Update: No foul play in Jason English's death

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The police investigation has concluded into the sudden death of Jason English, whose body was found in a river on a public walking trail in the east end of St. John’s Tuesday evening.

According to a news release issued this afternoon by the RNC, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined English’s death is “not suspicious in nature and no further police investigation is required.”

While the release says the force  will not be releasing the identity of the deceased, Telegram sources confirmed English’s identity early Wednesday morning.

The 34-year-old was a former downtown bar owner and was in the news several times, having been convicted of aggravated assault and at least two offences of failing to have his pit bull properly leashed, which resulted in the death of one dog and the mauling of another.

Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, RNC officers, the St. John’s Regional Fire Department and paramedics from Eastern Health responded to a call of a man in the water.

He was taken to hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.


Earlier story:

There was more to Jason English than the criminal history people read about in the headlines, say friends of the young man who was found dead Tuesday evening.

“He was the first one at the park when we were getting ready for a game,” one of English’s baseball colleagues told The Telegram this afternoon.

“He loved to hit and he could hit the ball,” said Troy Croft, player and coach of the Gonzaga Vikings.

Telegram sources confirmed this morning English’s body was discovered in the Virginia River in St. John’s Tuesday evening.

The RNC issued a news release Tuesday evening saying it is investigating a sudden death that occurred in the water along the Virginia River walking trail in East Meadows, in the east end of St. John’s.

Around 7 p.m. RNC officers, the St. John’s Regional Fire Department and paramedics from Eastern Health responded to a call of a man in the water.

He was taken to hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.

English played in the St. John’s Senior Men’s Baseball League for several years and was an accomplished hitter.

On a couple of occasions he led the league and was a designated batter for the Gonzaga Vikings.

“It’s too bad, especially for his mother and family and what they’re going through. You want to remember the good things about someone when they pass, so hopefully this helps in some way,” said Croft.

“He was a designated hitter for us, which speaks to his love of hitting, it was what he wanted to do,” he said.

When English wasn’t on the field, the 34-year-old spent a lot of his time downtown St. John’s where he once owned The Crazy Horse strip club on Duckworth Street and worked at different bars over the years.

He was known to police as far back as 2006 when he was charged under the Dog Act after his two pit bulls mauled an Australian shepherd at the east end of Quidi Vidi Lake.

In 2008, English pleaded guilty to failing to properly tether or pen his dog and was fined $200 and ordered to pay $500 restitution to the smaller dog’s owner.

Two years later he was charged with aggravated assault as a result of biting a piece off of a man’s ear during a fight May 23, 2010, at Spin nightclub in downtown St. John's.

The man with the ear injury worked at the club as a bartender.

Following trial, English was found guilty and on Dec. 31, 2010, was sentenced to eight months in jail.

In October 2011, he was back before a judge as a result of the incident involving his pitt bull.

English was charged and eventually found guilty of failing to tether and pen his dog under the provincial Dog Act, along with breaching probation.

The charges were laid after the dog escaped from English’s back garden and attacked a poodle outside Georgetown Pub in St. John’s on Oct. 6. The poodle had to be euthanized.

English admitted it was his dog that attacked the smaller dog, but suggested someone had removed the rope and latch securing his gate, allowing his dog to escape.

He was fined $200, to be paid to the court, and was ordered to pay $206 in restitution to the smaller dog’s owner for the vet bill. He was also ordered to serve one year’s probation.

A request to have English’s dog euthanized was denied.  

 The RNC is providing assistance to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to help establish the cause of English’s death.

The RNC Criminal Investigation Division is asking anyone with information to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or anonymously via the NL Crime Stoppers website, www.nlcrimestoppers.com.





Earlier story:

Jason English is man found dead in Virginia River

Telegram sources have confirmed the man whose body was discovered in the Virginia River in St. John’s Tuesday evening is Jason English.

English, 34, was a former downtown bar owner and was well known to the police, having been convicted of aggravated assault and at least two offences of failing to have his pit bull properly leashed, which resulted in the death of one dog and the mauling of another.

The RNC issued a news release Tuesday evening saying it is investigating a sudden death that occurred in the water along the Virginia River walking trail in East Meadows, in the east end of St. John’s.

Around 7 p.m. RNC officers, the St. John’s Regional Fire Department and paramedics from Eastern Health responded to a call of a man in the water.

He was taken to hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.

 The RNC is providing assistance to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to help establish the cause of death.

The RNC Criminal Investigation Division is asking anyone with information to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or anonymously via the NL Crime Stoppers website, www.nlcrimestoppers.com.



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Recent comments

  • J.K
    May 05, 2014 - 20:03

    People sensationalize the negative and sometimes overlook any positive points. Very few people are without a skeleton in their closet. Jason may have had more than most, but The media has focused on the negative for that's what makes "good news". most people only knew what they read in paper about Jason. that's unfortunate for he possessed a lot fine qualities. for example He just started a new career in the heavy equipment industry after completeing his schooling. im not justifying any wrong doing on his part, but im not so narrow minded to think he wasn't trying to make his life better either. he made a great friend to a lot of people. And left a mourning family behind.

  • Bee
    May 03, 2014 - 08:43

    "The best part of this article is reading his skeety acquaintance's attempts at forming proper sentences in his defence. St. John's is a safer place without him. " Entertained May 01, 2014 - 13:43 To Entertained and all other ignorant folk, A man has lost his life and you have the audacity to speak such words. No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes , who are all you people to judge a dead man who now stands before God . You should all be ashamed of yourselves , judgement lies with God himself . It's too bad that the media doesn't report all the kind things this man has done in his life for other people , not to mention that it allows complete strangers to write these morbid posts while his friends and family and left to read the filth. The past is the past , the present is all that matters and presently Jason had just graduated from trade school and was taking his life forward and putting his past behind him , it's so sad that it was his time now because he was so happy that he was finally moving forward with his life. He was a great guy and I know there are a tremendous amount of people in a great deal of pain mourning him , rest easy big guy. On a side note to entertained and all other cold blooded souls who wish to post tasteless and hurtful comments just think back on when you were young , when you die what will the Telegram write about yourself? ( Probably nothing other than , "was found dead in front of laptop trolling the telegram website , surrounded by 73 cats.")

  • Kay
    May 02, 2014 - 01:06

    very well said !!

