Steve McNair: Tragedy on the Fourth of July Ruled a Murder-Suicide

Kyle StrittholtCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2009

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 5:  Steve McNair #9 of the Baltimore Ravens drops back against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 5, 2007 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Two days ago there was constant reports about celebrities meeting their end before their time should have been up.

On music television channels and news stations, stories about Michael Jackson abounded.

The only way you could find a channel that wasn't covering Michael, was to watch ESPN.

If you were watching in the middle of the day, a new development came out about former Ravens and Titans quarterback Steve McNair who was found dead with a young girl. This was not a freak act of nature, but a homicidal murder.

According to ESPN, new developments in the story have police believing Sahel Kazemi, the ex-NFL star's mistress, may have been the one to pull the trigger and then commit suicide.

Local police revealed the theory that Sahel thought McNair would marry her, but he was already married with four kids.

Investigators have found no evidence of a forced entry, and the door was locked when police arrived on the scene.

McNair had four gunshot wounds, two in the head and as many in the chest. Sahel had only one in the head.

The former NFL MVP was 36 years old. He was born on Valentine's Day, and unfortunately killed on Independence Day.

Air McNair will always be remembered as a great quarterback, and a great teammate.

For his career he had 31,304 passing yards, to go with 174 touchdowns. He was also a threat on the ground, rushing for 3,590 yards and scoring 37 more touchdowns.

This is a tragic story on the very day that we celebrate our independence as we also lose an incredible athlete.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Steve—this has been a sad week in sports.