Former NFLer Marcellus Wiley Explains Why He Got Rid Of His Gun
During an ESPN panel that discussed gun violence, former NFL defensive end Marcellus Wiley talked about why he bought — and ditched — his firearm.By Christian Bryant | August 31, 2016
"I purchased a gun, and I thought it was going to be a solution just in case if anything ever went to that place, but it actually was an invitation to disaster. It changed my mindset," former NFL defensive end Marcellus Wiley said.
During a discussion on "Athletes, Responsibility, and Violence" from ESPN's "The Undefeated," Wiley talked about his first gun purchase, and why he got rid of that gun.
"I was moving cross-country. I was coming into a lot of money, and I thought I was going to become a target, so therefore I wanted to protect myself. Everyone knew where I lived. You know you land in Buffalo … and everyone is, 'Hey, that's where Marcellus Wiley lives,' and people are bringing pies and cookies and all that. But the flip side of that is that I'm from Compton, so everyone knows where I live not everybody has good intentions to come by my house. I had a friend and got carjacked at gunpoint and it was traumatic," Wiley said.