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June 18, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
If you haven't heard yet, Javon Walker, he of the six-year, $55 million contract signed with the Oakland Raiders in March, was found unconscious with a broken orbital bone, lying on a street in Las Vegas, early Monday morning. It was apparently a robbery, as various media outlets reported that Walker was robbed of $3,000 in cash and $100,000 in jewelry.
Today, Walker, who is "quickly recovering," was released from the the hospital, and his agent, as they're prone to do, released a statement, in which Walker thanked everyone for their support.
However, the interesting response to the whole incident came from Walker as reported by TheDirty.com, of all places.
“I was just back at my room and at about 5:30 in the morning I got a knock at the door. I opened it and 3 guys with guns were there. They cracked me in the head a few times, knocking me unconscious. They then robbed me of everything I had; my watch, money, everything! Somehow they got me to a car and dropped me off in the street. That’s what happened.”
So, they beat him up...and then put him in a car...and then just dropped him off? Seems unlikely, to say the least, no? His quote was in response to rumors that had begun to circulate, that it was people associated with boxer Floyd Mayweather who inflicted the damage to Walker
A league source tells us that there’s definitely talk among more than a few players of some potential connection between the face rearrangement suffered by Raiders receiver Javon Walker and boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Though the rumors don’t implicate Mayweather, the unfounded innuendo making the rounds on the web are that Mayweather and Walker were in a champagne bidding war at some point over the weekend, and that at some point thereafter one or more persons with ties to Mayweather came across Walker and proceeded to pound the living crap out of him.
Again, just an internet rumor at this point, but based on his story, the Mayweather possibility seemingly makes more sense. As Jason Whitlock points out on PFT
, there are cameras everywhere in Vegas. I suspect it's only a matter of time before we get the full truth in this story.