  • unbelievable
    May 01, 2014 - 18:30

    Worry more about your character than your reputation. Character is what you are, reputation merely what others think you are. "We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it." All of those charges were his past. Dogs are animals.. they attack. Why do you people think it's his fault?. He respects women. He hurts people who don't. A GENTLEMAN. Who are you to judge another because you saw them on the media? I can bet if that was someone else found dead we wouldn't have heard a thing about it or who it was. People die everyday do we see it on the media. No. Shame on the media for posting this. Why share someone's death to strangers who are only going to judge this man. He no longer lives. But his loving caring family do. His past is his past. He was just beginning a new future with a new trade, new job. it breaks my heart to know that he who wanted to change who wanted to better himself can no longer. We all make mistakes some worse than others. That doesn't define who we are. To his mom, you should be proud of your son and im sure you are. He was a great man who just loved life, loved having fun and sometimes we just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Prayers are with your family, god bless. "

  • Lisa
    May 01, 2014 - 13:56

    He was a criminal he didnt care about the people he hurt.. So good ridden to him but the sad thing is someone else is in his place now..

  • Entertained
    May 01, 2014 - 13:43

    The best part of this article is reading his skeety acquaintance's attempts at forming proper sentences in his defence. St. John's is a safer place without him.

    • Lisa
      May 01, 2014 - 13:58

      I agree.. St. John's better without him..

    • Guy Incognito
      May 01, 2014 - 16:30

      Every day innocent and beautiful people die before their time. People that make our lives better. So why would I feel bad for this thug?

  • WOW
    May 01, 2014 - 05:10

    I did not know this gentleman personally, but he was very close friends with people who my Husband know very well.....it was terrible to hear that he had lost his life much too early, but we are shocked to see what has been written about him in the news..how dare they degrade someone who has passed away like this..my heart goes out to his family and friends that have to read these write ups on him...when there hearts are shattered with his loss..there needs to be a public apology made to his family and friends!!!!

    • Guy Incognito
      May 01, 2014 - 16:33

      So you knew him how many times removed?

  • Tracey Hicks
    May 01, 2014 - 00:39

    I didn't know him well, but he never done anything to me to think he doesn't deserve to rest peacefully......past is the past, we all wish we could change it, doesn't need to be rubbed in your face after you gone, that for sure!

  • Cashin Delaney
    April 30, 2014 - 23:58

    He failed to control his aggressive breeds...that is happening on school playgrounds. Bite an ear - Tyson is endeared to us through the Hangover movies and by Spike Lee. I have read The One Dimensional Man - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-Dimensional_Man Any friends/sympathizers of Jason's should at least check out the Wiki, and if I may, consider his Spring passing in light of the origin of his name, from the Greek, Iason. English. http://csp.org/chrestomathy/apples_apollo.html Why is, or, why do we perceive, that TC Media employees are overstepping their bounds? He took drugs, and owned a strip club? These things do not die with this man. He navigated it all, best he can, done somegood, as the 100+ comments suggest. His social group just may have been the antidote to The St johns mob, or whatever Paddy Daley thinks is going on. Maybe it's not that cut and dry, and you, like me, could have made the headlines for, I dunno, say, drunk driving, or dumping effluent, then, young hillbilly, or old Vale, up and dies. Yes, curse Old Vale to death, but young hillbilly canbe redeemed. If not for Cash, then by Cash. I will keep trying. The news is facts, I guess, and there is no room for subtexts. The Telegram should close its comment section on this note, or at least do it like CBC, or Ed Hollett does it. Rest in Peace Brother, I never knew ya save for news, keep resonating, and radiating. Great democracy shown here by his friends as well as defenders of the press. Reform the comments, by requesting comments, in a proposal editorial. Paying up front to comment is a good model. Of course, on that plan, you defer $ if you don't comment. Squeeze the money, or boldfaced comments$, out of Maurice Adams, subsidizing your advertising, Jason was a business man, maybe, he would approve this plan? We all make mistakes, maybe my wandering free comments are ultimately crass to those in mourning? Under this model, the telegram would be free to donate all proceeds from comments. Was the Old Roman, said "everyone is fighting a hard battle", something like that. Even the people who work at the paper, let them redeem themselves.

  • Ryan Garland
    April 30, 2014 - 23:28

    I am entering my fourth year umpiring in the local St. John's Amateur Baseball, and ninth season overall, and for anyone to simply cast an opinion or judgment based on Jason's imperfect past is not fair or moral. No one is perfect, myself included. Jason, in all the dealings I had with him over the last three seasons of baseball never had a bad word to say to me personally, and anyone would tell you that, to a man, Jason was as "good as gold". He was quiet, mannerly and fit in like any other baseball player, and would always refer to me in a very respectful manner, either with a "Yes Sir"/"No Sir", or just want to talk baseball after his game or talk about my or other umpires calls. He found peace and solace in his nights at the park, and was often at the park WELL before anyone else, much like coach Troy Croft points out. For The Telegram to paint the article as a recap of his criminal past is unfair and unnecessary. Most people know his past, but they do not know the truly good person Jason English was. Jason has a family that no longer has him, a family that must mourn his death, and it's a shame The Telegram wrote this article in the disrespectful and distasteful manner they did. Rest peacefully Jason. "The Ballpark" won't be the same without you

  • C'mon
    April 30, 2014 - 21:36

    The Telegram did not in any way editorialize here. All I see is emotion from grieving friends and family and that is understandable. But The Telegram reported the facts of his history, as unsavoury as it was. His history is not their fault. He was found in a public place and was someone well-known in the city, albeit for notorious things. Tragic life, tragic end, but this vitriol towards The Telegeam is misplaced.

  • Joe Blow
    April 30, 2014 - 21:12

    Have a little compassion people, sorry to break the truth but only our creator has the authority to judge , your time better spent helping those who are in need and slander no man or woman for you will one day be judged. Oh so refreshing to know you have never done anything that has hurt or impacted another in a negative way, get over yourself and show a little forgiveness and goodwill, more spirituality in a rock!! I am not judging you I am actually praying for your awareness and enlightenment, live and let live.

  • mel
    April 30, 2014 - 20:53

    I can not even come close to believing how ignorant some people can be, how dare you sit there and judge this man on 3 mistakes he made in his life, cause you are so perfect!!!!! he was a very dear friend of mine, I knew the person he was, he was the most caring and loyal friend I ever had, he was there for me when no one else was, sure he struggled with some things in his life, as do everyone of you!!! how can you people even look at yourself in the mirror saying the things you have said here, honestly if anyone should have lost there life its the assholes on here opening there mouth to talk shit they know nothing about.. because if you spent even a small amount of time with this man you would know the good person he was.. and im disgraced to say I am from Newfoundland with media like that , that have nothing better to do than bring such negativity to such a sad time, his poor family are in mourning and all you care about is a damn story about the only bad things he did in his life, you went into the wrong career if you think that's ok.. so to his family Im so sorry for your loss, I loved Jay dearly he was such a good man, who helped me through many of my own battles in life... my heart breaks for him and for you.. may he rest in peace... all of my love

    • homewardmammal
      April 30, 2014 - 21:25

      He was a public figure. You can't expect the Telegram to refrain from writing the article and in their defense it simply contains some of the reasons for his fame. If he was a known philanthropist and community leader then maybe this article would've been different. -"he was a very dear friend of mine...-...honestly if anyone should have lost there life its the assholes on here opening there mouth to talk shit they know nothing about.." Perhaps this speaks volumes about the company he chose to keep?

