The strange story of Kevin Ellison

June, 15, 2012
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The Seattle Seahawks claimed Kevin Ellison off waivers two years ago when they were looking for veteran depth in the secondary.

Ellison, a sixth-round choice by San Diego in 2009, had played for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at USC. He initially appeared to have a shot at earning a roster spot, but Ellison made little impact. The Seahawks released him within months. End of story -- until Friday.

Authorities in Spokane, Wash., arrested Ellison and plan to levy a federal arson charge against him following a bizarre incident. Ellison, now playing for the Spokane Shock of the Arena League, reportedly "was sending out texts to people claiming he was Jesus and was part of the second coming" prior to setting his apartment on fire.

The report mentions no injuries even though Ellison, who started nine games as a rookie, jumped from his third-floor window.

Here's hoping a once-promising talent gets whatever help he needs.

While with San Diego, authorities arrested Ellison for suspected possession of a controlled substance. They reportedly found more than 100 Vicodin pills in his vehicle.

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