Preface -- No one deserves to get beaten and robbed. I firmly believe that. Javon Walker did not deserve what happened and I am glad, as a human being, that Walker, another human being, is OK. What one deserves and is accountable for are two different things, however, and that, along with Javon's ridiculous "account" of what happened, are at the heart of this story.
I have been biding my time, waiting for the right opportunity to discuss the beat down former Bronco/current Raider Javon Walker received in Las Vegas a couple days ago. Walker was left battered, suffering a "moderate" concussion and broken orbital bone, as well as a bit lighter in the wallet($3000) and bling department($100K). He was released a littler earlier today, a sign that his long term prognosis is good. For that, I am thankful for no one deserves to get beaten and left for dead. That said, you'd think Walker would know better!
Let's start with today and work our way backwards. Walker has allegedly given his account of what happened to a website that prides itself on showing athletes and celebrities in compromising situations . Of course, as the story says, Walker is a "friend" of the site and they have been "reticent" in writing the story. Avoiding a story about your friends when they are idiots, especially when the entire point of your website is to spill the dirt on such people, equals a loss of credibility to me, if there was any to begin with. What finished the job is Walker's "account" of what happened the night he was given the beat down -
“I was just back at my room and at about 5:30 in the morning I got a knock at the door. I opened it and 3 guys with guns were there. They cracked me in the head a few times, knocking me unconscious. They then robbed me of everything I had; my watch, money, everything! Somehow they got me to a car and dropped me off in the street. That’s what happened.”
Ok, let's get this straight. Walker is staying at the Bellagio. In Las Vegas, which is quite possibly the most watched-over city in the universe. Really, how many surveillance cameras are there on a guest floor alone? According to Walker, he is innocently sleeping in his room. Meanwhile, three men walk in, somehow know what room Walker is in, knock on his door, pistol whip him to the point of unconsciencness, rob him, carry his "lifeless" body down to a car, drive a couple miles away, dump him on the sidewalk and leave without ONE camera catching this? Without one guard at the Bellagio asking, "What the hell are you doing?". Were they dressed as firefighters?
Come on, Javon. That's the best you can come up with? Better yet, another fine website when it comes to credibility, ProFootballTalk, picked up the story and reported it as well. Somehow, PFT has become a "source" to MSM sites, because a few minutes later I hear Colin Cowherd talking about it on ESPNRadio. A story as ridiculous as that has gone pretty far up the MSM ladder if you ask me, especially after several witnesses have placed Walker at a nightclub near the location his crumpled body was found.
Regardless of what happened, one thing is for sure. Walker just doesn't make good decisions. Or he's incredibly unlucky. He's a young guy with alot of money and it is fully within his right to go out and have a good time. Where I being to disagree with those who feel sympathy for Walker is at accountability. Walker chose to go out, chose to buy a large amount of champagne, chose to spray it down on folks. He chose to flaunt his bling, his cash. Chose to force everyone in the place to notice HIM. He is accountable for the ramifications. While he may not deserve what happened, he IS accountable. You'd think, after all that happened in Denver, after he was given an absurd contract by the Walking Corpse(and everyone wonders why Chad Johnson, Plaxico Burress, et al, want new contracts), that Walker would want to lead the quiet life for awhile.
Instead, Walker has continued to do what he is best at, act selfishly, and now another team will have to suffer. To the Raiders, a big HAHA. You definitely deserve it, giving a me-first, damaged goods, over-rated receiver with bad wheels and a broken face Randy Moss-type money. Enjoy it while Walker is limping around the sidelines, pouting about anything and everything, while the losses mount. The two of you are perfect for each other, and as they say, "Stupid is as stupid does". Javon Walker continues to make bad decisions, at least now he works for an owner whose decision-making skills are on par with his diva wide-receiver.