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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Speaking Of A Bipolar Passenger Disrupting A Plane

The airport shooting incident yesterday brought to mind the case of NFL player, Alonzo Spellman, who disrupted a plane while in flight in 2002.

Since Spellman was an enormous 6'6" and 320 lbs of muscle, he absolutely terrified in flight his fellow passengers, crew and pilots not to mention the cops who came to arrest him when the plane landed. ......

"Once on the ground, Spellman refused to disembark for about 10 minutes and repeatedly threatened the pilot, court records said. ''I can feel the adrenaline rushing through my hands. I am about to rip your throat out,'' Spellman told Capt. Robert Freund, according to investigators.

Part of his court sentence was that he could not fly again unless he took his medication. Here is the link to an old ESPN story about the case. Spellman was no run of the mill player..he was drafted in the first round out of Ohio State. I remember the case because he is just a local guy from over the river in South Jersey (Rancocas I believe).

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