The Latest on Keith Davis

The Keith Davis Story will become a non-story much more quickly if the Cowboys safety will simply tell Dallas Police one true story and then stick with it. That's not me talking; that's the word we get from the cops.

Just in time for the start of Camp Cowboys, law-enforcement officials have decided its time for some real answers to many of the questions we've been raising regarding Davis' supposed victimization-by-carjacking.

"In the first go-round with detectives, Mr. Davis was not truthful," Dallas PD spokesman Lieutenant Rick Watson told the Dallas Observer on Thursday. "It raises some red flags."

Just when you thought T.O. would be the source of camp controversy comes a media push from the Observer's Richie Whitt, who is getting answers to some of the questions we first posed in this space on Wednesday, July 19, a couple of days after news broke that the Cowboys safety had been shot twice while traveling in his car on 635 at 5 a.m.

Before actually football stuff starts, let's take one more look at the questions we posed, one more group of offerings from a seemingly disbelieving police force, and one more crack at allowing logic to play a role.

1) We asked then about the nature of carjacking. Do carjackers shoot at the head of drivers of vehicles traveling 65 MPH down a popular Interstate highway? And, if Keith's story is accurate -- that he pulled over safely after getting shot -- why didn't the jackers complete the deal?

ANSWER: Police say Davis has contradicted his original story, which suggested there were no witnesses to the shooting. Now Keith apparently is adding something about a white truck being on the road as well.

2) We suggested that some of Keith's story seems almost too good to be true. For instance: That the reason he was on the road at 5 a.m. was because he was hustling home from a family gathering Shreveport in time to attend church.

ANSWER: Nope, no family gathering in Shreveport. No Shreveport at all. Keith was, in fact, part of a massive party in Dallas near 635, a party at which other NFL players were also in attendance. And earlier in the month, he hosted an apparently wild party in his hometown of Italy, Texas, to which police were called because someone got hit in the head with a beer bottle.

3) Davis was also shot in 2003 while outside a strip club. ... Are the incidents really unrelated?

ANSWER: Police say they have no reason to believe the incidents are tied together. And that might be the only part of Keith Davis' story that they are completely buying.

4) We wondered about how coach Bill Parcells would take all of this. We know Parcells isn't much of a strip-club fan; how does he feel about NFL players parties and Italy, Texas, block parties?

ANSWER: We begin to find out Friday in Oxnard.

In summary, ask any cop: If a "victim'' tells one version of a story one time to police, and gives an altered version of a story later, authorities turn mighty dubious, tending to believe nothing that comes out of his mouth. First Keith is in Shreveport, then he's in Dallas. First there's no witness, then there's a white truck. First it's a carjacking, and then. ... First it's "on the way to church,'' and then. ...

"Is it bad luck or is there something more there?" DPD spokesman Watson told the Observer. "Until we get more details, we have to consider it just being at the wrong place at the wrong time."

None of this means Keith Davis is guilty of anything. ... except fibbing to the police, which is not a great way to start a football season.

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