    • Darlene
      May 01, 2014 - 01:18

      Well Said !!! hats off to you Mel, I didn't know him personally, But heard a lot of really nice things about him, May you all find peace in the beautiful memories you had together , God Bless

    • mel
      May 01, 2014 - 19:57

      are you kidding me homewardmammal?? the company he choose to keep.. again with people talking shit they know nothing about, I am a NON Drug USER, I DONT DRINK, I work 9 hours a day 5 days a week, I have raised 3 beautiful kids, Im not a criminal, but yet you know me so well.. you know nothing about this man.. people on here saying the city is better off with him dead, honestly?? and you think there is nothing wrong with that? he was human just like you, he made mistakes just like you. his mother, his family and his friends are trying to grieve and yet we have to deal with idiots like you who make this difficult time even more difficult. who cares about his past, its exactly that, his past.. you think he didn't feel bad for things that happened in his life, this is a man who cried on my shoulder, because of his life.. he was the most loyal person I knew. they don't talk about his good qualities, because they overpower the bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Disgusted
    April 30, 2014 - 20:38

    I have never seen such a Blanton disregard for someone's life and such a horribly written article! I never met the man , can't say I would have liked him but hts is pathetic. Journalist s are not supposed to be impartial . If this writer is on the payroll fire them please!

    • Frankly
      May 01, 2014 - 14:24

      This article is the definition of impartial. Perhaps you should look that definition up.

  • Joe Keating
    April 30, 2014 - 20:10

    How dare the telegram allow such udder disrespect. There needs to be a public apology for all Chris's family and friends. Shame on you. I do not know Chris in anyway. It just troubles me deeply the lack of compassion.

  • Jamie
    April 30, 2014 - 19:38

    People all over just lost a loved one. A son, brother, uncle, etc has been taken away from them and all you can print is about criminal convictions from his past? Sad, very sad, that this is the focus of your article. It must suck having a minimum word requirement.

  • Ryan
    April 30, 2014 - 19:27

    All of you people only focusing on the negative (including the writer of this article) should be ashamed of yourselves. I didn't know this man, but here's what I do know: A man is dead, his family and friends are mourning the loss of a loved one, and all of you holier than thou people would rather just sit here talking about how much of a bad apple he was. From what I've read it seems like this man had a lot of good qualities as well. Bottom line is: He wasn't a murderer or a rapist, he simply made a few bad choices, and guess what? Everyone makes mistakes. Move on, let his family try to find peace in this tragedy instead of having to read BS from people like you. RIP Jason

  • Chris
    April 30, 2014 - 19:22

    As his past has little to do with his death. It probably wasn't worth going into as much negative detail in the media pieces. That said, your legacy should be built on all the good you did in your life. It's a shame some people don't live their lives in a manner they would be proud to be remembered for. This poor guy obviously had a little more bad than good which is unfortunate. However, at this point there is no need for the media to put such a negative spin on his death especially as there appears to be no foul play and doesn't relate to the story in any way. Condolences to his family.

  • Paul M
    April 30, 2014 - 19:20

    Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged! and Let Him Who is Without Sin Cast the First Stone

  • Steve
    April 30, 2014 - 18:56

    It is my opinion that no one person is not 100% evil or 100% good. We all have skeletons in our closet. I believe the only reason this persons chequered past was even used in the Telegram was for 2 reasons. 1 – the majority of people would recognize the deceased based on his criminal history. If I said Chris Smith, all around good guy died last week, people would say “What? Who was that?” But if you list his past history, people would be reminded. 2 – the public are jittery when it comes to deaths, especially to unexplained ones. BUT, when people (aka The Sheep) read, “oh, he was a criminal, that’s okay, I’m not a criminal so it obviously doesn’t affect me. Now I’ll return to my suburb lifestyle”. Did I know the deceased? No, but I know enough that he at least friends who accepted him for who he was.

  • Julia
    April 30, 2014 - 17:20

    Only skeets writing good things about Jason? You guys are so pigheaded and disrespectful. I am not a skeet, not involved in drugs and have never been in trouble with the law. Yes, Jason had made some mistakes, we all have. Sadly though, Jay wasn't given many opportunities to change his life. In the past few years he has really cleaned himself up and as lots have said, recently graduated school. Yes.. You could have pointed out his past to put things in context, but why not like this: After a troubled upbringing and various run ins with the law, a young man in his 30'd had his life cut short just as things were starting to make a turn for the better. An avid sportsman, loving son and caring friend, Jason English had just graduated a few short weeks ago from the heavy equipment operators course and was saving to purchase his first home". What I will remember most about Jason was his love and respect for his friends, family and women in general. Known as someone who was always in fights, did anyone ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe he was protecting someone who couldn't protect themselves? I hope this is a lesson learned for the telegram. Have some taste and respect. RIP Jay. To your loving mom, friends and family, Jay had an amazing heart and will remain in the hearts of everyone who knew him for a long time to come. My thoughts and prayers are with you xxx

    • Frankly
      May 01, 2014 - 14:38

      I'm not going to say "good riddance." I think human loss is a shame 100% of the time. But at the same time, folks, you need to put this in perspective... if they had written "Jason English, avid sportsman, recently graduated from school," everyone would wonder who it is and why he's being discussed. The details of the previous stories are NECESSARY for the context you seem to understand is also necessary. And again, let's be real... good guys, avid sportsmen, people saving for a home, they die everyday, and it's a tragedy, but it's not news. This is only newsworthy because of the combination of the nature of his death and his criminal activities. That might be unpleasant, but it's the truth.

  • Ann
    April 30, 2014 - 16:28

    Close this commentary. It's doing more harm than good.

  • D1969
    April 30, 2014 - 15:58

    I didn't know Jason and have never heard of his criminal record. But, because the man had a record his face has been plastered in the news. If this was a normal Joe there would not be any pictures of him. The first picture I seen today was a court picture. The media should have some respect for Jason and his family and not plaster his face in the headlines.

