We’ve heard a lot of off the wall stories regarding athletes doing dumb things for ridiculous reasons, but former USC player and current arena football leaguer Kevin Ellison takes the cake for 2012 so far.
Check out the details below, courtesy of The Spoken-Review:
Kevin Marcus Ellison, 25, a starting linebacker/defensive back for the Spokane Shock arena football team, initially told firefighters that he’d been smoking in bed, but evidence collected at the scene didn’t match that explanation, said Spokane Valley Fire Marshal Kevin Miller. Ellison was arrested during a follow-up interview at Deaconess Medical Center where he was being treated for smoke inhalation.
Ellison was at the hospital when he told Spokane Valley Deputy Fire Marshal Clifton Mehaffey that he’d set the fire with a cigar “because ‘God’ had told him to set the bed on fire.” Mehaffey said Ellison stopped talking to him after he called a family member and was advised to get a lawyer.
Ellison must have been smoking some pretty potent greenery if he believed God told him to set his bed on fire. Ellison played one season in the NFL after being selected in the 6th round by the Chargers in 2009, appearing in 13 games and registering 41 tackles with one sack.
Remember kids, drugs are bad. Just say “NO”.
H/T to our friends at BSO for the scoop