Charles Grant says he's 'victim' in fight where pregnant woman killed

Maybe it was a poor choice of words.

Hopefully that is the case. Otherwise, you wonder how Charles Grant can call himself the victim in an incident in which a pregnant wife lost her life.

Grant, the veteran defensive end who was signed by the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, put a more than two-year ordeal behind him this past offseason when he pleaded no contest to affray, which means public fighting, for an incident that took place outside Pokey’s night club in Blakely, Ga., in Feb., 2008. In the melee, Korynda Reed, a pregnant 23-year-old who was an innocent bystander, was shot and killed. Grant was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $20,000 restitution during the offseason.

“I didn't do anything with that case. I was a victim,'' Grant told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. "I had never gotten in trouble in my life. … I mean I just got attached to a situation.''

Grant was one of seven men charged in the incident and he did not have the gun that killed Reed. Still, it seems preposterous that given the circumstances he’s calling himself a “victim.”

“The last two years of my life have been the worst, but I've been pushing through it,” he said. “One incident I got in and now people want to say I'm a bad guy. The case was I was a guy down there who had money. That was the focus. The focus wasn't on the positive things, like giving camps in your hometown for thousands of kids. The focus is always on the negativity.''

Maybe Grant will have an opportunity to change some of that with the Bears.

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