  • Alvin
    April 30, 2014 - 15:55

    I for one am glad he is gone, karma had her way

    • Sarah
      May 01, 2014 - 01:42

      Ignorant pig karma might just visit u

  • Bill Smith
    Bill Smith
    April 30, 2014 - 15:45

    It's both sad that he died young and also sad that he lived the way he did for much of his life. He did a lot of bad things but I'm sure there were good thing about him too that only his close friends would know. Either way, it's tragic and a sad story.

  • Everyone knows
    April 30, 2014 - 15:09

    Everyone is writing about his "past". It was the present as well because he was still up to his old tricks and everyone knew it. Anyone that knew him knows what he was up to. Nothing wrong with this article IMO.

  • Joan
    April 30, 2014 - 15:01

    As I was reading the article I thought I was reading about a death of another fellow Newfoundlander, but as I read further it seemed he was being put on trial for past problems he had. How can you mourn the death of a loved one when all you see is problems he had in his past. Is it that important for you to publicize this rubbish for you to gain a higher volume of readers? I don't know the family however I shall mourn for them, as it seems you have made this into something that is of no importance to us as people. Where is your compassion? Shame on you!! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this very difficult time.

  • Dan
    April 30, 2014 - 14:59

    I see the Telegram is attempting to somewhat redeem itself on this story by adding the heading and some kind words from English's coach. The guy was not perfect, no one is. I knew Jason since we were little kids getting candy at Parsleys. He had his issues, so did I for a while, I just managed to escape my vices before he did. Last time I seen him he was in the process of turning his life around. I hope the Telegram has learned to display some tact when dealing with someone's death. R.I.P. English.

  • Tely are D-Bags
    April 30, 2014 - 14:47

    No sooner does Croft say "You want to remember the good things about someone when they pass," then the morons at the Telegram have to follow it up with this guy's past. What is the motto at the Telegram, 'leave your integrity and common sense at the door because we've gone tabloid.' Real pros you bunch of d-bags. Your friends and family must be so proud of you.

    • Frankly
      April 30, 2014 - 15:14

      They are reporting the facts. They're doing their job. His friends might want to remember the good things about him, but the general public just wants to be reminded how we know the name and face, and that's from his criminal activities. It's a shame he didn't do morte to make himself known publicly in a more positive light, but that's the reality of the situation. You can't blame the Telegram for reporting this newsworthy event or for presenting the facts: that's what they do. Neither can you can't blame the Telegram for the things Mr. English did that made him known to us.

    • Frankly Bullsh1t
      April 30, 2014 - 21:25

      "They're doing their job". Ah yes the familiar excuse for not doing the right thing. Here's a newsflash for you. "Their job" is to make money for their publisher which is why they sink to such lows.

    • Frankly
      May 01, 2014 - 14:47

      Sorry, Mr. Bullsh1t, but "reporting the facts" and "doing the right thing" are one and the same here. Sure, folks who work in the media want to sell copies, but that's not what's happening here: do you really think that making this story "colorful" will sell any extra papers? Do you honestly think people are interested enough in this story for that to happen? This story isn't selling papers, so it's not a consideration. Try to put it in perspective: this is a reporting on the death of a public figure. It goes on to remind the reader why the public figure became public. That is standard stuff, in fact, I'd say it's necessary. I understand that it might be an emotional time for you, and I'm truly sorry you lost a loved one, but I'm not a loved one, it's not an emotional time for me, and I want to hear the whole story. Providing that whole story, the current event and the past events for context, that's the "job" that the reporters are "doing" and doing well.

  • CC
    April 30, 2014 - 14:39

    Facts are facts. I don't think this article is disrespectful at all. They are reporting on what has happened and decided to mention how the public would know this man by using his past. The public does not know the Jason English who went back to school and cleaned up his life, they know the one who has issues with the law. It is sad that this man died, but this article is just reporting wha happened.

  • C.
    April 30, 2014 - 14:36

    I think it's great that this man's friends have come online to vouch for his character and try to mend his reputation; however, it's still perfectly fair for the media to report on who he was - he was known publicly as a man who committed a violent aggravated assault. He was turning his life around - good. But facts are facts, and unfortunately he was a public figure because of his past actions. So - let us know how he was improving himself, and defend his reputation - absolutely. But it's entirely justifiable for the media to mention his criminal record - a matter of public record - when reporting on his death.

  • mike
    April 30, 2014 - 14:12

    very sad day! RIP Jay.

  • c
    April 30, 2014 - 14:11

    Updated with a few positive comments or not, this article still disgusts me. Very distasteful and the reporter who wrote it should be ashamed for slandering a dead human being so soon after their death when friends and family are just beginning to mourn. He was in trouble a few times, you have no idea how much this man may have meant to his family and many many friends. I hope you feel better about yourself for scoring an article out of other peoples loss.

  • alicia
    April 30, 2014 - 13:37

    is it really necessary to highlight this mans criminal history???? He is dead for Christ sakes! His family and friends are mourning him and have to read about his colorful past in the news, cant we just focus on the present??? I did not know Jason, but he was a good friend of my brothers and a lot of my friends, they are dealing with enough with his death and do not need to be further upset by negative media hype.

    • Confused
      April 30, 2014 - 14:25

      You guys made the article more about his criminal history than his unfortunate passing. Sad, sad way to get the public's readership.

  • better place
    April 30, 2014 - 13:32

    Im sure to his close friends and family this guy was a great guy, but for those who dont and saw him in the bars downtown thinking he was all that and trying to start rackets, we believe different. fighting was for kids and thank fully some of us grew up while others still struggle. now if we could get the rest of the skits off the streets the world would be a better place.

    • Shocked
      April 30, 2014 - 15:34

      Are you calling him a skeet? This is horrible for people to be talking about him so negative. Whether his dog hurt a poodle or he owned a bar or for that matter even cursed at someone, he is someone's son and has family and friends who are mourning him. There is no need to speak I'll of him at all.

  • A Little Compassion
    April 30, 2014 - 13:31

    The man was no angel. He was a convicted criminal; nobody is disputing that. It's well documented. However, he was a PERSON too! He was more than his criminal past. He is dead now and can't read the words written about him - but his FAMILY can. They aren't criminals and shouldn't have to read all this nastiness. Remember, a mother has lost her only son! No need to make him a saint, but as his family is grieving there is no need to throw up his past. Let it be.

    • Frankly
      April 30, 2014 - 15:09

      It's not nastiness. It's a reporting of the facts. The fact is he committed these crimes, and the fact is that most of us will recognize his name from that. If the Telegram wasn't reporting the facts, we'd be on them about that. Anyone who takes issue with this, read the reporting on anyone publicly known who passes: there's always a retelling of the major events of that person's life, the things that brought that person to the public eye: unfortunately for Mr. English, the facts that brought him into our view were roundly negative. Those are the facts, that's reality; sometimes the truth hurts, but all that's being reported here is the truth.

