Did Ex-NFL QB-Turned-Con Man Fake Own Death?

Evidently, former NFL quarterback Jeff Komlo was a pretty seedy character. After rounding out his professional career by playing for the Lions and Buccaneers in the early ’80s, Komlo went on to a highly successful career in arson and drug dealing. He was convicted of cocaine possession and assault, and accused of trying to burn down a pair of his houses in West Palm Beach, FL, and Chester Springs, PA. In fact, he was so disreputable that, when he passed away in a tragic car accident while fleeing prosecution in Greece, the Chester County, PA, district attorney refused to simply accept that he was dead.

Jeff Komlo

At least that’s the story coming from THE SPORTING BLOG, via THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, which got in touch with Chester County D.A. Joseph Carroll, who was happy to give them his own unique take on the death of one Jeff Komlo.

So, did Carroll say he thought Komlo faked his own death? Not quite. But he didn’t say that he didn’t not do it, either.

“I have no information that would lead me to believe this is a hoax,” Carroll says in the article, “but because of his past actions, I will remain suspicious until his identity is confirmed.”

Naturally, that didn’t make Komlo’s attorney, a man named Kenneth Lemoine, very happy himself. After all, one of his clients just died and a prosecutor doesn’t believe the guy is dead.

But, when you read the statement Lemoine issued, it does make you wonder whether he died after all. Why else would Lemoine stick to such legalese, without playing the “it’s a tragedy card?”

“I can confirm that he was involved in a fatal car accident,” Lemoine said. “That’s all I’m authorized to say.” 

Suspicious, right? What’s more: How do we know that Komlo was the man killed in the fatal accident? Just because there was a fatal accident doesn’t mean that Komlo was the man whose life was ended, right?

Does this mean that Komlo is back out on the streets, looking for houses to burn? Probably not, and he is, in fact, probably dead. But after that statement — and all the past arson and cocaine — you just can’t be sure, can you?