered so he’s pretty much damned either way.

  30. I’m disgusted by the trolls on here ripping Harrison or thinking they’re funny. A guys life was saved. U all have no clue what was going on yet you rip a guy who helped a person in need. I think Harrison should be applauded. And hopefully none of you fools ever need help from a stranger

  31. Colts fan here.
    Awesome WR for the Colts.
    But I’m calling “BS” on this tale.
    Somethings up Marvin, sorry.
    Out and and about at 3:00 in the morning?
    They don’t start making the donuts until 4:00AM.
    Heading to a 24 hour gym for a workout or…?
    This fan wants some splaining.
    But I’m sure you’re already over fandom.
    carry on…

  32. I don’t care that it was 3:20 AM, but the story just doesn’t sound true. How did he know the guy was being shot at? If he was close enough to see the shooters and stopped he is stupid. If the guys were shooting at the dude, why would they stop to let him get in a car and ride away?
    Maybe some fans will believe him, but I’m sure the cops don’t.

  33. Marvin Harrison owns and runs a bar, it is entirely normal that he would be heading home one hour after the business that he operates closes. BTW the bar he operates is known for its zero tolerance of drugs or weapons so lets not be so quick to judge him.

  34. so, i don’t understand how marv is at fault in any of this. some guy got his apartment broken into and ran into the street… marvin somewhat reluctantly picked him up. i don’t see what he did wrong here that people are comparing him to pacman jones etc? he was out late at night? ok, as was said above, he owns a bar. and he’s a grown ass man who is retired. i think the guy is allowed to go out until whenever he wants.

    whatever did or didn’t happen six years ago was definitely sketchy but he was never charged with anything, and hasn’t been involved in anything since…

  35. like what is the angle, he was with the guys breaking into the apartment and then picked the victim up and called 911? does that make any sense to anyone?

  36. I’ve been minding my own business for 38 years on this planet and never been shot at. Actually I know hundreds of people and not one of them have been shot at while “minding their own business”.

  37. “I’ve called him and told him how grateful I am, that he actually stopped and helped me out. ”
    ====================================

    An NFL star just gave the guy his number? Sounds like they were already friends.

  38. Apparently you’re not allowed to be out at anytime or anywhere you want in this country… guess I missed that day of civics class. Some of you people are the problem that needs to be rectified.

  39. He might very well have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’ve all been there.

    At least he didn’t pull the trigger though, lots of you guys are acting like he was the shooter. Wait to convict him til you know the whole story, he at least deserves that.

  40. Maybe Harrison is telling the truth. Or maybe then again he isn’t. But there has been some speculation that he was somehow involved with a murder, too. Not saying he committed one, just saying there was talk he was somehow involved.
    All I know is what my father always told me. Trouble always finds those who are looking for it.

  41. Marvin, you stopped “minding my own business” when you chose to get involved in the situation.

  42. Out at 320am and own a bar? Ok, I’ll give him one pass.
    Picks up man that is being shot at? I certainly wouldn’t, but he did, and that’s heroic/admirable. I’ll give him a second pass
    Being famous and handing out your phone number to a complete stranger…a stranger who was getting shot at…..at 320am? I think he’s got some splainin’ to do.

  43. You want to know why the guy has Harrison’s number ? Its because the police showed up and created a police report for what happened. Ever been in a car accident and the police show up and get contact information for everyone involved at all in the incident? It’s the same concept and all parties leave with a copy of the report with contact information included. This is not hard to figure out.

  44. There are some seriously jaded people around here. Guilty even if proven innocent hmm? I say Marvin did a good and heroic thing, especially since so many of y’all lack the stones to do what he did. I’m sticking to that.

  45. I’m not saying he’s up to no good, but… what possible reason could a multi-millionaire have to be driving around the rough parts of Philly at 3:20 in the morning?

  46. Being out at that time of the night is feasible. Marvin owns multiple businesses in Philly, one of them a bar. Perhaps he had been there that night and was on his way home.

    It is sad that he is guilty in the eyes of so many. However, I understand it. After you are in the “wrong place at the wrong time” so many times, it doesn’t seem like a coincidence.

  47. “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.

    So Marvin Harrison gave this guy his number after the incident? I’m willing to bet he has his number because they know each other.

Leave a Reply