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Ex-NFL receiver Josh Morgan charged, accidentally shot himself

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Former NFL wide receiver Josh Morgan is facing misdemeanor weapons charges after he accidentally shot himself.

Morgan was charged with misdemeanor reckless use of a firearm in Virginia, TMZ reports. The charge reportedly comes as a result of an accidental shooting in which Morgan was cleaning his gun and shot himself. His injuries were not serious.

The case brings to mind that of Plaxico Burress, who spent two years in prison after accidentally shooting himself in the leg. Burress, who was possessing the gun in New York illegally, was convicted of a felony.

The 30-year-old Morgan was a sixth-round draft pick of the 49ers out of Virginia Tech in 2008. He played three years in San Francisco, two in Washington and one in Chicago. He was cut after spending training camp with the Saints last year.

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32 Responses to “Ex-NFL receiver Josh Morgan charged, accidentally shot himself”
  1. tjacks7 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:34 PM

    This are the guys they need to charge with felonies just so they can’t own a gun legally anymore and maybe kill someone else. Seriously, nobody who cleans a gun with a bullet in it should ever be allowed to own a gun again.

  2. truecowboyfan says: Feb 10, 2016 6:36 PM

    And start the blame on CTE in 3, 2, 1…

  3. jimnaizeeum says: Feb 10, 2016 6:44 PM

    First thing you need to is clean out the bullets.

  4. stinkfist5 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:47 PM

    So…who cleans a loaded gun? People need to educate themselves

  5. TeamBalco says: Feb 10, 2016 6:48 PM

    Cheddar Bob!

  6. skinsrock says: Feb 10, 2016 6:56 PM

    Understand it’s stupid to “clean” a loaded gun… but question I have is where was he? at home? It just seems stupid to charge someone if the accident happened on their property, especially in VA which isn’t communist like Maryland when it comes to guns.

  7. Kapodaco says: Feb 10, 2016 7:03 PM

    Plaxico Burress part two?

  8. tjacks7 says: Feb 10, 2016 7:04 PM


    The thing is that it’s literally impossible to shoot yourself while cleaning the type of gun he likely had (semi-automatic). Unless the slim chance he was recklessly clearing it with the gun pointed toward himself, and his hand slipped and he accidentally pulled the trigger. There’s a 99+ percent chance he was playing around with it before or a slimmer chance, after. Thus completely justifiable to charge him no matter where he was. Hopefully he learns his lesson.

  9. purpleguy says: Feb 10, 2016 7:05 PM

    Bet he hasn’t taken a gun safety class his entire life, not that you need a class to instruct you not to clean a loaded gun.

  10. daysend564 says: Feb 10, 2016 7:05 PM

    I first read the title as Josh Gordon shoots himself. Immediate thought was that guy can’t get out of his own way.

  11. TheWizard says: Feb 10, 2016 7:06 PM

    I have a lot of guns. In decades of cleaning them, I’ve never one time done it loaded.

    I know this because they are otherwise loaded all the time, so the first thing I have to do is empty them.

    My God, it’s the first thing you check for.

  12. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 10, 2016 7:09 PM

    He learned everything he knows about gun safety from Plaxico.

  13. edenprairieballer says: Feb 10, 2016 7:11 PM

    “Cleaning his gun” yeah right he was probably doing something super stupid and reckless. I bet he has never cleaned a gun in his entire life.

  14. coltzfan166 says: Feb 10, 2016 7:11 PM

    Was Plaxico with him when it happened?

  15. trollaikman8 says: Feb 10, 2016 7:24 PM

    Was he with Plaxico?

  16. blackdonnelly says: Feb 10, 2016 7:27 PM

    You CLEAR a gun before CLEANING it. Even a drooling idiot like ME knows that, which doesn’t say much for our friend Josh.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 10, 2016 8:02 PM

    Well, at least he cleared out whatever was lodged in the chamber.

  18. amaf21 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:39 PM

    Yes this totally reminds me of someone walking into a nightclub illegally carrying a gun in the waistband of his sweatpants.

  19. lightofkolob says: Feb 10, 2016 8:42 PM

    What is a misdemeanor weapons charge? The constitution says Morgan has the right to bear arms.

  20. charger383 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:00 PM

    I don’t think charge will stick if he can show he was cleaning it

  21. maverick2560 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:25 PM

    If I am correct both Josh Morgan and Plaxico Burress attended military school at Fork Union Military Academy. It is located near
    Charlottesville Va.
    Maybe they missed the classes on gun safety.

  22. roseann894 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:40 PM

    When the cops showed, he should’ve said he was an NRA member exercising his 2d Amendment rights. Then the authorities wouldn’t lay a glove on him.

  23. bsizemore68 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:42 PM

    We don’t know the whole story yet. Bill

  24. dipak1969 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:47 PM

    Again… Not interested in stupid thing irrelevant former players do (drugs, shooting themselves. etc).

  25. themboys5150 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:00 PM

    Stupid is.. As stupid Does.. Box of Chocolates anyone..

  26. themboys5150 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:02 PM

    You have the right to bare arms.. Where does it say.. You have the right to be a clueless Clown and shoot yourself!!!!!

  27. dmcgrann says: Feb 10, 2016 10:49 PM

    I’ve never heard of anyone in Virginia being charged in a similar situation, and I’ve yet to find an article that states where in Virginia this happened.

  28. aa1829 says: Feb 10, 2016 11:15 PM

    Kudos to the few whose first question was why he is being charged. Their isn’t enough info here to know what happened, but shooting yourself while cleaning a legal firearm makes any mistake with a firearm a chargeable offense. Me thinks not, but of course this isn’t amerika anymore, is it?

  29. dogfool says: Feb 11, 2016 12:51 AM

    Stupid is as stupid does! As Forrest would say!

  30. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Feb 11, 2016 9:00 AM

    There is only one cure for stupid, and Josh Morgan just escaped it.

  31. steeelfann0155 says: Feb 11, 2016 9:25 AM

    This government has become soooo stupid. So what if he hurts himself. Constitution allows you to be armed. Wake up America. Before it is too late.
    We are behind you Josh!!!!!!!!!!

  32. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 23, 2016 12:24 PM

    Can we get an IQ check???

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