Steve McNair: Fall of a Titan
By Sports Illustrated
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July 4, 2009. Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair is found murdered in his Nashville condo. After just four days of investigating it was ruled a murder-suicide. But what if it wasn’t? Over the course of this nine-part series, we’ll guide you through the McNair case, reviewing the findings and re-examining crucial details in a new light.
||ExplicitThe Bodyguard||On the afternoon of July 4, 2009, one of Steve McNair’s friends, Wayne Neeley, drops by McNair’s downtown condo and quickly realizes he’s stumbled upon a crime scene. Neeley calls Robert Gaddy, Steve McNair’s bodyguard and close friend, and Gaddy says: Wait there; I’ll be right over. But 55 minutes pass between Neeley’s arrival and Gaddy’s call to 9-1-1. Why did the two men wait so long to call police? And what did they find in that condo?||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Ex-Con and the Ex-Boyfriend||Jenni Kazemi’s phone records show that, in the last few weeks of her life, she was in regular contact with a number of male suitors. One of those men: Adrian Gilliam, an ex-con who allegedly sold Jenni the murder weapon. Another: Keith Norfleet, her ex-boyfriend who appeared to be jealous Jenni was dating McNair. The police interview and clear both men. But at least one of them seems to have lied about his alibi.||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Waitress||Steve McNair is retired from football, he’s trying to find his identity and his marriage appears to be on the rocks. Then he meets Jenni Kazemi, a 19-year-old Dave & Buster’s waitress, and they strike up a fast romance. When Steve and Jenni turn up dead six months later, investigators point a finger almost immediately at Jenni. They portray her as spiraling out of control, fueled by jealousy and financial freefall. But that isn’t the Jenni friends and family knew.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Quarterback and the Professor||Vincent Hill introduces us to his investigative partner of sorts: Dr. Alvin Simpson, a close family friend of Steve McNair’s. Doc met Steve back at Alcorn State, where McNair was the star quarterback and where Doc was everyone’s favorite professor. Now Doc takes us on a trip back to Mississippi, to explore Steve’s history and to retrace the steps that led him to the condo where he was killed.||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Private Eye||Shortly after Steve McNair’s death, a former Nashville police officer named Vincent Hill starts digging into the case on his own, reaching out to the victims’ friends and family, talking to people tied to the events of July 4, 2009, and sifting through the swirling rumors. He also does a few TV interviews, questioning just about everything police say. When Hill realizes there’s an audience for his viewpoint, he takes his media tour to a whole new level.||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIntroduction to Fall of a Titan||SI: True Crime’s first narrative podcast, “Steve McNair: Fall of a Titan” will make you re-examine everything you think you know about the quarterback. His death, on July 4, 2009, was ruled a murder-suicide. But what if it wasn’t? Over the course of this nine-part series, we’ll guide you through the McNair case, reviewing the findings and re-examining crucial details in a new light. Coming October 17||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Not up to the old SI standard
Back when the magazine had true writers in the mold of Frank Deford and others you had true journalism and an expectation of a story well told. You don’t get that here and the podcast (and the current state of the magazine) are not worthy of the mantle of “Sports Illustrated”. There are some interesting moments but, as has been repeated in other reviews, stand on hearsay, innuendo and salacious gossip. The sycophants around Steve’s mom have either an axe to grind or money to make. I’ll listen until the end just to see where it goes but at this point am sad that I tuned in in the first place.
First episode..what a dud!
Because a retired cop, who wasn’t on the case, thinks a petite 20yo can’t fire a gun that the whole case is suspect? What? Conspiracy theory much? Has this cop not heard of children finding a family members gun and harming/killing themselves or their playmates?!?!?!
Missed opportunity to grip listeners
I was really excited to listen to this series, but episode one was a real disappointment. The show art features McNair, the title is about McNair, but few minutes in this episode spoke of McNair or the case, but moreso the episode focused on whether the PI that would be consulting the entire series storyline was credible or seeking personal gain. Not a strong way to open a series or engage listeners. Very unfortunate that I didn't end this episode excited for the next one.