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The Curious Case of Marvin Harrison

August 27th, 2012

Marvin Harrison 2008

Have you ever wondered what happened to former Indianapolis Colt and Super Bowl winner Marvin Harrison?

In 2008, a year before his retirement, a strange thing happened to the Philadelphia native on his way to ending his NFL Hall of Fame career. He found himself involved in a shooting incident, not once but twice. The second time Harrison’s name came up in a shooting it involved the death of the victim of the previous shooting. The same victim involved in the first shooting. According to reports this much we know:

The source said the alleged victim (a known local drug dealer), came into the bar, Playmakers,(a bar which Marvin Harrison owns), about 5 p.m. and engaged in an argument with Harrison. The victim then left the bar, heading to his car, with Harrison following. Gunfire broke out and the victim was hit in the hand. The victim’s car was riddled with bullets. Marvin Harrison denied any involvement in the shooting but admitted getting into a fight with the victim.

A source told the Philadelphia Daily News that a 2-year-old boy suffered a cut under his eye from glass that shattered when an errant bullet hit a car windshield, according to police. Originally it was reported that a young girl had been injured. When police came to the scene, no one would identify the shooter. Yet the police found at least 6 shell casings on the ground near Harrison’s garage that matched the bullets recovered from the shooting victims vehicle.

A year or so later, the victim did an interview with ESPN:60 where he openly identified Marvin Harrison as the shooter. A few weeks later, the victim was gunned down in front of a North Philly take out joint. As he lay dying, his final statement to police when they asked him who did the shooting was, “ Yall already know, the same thing from before, it was Marvin Harrison”.

Marvin was questioned by Philadelphia police in response to the first shooting, and of course he denied having any involvement. Yet, he was never questioned regarding the second shooting which resulted in death.  In 2010, Harrison was arrested by Philadelphia police for going the wrong way down a one way street, a block away from where the original shooting took place. When police asked if he had any weapons before they searched his car, Harrison said “No”. Police searched his car and found guns, so Marvin was subsequently arrested.

The irony to this story to me is, Marvin Harrison was a quiet player with very little flash. He stayed close to his Philly roots by buying up a lot of property in his area. He was the bouncer at his own sports bar and would evict or not let people come in who had guns and drugs on them. The person he got into the argument with and allegedly shot is a known drug dealer w/ felonies on his record. From my perspective, it appears that Harrison simply attempted to take justice in his own hands. I wonder how many people in that neighborhood were actually upset at Marvin for essentially “getting a bad guy” off the streets? Maybe this is why the Philadelphia district attorney’s office is slow to look into charging Marvin Harrison with a crime. Maybe to them, he did the city of Philadelphia a favor. The very curious case of Marvin Harrison.

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23 Responses to “The Curious Case of Marvin Harrison”

  1. Hmmm |

    Maybe the community as a whole need to make it clear to those holding their neighborhood hostage that it will not be tolerated anymore. Stop living in fear because of the dealers and gang members. Get off that stupid no snitchin bullshit.

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    DBRAD Reply:

    I totally agree..well almost. The whole snitching thing is this, when a person does tell, the police are not there to maintain their safety. Second thing is: when the police do wrong, you never see any of their police force telling either….

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  2. jerkasauraus |

    Philly a crooked town, seemingly more entrenched in “old school ways” than most of NYC. If the guy had a long rap sheet and and was a constant nuisance to the community, I could see the cops turning a blind eye, in exchange for a donation to the PBA or PAL.

    Also, the quiet ones are usually hiding the most f*cked up sh*t.

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    Pookie Reply:

    Philly and NYC have no relation. Philly is not on the east coast and is in another region.

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    WhyTheFuggDoYouCare? Reply:

    Philly isn’t on the eastcoast? http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=east+coast+pa%3F&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&biw=939&bih=406&wrapid=tlif134609415491610&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ei=YsQ7UJfJFcTl0QHu8oDYBQ&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAg

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    DBRAD Reply:

    I thought same thing too but I just let it ride…haha

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    WhyTheFuggDoYouCare? Reply:

    I’m a woman so you know we have to be right all the time. LOL!!!!! HAAAAAA HAAAAA!!!

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    RealTalk Reply:

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste…

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  3. Prinsex |

    I remember watching this story on ESPN. I think Marvin didn’t appreciate the drug dealers he represented what was wrong with the town Harrison loved… I believe the people saw Harrison as a hero and was glad that the drug dealer was gone.

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    DBRAD Reply:

    I concur…

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  4. Pookie |

    This easy sounds like a defense for Harrison when for all we know, Harrison could be a major drug dealer. Killing a guy for talking does not sound like an upstanding citizen to me!

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  5. DBRAD |

    I cannot argue w/ that rational either…Good point..

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  6. DBRAD |

    I just found this story interesting b/c I recall watching ESPN:60 and seeing that guy do the interview. He said “He wouldnt be surprised if he got killed for talking, and sure enough a few weeks after that aired….he was shot. So I began doing some research and that’s how this piece came about…

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    yep-yep Reply:

    great article DBRAD.

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  7. truthbtold |

    The street I grew-up on was like a main highway for drug dealers and buyers. When we would call the police. The police were the ones telling the drug dealers who was calling them out. We finally stopped calling and started praying them away. Now, no drug dealers…God is a good God!!

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  8. GoldenBro |

    Interesting article…thanks.

    Remember the “curious” case of Michael Jordan, the gambling addict who got his father killed? Except he had Nike to back his country ass…

    Sorry about the strong words but to this day that dude gets under my skin. It was under HIS direction that the corporate pirates really started jacking up the cost of sneakers that kids would kill each other over…all to feed his addiction.

    Agree with the comment that Philly is a crooked town…but…DC, Bmore, Newark, NYC, Atlanta, arent? All the cities here on the EC crooked as hell

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Where are your facts that Jordan’s father was killed because of his gambling ? Dude you can believe everything you read! Golden Bruh

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  9. PvtWitte |

    what lengths will you go to? This is real life not a movie or tv, would you injure a child for justice? Or shoot an innocent man to get to the allegedly guilty? Yes there are inner city rules but it always comes down to personal choices, if you do not like the system you are in change it. There are positve ways to do it, where our streets aren’t filled with violence. If you need to use a gun, do everyone a favour and shoot yourself. Just to be clear, if MH really did this then he should facing the full extent of justice… through the US justice system. That is something his (main) victim didn’t get.

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  11. Steven |

    You just romanticized a murderer. Stop the hero worship. What Harrison did was wrong. How do you know Harrison isn’t crooked himself?

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  12. Matt |

    “When we would call the police. The police were the ones telling the drug dealers who was calling them out.”

    Gotta love the pigs man, nothing but criminals who are too cowardly to just go commit crimes, they gotta make sure they can hide behind a badge first.

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  14. バッグ エヴリンtpm |

    It’s very trouble-free to find out any matter on net as compared to textbooks, as I found this piece of writing at this site.

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