ENGLEWOOD, CO (WIS) - Former South Carolina wide receiver Kenny McKinley had a gambling problem and was deep in debt when he committed suicide on Sept. 21, friends and family told authorities during a probe into his death.
The Denver Broncos player and former Gamecock star committed suicide with a gun he had purchased months before from teammate Jabar Gaffney, who told investigators McKinley wanted the weapon for his own protection, according to an investigative report by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said there was nothing inappropriate about the sale of the gun.
McKinley's friends said McKinley suffered from depression for four weeks after having surgery on his knee. Detectives also determined that McKinley had spoken about suicide with at least three of his friends, including former Broncos backup quarterback Tom Brandstater.
McKinley, from Mableton, Ga., is South Carolina's all-time leader in receptions with 77. He played for the Gamecocks from 2005-08 after a standout career as a quarterback at South Cobb High in suburban Atlanta.