    • Bernadette Cyw
      May 01, 2014 - 09:06

      You said it well -- they didn't speak of him as a person!!! Someone didn't take the energy to learn but kept sitting st their desk and looked into the court records!!! Their are some mighty grieving people who are NOT saying - thank God he's gone! So we still don't know who Jason is!!!!!

  • Jenell
    April 30, 2014 - 13:31

    RIP Jay. The most judgemental people in this thread are the ones who have only heard of past bad choices and were obviously not in the loop to hear of the good ones. You made us proud that you finished school and became a heavy equipment operator 6 weeks ago. You saved myself and many other girls from douchebags downtown, especially a particular girl you saved from being dragged off forcibly by a man - you were the only one who heard her scream. These are the stories that people don't hear about you, how you were there as a strong shoulder of support to your friends and how proud you were of those who went back to school and cleaned up their lives. Of how you said you were proud of me when I published my first book. I will go back to Rome my buddy, and visit the Colosseum in your honor - a feat that you wanted to do but won't get a chance to now, and so I will pick it up for you. Rest in peace my buddy.

    • John
      April 30, 2014 - 14:49

      Great post. People should hear a broader slice of the truth more often instead of the usual short sighted smears they use to sell papers. I grew up not far from Jason and my brother also knew him well. My sympathies to his family and friends.

  • lester
    April 30, 2014 - 13:26

    This is sad for any Family, but the Fact remains that this was not a upstanding citizen. In his life, the choices he Made caused him to have Negative attention, and in his death the same thing. Sad for the Family, but the Facts are Facts.

    • Jamie
      April 30, 2014 - 19:40

      The fact he has a criminal past has nothing to do with his death. They had no reason to print that. It's tragic enough as it is.

  • Schwab
    April 30, 2014 - 13:22

    Seriously Telegram?????? The man dies so what is the point of bringing up every dirty deed he did. No question he was no saint but I was fortunate to play with and coach him in baseball and he was a tremendous baseball player so at least I can say I got t see the good side and believe it or not he had one. I know that Jason has done some very bad things but I always saw the good in him and it saddened me the the things he did and was a part of cause I knew he was always capable of better. Unfortunately he got into the wrong stuff and no doubt he was wrong and did some bad things but the man was trying to better himself and start a new life. Is this necessary where has human decency gone when a human being dies is it now customary to piss on their graves because he broke the law and had some inner demons. At the end of the day are we not all human so where is the compassion the man has a family and people who cared about hiim as we all do. I have known Jason a very long time and it breaks my heart that he is gone at an early age and I know he seemed to be finally getting his life together so this makes it more tragic. It upsets me even more that the media digs up every little thing he did when people including his wonderful mother have to suffer through this and will never feel the same again. Maybe I'm Biased because I knew him and saw another side of him and always hoped he would turn the corner and when he finally did this tragedy. So can we all please try to show some compassion for him and his family everybody deserves that much in a time like this. RIP Jason and I will never forget your hellos to me whenever you saw me out anywhere and it was always in his big rough voice " Hello Coach". God bless ya and god bless your lovely mother and family.

    • Carl Lake
      April 30, 2014 - 15:34

      Schwab I totally agree with you. As a baseball umpire now for over 47 years I can honestly say on the field Jason was a gentleman. He had respect for his teammates other players and especially umpires. He always refereed to me as Mr Lake. If I made a call he didn't like, he didn't argue, he gave that Jason smile, and shook his head. He always had a good evening Mr Lake before the pitcher threw him his first pitch and he always said to the opposing catcher have a good game. Yes Jason had some problems but he never brought those to the ball park. He will be missed at St. Pats and will be missed by his fellow players and especially his team mates. RIP Jason.

  • Townie
    April 30, 2014 - 13:22

    Yes his mother is reading this. And she knows what her son has done. It's no secret that he was in trouble with the law. When a news body like the Telegram are reporting, they identify previous instances where they have reported the individual or situation that have been published by them. It's not slander. Yes Jason was a good person who had some bad qualities. But the paper merely has to state the facts. Yes they are alluding to foul play, because that is under investigation. Do you not see the request for information from the RNC. For all of you that care so much about Jason, this shouldn't bother you if you want his death not to be a mystery. There is obviously more to it than any of us know.

  • Mike
    April 30, 2014 - 13:16

    He bit part of my friends ear off. Which resulted in permanent psychological & physical scars. His dog murdered another man's dog in front of him. The pit bull tore the little dog to shreds. I'm not judging anyone, but karma always has it's own way of coming back around.

    • Nicole
      April 30, 2014 - 16:09

      Hey Mike, I hope you feel the same, when Karma visits you. Idiot.

    • A freind
      April 30, 2014 - 18:07

      We know the bad things he has done, but we also know the GREAT things he has done. Sounds like you are judging to me!! And karma?? Really??

  • A friend
    April 30, 2014 - 13:16

    Jason was my friend. He was an amazing friend. Who cares about his past. He is gone. :(

  • Mike
    April 30, 2014 - 13:05

    It never ceases to amaze me how judgmental our community is. This wasn't a MOB boss or murderer. This was a guy who made some bad choices in life. I'm sure though you have all lead pristine lives and have never done a thing wrong. Most well known, to many of you, for a fight downtown, having his dog off leash, and a marijuana charge. A lot of you and your friends have done the same or worse, for some reason though, Jason made a better headline. The guy recently went back to and completed school, and began a new job. Jay was a larger than life personality, quick witted, and a little short fused, at times letting his emotions get the better of him. For all his faults, those who got to know him were always glad to see him coming. He never made excuse for who he was, or things he had done. He didn't compare him self to others, he was his own man, and was trying to make a change. Sad it had to end for him like this. Even sadder people feel a need to cut the man down to bring themselves up.

    • Frankly
      April 30, 2014 - 15:28

      Be real... he bit someone's ear off. None of us who are trying to point out that this is a perfectly reasonable story for the Telegram to tell have ever done anything that compares to that, I'm betting. It's worth reporting these things... I'm sorry that you folks seem to disagree, but it's the truth.

    • Mike
      May 01, 2014 - 00:29

      I am being real, Frankly. Jason had his day in the media for those crimes, when they were committed and when he was given and completed his sentence. Any damn fool can google those stories. Fact is he paid his debt to society and his family surely doesn't deserve the extra stress from negative media attention. As for your moral high ground, I'll gladly take that bet. Surely such a fine upstanding citizen as yourself would have nothing too hide. You'd gladly let us all take a look at your cell, facebook messages and emails. Yes of course, Mr. Perfect with nothing to hide..

