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TexanSam
11-07-2006, 09:29 PM
MIAMI (AP) -- Miami defensive end Bryan Pata was shot and killed Tuesday night, shortly after leaving the practice field, according to a university official with knowledge of the situation.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement was still being prepared by the university, had no knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Pata's death.

Miami-Dade police refused to release specific information about what happened.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/football/ncaa/11/07/pata.killed.ap/index.html

TEXANS84
11-07-2006, 09:36 PM
Just saw that as ESPN broke in for the breaking news about this.

Definitley a sad day for the U. Thoughts go out to his family.

Texas_Thrill
11-07-2006, 10:02 PM
Bad things seems to loom over this school no matter what. RIP to the family and condolences.

hot pickle
11-07-2006, 10:08 PM
RIP Bryan

never a good thing when a young kid that might have a chance to be in the NFL gets killed

Texas_Thrill
11-07-2006, 10:10 PM
Not to detract from this young man's probably pointless death.

What is it about THE U that seems to have this unsaid culture that looms around that school's football team?

ledzeppelin229
11-07-2006, 10:14 PM
I can only guess it's a combination of being a highly regarded program (talent-wise) and a staff that is not as concerned with character compared to other universities. I don't want to make that kind of speculation on this kids death, but Miami does seem to churn out a lot of...questionable incidents/players.

TexansSeminole
11-07-2006, 10:47 PM
Miami isn't exactly an angel city. Alot of crime in that city.

mexican_texan
11-07-2006, 11:39 PM
May he rest in peace. Football player or not, it is a sad day for students when one of their own is shot down in the place he was supposed to feel safest.

awtysst
11-08-2006, 01:45 AM
RIP Bryan

never a good thing when a young kid that might have a chance to be in the NFL gets killed

Never a good thing when a young person gets shot and does not get a chance toi fufill their potential, regardless of what that field might be.

hot pickle
11-08-2006, 09:15 AM
Never a good thing when a young person gets shot and does not get a chance toi fufill their potential, regardless of what that field might be.

while i was posting that up i was gonna put that it is never a good thing when some one gets shot, but then i thought to myself that there are some people that deserve to get shot, but the way i worded it made it seem that the only reason i said RIP is because he plays college football, but i agree never good when young people get shot, unless they truely deserve it :shoot:

Meloy
11-08-2006, 09:52 AM
Book bag? Check. Lunch money? Check. Condom? Check. Fire arm? Check. Off we go to school. Tennessee, Miami U. Oklahoma in the past. I am sorry for the loss of any person, but why is the culture surrounding schools so prone to violence? It is not just at college level as we have seen recently. High schoolers are taking weapons to school. Is it fear for their safety or the thing to do to feel macho? More info on the DE from Miami may shed more light.

TxAg
11-08-2006, 10:10 AM
This is sad moment for college football I'm not a Miami fan but I feel for all there players and coaches they have a good program there. It's just sad to see this happen

Mr. White
11-08-2006, 10:20 AM
This quote in the article is pretty telling. Haven't heard about it before.

In July, reserve safety Willie Cooper was shot in the buttocks when confronted in his yard before morning workout. Cooper was not seriously injured. Brandon Meriweather, one of Cooper's teammates and roommates, returned fire at Cooper's assailant, taking three shots that apparently missed, police said.

Dr. Toro
11-08-2006, 10:42 AM
Well the city of Miami is one of the last places you want to send an 18 yr. old kid. For the football team, aside from the usual pitfalls of zealous boosters you have a huge nightlife and huge underworld. It doesn't help that the program has cultivated a sorta thuggish culture. The thing is, Miami has actually cleaned its act up considerably since the glory days, but the media is far more probing and scrutinizing of college athletes than it was back then. This is a tragedy and not neceessarily connected to the aforementioned things... that's just the way it is down there.

painekiller
11-08-2006, 02:43 PM
This quote in the article is pretty telling. Haven't heard about it before.

Another reason to drop Meriweather off the list of guys we want to play here in Houston.

Blake
11-08-2006, 02:59 PM
Another reason to drop Meriweather off the list of guys we want to play here in Houston.


Agreed.


How sad that a Miami program comes to this. How come they cant get stand up players to attend this university? Year in and year out, someone at MU gets shot, or fights break out, its always something.

I wouldnt touch Meriweather with a 10 foot pole if I was drafting for a team.

TexansSeminole
11-08-2006, 03:13 PM
Agreed.


How sad that a Miami program comes to this. How come they cant get stand up players to attend this university? Year in and year out, someone at MU gets shot, or fights break out, its always something.

I wouldnt touch Meriweather with a 10 foot pole if I was drafting for a team.

