|From Port Orchard Independent pnwlocalnews.com
Former South Kitsap QB Tony Fein found dead
Oct 08 2009, 12:19 PM · UPDATED
Former South Kitsap High School quarterback Tony Fein was found dead Tuesday morning after collapsing at a friend’s house outside of Port Orchard.
Fein, 27, who was a quarterback under D.J. Sigurdson in 1999-00, was found lying down and unconscious, vomiting and barely breathing when paramedics arrived just before 9 a.m. Tuesday at a house on the 2500 block of Salmonberry Road, said Mike Wernet, a battalion chief and medical officer with South Kitsap Fire & Rescue.
The medics put a breathing tube down Fein’s throat after he stopped breathing and administered medication, but he went into cardiac arrest during the drive to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 9:48 a.m. Tuesday, Wernet said.
“It feels like we lost a member of our family,” Sigurdson said. “My prayers and thoughts go out to his family. It's just a bad day.”
Fein enlisted in the Army as a 19-year-old and served 2 1/2 years in Iraq as a 19 Delta reconnaissance scout.
He later enrolled at Arizona’s Scottsdale Community College, where he became one of the nation’s top linebacker recruits.
Fein committed to Ole Miss and racked up 136 tackles (77 solo) in 24 games for the Rebels in 2007-08.
Fein was released Sept. 5 by the Ravens.
He also had a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year, but was cut.
“Tony Fein was a really good teammate, a tremendous American, a tremendous young man ... just a really good person,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters before Wednesday’s practice in Owings Mills, Md. “We were proud to have him here as part of our team. We’re unbelievably disappointed about the news.”
Wernet said a man and woman, who described Fein as a friend, were present.
“They didn’t really give us a lot of information about what had happened the night before,” he said, adding that the two witnesses were upset. “They didn’t give us anything to imply anything strange was going on.”
Wernet said there were no indications of foul play or alcohol or drug abuse.
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office was not summoned.
“There was nothing indicating any foul play,” Wernet said. “That’s why we didn’t call law enforcement.”
An autopsy is scheduled for this weekend, but no report will be issued before all toxicology and other tests are complete, likely in six to eight weeks, said Allen G. Gerdes, Kitsap County chief deputy coroner, told the Independent.
Fein, 27, was embroiled in a controversial matter in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in August, where he was charged with misdemeanor assault of a police officer while dining at a restaurant with friends.
The group was passing around a large, silver cellular phone, but employees at the restaurant suspected it to be a handgun after a recent spate of violence in the area and called the authorities.
According to the police report, when Fein was confronted and refused to stand up, he shoved an officer in the chest and was arrested.
Fein denied the allegations.
His agent called the event racial profiling.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Margaret T. Burns, a spokeswoman for Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia A. Jessamy, said prosecutors had notified Fein and his attorney last week that charges in that case would be dropped Wednesday morning, citing conflicting witness statements.
Veteran Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis served as a mentor to Fein during the team’s training camp.
“A humble young man,” he told the Baltimore Sun. “Our hearts definitely go out to his family because it’s such a tragedy for a man to be that young and go through the things he’s been through.”
Fein’s agent, Milton D. Hobbs, a lawyer in Oxford, Miss., told several media outlets that he spoke with Fein on Friday and had spoken with Fein’s sister, mother and some friends since his death.
He would not discuss a possible cause of death.
Hobbs said he discussed the prospect of Fein playing in the Canadian Football League. He said there was some contact before Fein’s death, but none lately.
Sigurdson coached Fein and his brother, Richard, in 2000. Richard Fein, a wide receiver and defensive back, was eligible to play as a freshman that year because the levy failure eliminated football at the junior highs at that time.
“We’re just thinking about the family,” he said. “Our thoughts are with them.”
|From The Boston Globe boston.com
Tony Fein; Iraq war veteran was linebacker for Ole Miss
By Tim Klass, Associated Press | October 9, 2009
SEATTLE - Tony Fein, an Iraq war veteran and NFL rookie linebacker who played with the Baltimore Ravens during the preseason, died of unexplained causes after collapsing at a friend’s house on the Kitsap Peninsula of Washington State.
Mr. Fein, 27, an undrafted rookie free agent from Mississippi, was lying face down and unconscious, vomiting and barely breathing when medics arrived at a house outside Port Orchard just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, said Mike Wernet of South Kitsap Fire & Rescue.
He went into cardiac arrest during the drive to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, across Puget Sound from Seattle, and was pronounced dead at 9:48 a.m.
A man and woman said Mr. Fein was a friend who was staying with them.
There were no obvious wounds or signs of alcohol or other drug abuse, and nothing indicated foul play, Wernet said.
An autopsy will not be conducted before today, and no report will be issued before all toxicology and other tests are complete, said Allen G. Gerdes, Kitsap County chief deputy coroner.
Mr. Fein, a native of Port Orchard, was released by the Ravens in their last major round of roster cuts on Sept. 5.
“Tony Fein was a really good teammate, a tremendous American, a tremendous young man . . . just a really good person,’’ Ravens coach John Harbaugh said before yesterday’s practice in Owings Mills, Md.
“We were proud to have him here as part of our team,’’ he said.
Mr. Fein’s agent, Milton D. Hobbs, said he last spoke with Mr. Fein Friday and since the death had talked with Mr. Fein’s sister, mother, and some friends.
“He was working out, and we were discussing football opportunities,’’ Hobbs said. “That was still his goal. We talked about Canada.’’
Some Canadian Football League teams had expressed interest in Mr. Fein before he joined the Ravens, but there had been no contact since he was cut, the agent said.
Mr. Fein was arrested on Aug. 23 and charged with misdemeanor assault on a police officer after an incident at a restaurant at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in which the officer reportedly mistook a cellphone for a handgun.
A trial was scheduled, but prosecutors notified Mr. Fein’s attorney last Thursday that they planned to dismiss the case because of conflicting witness accounts.
Mr. Fein played quarterback for South Kitsap High School, graduating in 2000. At age 19, he enlisted in the US Army and spent 2 1/2 years in Iraq as a 19 Delta reconnaissance scout.
He later enrolled at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, became one of the nation’s top junior college recruits, and played for Ole Miss in 2007 and 2008.
In two seasons at Ole Miss, he had 136 tackles (77 solo) in 24 games, according to the school’s website.
“A humble young man,’’ linebacker Ray Lewis said of Mr. Fein.
“Our hearts definitely go out to his family, because it’s such a tragedy for a man to be that young and go through the things he’s been through.’’