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09-21-2010, 12:28 AM
Broncos player killed himself

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Suicide suspected in the death of Broncos WR Kenny McKinley

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9:45 PM MDT, September 20, 2010
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DENVER - Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead from an apparent suicide Monday afternoon, officials have confirmed.

The body of McKinley, 23, was found in his Aurora residence.

Officials say at about 3:25 p.m. on Monday, deputies responded to a home in the 16800 block of East Caley Place to investigate a report of a possible suicide.

Deputies discovered a deceased male in the second floor master bedroom of the home who was later identified as McKinley.

Fox31 News video from the scene of Kenny McKinley's death show Broncos WR Jabar Gaffney and LB Jarvis Moss standing outside in shock.

"Although the death of McKinley appears to be the result of a self inflicted gunshot, the investigation into this matter, conducted by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office and the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office, is on-going, " Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.

FOX31's Josina Anderson was the first to report the news.

"Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley," President and CEO Pat Bowlen said on the Broncos' official website. "He was part of the Broncos family and will be greatly missed by our organization. My most heartfelt condolences go out to Kenny's family and friends."

McKinley's agent, Andrew Bondarowicz, told Fox31News that to his understanding McKinley was in the Atlanta area to visit his family and flew back to Denver Sunday night.

"Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room," Head Coach Josh McDaniels said in a statement on the Broncos' official website. "This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

McKinley, a fifth round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, had struggled to stay healthy during his two years with the Broncos. Limited to kick returns, he was placed on injury reserve with a knee injury in 2009.

He was also placed on injury reserve prior to the start of the 2010 regular season.

McKinley is the third Broncos player to die a sudden death in the past four years. On New Year's Day 2007, cornerback Darrent Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting in downtown Denver. In Feb. 2007, running back Damien Nash, 24, collapsed and died during a charity basketball game.

McKinley, who was born in Baker, Louisana was a standout player at South Carolina and climbed into the SEC record books with 207 receptions -- the third-most in conference history, according to NFL.com. He also became just the 12th player in league history to collect more than 2,700 receiving yards.

Psyren
09-21-2010, 01:01 AM
Very Unfortunate.

Praying for his family and the Broncos organization.

Basketball Fan
09-23-2010, 09:53 AM
Giants player says death of Broncos' McKinley wasn't suicide
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By BART HUBBUCH

Last Updated: 9:44 AM, September 23, 2010

Posted: 3:28 AM, September 23, 2010
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Giants cornerback D.J. Johnson isn't buying the police version that friend and former teammate Kenny McKinley committed suicide this week.

Johnson, a second-year backup who spent time with McKinley on the Broncos' practice squad last season, outlined a murky conspiracy theory yesterday when asked about McKinley's death.

"Something fishy went down there," Johnson said without providing any details. "I don't think it happened the way they're saying it happened. Somebody did something to him."

Police in Arapahoe County, Colo., said McKinley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Monday night. Officials there added that McKinley, a wide receiver, had been depressed after undergoing season-ending knee surgery last month.

Johnson told The Post he thinks McKinley might have been murdered because of what he described as a dangerous climate for pro athletes in Denver, especially high-profile Broncos.

There have been several incidents of violence committed against Denver athletes in recent years, notably the drive-by murder of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams in October 2008.

"In Denver, with [athletes] that are out having fun in the same places as normal people and some convicts, it's going to be an issue because we have the financial backing to have a good time -- buy some bottles [of alcohol] and stuff like that," Johnson said.

"Then there's going to be others come in there and see the women gravitate to that. So they're going to try to match you. . . . That can lead to [violence]."

Johnson also said McKinley would not have killed himself with his 2-year-old son nearby.

"He lived for his son," Johnson said.

bhubbuch@nypost.com


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