NBA Team Asks Player To Hire A Bodyguard

Indiana Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley knows he is a lucky man. Less than two weeks after the former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was shot and killed by an intruder in his home, Tinsley’s car was sprayed with bullets from an assault rifle outside an Indianapolis hotelPrompted by the Pacers, Tinsley hired a bodyguard who travels with him everywhere.

“The list of crimes against professional athletes — apparently targeted for their wealth — has grown in recent months. In July, Knicks forward Eddy Curry was robbed at gunpoint in his home in suburban Chicago, a few weeks after Antoine Walker of the Minnesota Timberwolves was similarly victimized in another Chicago neighborhood. Last weekend, Atlanta Hawks forward Shelden Williams was carjacked as he left an Atlanta barbershop.”

— Bravo to the team for really pushing the suggestion, and the player for accepting it.  (Here’s hoping that its a professional and not a “buddyguard”.)  Knee-jerk reaction or the emergence of much needed security procedures?

Other players and league officials, please take note.

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One thought on “NBA Team Asks Player To Hire A Bodyguard”

  1. Hopefully this one of those times where ” ones does, many will follow “. Hope there’s some other athletes looking into hiring some personal security.

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