Nashville Police yesterday released audio tapes from a July 6 interview from another Steve McNair mistress, a woman named Leah Ignagni.
(Ignagni booking photo (left) after felony drug bust on Aug. 24)
The interview took place a little more than a month before Ignagni was arrested for two felony drug offenses.
(McNair’s second mistress also arrested on multiple felony drug charges)
Ignagni to police on July 6:
“I will say that Steve and I got pretty, um … He got pretty serious with me, as in serious texts on those nights and stuff. He thought that I was going to like break up with him and stuff throughout last week, so he would just show up at my house a lot.”
Ignagni said the McNair told her he was divorcing his wife Mechelle.
Nashville Police officially closed the murder-suicide case involving Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi today, but not before releasing more documents from their investigation. From those documents we learned today that McNair’s mistress and murderer Kazemi knew Titans QB Vince Young.
Ganther said he met Kazemi at the restaurant where she worked several months before the shooting. She had sent him text messages and visited his Hermitage apartment once. Ganther said he had not had a romantic relationship with her.
You can’t help but wonder what Young was doing at a small gathering with Kazemi while he pretended to own McNair’s condo.
In the 200-page case file released to the public today, police provided nothing further about the “get-together.” Authorities obviously didn’t view Young’s role in the case important enough to include any more details .
But you can only imagine how V.Y. felt when he first heard the news about McNair. And that he was previously at the murder scene with the murderer.
We’ll probably never know the full scope of the vast minefield that was Steve McNair’s love life, but one thing seems certain. There was more than one “other woman.” CBS’s Armen Keteyian has reopened this sordid box of weirdness once again, and now out pops another name: Leah Ignagni, which CBS News is alleging is yet another woman with whom McNair was seeing without knowledge of his wife.
Nashville police released a case study today naming Ignagni as someone they had interviewed, and who McNair was also seeing. The former quarterback was killed, police believe, by girlfriend Sahel Kazemi, who then turned the gun on herself.
The report states that based on police interviews with Ignagni and Kazemi’s former roommate, Emily Andrews, Kazemi knew that McNair was involved with another woman. CBS rolled out several pictures of Ignagni today. Read more…
In the wake of yesterday’s report by CBS, calling into question the very notion that Steve McNair was killed by girlfriend Sahel Kazemi, the legal community was abuzz for approximately a couple hours… until the Nashville police released new text messages between the two, which effectively squelched all alternative murder theories… or did they?
We’ve tried to keep an open mind here, even as the initial and subsequent evidence have pointed to a murder-suicide. As we said yesterday, though, nothing new that’s come out has even suggested that anybody but Kazemi is the killer; today, too, the revelations only change the narrative under which Kazemi killed McNair.
It’s been over three months since the awful story about Steve McNair’s murder first broke, and from virtually the first moment on, all the convenional wisdom has suggested that his illicit girlfriend, Sahel (or “Jenny“) Kazemi had killed McNair before turning the gun on herself.
CBS NEWS, however, seems to think otherwise - or at the very least, seems to think the police’s investigation was a combination of incomplete and inaccurate. And while some questions they raise are a little less convincing than others, the totality of the CBS investigation certainly makes the circumstances of the incident seem a little less plausible than before.
[UPDATE: CBS’s Arman Keteyian says his investigation has prompted “a major breakthrough” in the case. No details, of course.]
The ASSOCIATED PRESS has this terribly sad video of Steve McNair, part of three different public service announcements he narrated on suicide prevention.
“Hi, I’m Steve McNair, I know that some young people are struggling with tough times. Each year too many young people are taking their own lives. … ”
McNair then gives a suicide hotline number.
The videos were shelved from public airing soon after McNair’s death - until obtained by the AP.
Video after the jump. Read more…
I would say that we’re all appalled by the Steve McNair-Sahel Kazemi skeleton display for Kings Island Ohio’s Halloween theme, but of course, that wouldn’t be true. If not for the Mark Whickers among us, AOL’s Clay Travis wouldn’t have his exclusive.
(My former colleague, Kings Island p.r. guy Don Helbig, botched this one)
But to make matters worse the public relations guy for Kings Island, a past acquaintance of mine named Don Helbig, said of the display “There was no reference to Steve McNair at all. No jersey, nothing.”
• Charles Barkley has some relationship advice for Shawne Merriman: “You don’t get your women from reality TV.”
• Well, Jay Cutler’s debut for the Chicago Bears could have gone better.
• Fox Sports reporter Chris Myers compares Larry Foote’s jersey from the Steelers to the Lions to going from dating Beyonce to Whoopi Goldberg.
• Michelle Wie’s blog is worth checking out - if only for the leather skirts.
• Jim Tressel says Ohio State fans are unhappy & miserable. And William Rolle sort of proves the coach’s theory.
, Charles Barkley
, Chicago Bears
, Chris Myers
, Jay Cutler
, Jim Tressel
, Larry Foote
, Michelle Wie
, Myles Brand
, New York Yankees
, Ohio State Buckeyes
, Shawne Merriman
, Steve McNair
, Tila Tequila
, Toronto Blue Jays
, Vince Young
, Walter Payton
, Whoopi Goldberge
, William Rolle
• A Michigan player punched a Notre Dame opponent during last weekend’s game? Rich Rodriguez has no idea what you’re talking about.
• Duke football players bedevil fans with their own shirtless poster.
• How did Lane Kiffin get to be the coaching genius that he is? By washing Reggie White’s car while his dad coached.
• Bills KR Leodis McKelvin decides not to press charges against the two teens who vandalized his yard after the Pats loss.
• Panthers WR Steve Smith loves teammate Jake Delhomme as a person, but hates him as a QB.
Tags: Buffalo Bills
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, Jake Delhomme
, Lane Kiffin
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, Los Angeles Lakers
, Michigan Wolverines
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, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
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, Vince Young
We tend to get pretty cynical around here; understandable, because there’s only three parking spaces at SbB, and Gaines takes them all up with his used motorhome. But every now and then a story hits us like a basket of kittens, and we must emote. This item about Vince Young and the young sons of the late Steve McNair is one of those.