A former standout defensive back at USC and current Arena league linebacker Kevin Ellison tops this week’s sports bizarre behavior list. Ellison, 25, reportedly set his house on fire Thursday with a marijuana blunt. He told authorities he did it because ‘God told him to’. Ellison has since been charged with arson for the apartment fire. The Spokesman-Review has the details:
No other injuries were reported in the blaze, which Miller said was spotted about 5:30 a.m. by firefighters headed to an unrelated emergency call. The fire crew radioed for reinforcement and diverted to the massive Big Trout Lodge apartment complex, where they found flames coming from the third-story unit. Liberty Lake police officers helped evacuate the complex.
Ellison was at the hospital when he told Spokane Valley Deputy Fire Marshal Clifton Mehaffey that he’d set the fire with a cigar “because ‘God’ had told him to set the bed on fire.” Mehaffey said Ellison stopped talking to him after he called a family member and was advised to get a lawyer.
Later Thursday, a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contacted Shock general manager Ryan Rigmaiden, who said Ellison told him he started the fire with a marijuana blunt at the advice of God, according to court documents.
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