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Waiter and restaurant connections to the murder of ex-quarterback Steve McNair

McNair’s fans were stunned by the ex-Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens quarterback’s shooting death on July 4th. What makes this on-topic for me is the fact that he had been dating a 20 year old waiter from Nashville restaurant Dave and Buster’s, Sahel Kazemi, and it is becoming likely that she murdered him and then committed suicide.

McNair Killed

Kazemi had been arrested for DUI the preceding Thursday in a Cadallac Escalade registered to the both of them. McNair was in the front seat and had been allowed to go home in a taxi. He was seen Friday night at Loser’s, a casual country bar between Music Row and downtown and was seen getting home at his rented condo about 2am early Saturday morning. He and Kazemi were found dead around 1:30 that afternoon by the guy with whom he co-rented the condo. McNair had been shot multiple times including a bullet to the temple as he sat on a sofa and Kazemi was found near him on the floor with a single gunshot to the head. The gun was found near her body.

McNair had recently opened a modest diner-type restaurant in a lower-income section of Nashville, Steve McNair’s Gridiron9, and had planned to open up to five similar restaurants in the near future. He was seen there often, cooking for the guests and hanging out. The menu was designed to cater to students and neighbors of Tennessee State University, a menu that McNair characterized as “five star takeout”.


McNair also owned a ranch in his home country of southern Mississippi and he and his wife and kids had a home in the tony Green Hills area of Nashville. The home has been on sale for $2.5 mil. recently. His wife Mechelle has stayed secluded in the house. It had been erroneously reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that she was at the Mississippi ranch. It’s unclear at this point whether they were separated. The condo was probably rented primarily as a convenient location to downtown and his restaurant, which is only about 5 miles away. Apparently it was an open secret that he and Kazemi had been dating.  

The AP reports this about Kazemi:

“She was reliable 90 percent of the time,” manager Chris Truelove said of Kazemi. “She was pretty outgoing. A lot of the guests liked being around her, and she liked being around the guests.”

Co-worker Shantez Jobe, 33, she said was friends with Kazemi.

“We talked about who had more fashion sense, and who was the cutest, and who could get more boys, you know some of the stuff girls do,” Jobe said.

They also report this regarding the DUI arrest:

“An arrest affidavit from Thursday said Kazemi had bloodshot eyes and alcohol on her breath when she was pulled over, but refused a breathalyzer test, saying ‘she was not drunk, she was high.’ ”

OK, fellow waiters – guns are not your friends.


Alright, off my soapbox now.

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