Tuesday, June 17, 2008

If anybody deserved an ass-whippin' ...

I know it's only June, but Oakland Raiders receiver Javon Walker has to be the early front-runner for "Idiot A-Hole of the Year." Details are sketchy at this point, but Las Vegas television station KVVU reports that Walker, apparently the victim of a robbery, was beaten severely after supposedly partying all night long at a couple of Vegas clubs. When he was in school, Walker must have been a really slow learner, and he ain't getting any smarter. It was just in January 2007 when Walker's then-Denver Broncos teammate Darrent Williams was shot to death following an altercation at a nightclub. He died in the arms of ... wait for it ... Javon Walker (shown in the above photo with Williams' blood still on his shirt). The trouble in that incident apparently stemmed from one of Williams' teammates spraying people with champagne. The Las Vegas Review-Journal, in its report on Walker's beating Monday, said the athlete was seen at a club "spraying the crowd with some of the 15 bottles of Dom Perignon Rose champagne he ordered." What a freakin' idiot. The newspaper also reported that later, at another club where he partied until 6:30 a.m., Walker's initial round of champagne set him back $15,000. Without even considering what a waste of money that was, or how it might have been better spent in a country where people are going hungry and losing their homes at an alarming rate, do you think that buying $15,000 worth of champagne in one fell swoop might be a sign to a potential robber that you have a lot of disposable income that he could help you, um, dispose of? It's hard to imagine that someone would not make an immediate lifestyle change after having been soaked with a friend's blood as his life slipped away, but the many messages that sad incident provided (Don't spray people with booze. Don't go to nightclubs full of shady people who might do you harm. Don't advertise that you have a lot more money than sense.) clearly didn't penetrate Walker's ultra-thick skull. But maybe getting brutalized, himself, will make Walker finally change his ways. Yeah, right.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

From "Nature" magazine at the end of 2007:

Most people tend to learn from their mistakes and avoid making the same blunder twice. But we find lots of people making same mistakes again and again. Now scientists found a new relationship between a specific gene and those of us prone to repeatedly making the same mistakes.

From the article:

"A single genetic mutation helps to determine the extent to which certain people are doomed to repeat history. Drug addicts, alcoholics and compulsive gamblers are known to be more likely than other people to have this genetic mutation, which leaves them with fewer receptors of a certain type in the brain. These receptors — called D2 receptors - are activated when levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine drop."

To paraphrase an anti-drug commercial, "Why do you think they call it "dopamine?"

June 17, 2008 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I'm not so sure this situation is the result of genetics. I think it's much more the result of a cocky, arrogant, overly-wealthy jock with an air of invincibility flaunting his wealth.

I'm with Brant...if anybody deserved an ass-whippin'...

Now, if he dies from these injuries, will he be deified like Sean Taylor of the Redskins was? He was little more than a street thug with an athletic gift, yet he dies because he was robbed and suddenly he's Christ's black half-brother. We'll see...

June 18, 2008 at 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call me a pessimist, but I don't buy the details of how he was 'robbed'.

He was irritating other folks from him spraying the booze according to some reports. Maybe they took a shot at him.

Either way, I don't feel sorry for the fool.

June 18, 2008 at 4:03 PM  

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