December 17, 2009

One more for the annals of domestic disputes and dangerous driving.

"After [Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry] and fiancee Loleini Tonga began arguing at a Charlotte house, Tonga started to drive off and Henry apparently jumped into the bed of the pickup truck, police in Charlotte said. As Tonga drove, Henry tumbled out the back of the moving vehicle. The mortally wounded NFL player was found lying in the street about a half-mile from the home..."

56 comments:

traditionalguy said...

That's 2 to 0 in favor of the Athletes' wives. We need a Federal program to save the athletes.

Scott said...

If I had a Tongan wife, I would think twice about pissing her off.

MadisonMan said...

I hope for her sake he had a will. If not, lawyers will clean up. His kids will be the beneficiaries without a will. But where does that leave her?

Seven Machos said...

Madison -- After the trial for (attempted) manslaughter? I don't know.

Hoosier Daddy said...

/cue banjo

Mamas don't let your kids grow up to be pro athletes....

Scott M said...

I just don't understand behavior like this. My wife and I have been married for almost twelve years. While we've been in some wall-shaking arguments, to be sure, violence has never bubbled up to the surface to manifest itself on the other person's person.

Jumping into the bed of a truck to stop someone is patently ridiculous. Getting violent with the person you've exchanged vows with, in anything other than actual, honest to God, self-defense just doesn't make any sense at all.

WV - shionce - In the Ebonic Baby Names book after Shinequa and before Shirayray.

James said...

Can't believe they haven't filed any charges against the fiancee yet. Her husband-to-be falls out of the back of her truck, and apparently she just drives off and leaves him for dead?

Ricardo said...

Self-inflicted injury.

Suicide by jumping-into-pickup-truck.

She walks.

Pity though. It didn't have to happen.

James said...

I take back (at least for now) the comment about the fiancee. A different news story says she might have been the one who "found" him in the street (using the language in this article) so maybe she didn't drive off after all.

ricpic said...

Dare we draw any conclusions from this trillionth example of black chaos? No. That would be racisss.

E.M. Davis said...

Shionce is actually a male Beyonce impersonator.

Florida said...

After the trial for (attempted) manslaughter? I don't know.

Hmmmm ... she's clearly trying to get away from this very large man during a domestic dispute. And he's clearly trying to get at her. To the point of placing himself in harms way.

He's clearly the aggressor in this situation (it's not like she ran over him with the truck, after all). She's trying to get away from him.

Why would the default position be that she should be charged with a crime? Is self-defense not legal any more?

David said...

We don't know if he was the aggressor, or even if there was an aggressor.

This was a volatile talented kid with a big impulse control deficiency. He was trying to clean up his act. There were three kids.

Have a little pity, people.

edutcher said...

Stuff like this is why more and more people don't patronize the NFL (or NBA or Major League Baseball or ...).

Witness Victor Davis Hanson and his column on opting out of pop culture:

http://pajamasmedia.com/victordavishanson/confessions-of-a-cultural-drop-out/

Alex said...

Here comes the "Althouse is a racist" comments!

vbspurs said...

Back in the day, when I played in my boyfriend's Yahoo Fantasy NFL league, I "owned" Chris Henry from the Bengals. I also "owned" Steve McNair, the iconic QB for the Titans, who was killed by his mistress in a murder-suicide bid. Oh, and come to think of it, I also "owned" Rae Carruth, WR for the Panthers, who after killing his girlfriend, hid in the trunk/boot of a car to avoid capture by the police.

Moral of the story: Vic always drafts the walking dead.

Cheers,
Victoria

Alex said...

Victoria - LOL that made my day!

David said...

Grave dancers.

rcocean said...

Dare we draw any conclusions from this trillionth example of black chaos? No. That would be racisss.

Yes "RicPic" to do would not only be racist but stupid - like your comment.

Dogwood said...

Moral of the story: Vic always drafts the walking dead.

So you have a thing for zombies, huh? Any other interesting details you care to share? ;)

JohnAnnArbor said...

Moral of the story: Vic always drafts the walking dead.

Any current Lions on your roster?

Just askin'.

Pogo said...

Well that'll learn him.

vbspurs said...

Dogwood: No. Having played fantasy ball is the extent of my madness. ;)

John: STAY AWAY FROM KURT WARNER!

(Whenever I drafted him, he got hurt. Thanks Kurt. Say hello to your missus for me, if she's not on the radio chewing out some DJ)

vbspurs said...

Well that'll learn him.

If I read correctly, Pogo, he had broken his arm in November. Did he still have his cast on? That must not have helped him to keep his balance in the flatbed.

Ricardo said...

(Still laughing)

Victoria: What fantasy stocks have you been buying lately? (And obviously, I'll stay away from them.)

The Drill SGT said...

Victoria in the remake of that Eastwood Classic "The Dead Pool"

Victoria plays Samantha Walker vice Patricia Clarkson ...

Patricia was a classy gal in that role Vic, I hope you can do as well :)

Matt Eckert said...

These things come in threes. After Tiger and this dude I wonder who else is going to get in trouble because of their pick-ups.

The Drill SGT said...

Matt Eckert said...
These things come in threes.


Insp. Al Quan: It's like I was telling you, Harry. Celebrities, they always die in...
Harry Callahan: ...in threes.
Insp. Al Quan: At least the guy went out with...
Harry Callahan: ...a bang. Yeah, I know.

former law student said...

