More, more, more," said Wiley, who grew up on the tough streets of Compton near Los Angeles to become an NFL multi-millionaire. That was when he started carrying a gun. "For my first two years, I would carry round a .380 pistol that was inside of a holster that looked like a wallet. I would go to night clubs, I would go to practice, I would go everywhere except road trips with this gun.
"And the mindset changes when you have a gun in your hand. You’re not looking for danger but you’re suspicious. It’s a huge paranoia that occurs once you have a gun. You start looking at people who may be innocent. A guy walks up to your car; he may be asking for directions but you’re thinking ‘oh, this guy may be trying to jack me’, so now you have your hand on your gun."
Wiley was so disturbed by how it changed him that one day while driving past Niagara Falls with his gun out on the middle console in the front seat of his car, he rolled down the window and tossed it into the water, never to be seen again.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Marcellus Wiley Doesn't Need a Gun
He explains why: