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Kenny McKinley's former teammate says 'something's fishy' about his death

Although Colorado authorities have determined that Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, one former teammate says there's "something fishy" about McKinley's death.

"I don't think it happened the way they're saying it happened," D.J. Johnson, a New York Giants defensive back who formerly played with McKinley in Denver, told Newsday. "I just don't. I don't think it was a suicide. That's my personal opinion on the situation. I think there's something fishy about the situation."

Police determined that McKinley was found in his upstairs bedroom with a pillow over his head and a semiautomatic Taurus, which was in a pillow case, in his right hand. The report said the attending police officer "could smell a strong odor of marijuana." A woman called police and two women were outside McKinley's house with his 1-year-old son, Keon, when police arrived. Johnson says that McKinley would never have committed suicide with his son nearby and says that even a city like Denver can be dangerous.

"I know what the environment is like in Denver," he said. "I knew Kenny and I knew the type of people that we all hung around. You just never know. You can't trust nobody. He's not from there, I wasn't from there. Nothing against Kenny at all, but when you like to have a good time and you're a friendly person, you let people into your environment.

"They warn you when you first get there. Certain clubs, certain environments, you can't do this, you can't do that. But at the same time you always think 'I can go and do it. I can go and hang here, I can hang with these certain people and nothing is going to happen to me.' I'm not saying he was naive and he didn't think that, but at the same time you don't want to think the worst about everyone, you want to be able to enjoy yourself, too."

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By Cindy Boren  | September 23, 2010; 10:22 AM ET
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quite honest statement in my opinion.

Posted by: oknow1 | September 23, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the whole situation stinks! Denver is not a dangerous city, it is a VERY dangerous city. People are shot here every day with most news agencies NOT reporting all the violent crimes. There is also a huge gang problem here, we know first hand from D Williams. What a shame, that his poor son was in his apt when he died!!! Also, who gets really baked and then kills themselves? Doesn't happen!

Posted by: skins10 | September 23, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

R.I.P young brutha!!!!! Prayers and thoughts go out to his young son and family.

Posted by: dspower33 | September 23, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the others alot of this doesn't ring true,forget about Denver being dangerous, but no one blows a smoke and then blows his brains out,secondly what, did the damn cops hear the gunshot and arrive simultaneously after he shot himself? How damn long do you think a "strong" odor of weed would last? An odor perhaps,but a strong odor no way. Something stinks here and as usual don't expect some local schmoe cops to figure it out, especially not when they first come upon a weapon and a young black man (I am white so don't respond with the typical bs response anytime this comes up). How about some of his better off team mates coming up with some money and hire some REAL investigators and not rely on the overburdened and undertrained police force? Hell I just got laid off and I would give $10 to help(which is more than I can afford right now). The idea is out there,push it media, better than wasting your time finding out why Paris couldn't get into Japan that's for damn sure,and if you find something maybe you can get a book/movie deal out of it. Think about it.

Posted by: mfowler1 | September 23, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

There are many instances in this life when the exact cause of someone’s death is not fully known; however, God sees all and knows all.

themapsprogram.blogspot.com

Posted by: mapsprogram | September 23, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Suicides are always viewed as suspicous by friends and family. In the history of criminal investigation there has never been one suicide where people close to the victim were not in denial.

This joker wasn't even there and he is acting like an expert.

Posted by: MKadyman | September 23, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

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