    • Frankly
      May 01, 2014 - 14:59

      This isn't negative media attention, it's a straight reporting of the newsworthy parts of this man's life, a retelling of the facts so that those of us who weren't friends with him can confirm that the Jason English who died tragically is the same Jason English who bit the guy's ear off and killed the dog. Whether he paid his debt to society or not, that's the only connection the rest of us had to him, and so that's why it's being reported. It's not vindictive, it's not a smear campaign, it's a retelling of the public facts of this man's life. They're what's negative here, the story is decidedly neutral. And no, none of us are angels, but few of us are responsible for anyone's permanent disfigurement. Those that are make the news. I think that's a good thing. Look, I'm sorry you lost someone you care about, but the bottom line is this: when you die, if you never made the news, your death won't be the first time. But if you did, and if your death is reported on, the things they'll mention are the other things that got you in the news. That might suck for people who don't want to hear those things again, but that helps the rest of us, and I'm glad the media does it.

    • Frankly
      May 01, 2014 - 15:04

      Keep doing what you're doing, Telegram. This is a fair, impartial story; it might be tough to read for some folks, but it's the truth.

    • Frankly
      May 01, 2014 - 15:06

      The only mistake the Telegram made with respect to the Jason English story was opening the comments section.

  • John Q. Public
    April 30, 2014 - 12:52

    Every death is premature and the loss of life is always a tragedy. However, there are many saying that our community is a safer place today.

  • CJ
    April 30, 2014 - 12:23

    Enough of the bleeding hearts.... the man lived as a criminal and didn't deserve any respect when he was alive but now because he's dead people have to talk nice about him? Too bad he lived like he did and died young but it is what it is.... there's been no disrespect that I've seen, simply a stating of the facts. Just cause someone is dead doesn't mean we all have to lie about what a nice person he was....

    • agree
      April 30, 2014 - 13:05

      cj basically said it as it is. agree 100%. suddenly he's a saint? get over the false praise people.

    • Amanda
      April 30, 2014 - 16:58

      Nobody is saying the man is a saint. They are simply saying he is HUMAN with good qualities and bad qualities. Judge not lest you be judged. We all make mistakes. What is the point on focusing on all the bad choices he made? If you haven't walked in someone else's shoes and you don't know their story you may be surprised to see you're not that different, after you stop thinking that you're a SAINT! Would you want everyone that ever felt wronged by you to get up at your funeral and bash you? Would that be fair to your loved ones? Maybe the people being hurt by you nasty comments will get up at your funerals to talk about what an a-hole you are.

  • Disgusted
    April 30, 2014 - 12:11

    No matter what they were known to police for a person is deceased! Has no berring on what he/she may have done so bc they had a run in with the law it's ok to smear it on web what bout the sad family and friends who are grieving shameful May he rest in peace leave his past where it belongs in the past

  • guy incognito
    April 30, 2014 - 12:09

    The telegram gave the facts. He was a criminal known to the police and the public and died suspiciously. He wasn't exactly a gentle soul.

    • John
      April 30, 2014 - 14:57

      Yes. Unfortunately the telegram never reports a good deed. So that's it then. He MUST have a ruthless S**T and nothing more because that's all the telegram said about him. Give your head a shake buddy and stop believing EVERYTHING someone else only partially tells you.

    • guy incognito
      May 01, 2014 - 07:25

      It's a matter of public record John. It's not my opinion. If you want a nice obituary, live a decent life and try not to hurt anyone.

  • ashley march
    April 30, 2014 - 12:06

    Think about Jason's mother!!!! For God sakes people this was her only child. Regardless of his past do you really think this is what she nerds to be reading about her son right now. Shes well aware of his flaws im sure!!! This is a disgusting article! !!

  • Donna
    April 30, 2014 - 12:04

    There is a time and place to bring up a person's past.... During the families time of mourning is NOT IT!!! I have never met the man but through Facebook it is a obvious he is very loved regardless of his dealings with the law. People change and if all the news can dig up is his past then why should individuals with a tainted past change!!!! Whats the point of rehabilitation if a person will always be tagged with negativity. The media is reinforcing bad behavior instead of rewarding his accomplishments and triumphs. WHAT A WAIST OF AN ARTICLE!!! From: A Changed soul

  • FishNuggets
    April 30, 2014 - 12:03

    The Media did not make him a bad guy, he did that all by himself. The only people defending him are skeet's like him.

    • John
      April 30, 2014 - 14:59

      The telegram has never said anything good about you either so you're obviously a skeet as well hey?

  • John
    April 30, 2014 - 12:03

    Anybody remember when Jian Gomeshi interviewed Billy-Bob Thornton with his new band, and Billy-Bob freaked out because Jian mentioned that Billy-Bob was a famous movie star? Jian's response pointed out that it would be really strange to have everyone listening wondering if this is the same Billy-Bob Thornton who is in movies. He was providing context. The Telegram (and all other news outlets) are just doing the same thing. If they said the man found yesterday has been identified as Jason English, and left it at that, everyone who doesn't know him will just be asking "is that the same Jason English?". The articles and radio spots today are just pointing out to those who can't fully remember, he's the guy who you heard about doing this, this, and that. Again, just providing context. When a politician dies, they say he was a politician, because it would be weird not to, and because those outside his personal life know him/her as such and the story wouldn't make sense without mentioning that.

  • susie
    April 30, 2014 - 12:00

    Google Jason English enough said

  • Mark Kane
    April 30, 2014 - 11:57

    Never judge a book by its cover!!!.... Personally I think the editor that allowed this to be printed should walk a day in that mans shoes... Judged with every move he made ... And as u can see by these previous comments he was very much love person.... Big heart and big tears over this way for u jay brother.... U will never be forgotten .... Shame on u media for this bullshit!!!!!!!

  • Marc
    April 30, 2014 - 11:55

    The telegram actually went easy on this story. I grew up on a country (and worked for a newspaper) where the headline would be "Ear Biting Drug Dealer Found Dead- leaves aggressive dogs to mourn." The Calculation: 1. A individual was found dead on a public path - Newsworthy. 2. It is unknown why or how he died - Newsworthy. 3. The individual has generated 488 news reports on 16 different dates. This is a higher generation rate than some politicians - Obviously an individual of public interest. Newsworthy events + individuals of public interest = News Coverage.

