Former Detroit Lions DL charged with attempted murder, says Russian mafia ‘is after me’

According to reports, former NFL defensive lineman Justin Bannon has been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault with extreme indifference, first-degree assault with intent to cause serious bodily injury and first-degree burglary.

In was is an extremely odd story, Bannon was arrested in Boulder, Colorado after allegedly shooting a woman in the shoulder. While she was at the hospital, she told police that after shooting her, Bannon said, “I'm sorry, the Russian Mafia is after me.”


When officers arrived at the scene, they located the injured woman, who had been shot in her right shoulder. A man who worked at a separate business inside Black Lab Sports was helping her at the time. The man told police he was in his office when he heard a gunshot and a scream. When he ran outside, he saw the woman bleeding and yelled for somebody to call 911, according to an affidavit. As he helped her, he saw a man leave the area and heard him make a comment about people being after him, he told police.

The woman identified the suspect as Bannan, which was relayed to police. The woman described Bannan as 6 feet, 3 inches tall and 275 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

The woman was transported to a hospital. Boulder police said they believe her injuries are not life-threatening.

After being arrested, Bannon, who spent time with the Detroit Lions in 2013, told police that he has a brain condition and that he got rid of his cell phone because the Russian mafia is tracking him.

As police drove Bannan to the Boulder Police Department, Bannan said he had hydrocephalus — a condition where excess fluid builds up in cavities in the brain — and that he got rid of his cell phone because somebody was tracking him. He also said he had a “significant story” to tell, according to the affidavit.

At the police department, authorities went through a manila envelope containing items officers had found in Bannan's possession outside Black Lab Sports. One of the items was a rolled up $20 bill that contained a white powdery residue. Preliminary test showed that it was cocaine, according to the affidavit.

During a recorded interview, Bannan was “sweating profusely” and “making statements about the Russian Mafia being after him,” according to the affidavit. He also made statements about the woman, saying “she did not deserve that, she was a good person.”

Bannon spent 12 seasons in the NFL after originally being selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 5th Round of the 2002 NFL Draft.

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