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Bolts rookie RB Curtis Brinkley shot in Philly

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerRay, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. ChargerRay

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4318515

    CHELTENHAM, Pa. -- A San Diego Chargers running back who lives in Philadelphia is hospitalized after being shot in his car at a suburban intersection.

    A hospital spokesman said Friday morning that 23-year-old Curtis Brinkley is in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Albert Einstein Medical Center. An uncle, Gregory Brinkley, told WPVI-TV that Curtis has been able to talk with relatives on the phone.

    Police say the shooting occurred about midnight as Brinkley was driving in Cheltenham in Montgomery County, just north of Philadelphia. Police say they are looking for a gunman who ran to a car and fled, but don't know a motive for the shooting.

    Brinkley was a standout football player at Philadelphia's West Catholic High School and a running back at Syracuse University, where he rushed for 1,164 yards and seven touchdowns in his final season there. He was signed by San Diego as a free agent after the 2009 NFL draft.

    In a statement, Syracuse coach Doug Marrone extended the program's thoughts and prayers to Brinkley and his family, wishing him a speedy recovery.
     
  2. ntman68

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    Have you noticed that nearly all of these sorts of incidents occur after midnight? What are these guys doing out that late? Jeez man... get to bed. You do have a day job, ya know.
     
  3. TheLash

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    sheeesh. anything about what part he was shot in?
    leg, head ?
     
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  4. Sydalish

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    Rookie Curtis Brinkley Stable After Being Shot in Philadelphia
    Posted Jul 10, 2009 2:25PM By Chris Burke
    Filed Under: Chargers, NFL Police Blotter
    http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2009/07/10/rookie-curtis-brinkley-stable-after-being-shot-in-philadelphia/

    Curtis Brinkley, an undrafted rookie running back out of Syracuse who recently signed with San Diego, is in stable condition after being shot while driving his car in Philadelphia early Friday morning.

    Brinkley was apparently stopped at an intersection when a man walk up to his car, shot him several times, then ran to a waiting car and sped away. Brinkley managed to drive away, and was later found by a police officer approximately a quarter-of-a-mile from where the incident occurred.

    No arrests have been made.

    According to WPVI-TV, Brinkley was shot in the shoulder and leg, and is awaiting surgery. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

    Brinkley is a Philadelphia native, who starred at the city's West Catholic High School before jumping to Syracuse. In his four years with the Orange, he rushed for more than 2,100 yards -- including 1,164 in his senior season.

    San Diego signed Brinkley as a free agent on May 27. With LaDainian Tomlinson, Darren Sproles and Michael Bennett ahead of him on the Chargers depth chart, Brinkley already faced a major uphill climb to a roster spot. Depending on his recovery time, this could end his chances on sticking with San Diego.

    "This is a setback," George Brinkley, Curtis' uncle, told WPVI. "Hopefully the NFL, the Chargers, will understand the circumstances. It wasn't like he was around some unfavorable people. He was going to pick up his sister. He was innocent, not knowing what's going on, then he gets hurt.

    George Brinkley also speculated that the shooting was the result of an argument between Curtis' sister and her boyfriend -- Curtis was on the way to pick his sister up when the incident occurred.

    "From what I understand, [the boyfriend] saw a guy picking her up, and started shooting," George Brinkley told WPVI.

    WPVI's report from the Albert Einstein Medical Center, where Brinkley is being treated, can be seen below.
     
  5. MasterOfPuppets

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    You can't fault a 23 year old guy for being out after midnight, what did you do when you where that age? the time of day is irrelevant, you can find trouble at any hour, and by the article, it doesn't appear tha he was out looking for trouble, more like going to pick up his sister
     
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  6. ntman68

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    I don't remember the last time the headline read "Pro athlete shot on his way to church at 11AM". It's always 2:30AM outside of Sleezies Strip Club. It doesn't appear that is the case here, but you have to admit that is the case the vast majority of the time.
     
  7. Sydalish

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    True. I'll give 'em midnight I mean my curfew in HIGH SCHOOL was midnight :lol: but really... nothing good ever usually happens after 2am that's my cut off - especilly because here in SD that's last call ;) and all us drunkies are being kicked outta the bar/club.
     
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    Athletic director and football coach at West Catholic Brian Fluck who had been in contact with Brinkley and the grandmother who helped raise him, said that Brinkley had been shot in the shoulder and that "fragments" had lodged in his back.

    This says Brinkley was shot one time

    http://www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/20090711_Shooting_could_delay_Brinkley_s_football_career.html


    This says Brinkley was shot multiple times

    http://www.usaplayers.com/news/2009...in-stable-condition-after-shooting-10377.html
     
  9. MasterOfPuppets

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    Maybe thing have changed since I was 23 (i'm 36) but I remember being able to go out way past midnight and never getting shot at, not even a fight. And it's not where I partied since I went to "Avenida RevoluciĆ³n" which ain't exactly lined with churches :icon_tease:
     
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    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Why is it that a woman is always somehow involved. That tree of life wasn't nothing to mess with as far as I can see it.:icon_tease:
     
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    CURTIS BRINKLEY is a lucky man.

    Brinkley, a 2004 West Catholic High graduate and holder of two city-leagues football records that include season and career rushing yardage, was shot shortly after midnight yesterday while waiting to pick up his sister from work in Elkins Park.