    • Meghan
      April 30, 2014 - 12:07

      His dogs are dead. He was very upset about the dog incident. He was a human being. Yeah, the news loved him when he was involved in a dramatic downtown scuffle. Imagine if the news knew every little stupid thing everyone was involved in. We'd all look like useless crazy people. They could have at least written the article with some compassion for his family. Just because news articles are more disgusting where you come from doesn't make this article ok. News sites are brutal and prey mostly on the negative in everything. He had really cleaned his life up in the last few years and was making big changes in his life, he just finished secondary education. Don't see that listed anywhere. Shameful.

  • Confused
    April 30, 2014 - 11:53

    A lot of understandable emotion here, but what has The Telegram done wrong here? They reported who he was.

    • Agree
      April 30, 2014 - 12:41

      I agree completely. I know people are mourning here, but this man wasn't a saint. He had no problem putting his negative stamp on our world. He left what he chose to leave behind, that unfortunately is a lot of negative news articles, convictions, charges, fights. We have two choices in life; to be good or to not be. Nobody chooses for us. If you come from hardship it doesn't mean you are predestined to be a trouble maker just the same as if you come from fortune you are most definitely not predestined to be an upstanding citizen; the choice is ours. Jason made his choice, he put his mark on the world. It's unfortunate that if he was making positive changes in his life that he left the world before people could remember him for the good. It's sad to lose anyone in life, nobody deserves to go at such a young age, however perhaps we should all take stock here and think about what it is we are putting out in this world to be remembered by. My thoughts and prayers are with Jason's friends and family, but I do not see anything wrong with the news reporting the truth.

    • Agree
      April 30, 2014 - 13:14

      I agree completely. I know people are mourning here, but this man wasn't a saint. He had no problem putting his negative stamp on our world. He left what he chose to leave behind, that unfortunately is a lot of negative news articles, convictions, charges, fights. We have two choices in life; to be good or to not be. Nobody chooses for us. If you come from hardship it doesn't mean you are predestined to be a trouble maker just the same as if you come from fortune you are most definitely not predestined to be an upstanding citizen; the choice is ours. Jason made his choice, he put his mark on the world. It's unfortunate that if he was making positive changes in his life that he left the world before people could remember him for the good. It's sad to lose anyone in life, nobody deserves to go at such a young age, however perhaps we should all take stock here and think about what it is we are putting out in this world to be remembered by. My thoughts and prayers are with Jason's friends and family, but I do not see anything wrong with the news reporting the truth.

  • Peggy
    April 30, 2014 - 11:44

    How degrading can anyone be? He made a mistake and paid the price!!! He was a wonderful young man.. How much more can you sell your conscience before you are totally unhuman!!

  • Thomas
    April 30, 2014 - 11:42

    Likely an underlying medical condition that took him while he was out for a run. Sad. Sorry for the families loss.

  • sharon finlay
    April 30, 2014 - 11:41

    Every Human Being Have The Right To Some Decency. This Poor Mans Family I Send Deepest Sympathy, But The media Always Bring Out The Bad In People First,Nothing About The Good This Poor Guy Did,Rest In Peace Jason.

  • Kim
    April 30, 2014 - 11:36

    I think it is disrespectful to this man's family. Only goes to show that its all about the sales. The more scandalous the story...the more money made! I am highly disgusted! Why not write about the poverty, the screwed up health care system we got here?

  • Danielle
    April 30, 2014 - 11:32

    If a person is found dead why on earth would you write a news clip about them being known to police for "having been convicted of aggravated assault and at least two offences of failing to have his pit bull properly leashed, which resulted in the death of one dog and the mauling of another". Regardless of their past offences, have respect for the family who will have to bury a loved one.

  • Danielle
    April 30, 2014 - 11:31

    If a person is found dead why on earth would you write a news clip about them being known to police for "having been convicted of aggravated assault and at least two offences of failing to have his pit bull properly leashed, which resulted in the death of one dog and the mauling of another". Regardless of their past offences, have respect for the family who will have to bury a loved one.

  • jim
    April 30, 2014 - 11:30

    I agree the tele shouldnt have disrespected the man, but come on. everyone in town knows what he was doing.

  • Moderator
    April 30, 2014 - 11:27

    There is no implication in this article that any foul play is suspected.

  • Frank
    April 30, 2014 - 11:24

    I read your article on Jason English with disgust and dismay. How could you stoop so low- this is a human being with a loving family left behind-this is an extremely low level of reporting and its totally uncalled for in this day and age...

  • Ashley
    April 30, 2014 - 11:23

    NO NEED. To the person who wrote this, get some sense, how would you feel if someone you loved dearly died and all was said was about them was the mistakes they made or what bad theyhave done?

  • Ashley
    April 30, 2014 - 11:22

    NO NEED. To the person who wrote this, get some sense, how would you feel if someone you loved dearly died and all was said was about them was the mistakes they made or what bad theyhave done?

    • Ashley
      May 01, 2014 - 09:51

      Well said!

  • Denise
    April 30, 2014 - 11:21

    Condolences to his family. People, they stated facts that are well-known to the public. Didn't state anything different than VOCM and CBC have reported.

  • DP
    April 30, 2014 - 11:21

    If you don't want to be identified as a criminal, don't be one. They reported facts and that is all. I will be curious to find out what the cause of death is and if there is foul play suspected.

  • Nicole
    April 30, 2014 - 11:17

    First thing first...Everyone has a past!! This man had a hard life. Just like many in this city. But he is one that was changing his life, so why bring the past back to hunt him? There is no need to be disrespectful. He had just finished school and did awesome, bought himself a new car, and on the verge of getting a house. Yes he might of been known to police but he was also known to others as a decent man and would do anything for anybody. I can go on and on but for those of you that had the pleasure to know this guy would say the same thing and you were honored. There is a story behind everyone and everyone fighting there own battle that no one knows nothing about. Nuff said!!

  • rod hand
    April 30, 2014 - 11:14

    very poor taste for the telegram ...vocm is no better.. don't see any need to point any negative comments in this situation. he has family that are trying to deal with this...

  • Friend
    April 30, 2014 - 11:11

    Distasteful he has friends morning over him- Me included, He did have a criminal past but its how you overcome those situations is what defines you as a person, He was a gentle soul. RIP big boy I miss you dearly already xop

  • Marc
    April 30, 2014 - 11:11

    Really? A well known criminal dies under unusual circumstances and it shouldn't be reported?

  • Meghan
    April 30, 2014 - 11:08

    This article is so ridiculous. He was a HUMAN BEING. Maybe you left out some speeding tickets? Perhaps he forgot to return some library books in junior high. Seriously, telegram? Have some respect for the dead. This is disgusting. So we now announce everything stupid someone has done in their life when their dead body turns up somewhere? Gross. I am sure this family finds this really comforting. Disgraceful.

