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Chargers linebacker says shooting may end his career

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-chargers-foley&amp;prov=ap&amp;type=lgns" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>

    <img src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/foley04.jpg" title="Steve Foley" alt="Steve Foley" height="175" width="275" />

    By Bernie Wilson

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Five months after he was shot by an off-duty policeman, Chargers linebacker Steve Foley thinks his career may be over.

    "I don't want to count anything out or rule myself out, but it's a reality that I won't be able to play again, period," Foley said by phone Friday from Miami, where he was visiting friends during Super Bowl week.

    Foley declined to comment on the events of Sept. 3, when he was shot three times by off-duty Coronado policeman Aaron Mansker near his home in the San Diego suburb of Poway. Foley wouldn't comment on the civil suit he filed Wednesday against Mansker and the city of Coronado or on the drunken driving charges against him.

    But, he said: "I don't feel like I did anything wrong or unlawful. I have no regrets."

    Eight days before the season opener, Mansker shot Foley after following him on the freeway to Foley's home. Mansker was a rookie officer who was off-duty at the time and suspected the football player of drunken driving.

    Mansker told investigators that he shot Foley after the player reached for his waistband. Investigators said Foley was unarmed.

    Foley has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say Foley had a blood-alcohol level of 0.233 percent, nearly three times California's legal limit of 0.08 percent.

    The outside linebacker missed the season and wasn't paid his $775,000 salary. So far, the team has not attempted to recoup an $875,000 roster bonus he had already been paid. Under contract through 2009, Foley stands to lose millions more if he never plays again.

    Football, Foley said, is "something that I've always been passionate about, pretty much the only thing I've known throughout my life. I'm trying to prepare myself mentally and physically for the day that I will be able to play again. But there's also a great reality that I've seen my last snap. For me to relive those moments, I'll have to go back and watch old game film of myself."

    Foley, who turns 32 in September, was shot in the left leg, hip and hand, requiring several surgeries. He said he suffered severe nerve damage in his leg and lost 50 pounds, factors that could severely impact his attempt at a comeback.

    Doctors told Foley it could take a year or more for the nerve damage to heal. Although he can move around on his own, he has trouble walking and performing other daily activities.

    "If I sit down for a short period of time, my leg will stiffen up, my ankle will stiffen up and it makes it even that much more difficult to move around," he said. "There's a lot of nerve damage. That's what I'm dealing with, is nerve pain. I'm not able to get around like I normally would be."

    Foley said he will continue rehab in hopes of playing again.

    "I just want to make sure I've prepared myself for whatever side of the coin I have to live my life on," he said.

    Foley's lawsuit accuses Mansker of negligence and excessive force. It seeks unspecified damages from Mansker and the city of Coronado, located on a peninsula across the bay from downtown San Diego.

    Foley's attorney, Jordan Cohen, said the player is seeking damages to offset his lost earnings.

    Signed as a free agent in 2004, Foley had 10 sacks that season. With two years remaining on his original deal, he was rewarded with a three-year contract extension through 2009 worth roughly $10 million. He stands to lose more than $3.6 million in base pay the next three seasons. The deal also calls for about $4 million in roster bonuses payable over the next three years.

    The shooting of Foley was the most serious of eight run-ins with the law by Chargers players in less than a year.

    Foley was arrested in April after San Diego police said he scuffled with officers. The district attorney's office reviewed the case but decided there wasn't enough evidence to charge Foley.

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