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NCFM Adviser Michael Conzachi on the murder-suicide of Darryl Hamilton

June 25, 2015



darryl hamiltonFormer Major League Baseball Player Darryl Hamilton Dead in Murder-Suicide at the Hands of the Mother of His 14 Month Old Son.

By Michael Conzachi

On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2015, former major league baseball player and MLB Network Analyst Darryl Hamilton, 50, was found murdered, shot multiple times, at the home of the mother of his 14 month old son, Monica Jordan, 44, a Houston attorney.  Hamilton had just returned his 14 month old son, Jaxon to Jordan’s spacious home in Pearland Texas, after a father’s day outing.murder-suicide of Darryl Hamilton

Hamilton was found just inside the front door, Jordan was found in another room with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and 14-month-old Jaxon was found unharmed, and was turned over to Child Protection Services.  A suicide note was found however authorities are not revealing details.

Hamilton has two sons from a previous relationship or marriage.

According to published reports, Monica Jordan excitedly called her ex-husband Rohaven Richards, whom she divorced, and told him to call 9-1-1 and to come over and “get the baby.”

Monica Jordan had a history of domestic violence and was convicted in 2008 of a 2006 arson, after burning down the home in which she lived with husband Richards.  According to Brazoria County District Attorney Jeri Yenne, Jordan’s level of violence escalated when she believed that Richards was cheating on her.  Apparently, Jordan received a deferred judgment in the case and was sentenced to do community service, but continued to work as an attorney.

Additionally, it was reported Jordan once chased Richards around their home while pouring gasoline on him!

News sources report that Jordan was not punished or sanctioned by the Texas State Bar for the arson.  Apparently, a felony conviction for arson is not enough in Texas to revoke a law license, nor is trying to light someone on fire.

Just two days before the murder suicide, Jordan and Hamilton had been in a family court to work out the arrangements of the custody of their son.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement;

“All of us at Major League Baseball are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, he was a talented and personable individual, and we were proud to call him a member of the baseball family.  On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest sympathies to Darryl’s family and his many friends throughout our game.”

Imagine if the roles had been reversed and Hamilton had been the abuser and Jordan the victim.  And with the history of arson and an incident of pouring gasoline on a spouse, do you think there would have been a different reaction from the main stream press if the roles were reversed?

And we have seen so many times in the past of violence erupting as a result of some type of family law case or contentious and high conflict child custody matter.

We don’t know if Hamilton was aware of Jordan’s violent past before he became involved in a relationship with her and had a son, and we can’t ask him because he’s dead.

This brings back memories of the 2009 murder-suicide of former married Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair by his girlfriend Sahel “Jenni” Kazemi at their condominium in Nashville Tennessee.  McNair was shot four times; twice in the head and Kazemi was found with a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Kazemi shot McNair while he was sleeping.

The Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams released a statement shortly after the murder;

“We are saddened and shocked to hear the news of Steve McNair’s passing(mine: shot four times while sleeping including twice in the head) today.  He was one of the finest players to play for our organization and one of the most beloved players by our fans.  He played with unquestioned heart and leadership and led us to places that we had never reached, including our only Super Bowl.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they deal with his untimely passing.”

Have you noticed the careful language of the MLB Commissioner and the Titans owner over these tragedies?  I am sure that both men were aware of the circumstances of these deaths but chose their words very carefully.  I guess that was to be expected, but there certainly is hypocrisy when the roles are reversed.

We recently remember the vast outrage about the domestic violence incident and arrest of former Ravens running back Ray Rice, but the lack of same involving the domestic violence arrest of soccer star Hoppe Solo, now on the U.S. Woman’s Cup Team and the worlds greatest woman goalie.

I know this is one of the same old stories and scenarios, where the public outrage is contingent on who is the victim and who is the perpetrator.

Maybe some of the outrage will be directed to whoever was the prosecuting attorney on Jordan’s arson case and who allowed her to do some community service, and the Texas State Bar for allowing such a disturbed person to remain a practicing attorney.



National Coalition for MenDarryl’s murder-suicide would have not happened had his murderer been kept in jail for her earlier crimes.

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