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    Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    Just a weird story all around. But certainly not flattering to Daunte.

    For some reason this just screams like an episode of Seinfeld

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    Associated Press

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Daunte Culpepper showed off his scrambling ability Wednesday -- in a crowded convention center ballroom.

    The Minnesota Vikings quarterback presented a paralyzed high school football player two diamond necklaces worth about $75,000 during an NFL awards ceremony, but then awkwardly asked for them back after it was finished.

    The apparent gift prompted a mother to cry, a father to think about buying a safe to store it and Culpepper to find a way out of the mess.

    "I'll get him something else," Culpepper said sheepishly.

    The confusion began at the FedEx ground and air player of the year honors, where finalists Culpepper, Peyton Manning, Shaun Alexander and Curtis Martin were on stage for the announcement.

    When the master of ceremonies opened the floor for questions, Jerry Townsend spoke up from his wheelchair in the front row.

    "Hey Daunte, can I get some of that ice?" he said in a low voice, referring to the two sparkling necklaces hanging around Culpepper's neck.

    Culpepper jumped up, pulled them off and brought them over to Townsend, a senior defensive back at Jacksonville Episcopal High School who was paralyzed from the neck down while making a tackle in October.

    Townsend spent the last four months in various hospitals and was released Wednesday -- just in time to go to the Super Bowl event.

    After Culpepper put the necklaces around Townsend's neck, his mother started to cry. His father talked about needing to get a safe for the expensive jewelry.

    Culpepper, meanwhile, went back to his seat and finished the awards ceremony (Manning won the air award, and Martin won the ground one). After it was over, Culpepper patiently answered dozens of questions while keeping a close eye on his jewelry across the room.

    One of the diamond-laced necklaces was the No. 11, Culpepper's jersey number, and the other was a large pepper (for Culpepper).

    "Where's that kid at? I've got to get my stuff back," Culpepper said.

    Culpepper then walked over to the Townsends and asked them to write down their address so he could send them something else. Culpepper wasn't sure what it would be.

    In an unrelated note, Culpepper will appear in a 60-second NFL Network commercial to air during the Super Bowl along with several other players and coaches from around the league that didn't make it to the big game. They'll be singing "Tomorrow," a tune from the musical "Annie."
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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    Is there a "shaking your head in disgust" smiley?
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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
    Is there a "shaking your head in disgust" smiley?


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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    Low..just low, don't put them on his neck if you plan to take them back
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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    I hope the media is all over this story. Culselfish needs to be fully exposed for this.

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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    Weird from all sides. First, who expects to just be handed $75,000 worth of jewelry? Sad story about the kid's accident, but I dont understand why he asks that question. I'm not really sure this is all Daunte's fault. He sees a kid in a wheelchair who asks him for some ice, so Daunte's thinking he'll make the kid's day by letting him wear his jewely for the awards show. I'm not sure exactly why the kid expected to be able to keep it. This is just a bizarre incident.

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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    I honestly dont see where Daunte is in the wrong here.... The kid jokingly asks for some "ice" so Daunte lets him wear his jewels for the award ceremony. And no offense, but only a moron would think Daunte would let him walk out with that bling.
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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    yeah, that's what I said it seems weird from all sides in the first post.

    Just odd, and publicity wise, Daunte may have been trying to do the right thing caught up in the moment and let some kid wear his jewelry, and the folks may have taken it a little too literally by thinking he was giving them an expensive piece of "ice".

    Weird.

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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    To expect a stranger to give you a $75,000 item seems a lot stranger to me than anything else going on here.

    I'm sure Culpepper will send them something outrageous to make up for it, even though I don't really think he did anything wrong here. I know the kid is paralyzed, but seriously who asks something like that?
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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    Maybe Culpepper can get his teammate Randy Moss to smooth things over. Given Moss's PR skills, I'm sure he can take care of it.
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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    Sounds like Daunte was trying to be a good guy and probably thought the guy would get a kick out of wearing the necklaces for a time. But, as stated by others, it is outrageous to think someone would give you something that expensive.

    Sounds like Daunte tried to be nice and ended up looking (to some) like a bad guy. I highly doubt that he meant to break the guy's heart or come across as cruel. Not the smartest thing for him to do, but I don't think he had any malicious intent. I am sure the guy will get something real nice from Daunte.
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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcclain19
    Just a weird story all around. But certainly not flattering to Daunte.

    For some reason this just screams like an episode of Seinfeld
    It does sound like that one episode Paul O'Neill was on where he was supposed to hit two HRs for that sick kid or else he wouldn't give that card all the Yankees signed back to Kramer.
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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    You guys are right. I read that story late last night right before going to bed and then quickly added my two cents without really thinking about it. It looks like it was a misunderstanding.

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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    Man, if I were Daunte I'd have to take that kid's parents out in the parking lot and work 'em over for making me look like a jerk in the media. Hell, I might even kick that paralyzed kid in the teeth a couple times for good measure.
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    Re: Daunte Culpepper gives a paralyzed kid a gift, then takes it back

    Well, it looks like an unfortunate misunderstanding. I wouldn't come down too hard on the parents. Think about it, they see a millionaire athlete take off a necklace and give it to their kid. Did he say, "I'll let you borrow this for the ceremony?"

    What grown men "lend" their jewelry out? That's pretty uncommon. Plus the parents probably had no idea of the sentimental value of the jewelry to Dante. I think it was a logical (though incorrect) assumption that it was a gift.
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