The moral of these stories: Whenever your spouse is pissed-off enough to drive off in the middle of the night -- let 'em go, sit tight, and watch an old movie. They'll come home sooner or later.

Pogo said...

Victoria:
The imbalance was more likely in the frontal lobe, judging by the act's impulsivity.

Joe said...

Several times a year, there is a story of someone jumping on a car or grabbing a door handle and then dying or being serious injured. It always baffles me as to why they do this. Do they think they can stop the car?

Whatever it is, it definitely falls into the more guts than brains category.

Seven Machos said...

He's dead. Chris Henry. RIP.

traditionalguy said...

In a domestic quarrel between a control freak man or woman and the spouse breaking free of that control there seems to be a tendency for the controller to act like the 100 lb policewoman in uniform who stops traffic by walking out in front of it and holding up her hand. The surprise to them comes when that authority assertion is no longer working. This football player seems to have thought that his MNFL authority included the custom that she would stop before she risked hurting him. Oops.

John Lynch said...

Tragedy.

Darcy said...

I hate this story. The guy was left in the road!

Barring some crazy good explanation, that woman is evil.

MayBee said...

Hmmmm ... she's clearly trying to get away from this very large man during a domestic dispute. And he's clearly trying to get at her. To the point of placing himself in harms way.

That isn't clear at all. Perhaps they argued, she left, and he just wanted her to not go out in a fit of anger.

I hate the part of our culture where we assume men harmed by a spouse really had it coming.

Seven Machos said...

Ethnic minorities cannot be racist. Women can only suffer abuse domestically.

This is all very easy.

Darcy said...

And MayBee said it better. :)

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Lockestep said...

Is "mortally wounded" a correct phrasing here? I've always associated it with a combat death ("Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded by his own troops"), not with a traffic death. I was under the impression it had to involve being penetrated by an object, not blunt trauma, which would be a "mortal blow".

AJ Lynch said...

When we were teens, two of us used to lay on the trunk of a car, grab the back window frame with one hand and lock arms with the other. Then the driver would take off and make sharp turns and try to shake us loose. That was fun and obviously I lived to tell this story.

Hoosier Daddy said...

I remember the time that Mrs. Hoosier and I had a big kertuffle and she grabbed my whole collection of Johnny Cash CDs and took off in the car. I tried to jump on the back but she just had it waxed so I slid right off making that irritating squeaky noise.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Have a little pity, people.

I do have. Very little pity, and I'm reserving it for those hapless children.

The adults should have known better and behaved better.

Attrition. Act stupid. Die stupid.

Scott M said...

@Lockstep

Mortally wounded just means that you were wounded and eventually died from the wound.

I would agree that being wounded has more of a military connotation. Perhaps mortally injured is a better way of saying it. What I believe we're used to in civilian reporting is "fatally" injured.

Hoosier Daddy said...

What DBQ said. I kind of stopped having pity for grown adults who...well..do really stupid shit and then die as a result. The only reason you aren't laughing is that his last words weren't: "Hey ya'll watch this!"

That reminds me, I need to order my copy of the Darwin Awards for 2009.

Titus said...

He died.

How fucking sad.

I don't understand why this shit happens.

Dust Bunny Queen said...
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Dust Bunny Queen said...

I don't understand why this shit happens.

I think it has to do with Newton's laws of motion, momentum and gravity. As well as drinking and substance abuse.

Michael Hasenstab said...

I tried to jump on the back but she just had it waxed so I slid right off making that irritating squeaky noise.

The hazards of waxing.

David said...

No pity for people who are damaged by their own flaws?

Again: Grave dancers.

Florida said...

"We don't know if he was the aggressor, or even if there was an aggressor. ... This was a volatile talented kid with a big impulse control deficiency. He was trying to clean up his act."

We know a woman was trying to flee from him. We know he jumped into the back of a moving fleeing vehicle.

We know he was beating that vehicle.

Here's the 911 call where a witness tells police that a shirtless Henry was "beating on the truck." Keep in mind this guy is 6 feet 4 inches and 200 pounds of NFL muscle. Attacking a fleeing woman.

Yeah, sounds like he was having a impulse control issue.

No pity.

Tibore said...

"Moral of the story: Vic always drafts the walking dead."

Victoria: I luv ya, babe, and I want nothing but the best for you, but if you ever, ever draft anyone from the Colts in your fantasy league, I will hack that server and cancel the season!

Do NOT kill my team's players. Or I'll have to kill myself. Think of the children! No, I don't have any children, think of someone else's children... ;)

kentuckyliz said...

a former student of mine, of the best ever, bright beautiful blonde woman who was a terrific tutor, met up with the ex and his new gf to get her sat dish back, and as she was in the bed of the truck getting it, new gf took off in the truck, she fell, leg stuck in bumer/gate, dragged for a mile, down the busiest, most well lit, highly trafficked, public road in my town, skull open,

sad thing is it ruined her sharp mind and she's stupid and a drug addict after escalating from pain meds

a ruined life

walking dead

zombie

shadow of her former self

sad

Methadras said...

Oh look, the death of another moron. How pedestrian.

Matt Eckert said...

If he had only been a pedestrian, none of this would have happened.

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