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Guns + Pacers = A Bad Combination Once Again

Another day, another gun incident involving a member of the Indiana Pacers and his associates.

After being harassed about the cars they were driving, Jamaal Tinsley and his friends, including Pacers’ equipment manager Joey Qatato, left an Indianapolis nightclub.

On the way home, they realized they were being followed, so they pulled into the parking lot of a Conrad Hotel. It was at this point that the shooting began. Jamaal Tinsley was not hit, but Qatato was hit twice by assault rifle fire and has since been released.

Two of the vehicles in the group then pursued the attackers, and Tinsley’s brother James, then fired shots at the 2 attacking vehicles.

Pacers coach Jim O’Brien said, “I would think as we all suspect, nothing good happens after 1 o’clock if you’re around alcohol or around an environment where there could be weapons. Nothing good can happen in that situation.”

It is very fortunate that nobody was seriously hurt in this incident. Yet another professional athlete was attacked because of his success and money, an issue that is unfortunately becoming more and more common. Teams and leagues are going to need to take a hard look at their policies. Grown men should be able to do what they want, but at the same time, being in the spotlight should make anyone realize they could be a target. That’s a shame, but that’s the truth.

Shots fired at Pacers’ Jamaal Tinsley (Indianapolis Star)

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