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Former NFL player accused of shooting NFL hopeful

Former NFL Player Accused Of Shooting NFL Hopeful


Police in Louisiana arrested a former NFL player in connection to the shooting of an NFL hopeful late Friday.

The Times-Picayune reported that police charged 36-year-old Brandon Winey with attempted second degree murder for allegedly shooting 24-year-old Tahj Jones. Jones is a senior and former linebacker at Louisiana State University. Winey also played for LSU from 1997 to 2000.

Jones was shot just two days after taking part in LSU's pro day. Police say they don't know how the two former LSU players know each other, but they say Winey and Jones saw each other when they both met up with a female friend at her apartment Friday night.

WAFB reported that police said the two got into a fight at the apartment located in Sulphur, Louisiana - about two hours out of Baton Rouge. That's when police say Winey pulled out a gun and shot Jones in the stomach. Winey allegedly left, and the woman inside the apartment took Jones to the hospital.

USA Today reported that Jones was flown to a hospital 100 miles away in Alexandria for surgery.

Winey was arrested at his home nearby a short time later on charges of second degree attempted murder, according to the Bleacher Report.

WBRZ reported Jones was in serious condition Saturday night and is currently recovering from emergency surgery he got earlier in the day.

Jones is eligible for the NFL draft in May, but Bleacher Report says it's unlikely he'll get drafted - regardless of Friday night's shooting. Winey is currently in jail on a $1 million bond.

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mrwarmth51 April 13 2014 at 8:37 PM

You can take the kid outta the hood......but ya can't take the hood outta the kid

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spokajo April 13 2014 at 9:20 PM

Stupid is as stupid does!!!

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Stryyder56 April 13 2014 at 9:20 PM

Just another day in the hood. What is wrong with these talented ball players that they cannot stay away from trouble? You have a God given talent, and then you waste it by hanging out with thugs????

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edgaralgrajo April 13 2014 at 6:39 PM

It will only be a matter of time, an incident like this WILL HAPPEN in the NFL, two active starting players involved in a shooting and how will NFL commish Roger Goodell handle it? Makes me wonder if "Draft Day" starring Kevin Costner is a "positive image" building film for the NFL.

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charlie edgaralgrajo April 13 2014 at 7:20 PM

Seems to me it already has. Aaron Hernandez.

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webreader edgaralgrajo April 13 2014 at 7:44 PM

Two active players? read it again!

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Aimee April 14 2014 at 5:30 AM

We need to stop idalizing these pro athelets. Try working a real job with a normal paycheck. Matbe then they will appreciate wat they have instead of throwing it away. This is not what we want our kids to look up to.

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suziebisback April 13 2014 at 6:17 PM

Never mind... I got the FULL story from another site.

"NFL.com reports that Winey, the former LSU offensive tackle, played in 24 games over three NFL seasons: 2001 and 2003-04, with Denver, Washington and the New York Giants."

At least SOMEONE knows to tell the WHOLE story.

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redfldnparadise suziebisback April 13 2014 at 6:33 PM

Suze, you are spot on. I have been with aol forever and still have it because of many of the features I am used to. However, the writting is terrible. Stories are often without crucial, basic information and many times grammar is stomped upon, let alone the misuse of words such as their or they're.

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Mike redfldnparadise April 13 2014 at 7:36 PM

you mispelled 'writing"...

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JIMMY redfldnparadise April 13 2014 at 7:38 PM

I fully agree!!!

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redheadfemfite April 13 2014 at 9:22 PM

It is sad when 10% of the AOL news stories are about NFL criminals.

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loser1leo redheadfemfite April 13 2014 at 9:26 PM

You are what you are.

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clinton April 13 2014 at 9:29 PM

You might take the hoodlum out of the Hood but you can't take the HOOD out of the Hoodlum! There's enough to go around but there's always a Hog that insists on getting something for nothing! Whatever the outcome, he chose his path and I hope he gets his just rewards!!!!!!!!!

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ryder600 clinton April 13 2014 at 11:37 PM

You can't take the HOOD out of the Hoodlum huh? How did you describe Bernie Madoff? What Madoff did probably had a more direct affect on your future than what this so-called hoodlum did. How about Enron? or AIG? You probably don't even know what I'm talking about. These crimes were committed by the so-called upper class but screwed America with their actions, including you. So while you sitting in your cushiony highchair looking down on someone who comes from the hood (or not), speaking about a situation that didn't affect your livelihood one way or another, you need to understand that status in society isn't a chosen path, it's applied because the founders and forefathers of this nation were crooks and designated a class structure to keep certain groups socially conflicted. And yeah, you right, the so called hoodlum should get his just rewards or just deserts, whatever you want to call it because he committed a crime against another human being. His victim deserves justice, not you,,, so figure out what's really going on America before you start making judgment calls!!!!!!!!!!!!

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exile on elam April 13 2014 at 5:32 PM

Well, these things happen in the NFL community as well. These incidents are really isolated and not reflective of a subculture that celebrates violence and machismo.

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koko exile on elam April 13 2014 at 5:41 PM

Sub culture, eh?? Whites aren't capable of such crap, right?? They don't go off and commit mass murders all the time, eh?? Idiot!!

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rodshiley71 koko April 13 2014 at 6:13 PM

Here you go again attacking white people. How do you know that this person isn't Hispanic, Oriental, Native American, or from the Mid East? Always blaming white people. Sounds to me like you are a bigot.

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JohnnnyD.Sr. April 13 2014 at 4:34 PM

Shooter,a nobody

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