I know this isn’t a brand new story but I’ve got a few thoughts on it. I don’t who reported this story first, click through if you want more details than you need Deadspin, San Diego Union Tribune, Indy Star, Fox Sports… dunno, but here’s a summary from Deadspin.
According to the police report, Naanee had walked into a homicide crime scene being managed by two officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. An officer stopped Naanee and asked him to leave. The police say Naanaee resisted and asked, “Why are you being an asshole?” Naanee — who had “a strong order of an alcoholic beverage, on or about his breath and person” — was soon placed under arrest. As an officer attempted to clap handcuffs on him, Naanee “began to actively pull away”:
“After several attempts to gain control of him, I delivered one 2 second burst of pepper spray to his face. After being sprayed Mr. Naanee continued to resist by actively pulling away and tucking his hands, so we could not get control of him. Mr. Naanee was then placed on the ground and continued to resist arrest by pulling his hands under his body. I continuously told Mr. Naanee to stop resisting and delivered two knee strikes to his right side.
Handcuffed, Naanee was taken to the medics on the scene and informed that he was under arrest for public intoxication and resisting arrest. Naanee then said to the officer, “Do you know who I am?” and added, “I am an NFL player and I am going to sue your ass.” A man whom the cop believed to be Naanee’s agent approached the car and told him he “was going to ruin [Naanee’s] career.”
Legedu, I really hope this is just like at Bar West in Pacific Beach a few months back where your name was thrown around but you didn’t get charged with anything at all. But, it’s looking like there’s some substantial evidence mounting up against you here. So, because I like you, I’m gonna offer up some advice.
Murder was the case that they gave me: Bro, this was a MURDER scene… this is not like when your boy got into a fight in high school, and the rent-a-cops on bicycles were holding people back in the crowd, and you came bursting though, “I’m Legedu! I’m MVP on the Varsity team!” No, this is a MURDER scene. I don’t care how drunk you are, you are an idiot if you think you’re above the law at the scene of any crime, let alone a freaking MURDER.
Playing the “Do you know who I am?” card: If I’m an NFL player, I’m playing this card like I just got UNO. Bam, slap, throw it down “UNO!! How you like me now!?” arms up in the air all cocky. All the time I’d play that card. However, here are a few scenarios, Legedu, you might wanna reconsider the “Do you know who I am?” card.
- At a MURDER scene (as noted above)
- In Indianapolis, when you play in San Diego. That’s 2,000 miles.
- When you are arguably only the 3rd best WR on your own team
- When you’re Punk in Drublic.
Let me sum up, if you have to play the “Do you know who I am?” card, you shouldn’t be playing the “Do you know who I am?” card. That make sense? They don’t know who you are! And if they don’t know who you are, they don’t care who you are, and they are not going to back off when they find out. Think about the elite players in the NFL, or even just the well known players… can you imagine Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Mike Vick, Chad OchoJohnsonCinco, T.O., etc. playing this card? No, because people know who they are… and if they don’t… they know there’s no point in playing it.
If you had pulled out your ID, there’s a decent chance they still would not have known you. You’ve been on the Bolts since 2007, and there are still fans that have no clue how to say your name… and as soon as we picked up Seyi Ajirotutu, we had to start learning that one too. Not gonna lie though, I feel bad for Legedu, he just wants to be known… and when I first read about this… all I could think of was Jim Carrey getting dragged out of the courtroom in Liar Liar, “It’s my last chance! I’m Jose Canseco! I’m Jose Cansecooooooooo!”