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Daunte's Inferno

Discussion in 'Professional Football' started by osugrad21, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Link

    NFL Star Stiffs Paralyzed Teen

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 3, 2005
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    "Where's that kid at? I've got to get my stuff back."
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    </td></tr></tbody> </table> (AP) Daunte Culpepper showed off his scrambling ability Wednesday in a crowded convention center ballroom.

    The Minnesota Vikings quarterback presented a paralyzed high school football player two diamond necklaces worth about $75,000 during an NFL awards ceremony, but then awkwardly asked for them back after it was finished.

    The apparent gift prompted a mother to cry, a father to think about buying a safe to store it and Culpepper to find a way out of the mess.

    "I'll get him something else," Culpepper said sheepishly.

    The confusion began at the FedEx ground and air player of the year honors, where finalists Culpepper, Peyton Manning, Shaun Alexander and Curtis Martin were on stage for the announcement.

    When the master of ceremonies opened the floor for questions, Jerry Townsend spoke up from his wheelchair in the front row.

    "Hey Daunte, can I get some of that ice?" he said in a low voice, referring to the two sparkling necklaces hanging around Culpepper's neck.

    Culpepper jumped up, pulled them off and brought them over to Townsend, a senior defensive back at Jacksonville Episcopal High School who was paralyzed from the neck down while making a tackle in October.

    Townsend spent the last four months in various hospitals and was released Wednesday just in time to go to the Super Bowl event.

    After Culpepper put the necklaces around Townsend's neck, his mother started to cry. His father talked about needing to get a safe for the expensive jewelry.

    Culpepper, meanwhile, went back to his seat and finished the awards ceremony (Manning won the air award, and Martin won the ground one). After it was over, Culpepper patiently answered dozens of questions while keeping a close eye on his jewelry across the room.

    One of the diamond-laced necklaces was the No. 11, Culpepper's jersey number, and the other was a large pepper (for Culpepper).

    "Where's that kid at? I've got to get my stuff back," Culpepper said.

    Culpepper then walked over to the Townsends and asked them to write down their address so he could send them something else. Culpepper wasn't sure what it would be.

    In an unrelated note, Culpepper will appear in a 60-second NFL Network commercial to air during the Super Bowl along with several other players and coaches from around the league that didn't make it to the big game. They'll be singing "Tomorrow," a tune from the musical "Annie."
     
  2. JohnnyCockfight

    JohnnyCockfight Beer is God's proof that he loves us.

    Which circle?

    The question becomes, then, which circle of Hell Dante's soul belongs in:

    (A) The 4th Circle for being a hoarder & spender;
    (B) The 8th Circle for being a hypocrite, a thief, or a falsifier; or
    (C) The 9th Circle (the Pit) for being a betrayer of guest?
     
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  3. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Has to be the 9th circle...a public display for a handicapped kid which was then retracted in public deserves the pit...or a few days locked in a room with Randy Moss and Terrell Owens.
     
  4. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    how about the 10th circle? doing the stupid ass "travelling" celebration after every play.
     
  5. buckzip

    buckzip Reeking with awesomeness

    What a dick...
     
  6. JohnnyCockfight

    JohnnyCockfight Beer is God's proof that he loves us.

    You make a compelling point. In the past, that earned him a membership in the Kordell Stewart--Look at Me I'm Flambouyantly Gay Club.
     
  7. BUCKWEISER

    BUCKWEISER Banned

    75K to him is like 75 cents. What a greedy bastard. Nothing like getting caught up in the moment and doing something nice only to realize soon after that he is actually a spoiled professional athlete who can retrieve his "on-camera donations" and substitute them for a promise of something else at a later date. Cheap fucker. Screw burning in the 9th ring of hell for eternity, make him run for his life in the cleveland backfield for a few years. That would be far more painful.
     
  8. coastalbuck

    coastalbuck And this one belongs to the Reds! Staff Member

    I read that and thought to myself how strange it was. Really weird. ? Wonder if he'll send him an autographed picture of Randy Moss in Green Bay. A picture of an ass, sent by an ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. buckzip

    buckzip Reeking with awesomeness

    I used to like him too.

    I guess he, and Randy Moss fit in nicely together.
     
  10. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Last update: February 4, 2005 at 8:02 AM
    Inside XXXIX: Culpepper blindsided by erroneous reporting

    Kevin Seifert February 4, 2005 <small>SUPE0204.DIARY </small>

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    </td></tr></tbody></table> JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- This is what happens when there is too much media and not enough stories.

    One of the NFL's most genuine and kind players carried out a genuinely kind act Wednesday. And what did Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper get for his thoughtfulness?

    National scorn, thanks to an Associated Press reporter who misinterpreted the scene and never bothered to follow up with the key players.

    Here's what happened: While participating in a news conference Wednesday, Culpepper fielded an awkward question from a paralyzed 17-year-old boy. "Hey Daunte," said J.T. Townsend. "Can I get some ice?" -- a reference to the $100,000, diamond-encrusted necklace around Culpepper's neck.

    With cameras rolling, Culpepper walked over to Townsend and thrilled him by hanging the necklace around his neck. Later, Culpepper sought out Townsend and put the chain back on. At Culpepper's request, Townsend's parents wrote down his address and contact information. Culpepper promised to send him gifts and memorabilia.

    We were standing at Culpepper's side when the transaction took place. There was no animosity, no hurt feelings and no accusations of impropriety -- only thank-yous from Townsend, his parents and a doctor nearby.

    The AP version of the story, however, in essence painted Culpepper as a spoiled athlete who "sheepishly" took away a gift from a paralyzed teenager once the cameras stopped shooting. Newspapers and Internet sites picked up the story nationally. One problem: Nothing could have been further from the truth.

    Anyone who has met Culpepper knows he wears the necklace every day. He has for years. Garish as it might be -- its main ornament is a 6-inch hot pepper -- it carries sentimental and personal value. Since when is anyone -- athlete, actor, politician or average schmoe -- obligated to hand over personal possessions permanently when someone asks? Or should Culpepper have shot down the request and embarrassed Townsend on television?

    If that's your story, then the next time someone asks you for your wedding ring or a sweater your grandmother knitted, you better cough it up. Or else find some real news to write about.
     
  11. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    I hate to call out my fellow Buckeyes, but none of us should have bit on this. In a different context it is precisely what ESPN did to OSU.

    The only thing I question about the follow up story is that it states the AP reporter 'misinterpreted' the scene. I am inclined to believe he knew exactly what happened, but mulled it over in his mind trying to figure out how much mileage he could get out of his distortion. After all, when is the last time an article by someone named "Mark Long" was posted on this site?

    Freakin bottom dwelling scum sucking media.
     
  12. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Well hindsight is always 20/20...

    Besides, how unbelievable is a story about a self-absorbed, POS pro athlete? Hardly difficult bait to take IMO
     
  13. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    yeah but he still does that dumbass celebration.
     
  14. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

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  15. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    If I were Culpepper, I'd sue that AP reporter who printed that. I hate the fucking media so badly sometimes, I can't stand it.
     

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