DENVER (CBS4) – Police still haven’t filed charges in the stabbing of a new Colorado Rapids player that occurred at his Seattle apartment back in December.
The soccer player, Marco Pappa, and his former girlfriend, Miss Washington USA, were the only ones there at time but they’re telling very different stories about what happened and fans don’t know what to believe.
The Rapids acquired Pappa, 23, from Seattle in December and two days later he was stabbed. Stormy Keffeler, 23, is now Pappa’s ex-girlfriend. She gave up her Miss Washington 2015 title after hiding that she had been stopped for drunk driving.
“For days I told people, ‘You can take my title off my cold dead body.’ I was willing to fight to the end,” Keffeler said.
When police responded to the stabbing records indicate they found a bloody kitchen knife and Keffeler had blood on her hands. But six weeks later nobody has been charged. Rapids fans are now wondering about the new player on the team.
“He seems to be one of these players that when he’s good, he’s very, very good. But clearly he’s no stranger to a bit of controversy,” Rapids fan Richard Bamber said.
Last July Pappa was reportedly stopped for speeding on a Seattle highway going 85 at 8 a.m.
Rapids fans are also want to know if Pappa can come back from being stabbed.
“We’re all hoping he’ll score a goal and then lift his jersey, and then we’ll see what is there,” Bamber said.
According to police documents, Pappa and Keffeler appeared to be intoxicated when police questioned them about his 2- to 3-inch stab wounds on the left side of his body. Initially Keffeler told police Pappa show up at the apartment with the stab wounds. She then changed her story and said Pappa was stabbed by a stranger while the couple were walking home from a bar. She has since stopped talking to investigators.
Pappa told police that Keffeler didn’t stab him and he couldn’t remember how it happened.
For a team that’s had two last placed finishes, fans also want to know if their team can catch a break.
“It doesn’t seem like it, at least the last two years, and the offseason hasn’t exactly gone the way that people wanted to here in Denver,” Rapids fan Thor Morgan said.
The Rapids released a statement saying they are aware of the situation and notified Major League Soccer.
“We have spoken with the player and will cooperate with the league on their evaluation of this matter. At this time we will have no further comment,” the team said.
The season starts in March.