Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

16 Jun 2008

Vegas Cops Find Javon Walker Unconscious

Walker was found at 7:19 a.m. unconscious on the streets of Las Vegas, the victim of an apparent robbery. He is currently at Sunrise Hospital with "significant injuries." Not much else is known at this time.

UPDATE: Walker has been listed in fair condition and apparently has a fractured orbital bone.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 16 Jun 2008

44 comments, Last at 23 Jun 2008, 4:53pm by Chris


by Becephalus (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 12:06am

That is too bad, I hope he urns out in good health. Robbers are bad!

by dbt (Bears fan) (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 12:12am

Just awful. Wasn't he cradling Darrent Williams' head when he was shot?

Get well soon, Javon.

by Fergasun (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 1:39am

Yes, he was sitting next to Darrent Williams when he got shot. This stuff just isn't funny anymore, I'm glad he's in stable condition.

by lobolafcadio (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 2:48am

I hope he comes back as strong as Hamlin.
And I bet there will be some writers to question why he was in Vegas, as though he was asking for trouble... Athletes, just like any citizen must be able to be safe anywhere.

by Bobman (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 3:23am

What is it with Raiders and fractured orbital bones? Maybe Bill Romanowski (can't call him Romo anymore, can we?) was in Vegas picking up some 'roids and making some extra money. Figured it was a few years since he busted somebody's eye socket...

by Raiderjoe (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 7:12am

career could be over, but thankfuly Raiders still have other good receivers. have to go to work soon, hope to hear more news after

by resident jenius (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 8:28am

Could it be that Javon just found out he'd signed with the Raiders? Any sign the injuries were self-inflicted?

/get well soon

by Vitor (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 8:31am

Word on the street is that Shanahan beat him up.

by Cosmos (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 9:59am

Maybe Al Davis finally realized how much he over payed him and decided to take it back.

by Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabbadu (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 10:16am

Raiderjoe has a job? Now THAT'S rich.

by Joe T. (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 10:47am

#11 - I believe he is a copy editor for the Tribune.

by Joe T. (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 10:49am

I meant #10.

Is this the first time that anyone has ever responded to their own post? Its like googling google.

by NewsToTom (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 10:57am

For being a millionaire pro athlete, Javon Walker's life has kind of sucked. He holds out to get more money, and his uber-popular teammate rips on him for doing so, something you never see happen. He tears his ACL and has to sit out for an entire year. He gets traded and gets a new contract, has a good year there, then one of his best friends dies in his arms. The next year, he's injured again and gets tossed aside by his team. So he signs a big contract with a new team, taking an outsize deal to go where free agents don't want to go, gets ripped for it, and now gets mugged and beaten unconscious.

Gets well soon, I hope he makes a full recovery, &c.

by MJK (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 11:10am

The only silver lining to these incidents (i.e. celebrity victims) is that it does raise public awareness and generate discussion about crime and such problems.

But its a big price to pay.

by nat (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 11:14am

#16 (Joe T):
It's even weirder when people reply to the next post, don't you think?

by PaulH (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 11:56am

I hope Walker is okay, but this has to be considered an extremely serious injury. I hate to say it, but his career may very well be over.

by Jimmy (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 12:31pm

Everyone I have ever known who suffered a similar injury was told never to play rugby, soccer or even cricket again. As some may have surmised from the above list of sports, Pigskin Football isn't too popular where I live (UK), but I would be somewhat shocked if a Doctor recommended playing gridiron when they have been warned off soccer.

by The Hypno-Toad (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 12:41pm

I wish Javon a speedy recovery. He's kind of a punk, but as has been noted above, he's got some better excuses for being a basket-case than most people do. Even after that idiotic article on ESPN where he started referring to the Broncos as "that team" I can't help hoping things wind up okay for him.

by Flounder (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 1:01pm

Najeh Davenport fractured his orbital bone in 2002 and he came back. Of course, that injury was incurred playing football, not getting mugged. Who's to say which injury is more severe.
I imagine it's quite likely Javon is out for the year.

by The McNabb Bowl Game Anomaly (aka SJM) (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 1:07pm

I've heard of lots of athletes coming back from orbital fractures. I don't think it's usually career-threatening.

by scott (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 1:08pm

Another great signing by the Raiders!!

Look, this guy has been a malcontent wherever he's gone. But on the bright side, anyone who owns Ronald Curry in a dynasty league is now feeling better.

by Reinhard (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 1:11pm

21: I completely agree

@ 15 :)

by Kneel Before Zod! (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 3:01pm

re 10:
He works as an intelligence adviser for the Bush administration.
Rumor has it "greeted as liberators" was his ( of course the spelling needed correction).

by PaulH (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 3:12pm

Dear FO,

Please let Raiderjoe have his own weekly column here on FO. I guarantee that the hits this site receives would double in the first six months.

Give the people more of what they want... advanced statistical analysis of the NFL, and... Raiderjoe!

by MossyCade (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 3:23pm

Give the people more of what they want… advanced statistical analysis of the NFL, and… Raiderjoe!