I am sure they have plenty of stand up guys at the school, you just dont hear about those guys. Miami is a rough city, and the best players from Miami go to UM. It is only natural for some of them to be thuggish...and thats what makes the news.

I mean, did you ever hear about DeMeco's deeds before he was drafted to the Texans? But how many times did you hear about Willie Williams or Brandon Meriweather.

houstonhurricane
11-08-2006, 09:38 PM
Book bag? Check. Lunch money? Check. Condom? Check. Fire arm? Check. Off we go to school. Tennessee, Miami U. Oklahoma in the past. I am sorry for the loss of any person, but why is the culture surrounding schools so prone to violence? It is not just at college level as we have seen recently. High schoolers are taking weapons to school. Is it fear for their safety or the thing to do to feel macho? More info on the DE from Miami may shed more light.

You are simply an ignorant @ss. This was a class kid and to make such an *****ic statement is a sign of immaturity and/or stupidity on your part.

RIP #95.

HowBoutThemCowboys!
11-08-2006, 10:33 PM
You are simply an ignorant @ss. This was a class kid and to make such an *****ic statement is a sign of immaturity and/or stupidity on your part.

RIP #95.

^^^^ Completely agree..

Now's not the time to make assumptions and sterotype at such a tragic time. Really uncalled for.

aj.
11-09-2006, 07:07 AM
Surprising how so many on this board knew this guy was a 'thug.' The 'things' you can learn here ....

Seriously, everything I've been seeing on TV is that he was a good guy who was very well liked and popular around campus. Last time I checked (last night) police hadn't released many details. Have I missed the article that talked about his bad rep and thuggish behavior? If so, someone please post it.

kastofsna
11-09-2006, 08:48 AM
terrible story. there's no reason to think there was any "thuggish" behavior on his behalf here. all reports are that he was a fun guy. and he lived in kendall, where my sister and her kids live. it's a very nice little suburban area, not the criminal hotspot some people have made it out to be. but i guess anytime a black guy is shot, it's gang-related and in a tough neighborhood automatically.

i heard today on the radio that he was possibly shot twice in the back of the head, "execution style." terrible.

Dr. Toro
11-09-2006, 05:14 PM
Surprising how so many on this board knew this guy was a 'thug.' The 'things' you can learn here ....

Seriously, everything I've been seeing on TV is that he was a good guy who was very well liked and popular around campus. Last time I checked (last night) police hadn't released many details. Have I missed the article that talked about his bad rep and thuggish behavior? If so, someone please post it.

No one called him a thug. People only spoke to why maybe bad things keep happening in Miami. I don't think anyone came close to calling Pata a thug. One would have to be sick to not think this a tragedy.

Texas_Thrill
11-09-2006, 05:33 PM
I think we are missing the point. I don't believe the person was speaking on the shooting of the young man but more so on what seems to be a growing culture at some of these schools of outlawish behavior which unfortunately a young man like #95 can fall victim in its eye.

I find it sad anytime we lose a young person but to not acknowledge volatile nature surrounding the U is a bit foolish and naive.

houstonhurricane
11-09-2006, 07:54 PM
I think we are missing the point. I don't believe the person was speaking on the shooting of the young man but more so on what seems to be a growing culture at some of these schools of outlawish behavior which unfortunately a young man like #95 can fall victim in its eye.

I find it sad anytime we lose a young person but to not acknowledge volatile nature surrounding the U is a bit foolish and naive.

Then do it in another post...to mix the two topics is disrespectful...

bah007
11-10-2006, 12:18 AM
Bryan Pata doesnt seem to fit the pattern of "thuggish" behavior at Miami.

The kid wanted to be an FBI agent if his NFL career didnt work out.

It is horrible for this to happen to a young person anywhere, in any city, and at any school.

ledzeppelin229
11-10-2006, 02:46 AM
Then do it in another post...to mix the two topics is disrespectful...

Cause and effect...I do think it deserves its own thread but I don't consider it disrespectful. When someone is senselessly killed its only natural to want to expose the root of the problem.

ToroFan
11-10-2006, 11:20 AM
Cause and effect...I do think it deserves its own thread but I don't consider it disrespectful. When someone is senselessly killed its only natural to want to expose the root of the problem.

You haven't shown cause and effect. You only have shown correlation, not causation.

Blaming the Miami program for the death of this young man without any facts to support your assertion does nothing to expose the root of why Pata was killed. It's just disrespectful.

houstonhurricane
11-10-2006, 10:49 PM
Cause and effect...I do think it deserves its own thread but I don't consider it disrespectful. When someone is senselessly killed its only natural to want to expose the root of the problem.

Unless you have access to the police report how can you say"cause and effect?" "Suspicion" is a more accurate description and that is why it is entirely disrespectful...