Raekwon Davis is a sophomore defensive tackle for the Alabama Crimson Tide, but unfortunately, right now he’s in the news for something other than his play on the field.
Early this past Sunday morning, Davis had to be treated for a gunshot wound after being hit in the leg by what was deemed as a stray bullet. At the time, according to the Tuscaloosa News, Davis was unwilling to work with investigators — which was somewhat of a strange look for someone who just got shot.
Aaron Suttles reported this quote from the incident:
“The victim told investigators he was standing outside of Bar 17 when he heard several gunshots and realized he had been shot in the right leg,” Homicide Unit commander Capt. Gary Hood said. “The victim was uncooperative with investigators.”
The bar, according to Suttles, has been the site of shootings and even a homicide over the past few years. The current owner, Dionne Murrell, bought the bar this year and seems to be rightfully concerned about its reputation. She spoke to abc3340 and shed some light on the situation. She had a huge crowd at the bar to watch a fight (likely Mayweather vs. McGregor) and after she closed up around one in the morning, she spotted police in her empty parking lot.
“Is everything okay?,” Murrell said she asked police. “He said yeah we just got a call about a random shooting. So I started looking around and was thinking since nobody is here it couldn’t have happened here.”
The abc3340 report relayed that investors found shell casings at the scene, but again, Davis wasn’t willing to cooperate and tell them what happened. Murrell’s side of the story makes it seem like Davis may have actually been responsible for his own shooting, though:
“That’s the rumor going around that he shot himself. That he was shooting in the air and he shot himself,” Bar 17’s owner told ABC 33/40 News.
There are a few factors to consider when taking in the bar owner’s side of the story, first and foremost is the fact that she’s trying to keep the reputation of her bar clean.
It’s also very clear that the scenario of Davis shooting into the air and ultimately shooting himself was a rumor that was floating around, so until investigators can prove that side of the story, this is simply hearsay.
Still, it doesn’t seem like an out of this world scenario, and it would make Davis’ unwillingness to cooperate with the investigation make a bit more sense.
For now, though, we’ll have to wait and see what the police discover before jumping to any more conclusions. That’s not to say Murrell’s thoughts won’t add fuel to this preseason fire, though, and Nick Saban sure won’t be happy about the distraction so close to the start of the season.