One of the more bizarre sports stories of the past decade had to be Marvin Harrison. Or, more specifically, when Marvin Harrison was accused of shooting someone in broad daylight in North Philadelphia. Even now, it makes no sense.â†µ
For an athlete of a different profile, maybe. But Marvin Harrison was the deferential, dignified veteran. He was the standup guy that kneejerk sports columnists would point at when lashing out at stars like Chad Johnson. Hey idiot, why can’t you be more like Marvin Harrison?â†µ
And then he shot someone? Yes, that Marvin Harrison allegedly shot multiple people. And then… the story just died. Everyone stopped talking in North Philly, the prosecutors decided against pursuing such a high profile, risky case, and… we pretty much forgot about it.â†µ
Until now, when GQ’s Jason Fagone unveils an in-depth investigation into the crime. It’s a perfect marriage of exhaustive reporting and great writing, and really, if you read one thing today, this should be it.â†µ
It’s a story with many layers--complexity that begins with Harrison himself, and ends with an investigation muddled by state politics and street politics in equal measure. Check it out.