First, read this http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2842451/Boxer-Jermain-Taylor-charged-Arkansas-shooting.html then read this http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/jan/19/police-questioning-boxer-discharging-weapon/ .
Here’s the rest of the story, behind a pay-wall at http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/jan/20/enraged-champion-fires-gun-arrested-201/#comments
Little Rock police arrested boxing champion Jermain Taylor on Monday after he allegedly threatened a family of five at gunpoint after attending the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.
Investigators spoke to Thelton and Toya Smith, who said Taylor had shot at them and threatened their three kids during a confrontation shortly after the parade ended.
Taylor, …had purportedly brought his championship belt to the parade and been taking pictures with the Smiths and others before he became violent toward the family. Toya Smith told the Democrat-Gazette that her 5-year-old son dropped the belt and Taylor, citing the belt’s $100,000 value, flew into a rage. Smith said Taylor appeared intoxicated.
“He pulled out a gun. He ran up on my husband … He said, ‘I’m going to kill you.’ He put the gun on my husband’s temple and he said, ‘Oh, you think I’m playing.’ Then he shot up twice in the air and then he put it back to my husband’s head,” she said.
Toya Smith, 40, said Taylor fired another shot in the air. She said the bullet grazed her husband’s ear, leaving Thelton Smith on the ground and begging Taylor not to shoot him.
Police reported no injuries in the incident, but Toya Smith said late Monday that she was taking her husband to a hospital because he couldn’t hear in one ear.
Toya Smith said Taylor pointed the gun at her three kids — ages 5, 3 and 1 — and threatened to kill them before he drove away.
“He said, ‘I don’t give a f about those kids. F you and those kids.’ I’ve never encountered anything like this. That man is out of his mind,” she said. “For him to put the gun on my babies …”
Police reported recovering three .38-caliber bullet casings from the scene.
Toya Smith said she and her husband plan to pursue further legal action against Taylor, who threatened the family in front of two of his own children, ages 15 and 5.
Wait for it…
Taylor’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Skylar Harris, said the incident “got out of hand.”
“There was this argument about something. I really wasn’t listening to it, I was just picking the belt up and putting them in the truck so we could leave. And him and some guy were having an argument and it turned into something terrible, terrible,” she said.
Harris described Taylor as “cool and laid back,” and said she had never seen him behave the way he did Monday.
“He just snapped,” she said. “That’s not the Jermain I know. That kind of surprised me. It really surprised me.”
‘Cause he’s never done anything like this before. [See links above.] I guess she’s a new girlfriend.
Of course, all this can be excused because it’s part of the Martin Luther King, Jr., parade.
One parade watcher, Charlotte Marie Webb, uploaded a video to Faceback showing Taylor dancing to music and waving as cars and floats drove by. The video shows the boxer in a burgundy jacket and khakis with a red cup in his hand.
“He was just drunk having a good time,” Webb wrote, referring to Taylor’s behavior before his arrest, after posting the video.
All the above quotes were in the sports section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. That’s right. The day after the Martin Luther King holiday, when reporting a shooting immediately following the parade, the story is reported in the sports section.
Ya’ll tell me: why is this story not on the front page of the local newspaper?