Former NFL player Michael Labinjo’s death deemed suspicious by police


The Calgary police are reopening the case of a former NFL player’s death after new evidence emerged, according to The Globe and Mail.

Michael Labinjo, who played two seasons in the NFL, was found dead in his Calgary home on Sept. 21, 2018 at the age of 38. His death was not considered a criminal matter at the time. But authorities are now calling his death “suspicious” as police discovered the theft of several items from Labinjo’s home, including some sports memorabilia, a new video evidence.

“Through testing with the medical examiner’s office and through other information that we’ve received, we’ve now looked at the totality of circumstances surrounding Michael’s death and are investigating this as a suspicious death,” Calgary police staff sergeant Martin Schiavetta said according to The Globe and Mail. “What we’re trying to determine is if Michael’s death was intentional and if that intentional death was used to facilitate the theft of his personal items.”

Michael Labinjo unloads bags in Montreal for the 2008 Grey Cup.AP

The items stolen from the linebacker’s home after his death included two rings —  one for the Eagles’ 2005 NFC championship and the other for the Stampeders’ 2008 Grey Cup championship. The rings remain missing.

The family and police have asked for help in finding four persons of interest seen on video footage from the building the morning of his death.

Labinjo played 10 games and started one for the Eagles and Colts in the 2004 and 2005 seasons collecting 20 tackles and half a sack.

He went on to play four seasons with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL making 61 tackles, six sacks and two fumble recoveries before retiring after the 2010 season.

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