View Full Version : Marvin Harrison and the murder case (Great article)

01-14-2010, 06:44 PM
This is a long piece that describes the Marvin Harrison situation and it's entirety pretty well.

Was it only last season that Marvin Harrison was still catching TD passes for Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts? Now, in the wake of a brazen but mysterious Philadelphia gunfight—many details of which are reported here for the first time—the man who holds the NFL record for most receptions in a season may yet find himself with a permanent record of a different sort
By Jason Fagone
Photograph by Zachary Zavislak
February 2010

a prayer in the city, four words long: I ain't seen nothin'.

It was a lie, of course.

Robert Nixon had seen everything. He had seen more than enough to put a rich and famous man, an NFL superstar, in prison. But this is what you tell the police unless you're a fool. You can't go wrong if you say you ain't seen nothin', and you can go very wrong if you say otherwise. And as far as Robert Nixon is concerned, what happened to the fat man with the Muslim beard is proof.

Nixon didn't know the fat man with the Muslim beard when the fat man was still alive—that is to say, before he was perforated with bullets. But he'd seen him around. More than a year before the murder, Nixon stumbled upon the fat man lying in the street, in front of a water-ice stand, getting the crap beaten out of him by Marvin Harrison and Stanley McCray, one of Harrison's employees.

It was a scene* to make anybody stop and watch. Broad daylight in North Philadelphia. April 29, 2008—a Tuesday. The corner of 25th Street and Thompson, about seven blocks north of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the steps Rocky climbed. A block of brick row houses, a church with a rubbed-out sign, a Hispanic grocery, a vacant lot. In one sense, the presence of a future Hall of Famer at this seedy vortex of the city—Harrison, eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Indianapolis Colts, then at the tail end of a thirteen-season career and a $67 million contract—was incongruous. Especially given that Harrison, who is usually described as "quiet" and "humble," was noisily stomping the fat man in the face and gut.

To Nixon, the fat man looked semi-conscious.

After several minutes, Harrison and McCray walked away. The fat man slowly picked himself up. Shouting epithets, he staggered to his car. Nixon watched as Marvin Harrison got into his own car, parked to the west of the fat man's. The fat man put his car into reverse. Thompson Street is one-way going east. The fat man backed up the wrong way until he was smack in front of Chuckie's Garage, a car wash Harrison owns. The fat man was now blocking Harrison, who was trying to drive away.

Nixon saw Harrison get out of his car and exchange words with the fat man. He couldn't hear the words, but he could see the gestures of threat and counterthreat. The fat man stayed in his car. He called somebody on his cell. Harrison got back into his car and called somebody on his cell. After a minute or two, Harrison got out of his car for the second time.

Marvin Harrison is six feet tall and 185 pounds. He has a neatly trimmed mustache and the body-fat content of an Olympic swimmer. He became the dominant wide receiver of his era not by outleaping or outwrestling defenders but by exploiting an almost supernatural talent for getting open: for feints, fakes, jukes, dodges, bluffs, stutter steps, sudden bursts of sick speed. But at this moment, Nixon says, Marvin Harrison did not run. He stood on the sidewalk and calmly raised his wiry arms. In each hand, Nixon clearly saw, was a gun.


01-15-2010, 12:09 AM
It's always the quiet ones that you have to watch out for!

01-15-2010, 01:08 PM
Harrison has had other moments where he has flashed ultra low character (http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showpost.php?p=83908&postcount=1). He's a scumbag punk.

01-15-2010, 01:39 PM
Harrison has had other moments where he has flashed ultra low character (http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showpost.php?p=83908&postcount=1). He's a scumbag punk.

Wow! That's the first I've heard of that one. Ruthless bastard

Hardcore Texan
01-15-2010, 01:49 PM
Wow! That's the first I've heard of that one. Ruthless bastard

What a POS.

01-15-2010, 01:52 PM
Wow. Peyton is a true pro. I doubt he EVER liked Marvin, but he
sure didn't show it.

01-15-2010, 01:56 PM
Thanks for the article Tex. Well written and a nice read. This part is the one that gets me the most:

The cops recovered a second surveillance tape, but it, too, was inconclusive. It came from Playmakers. This tape, according to police, showed a man crossing in front of the bar on 28th Street just below Girard. Detectives felt certain that it was the same man they had seen on the convenience-store tape: the shooter, walking toward the scene of the crime. But just as the man got close enough to the camera to bring his face into focus, the tape went blank—and skipped the next three minutes. "There are no coincidences," says one police source. "For the previous hour, that camera picked up every movement, and then it happens to go blank just at that moment?"

01-15-2010, 03:14 PM
Thanks for that Tex, a very good read.

01-15-2010, 03:15 PM
Thanks for the article Tex. Well written and a nice read. This part is the one that gets me the most:

I thought it was one of the best articles I've read in a long time. It describes and details every person involved either with the incidents or in Marvin Harrison's life. You almost have to read it twice just so you don't miss certain details just like in that part that you just quoted, I missed the part about the video tape being from Play Makers the first time I read it. I thought the video tape was at some other place. So much info in that article that you carelessly miss certain things. The columnist did a great job.