The Minnesota Vikings quarterback presented a paralyzed high school football player two diamond necklaces worth about $75,000 during an NFL awards ceremony, but then awkwardly asked for them back after it was finished. The apparent gift prompted a mother to cry, a father to think about buying a safe to store it and Culpepper to find a way out of the mess...

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Do you think it was cruel for Daunte Culpepper to take back the diamond necklaces he had appeared to give a paralyzed teenager?
The Minnesota Vikings quarterback presented a paralyzed high school football player two diamond necklaces worth about $75,000 during an NFL awards ceremony, but then awkwardly asked for them back after it was finished. The apparent gift prompted a mother to cry, a father to think about buying a safe to store it and Culpepper to find a way out of the mess...

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17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/15/05 - 9:54:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wow that was MEAN.
talk about a publicity stunt. hm.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/15/05 - 9:57:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's awful, how cruel.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/15/05 - 10:00:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
What a jerk!
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/15/05 - 10:08:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
I thought so, but then I read the article. The kid asked him for the necklaces, and apparently Culpepper thought he just meant he wanted to wear them, not keep them.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/15/05 - 10:11:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
The cruel side of me is laughing, the not-cruel side of me is totally changing my opinion of Daunte Culpepper. What a damn idiot.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 2/19/05 - 12:02:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
mabey he'll send him anothre neacklass, mabe one with less sentamental value to Culpepper. i least the part of me that belives everyone has a heart hopes so.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 1:19:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
If it happened like burnteffigy said, then i understand it, otherwise i don't.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 12:41:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Wow, what a jerkface thing to do.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 12:44:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
what a complete tosser, he should be forced to eat them and then pick them out of his poo and lick them clean before giving them back to the kid. hah.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/10/05 - 2:01:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
if we letting the kid wear them for a minute, not wrong to want them back... but I were rich and reaching for publicity I would've gave'm ONE of them (and not let it look like an indian giving stunt)
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/10/05 - 2:05:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nah. The guy said "can I get some of that ice?". No way would I think he meant to actually keep it. If it were me I would have said no in the first place.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/10/05 - 2:10:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think the kid was rather rude by asking the question--it put Culpepper in a rather tough spot. I don't care how rich someone is, one should never expect a person to just give thousands of dollars worth of jewelry to a stranger...
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/12/05 - 4:50:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think it was a misunderstanding. ANd he never meant to give them to keep. Probably a stupid thing to do on his behalf. But it doesn't sound like a publicity stunt. It'd backfire like it's doing now.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/27/05 - 7:19:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
wow, yet another example of how stuck up, money grabbing the world of "professional" sports has become...what a jack ass
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 6/26/05 - 10:08:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
If he meant to get it back, he should have told the kid in the first place. That was screwed up to just take it back after seemingly giving the necklaces to him.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 6/28/05 - 12:28:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oy, hmmm if he didn't intend on giving the kid the necklaces than he should have never let him wear them.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 6/28/05 - 7:23:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think its cruel that the media would blow something like that out of proportion
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 6/30/05 - 12:04:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I guess I dont understand. He gave them to him on camera and then when they werent being taped anymore asked for them back? What a stupid guy!
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/8/05 - 11:05:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/10/2005 2:10:43 PM CowDung wrote:
I think the kid was rather rude by asking the question--it put Culpepper in a rather tough spot. I don't care how rich someone is, one should never expect a person to just give thousands of dollars worth of jewelry to a stranger...

If that's the way it went down ,then I totally agree. I believe he didn't really know that the kid mean to keep them.

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/10/05 - 9:02:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes thats a bit nasty! I'm sure he makes enough cash to be a bit generous..
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/10/05 - 9:02:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/10/2005 9:02:02 PM surrysounds wrote:
Yes thats a bit nasty! I'm sure he makes enough cash to be a bit generous..

That's besides the point, the necklace could have other value besides monetary.

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/10/05 - 9:07:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Fromt the way the article was written, it didn't seem like he intended to let the kid keep them in the first place, and maybe the kid should've been smart enough to realize that. Besides, he offered to send him another momento, but from the sound of it, those two bits of "ice" had good sentimental value.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/10/05 - 9:17:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
He should've just said said no. And maybe offered him something else.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/10/05 - 9:21:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm wondering why the story accompanying the question doesn't explain what really happened. If someone didn't click on that link and read the full story, they would be mislead...like most people who answered it thinking that Culpepper was an ass to do what he did.

On 3/10/2005 2:10:43 PM CowDung wrote:
I think the kid was rather rude by asking the question--it put Culpepper in a rather tough spot. I don't care how rich someone is, one should never expect a person to just give thousands of dollars worth of jewelry to a stranger...

Exactly.

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/10/05 - 9:25:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
The kid put Culpepper in a precarious position. If he tells the crippled kid no, he looks likes like a total prick. If he lets him keep them, he loses a valuable keepsake and opens himself up to endless requests for philanthropy from others.

It will probably end well, however, because Culpepper will undoubtedly send the kid something that he could use more than a $75,000 necklace.


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