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McNair found slain in Nashville

FORMER NFL quarterback Steve McNair, who led his team to the 2000 Super Bowl, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds to the head Saturday.

Police said a 20-year-old woman, Sahel Kazemi, who was described as a "friend" of McNair was also dead. She had a single gunshot to the head and a gun was found near her body in the downtown condominium.

The Nashville Tennessean newspaper described the deaths as an apparent murder-suicide.

Police said the 36-year-old McNair was found on the sofa in the living room, and Kazemi was very close to him on the floor.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said McNair's wife, Mechelle, is "very distraught."

"At this juncture, we do not believe she is involved," he said. "Nothing has been ruled out, but as far as actively looking for a suspect tonight, the answer would be no."

McNair played 13 seasons and was best known for his stint with the Tennessee Titans before retiring in April 2008.

The bodies were discovered Saturday afternoon by McNair's longtime friend Wayne Neeley, who said he rents the condo, in the expensive Rutlege Hill neighborhood, with McNair.

Two days ago, Nashville police arrested Kazemi on a drink-driving charge while driving a car registered to her and McNair. McNair was in the front seat and was allowed to leave by taxi.


McNair and his family frequented the restaurant where Kazemi was a waitress. Keith Norfleet, Kazemi's ex-boyfriend, told The Tennessean newspaper that McNair and Kazemi met at the restaurant.

"It is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the families involved," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

"He was one of the finest players to play for our organization and one of the most beloved players by our fans," Titans owner Bud Adams said in a statement. "He played with unquestioned heart and leadership and led us to places that we had never reached, including our only Super Bowl."

McNair, a four-time Pro Bowler, led the Titans within a yard of forcing overtime in the 2000 Super Bowl, which they lost 16-23 to the St Louis Rams.


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