  • Harry Clarke
    April 30, 2014 - 10:55

    Very poor taste Telegram, a man has passed, show some respect.

  • Donna Coaker
    April 30, 2014 - 10:55

    I think that it is very sad that the telegram wasted there time telling of his past and of course they don't write how wonderful friend and person he was like how he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it or if you needed help he would be the first one there to help, they always focus on the bad never the good and they should also be focusing on who did this to him. To the family and friends of Jason my heart is with you and so are my prayers may you rest in peace. Your truly were an angel from god he's just sent for you early.

  • Jeff
    April 30, 2014 - 10:53

    Jason was a person with a big heart and an incredible mother. Have some respect and let this man rest in peace. His poor mother is probably reading this. He was also an unbelievable athlete but you don't see that written. RIP old friend.

  • Jennifer Tucker
    April 30, 2014 - 10:48

    I cannot believe how disrespectful the telegram was in their portrayal of this young man, whos life was cut to short. No matter what his past contained the telegram had no right to slander him in such a way so soon after his death. Im sure his family did not need to deal with all this garbage being brought back up at the most difficult time of their lives.

    • Sam
      April 30, 2014 - 12:23

      I don't think you know what slander means. It's when you say something about someone that's not true. What is slanderous about this article? Sad for the family, yes, but The Telegram (and CBC and VOCM, because they did the same in their stories) is just reporting the facts. Why doesn't one of you call the media and offer to share a different side of the man, that you think he deserves? If a politician dies, the media will refer to him as a politician, even if his family prefers to think of him as a loving grandpa. It's because this is how the public will recognize him. His crimes are unfortunate, but when you keep getting in trouble with the law, it's what you become publicly known for. It's called context. Condolences to his family.

  • Amy
    April 30, 2014 - 10:45

    There is no need of the telegram to detail his involvement with the justice system or for the rnc to say he was known to police. Have some common human decency. The man is dead. Despite what he may or may not have been involved in while alive, many ppl love and care for him and it's a terrible thing to put out details about his life that have no relevance to the article. RIP Jason.

  • Ashley
    April 30, 2014 - 10:40

    I am disgusted with this article, telegram you should be ashamed! Jason was an amazing guy who would do anything for anybody. Him and his family did not deserve such a poorly written article. Over half of this city has been affected by this tragedy have some respect and let us greive.

  • Jim Anonsen
    April 30, 2014 - 10:36

    A bad story, totally irresponsible. Telegram is implying foul play based on his past. They are not investigators and should be held accountable for disrupting an investigation

  • Brian
    April 30, 2014 - 10:28

    I hope you've found peace Jason. The telegrams above article is horrible, his past does not have anything to do with the article or the event last night. That's just not right for either him or his grieving family.

  • Janine
    April 30, 2014 - 10:21

    When did a mans death have to be preceded by his criminal past? This is somone's friend, son, boyfriend....

  • kim
    April 30, 2014 - 10:06

    I think your article is very disrespectful. I thought the telegram would have better taste than to slander someone. I do not know the young man but there is still a family behind this man that deserves respect. And so does the man that passed away. Shame on the telegram.

    • Huh
      April 30, 2014 - 10:25

      How is it "slander"? If you think this is sensational, check out CBC's story.

    • D
      April 30, 2014 - 14:41

      how is it slander when its the truth? and you can google his name and read the articles

  • sabrina
    April 30, 2014 - 10:05

    i think this is horrible for you to put his criminal record on here after he is passed away. he was a very nice guy and would do anything for any body. you should be ashamed. how rude of you guys to do this. he still has family and friends who care about him and love him.. why must you focus on his mistakes and not who he really was!!

  • Gerald Butt
    April 30, 2014 - 10:01

    Well telegram then give all the info about this man. Put in there that he was a good athlete and that he he won many awards for sports or that he work for an operating engineer in St. John's Everyone has there demons and past and made mistakes but if you are going to write about a man or anyone for that matter put in all the facts. Writing crap about people does not make people want to read your paper is turns people away. If all he did in his life was shit then fine but all you got on him was he owned a bar and he was a criminal then your resource department should all be fired.

  • Bonnie
    April 30, 2014 - 09:57

    Absolutely unbelievable! I can't believe that they still will not allow this man the decency to rest in peace!!! Absolutely no respect given to him or his family!!!!

  • ken power
    April 30, 2014 - 09:55

    why did you feel the need to smear this man?

    • coolio
      April 30, 2014 - 16:41

      you're not smearing someone if it's true.

  • Linda Grouchy
    April 30, 2014 - 09:55

    I do not agree that you need to say negative things about a man's past after he is found dead. Why not say he was found dead and leave it at that!! Let him rest in peace! Think about his family!!

  • Luke Brophy
    April 30, 2014 - 09:52

    The Telegram should be ashamed of themselves of publishing an article like this! It's in poor taste, let the people grieve!

  • darrell
    April 30, 2014 - 09:34

    RIP Jason. Though I only know of you through the media, I've heard from friends in the baseball circles that you were a fun and good natured young man.

  • Elizabeth Barry
    April 30, 2014 - 09:19

    I think it's super distasteful of The Telegram to post about this man's criminal history so soon after his death. I'm sure many of his family and friends have yet to find out about his passing, and I'm sure this is not the way they'd like to be notified, or how they'd like him remembered.

    • JT
      April 30, 2014 - 09:32

      Don't want to be known as a criminal? Don't be a known criminal.

    • Jeff
      April 30, 2014 - 09:33


    • Tely wasn't wrong
      April 30, 2014 - 09:33

      The Telegram was merely informing people of who he was, good or bad, as he was well-known. Also, he died in a public place under suspicious circumstances. The Telegram is not at any fault here and by now, most people know.

    • Ren
      April 30, 2014 - 09:48

      Was there a need to state about his history? Like really .. There is family and friends grieving over the loss of Jason and I'm sure there is people that are finding out by reading this awful story that you have posted!!! Like who in their right minds would post something like this at a time of grief! Easy to know they are nothing to you! Have respect!!!!!!! Absolutely rotted!

    • Ward Pike
      April 30, 2014 - 10:10

      I am in complete agreement with Ms. Barry. It is in very poor taste. This was the statement from the RNC also "the man was known to police". The man may not have always been a choir boy but any minor difficulties he faced and overcame are not the net sum of his life and not the way in which his memory should be framed.

    • Frank
      April 30, 2014 - 12:29

      As a citizen of this city and a avid reader of the Telegram I want the truth! I'm very sorry for his family's loss but this article could have been a lot worse based on facts. This man threatened many people in his life. He was involved with drugs and crime and needed help. Unfortunately he never got that help in time.