NFL QB’s wife leaves AR-15 in rental car

QB Ryan Tannehill's (left) most-impressive score occurred in 2012 when he married his wife, Lauren (right). (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

QB Ryan Tannehill's (left) most-impressive score occurred in 2012 when he married his wife, Lauren (right). (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

Most NFL quarterbacks carry a cannon when they take the field, but the wife of Dolphins star Ryan Tannehill carries a semi-automatic rifle when cruising around Miami.

The Miami Herald reports Lauren Tannehill, who is not bad looking BTW, rented a Nissan Rogue in early January but brought it back two hours later and rented another vehicle.

That sounds a bit fishy (or at least marine mammaly) already.

The next person to rent the small SUV found a $2,000 AR-15 in the back seat. The lightweight rifle, which the fully automatic M-16 used by the U.S. military is based on, is very popular with civilians and law enforcement agencies.

An AR-15 is perfectly legal to own, but the New York woman who found it said she “felt like throwing up” when she saw it.

The rifle, which is owned by the QB, was turned over to police, who said, “This is certainly the kind of item you don’t want to forget anywhere, but forgetting isn’t a crime.”

I wonder if that would be the cops’ reaction if a Hispanic teenager left a $2,000 gun in a rental car?

The Dolphins say the incident is a “personal matter” for the Tannehills, who may or may not be running an interesting offseason side business.

111 comments Add your comment

Truth

January 16th, 2014
9:47 am

“I wonder if that would be the cops’ reaction if a Hispanic teenager left a $2,000 gun in a rental car?”

My thoughts exactly!

TPM

January 16th, 2014
9:49 am

I would think twice about breaking and entering at the Tannehills home

Rick

January 16th, 2014
9:50 am

George-

Why are you so skeptical of this? Like you said, it’s perfectly legal to own one, so there isn’t a crime. If the Hispanic teenager you are referring to legally owned the gun, I don’t believe there would be an issue. Stop trying to make a story out of nothing.

excuses

January 16th, 2014
9:51 am

“I wonder if that would be the cops’ reaction if a Hispanic teenager left a $2,000 gun in a rental car?”

Teenagers can’t rent cars you idiot.

Try learning something before you stir up needless racial trouble. Besides, this is Miami so the cops were probably Hispanic, too.

TechRon

January 16th, 2014
9:57 am

I would agree that a hispanic teenager would be more likely to be up to no good than Mrs. Tannehill. Still, I am sure that the cops would run a check on whoever said the gun belonged to them before returning it. I doubt seriously if they returned the weapon without having her present an ID and running a check for warrants and so on. Obviously, it has to be the same procedure for everyone, no matter their status.

truthyness

January 16th, 2014
9:59 am

Hey where are all the “he’s nothing but a thug” racist comments that usually follow a story like this when the person is African American? Oh well, You can never find a good racist when you need one!

Bob Decker

January 16th, 2014
10:01 am

How many times does a teenage hispanic rent a rental car? answer, never! What a stupid comment by someone. The police were called in, and if that gun was not registered to the Tannehills, she would have been arrested.

AtlEng

January 16th, 2014
10:03 am

I know everyone would LOVE to think Mathis is making too much of this, but let’s be honest. Blonde hair and blue eyes gets a pass. Sure, as a civilian, you can make your judgements about non-majority citizens. Doesn’t bother me one bit. As long as you don’t affect my life. It bothers me when that person is a public servant who makes daily judgments on another’s life.

TechRon -

That statement makes you part of the problem. “likely up to no good..” Really? Stop dipping your toe in the water. Just go full on Red.

TechRon

January 16th, 2014
10:04 am

And one more thing, since others here brought up the “race” issue. Profiling is something we all do all the time. We know that Islamic terrorists are the ones blowing up airplanes and restaurants, so we naturally don’t look for blacks or whites to do that. Similarly, when cops are looking for someone who did a drive by shooting and they see an elderly white lady driving along, they really don’t spend much time considering that she might be the perpetrator. They reason that the other 500 cases they have been involved in were all young black men. So, that is who they instinctively look for. Here comes a car with 4 young black males in it — they stop them and check them out. That only makes sense to me. We are all prejudiced about everything. It is just knowledge based on evidence we have gathered from prior experience.

Just Me

January 16th, 2014
10:05 am

Truthyness…. love ya! Spot on.

And I guess the standard for good-looking is dropping in this new reality-show driven era. She has that ‘empty’ look in her eyes. And considering she left a high powered rifle in the back seat of a rental car….. yeah, she just hears birds chirping.

George Mathis

January 16th, 2014
10:09 am

Excuses – A teenager can rent a car if they have a license and a credit card. What makes you think otherwise?

AtlEng

January 16th, 2014
10:12 am

Yes TechRon, because we know ALL Islamic terrorists are the same color, ALL black sag their pants, sell drugs, and commit crimes. Do you hear yourself? Seriously?

Perhaps one day you’ll understand why that’s statement is wrong, and why you’re the problem. I’ll continue to say a prayer for you.

Just Me

January 16th, 2014
10:14 am

TechRon, a lot of innocent people have lost their lives and freedoms based on your way of thinking. I also remember the OK City bombings. Ten minutes after the explosion there was a sketch of two men that fit the profile you suggested bouncing around on the news circuits. We all see how that turned out.

AtlEng

January 16th, 2014
10:15 am

TechRon – Here’s a profile for you. A person rents a car, exchanges a short while later and leaves a high-powered rifle in the car.

