August 22, 2006, - 11:08 am
By Debbie Schlussel
On Friday, “Invincible“–a great movie about 30-year-old bartender Vince Papale’s Cinderella story of becoming a Philadelphia Eagle–debuts. If I have one objection to this movie, it is Greg Kinnear’s portrayal of then-Eagles coach Dick Vermeil as such a nice guy.
In real life, Vermeil isn’t such a nice guy.
If he were, how does one explain his drafting of Ryan Tucker to the St. Louis Rams in 1997? At the time, Tucker and three other college football players nearly beat Bryan Boyd–a man half his size–to death for no reason. As detailed in “Pros & Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL,” Boyd was read his last rites, and even though he miraculously survived, he is severely wounded to this day–with paralysis, memory loss, and permanent brain damage.
When confronted by the press, Vermeil responded,
He [Tucker] can finish a fight. That’s a positive.
Because Vermeil nonchalantly hired this attempted murderer who got away with it, Ryan Tucker has a great life, is a multi-millionaire, and will soon start his 10th season in the NFL.
Then, there are James King and Jerry Seymour, former Central Michigan football players, whom we mentioned last year. While members of the CMU starting line-up, they and six other football teammates beat Demarcus Graham, 26, to death outside a bar. Originally charged with second degree murder, both will be out of jail in days because of absurd sentences handed down by Isabella County, Michigan Judge William Ervin. Sentenced to only months in prison, they are already claiming they have football scholarship offers to play at other schools.
Apparently, no-one minds that murderers are on the team, if they can score on the gridiron. It is incredible that murderer Seymour took a man’s life, and yet Isabella County Judge William Ervin sentenced him to only six months in jail with one month suspended. Ditto for King who was sentenced to six months with three of them suspended. Sickening. We note that King’s attorney had the chutzpah to protest this light sentence, insisting that King serve no jail time.
More importantly, we note that Seymour’s lawyer is Palestinian activist and terrorism supporter Doraid Elder, who told Judge Ervin,
Jerry Seymour is not a cold-blooded killer.
Consider the source. To him, cold-blooded killers are never that. The old-world, Islamist “ends-justifies-the-means” philosophy fits in very nicely with murderous violence in college football.
Apparently, you can still get away with murder in America . . . if you can run the football. And if you have enablers like Dick Vermeil, Judge Ervin, and Palestinian lawyer Elder to help you out along the way.
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