    Late yesterday, he was released from the intensive-care unit of Albert Einstein Medical Center and was listed in good condition.

    But it could have been much worse.

    The bullets hit Brinkley in the shoulder, sending bone fragments through his back. When he arrived at Einstein, after he was taken there by a Cheltenham Township police officer, doctors feared that the bullet and bone fragments may have pierced the arteries that lead to his heart.

    "Thank God he's still here," his grandmother Margie Cason, who helped raise Brinkley, told the Daily News. "It's pretty serious but not life-threatening. Most of the time with things like this, the family never gets to see that person again. That is a blessing in itself."

    Cheltenham police said that Brinkley, 23, was stopped in his car at the intersection of Spring Avenue and Ashbourne Road when the gunman started firing at about 12:02 a.m. Brinkley reportedly pressed the accelerator to escape and was at a safe location when police - who were in the area and heard the gunshots - found him.

    "I was just with him," Cason said. "We were sitting there at 11:45 and his sister [Niveka Cason] called to see if he could pick her up in Elkins Park. She cares for mentally challenged people. The first bullet went through the windshield and he was just stunned."

    The gunman fled in a waiting car. Cheltenham police are seeking a black male with light complexion of medium height and build who was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

    "We aren't sure if the person was trying to rob him or it was a case of mistaken identity," Cason said. "The strange thing is that he wasn't in his car, he was using someone else's car. Maybe they were trying to steal his car."

    Brinkley's great-uncle, Greg Brinkley, said his nephew "never had any reason to think this would happen."

    Police reported no suspects and knew of no motive.

    Tipsters can call Cheltenham police at 215-885-1600.

    Brinkley might be sent home later this weekend. His football career, however, may be in jeopardy.
    A sports-medicine doctor will need to flush out the bone fragments in his back, and his shoulder will take at least six to eight weeks to heal.

    A 5 feet 9 running back, Brinkley was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Syracuse by the San Diego Chargers on April 26. He rushed for 1,164 yards and seven touchdowns last year with the Orange.

    At West Catholic, Brinkley ran for 7,412 yards and 85 touchdowns.

    Brinkley was set to leave for San Diego on July 24, ready to run under the tutelage of one of the NFL's best in LaDainian Tomlinson.

    "He is worried about what's going to happen," said Brian Fluck, Brinkley's high-school coach at West. "He doesn't know if San Diego is going to give him a shot or release him. Those are questions no one knows. Sometimes you only get one shot in the NFL."

    "He is mentally as messed up as the bullets that hit him," Cason explained. "He is in a lot of pain and isn't doing a lot of talking."
    The Chargers released a brief statement about Brinkley but would not answer any of the impending questions about his career. He was one of 18 undrafted free agents signed by the team in April.

    "The entire organization wishes Curtis a quick and full recovery," the statement read. "The team has learned no other details about the incident and will have no further comment while local authorities conduct their investigation."

    Brinkley's grandmother said that 54 family members had traveled by bus to Syracuse for her grandson's graduation.

    "They all look up to him," she said. "Why can't he live out his dream after all he's been through?

    "One thing he was anxious to do was support the kids here [at Abbotsford Homes in the city's East Falls section]. He had recently been raising money to help fund a softball team for neighborhood children."

    Fluck and Cason were as baffled as police as to why anyone would want to attack Brinkley.

    "I can't say for sure, but he never got involved in any of that type of stuff," Fluck said. "He was never in any trouble."

    "He is a good kid," Cason said. "We all know that. He didn't deserve anything like this." *

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports...ins_Park__reportedly_in_stable_condition.html
     
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    Former SU RB Curtis Brinkley released from hospital

    July 13, 2009-9:05 pm

    Philadelphia, PA (WSYR-TV) - After he was critically injured in a shooting Friday, former SU running back Curtis Brinkley was released from Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia on Sunday.

    Police are still conducting their investigation; no arrests have yet been made.

    According to his old high school coach, Brinkley has bullet fragments lodged in his back, and there's concern how this will effect his football career.

    Rookies are scheduled to report to San Diego Chargers training camp on July 26th; Brinkley's status for camp is very much up in the air.
     
  13. bigmike.x.09

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    Why the **** was he in Philly? Shouldn't he be in SD??
     
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    That's where he lives with his whole family, it's where he grew up. None of the players need to be here again until camp starts - some live here already, some don't yet.
     
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    dood prolly doesn't make the team anyways. Why would he move to SD

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  16. Johnny Lightning

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    Who wouldn'd want to live in San Diego... [​IMG]


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    uh b/c it's like totally awesome? :D

    I imagine he hadn't moved here yet b/c he wasn't sure if he'd make the team or not... part of me hopes they will let him rehab and keep in touch so he can get another shot next year. :yes:
     
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    I love Philly... but not more than San Diego!!!
     
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    Then you forget Terrence Kiel. :yes:

    Dude got shot coming from every woman's church.....the mall (ok it was in the parking lot). :yes:

    In July 2003, Kiel was shot three times during an alleged attempted carjacking incident at a southwest Houston mall parking lot. The assailant, described as a man in his young teens or early 20s, fled the scene. None of Kiel's injuries were serious and he was shortly released by the hospital
     

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