Jabar Gaffney has moved on this season with the veteran wide receiver heading to the Washington Redskins.
Even after the best season of his 10-year career in Denver in 2010 – 65 receptions for 875 yards – maybe a fresh start will help him put some painful memories behind him.
As John Keim of the Washington Examiner reports, Gaffney sold three guns to teammate Kenny McKinley last season in Denver, one which the young wide receiver used to commit suicide.
“It was tough. He was a great friend of mine,” Gaffney told Keim. “It was hard for me, especially with our relationship and the fact that I sold him the gun. It was for personal protection. Had I been able to look in the future three or four months, I would never have (sold) it to him. But you can't do that.
“It's an unfortunate part of life. As a team we had to move on, and personally for me I had to try and let that go and realize that whether it was that gun or another gun, if you want to be gone … He obviously didn't want to be here, so he was going to do it.”
Hopefully, Gaffney will progress without too much of the past haunting him. Perhaps the experience can be a learning tool for someone out there. That would be the best outcome.
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