Kind of like a well-prepared spinach/black bean burrito, and a chocolate shake. Made with lard and butter.

by johonny (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 7:29pm

So is it safe to say the NFL will have a rookie "stay the heck out of Las Vegas" orientation this year?

by Raiderjoe (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 8:30pm

Probably the only thing that could have been worst, than this situation.(for raider fans) Is if they found Jamarcus Russell unconscious at the all you can eat Buffet.

by rageon (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 8:51pm

I keep wondering who is the "real" Raiderjoe and how many other people have posted using that name that aren't really him. But yes, the true Raiderjoe needs his own column.

by Paul (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 9:01pm

I broke my orbital bone in a car wreck. I lost tracking upwards with that eye and had horrible depth perception. I already had had lazy eye and other problems with that eye previously, but now, over 15 years later, I get regular double vision and I am under 40. Depending on the damage he may have no problems, but it could easily affect his catching ability.

by Raiderjoe (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 9:23pm

if show me other posts I can tell you which ones are from me. I only saw like one or two that had other poster pretend to be me. someboy needs to point out all the ones you think are fake, cause I dont see them

good chance walker sit out season to heal eye. raiders have good enugh receiver core to still make playoffs. Walker could come back in 2009 and be back to old self of catching for 1200 or more yards.

by BDC (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 9:54pm

28: I do believe someone on the staff confirmed that all posts by RaiderJoe are in fact from the same person. I think.

by justanothersteve (not verified) :: Tue, 06/17/2008 - 10:25pm

13 - Walker is another NFL player whose family was affected from Hurricane Katrina. He grew up in Moss Point, MS. His grandparents and two uncles were missing for several days, and the father-in-law of one uncle drowned.

by Mr Shush (not verified) :: Wed, 06/18/2008 - 8:13am

There appears to be some talk doing the rounds that Walker, intentionally or otherwise, "disrespected" Floyd Mayweather by spraying champagne over him and his hangers on, and that this was a revenge attack. The Dirty have what purports to be an exclusive interview with Walker, in which he claims armed thugs dragged him from his hotel room at 5.30 in the morning. I believe there is room for debate about both whether this story is plausible and how likely it is that Walker is claiming anything of the sort. See PFT for fuller (if frequently incoherent/badly spelled) discussion.

by Andrew (not verified) :: Wed, 06/18/2008 - 9:32am

#27 clearly not real raiderjoe. Capitaliztion wrong, grammar and punctuation too good.

by Flounder (not verified) :: Wed, 06/18/2008 - 12:56pm

Re: 33
PFT, with there many insinuations that Walker is to blame for getting the crap beat out of him, has sworn me off their site for good. I found their little pic of the day in especially poor taste.

by Richard (not verified) :: Wed, 06/18/2008 - 2:28pm

33: Who answers the door at 5:30am with three guys you don't know standing on the other side. I imagine it went something like the land shark sketch from SNL.

by The Hypno-Toad (not verified) :: Wed, 06/18/2008 - 3:10pm

36 - That's exactly what I thought of too. God, Landshark was pure gold. Maybe they tricked Walker by pretending to be delivering a candygram.

by Joro (not verified) :: Wed, 06/18/2008 - 7:20pm


I never did that... gonna go try it now.

by Mr Shush (not verified) :: Thu, 06/19/2008 - 8:13am

#35 - Obviously Walker is the victim of a serious crime whose perpetrators need to be brought to justice. Nevertheless, it seems at any rate possible that he was targeted as a result of some very poor judgement on his part. That doesn't make him a bad person, but it arguably does make him a worse risk from a GM's point of view. A player doesn't have to be breaking any laws to increase his chances of getting involved with off the field incidents that hinder his ability to produce on it.

by Dave (not verified) :: Thu, 06/19/2008 - 4:52pm

I agree, let's not blame the victim, but when you buy a bunch of expensive champagne to spray on people, I'm pretty sure that makes you a jackass.

by Bobby Kupcha (not verified) :: Thu, 06/19/2008 - 8:30pm

(Long time reader, first time poster)

Is it weird that the first thing I thought of was Raiderjoe? I am more concerned for him than I am for Javon Walker.

by Flounder (not verified) :: Fri, 06/20/2008 - 10:58am

Re: 39
I certainly agree with everything you just said. It's just that PFT doesn't present information that way. They present it in this smarmy, weasily way that insinuates he kinda deserved what happened. Then they top it off with a picture of his head as the raiders logo, with eye patch and teeth knocked out.

PFT has always bothered me, but I've frequented the site because it is a comprehensive collection of information from all around the NFL.

For whatever reason, this was just the last straw for me.

by Max (not verified) :: Mon, 06/23/2008 - 2:19pm

Given that Walker's original alleged story of what went down is inconsistent with what hotel security claims, perhaps Javon isn't quite giving out all the details of that night. Not that battery and robbery are to be condoned (ever), but one would think rich athletes would be a little bit more wise when, where, and how they did their partying. That being said, I hope he recovers....till his next likely knee injury.

As for the orbital bone. If he blew out the socket, he MAY permanently have double vision which would likely end his career. But if doesn't affect the position of his eyeball, he could recover in 4-6 weeks and be back on the field. I'm sure raiderjoe will hold his breath till then.

by Chris (not verified) :: Mon, 06/23/2008 - 4:53pm

I was just in Vegas and walking around the older end by the Stratosphere/Sahara etc. it can look a little run down with beggers hobos and dare I say low lifes walking around. Vegas isn't all a bunch of Paris Hiltons running around blowing the family fortune at Pure.