"It's the damnedest thing," said Pittsburgh Chief of Police Nathan Harper. "We were just doing some routine filing, and it turns out Santonio Holmes committed a whole bunch of crimes while he was here, but never got charged for them. Oh well, guess he won't be able to play Sunday."
Holmes was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII for the Steelers, but the team traded him to the Jets prior to this season, in part due to his off the field troubles. He was arrested in 2008 on possession of marijuana, and now faces charges of first-degree murder, manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, prostitution, running an illegal cockfighting ring, jaywalking, possession of stolen goods and giving Mario Lemieux cancer. The final charge, due to local laws, could result in immediate execution.
While Holmes, the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII while with the Steelers, is denying most of the charges, Harper said they may not be the last of them.
"I think we can close the book on every unsolved crime in our fair city," he said.
While the charges are pending, the Jets are considering holding Holmes out for the first play of the first series of Sunday's AFC Championship game.