Murdered cellmate of Lawrence Phillips was cousin of R. Jay Soward

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Former NFL first-round draft pick Lawrence Phillips stands accused of murdering his prison cellmate, the cousin of another NFL first-round draft pick.

Damion Soward, the convicted murderer who was found unresponsive on Saturday in the cell he shared with Phillips, was the first cousin of R. Jay Soward, their grandmother told TMZ. R. Jay Soward was a first-round pick of the Jaguars in 2000 and, like Phillips, a major bust: Soward caught just 14 passes for 154 yards in his rookie year, then never played in the NFL again after that because of substance-abuse suspensions.

Phillips has been moved to the segregation unit of the Kern Valley State Prison after the death of Damion Soward. Phillips has been in prison since 2008 after convictions of crimes including domestic violence, car theft and trying to run down a group of teenagers over a dispute about a pickup football game.

45 responses to “Murdered cellmate of Lawrence Phillips was cousin of R. Jay Soward

  1. This dude is worse than the pride of the New England Patriots Aaron “#FreeHernandez” Hernandez.

  2. R Jay Soward was the biggest turd in the punchbowl here in Jax. Had to have Coughlin send a limo every day to bring his hungover sorry behind to practice because he was out late promoting his ‘rap’ career…smh….

    Quality family there…..

  3. 99.9% of New England Patriot fans are awaiting the words: GUILTY

    #FreeHernandez is proudly worn by the Pouncy Twins proud members of the Steelers & Dolphins who resigned Aaron’s biggest fan.

  4. These guys are all pieces of work.

    Wasted talent. Wasted opportunity. No work ethic. no moral center.

  5. You forgot about his CFL career where he caught 48 passes for 785 yards and 11td over 3 seasons and helped the Toronto Argonauts win the 2004 Grey Cup.

  6. There are so many criminals associated with the NFL now that apparently when one murders a fellow prisoner there’s a good chance he also played in the league.

    And that only includes the ones who didn’t pay off their victim (Hardy).

  7. the best line is the last: “after convictions of crimes including . . . trying to run down a group of teenagers over a dispute about a pickup football game.” Wow.

  8. The crazy thing is, the Jags not only drafted R J Soward, they also came very close to drafting Lawrence Phillips. The rumor around here was that Coughlin wanted Phillips, but at the last minute, changed his mind (or had his mind changed for him) and drafted Kevin Hardy instead.

  9. canucks30 says:
    Apr 14, 2015 3:43 PM

    You forgot about his CFL career where he caught 48 passes for 785 yards and 11td over 3 seasons and helped the Toronto Argonauts win the 2004 Grey Cup.
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    Grey cup – is that like a vessel for holding Grey water?

  10. mikermiker says:
    Apr 14, 2015 3:06 PM
    This dude is worse than the pride of the New England Patriots Aaron “#FreeHernandez” Hernandez

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    As has been stated numerous times on PFT, “Free Hernandez” was promoted by the Pouncy Twins, not the Patriots. Don’t let the facts get in the way of another moronic comment.

  11. Phillips was a criminal during his days in Nebraska but Osborne wanted to win so bad he refused to release him even after he drug his girlfriend down the steps by the hair. When there are no consequences for your actions the bad behavior escalates. This last violent incident hopefully should ensure that we never see Phillips in public again.

  12. Forget about even being first round busts..Just being a first round pick in the NFL draft alone is one amazing thing and to now be in a jail cell for 30 plus years.. both players mentioned who were busts and now look at them.

  13. Somewhere out of this tragedy will come one heck of a great 30 for 30 special. From First Round to Frying: The Lawrence Phillips Story.

  14. Totally explains it. They were arguing over who was the bigger bust. Soward (the player) had a strong case, and thinking he may lose, Phillips spazed out, and began to see Soward (the convict) as a teenager who cheated him in pick up football.

    Having no car available, he used his bare hands

  15. Phillips will forever remind me of Bill Walsh, who used to go around lecturing how he would never sign such questionable characters.

    Then the 49ers stopped winning, and suddenly it was OK for Bill to sign a guy like that.

    Oh, the holier-than-thou memories of Bill Walsh and 49er great, Lawrence Phillips.

  16. The bit about Tom Osborne needing Phillips to win has long gone stale. There was so much talent on that team, Phillips was not needed to win. Osborne has long been a man who tried to help put losers like Phillips back on the right path, however misguided he was. Osborne helped a lot of kids to straighten out their lives, but was way over his head with Phillips. Osborne has never been my cup of tea, but he has always been straight up and honest and lived and continues to live his religious beliefs. Phillips was damaged beyond help by the time he got to Nebraska, but Osborne never stopped believing that he could Phillips around however deluded he was about that.

  17. So Phillips saved the taxpayers some money by killing a convicted murderer? They should move him to death row to bunk with the guys there.

  18. oldhuskerfan says:
    Apr 14, 2015 7:50 PM
    The bit about Tom Osborne needing Phillips to win has long gone stale. There was so much talent on that team, Phillips was not needed to win. Osborne has long been a man who tried to help put losers like Phillips back on the right path, however misguided he was. Osborne helped a lot of kids to straighten out their lives, but was way over his head with Phillips. Osborne has never been my cup of tea, but he has always been straight up and honest and lived and continues to live his religious beliefs. Phillips was damaged beyond help by the time he got to Nebraska, but Osborne never stopped believing that he could Phillips around however deluded he was about that.

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    You totally drink the Tom Osborne Kool-Aid. He says all the right things and turns around and does the opposite. He was the forerunner to Jimbo Fisher in every way. He overlooked all types of bad behavior under the guise of “helping” his players when they were the ones helping him win games. Do you know why Osborne pushed for Nebraska to leave the Big 12? It’s because they had they audacity to impose academic regulations. Oh the horror! Not that I buy the NCAA line of the “student athlete,” but Nebraska ran their program with zero moral, legal, or academic accountability, much like FSU does now.

  19. Ironic connection between R. Jay Soward and Phillips. Tom Coughlin while HC of the Jaguars planned to draft Phillips #2 overall in 1996 but after a dinner discussion about Phillips with his wife and daughter the night before the draft awoke on draft day and decided to draft Kevin Hardy LB U. Illinois. Hardy went on to be a Pro Bowler and have a good career for the Jags. Then in 2002 Coughlin makes his biggest draft mistake as Jags HC/GM in drafting R. Jay Soward who is considered the biggest bust by far in Coughlin’s tenure with the Jags and went a long way toward ultimately costing him his job. Strange but true!

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