The NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN reports this afternoon that, “Police have determined that Sahel Kazemi murdered former Titans quarterback Steve McNair last weekend with four shots while he was asleep on the couch, then sat down next to him and shot herself in the temple.“
(Sahel Kazemi with friend in Las Vegas)
Nashville Police Chief Ronal Serpas said that a four-day investigation revealed Kazemi, “had become very distraught, and on two occasions told friends and associates that her life was all messed up and she ‘was going to end it all.’ Several things were overwhelming her, including financial problems … Her roommate was moving out, meaning her rent payment was about to increase. She was also making payments on the Escalade she co-owned with McNair.“
Residue from the murder weapon was found on Kazemi’s left hand, which appears to be the final piece of the puzzle for police to declare her McNair’s murderer.
Serpas also addressed the question of why no one heard the shots coming from the condo early Sunday morning.
Serpas said they did not exact time of the shooting, but believed it happened sometime after 1 a.m. or 1:45 a.m. The next-door neighbor was not home that night, and arrived home between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., and heard nothing after that.
Having previously covered high profile athletes and celebrities for 16 years in a main media career, I observed these types of relationships all the time - sans the tragic ending.
There’s no defending what Kazemi did, and McNair certainly DID NOT DESERVE TO DIE. But his behavior in this case did play a role in his untimely demise - something that the sports media will most likely not focus on.
The past couple days, McNair’s former teammates, coaches and the sports media that covered him have begged us to not remember him for the details of his needless death.
I think it should be just the opposite.
People should remember this case, as it could perhaps prevent something as senseless as this from happening again. Maybe I’m naive, but I think that’s more important than harkening McNair’s slightly-above-average football career.