July 7, 2009, - 11:35 am

No, the “Air” McNair Chick Was NOT a Muslima, But She Fled From Them; McNair the “Family Man”

By Debbie Schlussel
I’ve been getting a gazillion e-mails from readers and others, over the last several days, asking me why I haven’t written about the murder of former NFL star Steve LaTreal “Air” McNair.
Answer: Because it doesn’t interest me. A pro or former pro athlete millionaire having an affair with a chick not his wife. Yeah, that never happens. Never ever. A lover killing her paramour because he won’t get the divorce he lied about and promised to get and broke his empty promise to marry her. Wow, that never happens either. Who cares? Not me. The story adds nothing to the national or international discussion. And it’s not even entertaining, the way the Mark Sanford story is. It’s just a tragedy. And it’s a bore. Next.

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Air McNair’s Chick Kazemi Fled the Muslims; McNair Had Three “Families”

And by the way, this “family man” and “role model for kids” was typical of NFL players in another way. McNair had four kids with three different women. And he was so creative, he named both of his first two kids, “Steve” (actually, one is Steve, Jr. and the other is Steven). George Foreman called, and he wants his baby-naming strategy back. See, even that’s unoriginal and boring.
A number of readers are also asking me if the apparent killer concubine, Sahel Kazemi, was a Muslim, based on her name, looks, etc. And the answer is no, she was not a Muslima. But the story of her religion and why she had to leave her native Iran is of note, since it’s yet another of the omnipresent stories of the real Islam.

Kazemi was born in Iran but left in 2000, fleeing religious persecution for their Baha’i faith, [her nephew Farzin] Abdi said. They spent 2 1/2 years in Turkey before moving to Florida. Later Kazemi dropped out of high school and, at age 17, moved with a boyfriend to Nashville, where she sometimes worked two or three jobs to support herself.

I feel sorry for the family of Kazemi, all of them forced to flee their own country because of Islam’s intolerance of its own moderate derivative religion, Baha’i faith (which is a very peaceful religion). And now, they face tragedy here, too, even as they were free to practice their religion here.
And I feel bad for the four sons of Steve McNair whom this “football hero” and “family man” abandoned and who will now no longer have a father, regardless of the millions he may have left them. Two of them are very young and will grow up without their father.
Well, I guess he was a “family man” after all, since he had several “families” . . . all of whom are now left behind for sure. And all of whom he deliberately chose to leave behind when he was alive.

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7 Responses

African-American culture + NCAA + NFL/NBA = tragedy
All 3 of these ingredients enable and promote dysfunctional behavior. In most cases, it’s a train wreck waiting to happen.

Rick on July 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm

It never fails to amaze me how the objects of “American Idolatry” like MJ, McNair and so many others are so tatally disfucntional in their morals, values and relationships. This country puts these (explative deleted) on a pedastal, celebrates their immorality, and excuses any and all behavior they engage in. I’ve caught passing glimpses of the MJ memorial inLA on TV and frankly, I feel the need for dramamine at this point.
I feel badly for McNair’s kids, much as I do for MJ’s kids. That’s the most tragic and reprehensible part of these celeb’s “droppings”- the kids. How can we expect these innocents to have a normal happy lives when all they experience is the legacy of their father’s actions in life; having no one to provide them with a moral compass or real lasting values. It really doens’t matter if these celebrities are deceased or not. Their presence or absence still is tantamount to abandonment in parental guidance and nuturing when said parent(s) are so morally bereft themselves.

Mistress_Dee on July 7, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Only blog I see that gets it. Good job Debbie.

cuffymeigs on July 7, 2009 at 4:38 pm

An earlier post said:
“African-American culture + NCAA + NFL/NBA = tragedy”
Hmmmm…..I can’t get with that one. That would be like me looking at King David, King Solomon, King Henry VIII, John Kennedy, Gov. Sanford, John Edwards, Ted Kennedy, Newt Gingrich, and countless others and saying:
Men + Political Office = Tragedy
To do such a classification is wrong because sin is a human condition and not one of just one particular sexual or racial group (as Debbie has well documented). I don’t see what race has to do with anything in this story other than the man happened to be Black and the woman happened to be Persian. Other than that, it looks like it was an illicit affair gone bad…and like Debbie said, that’s been going on throughout world history. The only thing that got our attention in this case is the resulting murder of a popular ex-NFL player. Steve McNair is a fraternity brother of mine and I’ve heard nothing but good things about him, so I’m very sad about this. However, he was wrong to so brazenly carry on an affair with this young girl when he had a wife and four sons at home. And unfortunately, it looks like he hooked up with the wrong young woman. I can’t even begin to imagine what his wife is going through….finding out that her husband was violently murdered AND having an affair? That has got to be devastating! I pray that the good folks at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville keep close watch over her and her four boys. I don’t know how old the youngsters are, but how do these boys live with the knowledge that their father went out like that? I just wish Steve would have thought about them before he got all caught up with the nice-looking young honey working at the local Dave & Buster’s…
Maybe I’ve read and seen too many murder mysteries, but if wasn’t on record that Ms. Kazemi had bought that gun, I would swear this was a professional hit made to look like a murder-suicide. Two shots to the torso and two to the head, with one at close range? Sounds like a pro. Maybe that’s why the Nashville police have been so reluctant to classify this as a murder-suicide.
Whatever the case, as more details of the murder come out, it looks less and less like this was a crime of passion. It looks like someone wanted McHair very dead and planned the killing, whether it was actually Ms. Kazemi or someome else. And that is the stuff of which conspiracy theories are made….it’s like something straight out a James Patterson novel. Alex Cross, we need you on this one, man!

JibberJabber on July 7, 2009 at 7:51 pm

JibberJabber: I believe I stipulated culture. I’ve lived in a major U.S. city and I know what I’m talking about. I’m sorry if I wasn’t clear.

Rick on July 7, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Has anyone thought this could be an honor killing? If this was seen as a Black man taking an Iranian woman and it was an honor killing that would jive. Outside of white Americans most ethnicities have a disdain for their daughters hooking up with a Black man. Sorry but I have talked to too many fathers of different backgrounds and that is their nightmare. The politically correct crowd doesn’t want to hear it but that is what happens. So the honor killing angle is not off the table.

californiascreaming on July 7, 2009 at 11:50 pm

CS, just keep in mind the gun was purchased by her a short time before the murder. The gun was found under her body. He was killed by multiple gunshot wounds. She by one to the head.
Do the math.

Shy Guy on July 8, 2009 at 12:22 am

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