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    Please understand I'm not posting this to be rude, just trying to understand where the young man was at in his life.


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    We're not the only one who saw his myspace :

    http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dl...TS03/512230497

    Troubling Web site

    A profile on a popular free Internet community under the name James Dungy, with a photo of the Indianapolis Colts coach's eldest son and apparent first-person narrative from him, told a different story.
    The site contained pictures of handguns, marijuana, stacks of cash, gang signs and sexual positions. Heroes listed included "the D.C. Snipers." It could not be verified that the site was created by Dungy, and it was taken offline Thursday afternoon.
    Many friends were shocked at the site, in which Dungy appeared wearing a bandana over his nose and mouth beside text condemning the police.
    Jamie Marie Gonzalez, a high school senior in Tampa who said she had dated Dungy, said it was a front, the Tampa Tribune reported.
    "I think he was trying to portray himself as being tough, but he was nothing like that," she wrote in an online exchange with a reporter. "Well, at least when we went out he wasn't . . . he was extremely sweet!"
    Valerie Gonzalez, Jamie Marie's mother, echoed her daughter's thoughts.
    "The boy went to church on Wednesdays, twice on Sundays, very polite," she told the Tribune. "He was a very nice young man."

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    Quote Originally Posted by tora tora
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    Was he a friend of yours?
    No tora, it just hit me a little hard trying to figure out why. I've got two sons and one is 18. One still lives locally and goes to ISU while the 18 year old goes to Purdue. He is a very motivated indivdual when it comes to making grades (always has been) and really beats himself up if he thinks he fails this ultra high standard he puts on himself. I have to remind him every once in awhile to have some fun in life too.

    I don't think I've ever met James. I work everyday during Colts training camp and have talked to Coach Dungy a few times and his see his son Eric everyday usually in passing. I get to see standing back without anyone around how Coach Dungy relates to his son, family, and people in general. You know how sometimes people or things are so hyped you wonder if what is said is true? I've seen this man too many times out of the spotlight and the cameras turned off to know he is the real deal.
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    No tora, it just hit me a little hard trying to figure out why. I've got two sons and one is 18. One still lives locally and goes to ISU while the 18 year old goes to Purdue. He is a very motivated indivdual when it comes to making grades (always has been) and really beats himself up if he thinks he fails this ultra high standard he puts on himself. I have to remind him every once in awhile to have some fun in life too.

    I don't think I've ever met James. I work everyday during Colts training camp and have talked to Coach Dungy a few times and his see his son Eric everyday usually in passing. I get to see standing back without anyone around how Coach Dungy relates to his son, family, and people in general. You know how sometimes people or things are so hyped you wonder if what is said is true? I've seen this man too many times out of the spotlight and the cameras turned off to know he is the real deal.
    Thanks for the insight, RWB...Your statements only serve to strengthen my opinion of the Dungy family. It is pretty easy to make the assumptions about Tony by watching him ON camera; I've never seen a more class individual in the football world.

    Sounds like you have an interesting job!

    As far as the myspace page goes, I saw it before it got taken down also. The first thoughts that ran through my head was that it was almost satire, and wasn't even close to a representation of who he was. I didn't know him. I never even knew he existed before yesterday. I knew Tony had one son, the younger one that I have seen on the sidelines during games, but that is all.

    I feel like that webpage was probably either a complete joke that had only recently gotten created, and was to get a reaction from his group of friends, or it was, like I said earlier, some form of satire, kind of acting fake-tough for the sake of acting fake-tough...Not really MEANING it....That is how I took it based on what I know about Coach Dungy and what I have read about him and the rest of his family in the last day or so....I could be wrong, but that is just my feeling.



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    I was puzzled. The media is talking about this young man and the Dungy family, and then I go to his myspace.com page and I'm shocked as to what I see. I guess I forget how troubling and confusing that age can be sometimes. There seems to be more to the story after clicking on that web page. It's a shame to lose a life no matter who's child they are.

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    http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dl...TS03/512230520

    2 Cities Mourn James Dungy

    He had overdosed 2 months before suicide, authorities say

    By Mark Alesia
    TAMPA, Fla. -- As the Dungy family made preparations to bury a son next week, authorities said Friday that James Dungy had committed suicide and that the teen, apparently depressed, had overdosed on prescription drugs two months ago.

    The autopsy finding was listed as preliminary until toxicology tests can be completed in four to six weeks, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner said.
    Dungy, the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, was found by his girlfriend about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at their apartment in Lutz, Fla., a Tampa suburb. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

    A viewing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Wilson Funeral Home in Tampa. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz.

    Both are open to the public. The sanctuary at Idlewild's new main campus, which opened in October, seats up to 5,000.

    Burial will be at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa.

    Since reports of James Dungy's death, there has been an outpouring of prayers and support for the family, especially in Indianapolis and Tampa, where Tony Dungy coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 through 2001.

    Dungy and his family on Friday remained in Tampa, where they still have a home. Dungy's home is in a gated community about 7 miles from the apartment complex where his son lived.

    Colts President Bill Polian said that he had spoken with Dungy on Friday and that the coach was doing "as well as can be expected under the circumstances."

    "He's an amazing person and I'm not sure anyone could do as well as he's doing, but it's a difficult, difficult circumstance," Polian said.

    Polian said the club would make sure the team's players, coaches and staff members can attend the funeral.

    The autopsy was performed Friday morning by associate medical examiner Dr. Jacqueline Lee. It had been delayed because Dungy's family wanted to donate his tissue and organs.

    Also on Friday more details emerged about an Oct. 21 incident in which James Dungy was taken into custody by police because of a possible drug overdose.

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office released a statement that said James Dungy called Emergency Medical Services "because he had overdosed." The statement continued: "He stated that he was depressed and had taken 4 (Hydrocodone) and 9 or 10 (Naproxen)."

    Dungy was taken to the hospital, but no other details were released because of privacy laws. Hydrocodone and Naproxen are painkillers.

    In Indianapolis, the Colts practiced in the morning and then flew to Seattle for today's game against the Seahawks.

    Quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell, who is taking over as coach of the Colts until Tony Dungy returns, said he was pleased with the team's mindset and preparation.

    He knows Dungy is not going through the tragedy alone.

    "He's got a great, great support group around him, and as you well know, he's a great man of faith, and he's doing OK."

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    Does anybody know if Dungy was aware of the prior overdose? He said he last saw him at Thanksgiving, which would be normal, but with the prior OD... one would think he would have checked on him sooner.

    But, it doesn't mean it would have altered the outcome even if he did know and visit him daily. I have just been curious about that.

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    I'm guessing he didn't know. Usually when people have overdoses, they spend some time in a mental facility. Appears that JD got out somewhat easy.
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