America just keeps finding ways of reminding us that she is two-faced when it comes to justice. Cowboys cornerback Marquez White is a testament to that. While driving home in suburban Dallas he says an enraged white driver started screaming racial slurs at him. Marquez maintains that the angry driver followed him home and appeared to be reaching for a weapon.
Many of us have heard umpteen stories about black men shot dead upon the fears of someone else, sometimes it's a police officer, sometimes it is an every day white person, but most of the time the perpetrator gets off by claiming they feared for their lives. So, with that knowledge, and with the shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight in a road rage incident not that far in our temporal rearview mirror, White says he flashed his legally owned firearm in response.
However, the Associated Press reports that White has been indicted and charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. How Sway? You already know the answer, shorty.
He explained the situation in a statement to the Dothan Eagle:
“On the day of October 20th, 2017 I was involved in a road rage incident in which my life was threatened and resulted in me having to draw my weapon. I was getting off of highway 121 onto the access road near Tennyson Parkway in Plano, TX where I was met by an aggressive driver. I was trying to get over to avoid running into the wall where the lanes merge, but he then increased speed forcing me to make the decision to either run into the wall or cut him off.”
“I eventually made my way in front of him and he proceeded to ride very closely and aggressively on my tail. I hit the brakes to get him off of me and could then see him becoming very angry in my rear view mirror. He then sped up again and I hit my brakes again and after this time he pulled over to my driver side while still driving and proceeded to yell racial slurs such as the ‘N’ word while also threatening to kill me. Simultaneously while doing this he began to reach towards his glove box and that is when I flashed my weapon. He then hit the brakes, got behind me, and proceeded to follow me to my house. Upon arriving at my house I exited my car and went into my home as he sat outside and contacted the authorities.”
White’s agent claimed he handled the situation correctly.
“We are very proud of the way he handled the entire situation,” Peter Schaffer said in a statement issued to Pro Football Talk. “He defused a potentially dangerous encounter and did everything by the book. He notified the team and his agent. The police have done a disservice to him by doing an inadequate investigation and filing charges with no proof or justification.”
No word yet on whether any charges were filed against the stalking road rager. Raw Story is reporting that the National Rifle Association has not released a statement on White's right to bear arms. But a 10-watt sentient life bulb could figure out that mystery isn't much of a mystery at all.
Marquez is black, by the way.