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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| September 23, 2010; 10:22 AM ET
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