Profile – Possible crime committed. Who rents a car for a short time, only to leave a high-powered rifle in the car?

Don't Tread

January 16th, 2014
10:16 am

AR-15s are necessary to ride around Miami, especially in a new car. Unless you just want to be a victim.

Bumper

January 16th, 2014
10:17 am

“…the New York woman who found it said she “felt like throwing up” when she saw it.”

Now there’s an interesting reaction. If you’re so fragile and neurotic that the sight of a gun makes you want to hurl you probably shouldn’t be out in public.

TBone

January 16th, 2014
10:22 am

An AR-15 is perfectly legal to own, but the New York woman who found it said she “felt like throwing up” when she saw it.
Am I missing something here? Is this is natural reaction for a normal human seeing a weapon? Is this just a phony reaction from some NY liberal eat up with political correctness?

Chris

January 16th, 2014
10:23 am

Only New York and Michigan allow 18-21 year-olds to rent cars, and with a surcharge. All other states allow 21-24 year-olds to rent cars, but with up to $100 surcharges. Most of the big companies don’t rent to anyone under 25 for any reason.

Don't Tread

January 16th, 2014
10:23 am

That being said, judging by the picture, there’s a really good chance this chick would’t know how to even operate the gun, never mind have the tactical training to use it effectively.

AtlEng

January 16th, 2014
10:27 am

I really hope Don’t Tread and TechRon aren’t in positions to make judgments. That’s exactly the type of profiling we don’t need.

Ghost

January 16th, 2014
10:30 am

I agree that the “Hispanic teenager” comment was a bit of a stretch, but I do wonder what this story would have looked like if it were a black NFLer with no criminal history.

The comments posted here would have been MUCH more vile.

Just me

January 16th, 2014
10:38 am

Enter your comments here

BlahBlah

January 16th, 2014
10:38 am

I was renting cars in Illinois when I was a college student with my credit card. Same goes for any state, as long as you are licensed amd have a credit card. Let’s not portray it like it’s a stretch.

Fletch Lives

January 16th, 2014
10:39 am

The hispanic teenager would have been arrested if the gun was not legallly owned by him. What’s your next question trying to stir up racist rhetoric Georgey?

BlahBlah

January 16th, 2014
10:40 am

And I was only 18. Left that part off.

Fletch Lives

January 16th, 2014
10:41 am

@Ghost. Its a typicaly comment from George Mathis. He’s a blamer. Likes to stir things up because he things civilization is against him and he’s had a harder life than the rest of us. I’m willing to bet he grew up in surbubia.

Fred Garvin

January 16th, 2014
10:41 am

A Hispanic teenager would not be able to legally posses the gun. She however, is.

Fred

January 16th, 2014
10:41 am

Double then triple check Ms Tannehill’s status for possessing a weapon, then arrest her for reckless conduct. Issue citation and suspension to rental car employee(s) who failed to thoroughly inspect and clean vehicle prior to re-renting it.

George Mathis

January 16th, 2014
10:43 am

Fletch, I grew up in a rural area and had a pretty easy life until I started blogging for a living.

Excuses, the car company in Miami rents to teens. http://www.e-zrentacar.com/faqs.html

excuses

January 16th, 2014
10:43 am

George, 18 year-olds cannot rent a car in Florida. Citizens without a criminal record are allowed to own rifles in Florida. Very few teenagers have credit cards, anyway.

But we do see the point of your “journalism” – try to make it look as if the white lady got off easy. (because we know white ladies who look like Lauren Tannehill are causing all of the violent crime problems in South Florida).

You’re a joke. Your blog is terrible.

Bob Decker

January 16th, 2014
10:44 am

If a Negro with his pants down below his a$%#ss left that rifle in the car, pretty much 99% chance it would have been a stolen rifle. Those are just the stats

George Gilbert

January 16th, 2014
10:47 am

1. Since the rental car company did such a great job cleaning the car out for the next rental how do we know the AR belonged to her? No indication from the reporter on an investigation that the AR belonged to her only thing the story says is she was the last to rent the car.

2. Please explain to me how the statement, “The lightweight rifle, which the fully automatic M-16 used by the U.S. military is based on, is very popular with civilians and law enforcement agencies” has to do with the story? More sensationalizing from the press to fed the anti-gun lobby?

3. For those saying the AR is a good weapon to carry in an auto for protection are way off base.

Denise

January 16th, 2014
10:47 am

Wll Said George Mathis….well said.

Just sayin'

January 16th, 2014
10:48 am

George,
You need to be reprimanded for your racist and stereotypical remarks about Hispanic teenagers. What if you had said “black teenager?”

Susan

January 16th, 2014
10:48 am

OMG…she is violent! They need to call her in for questioning….

Denise

January 16th, 2014
10:49 am

@Rick…and the rest of us don’t live in YOUR world.

Bulldawg95

January 16th, 2014
10:49 am

Spot on TechRon and Don’t Tread.

AtlEng – you are an apologist. Facts are facts. Stats don’t lie. If you door is going to be kicked down in my in-town neighborhood, it will be a young black male doing the robbing. Period.

And it will be me doing the eliminating of said robber with my in-home arsenal.

Get a grip lady!

Susan

January 16th, 2014
10:52 am

It’s amazing to me how many red neck racists that are always on these pages. This is a trailor trash white woman with an automatic weapon, but yet red neck racist bufoons that hide behind computers that I’m certain they are at a library using because they are too broke to have one at their home which is a trialior is ALWAYS on here turning this into something racial. Wow its obvious how much they really hate their miserable lives. So pitiful. The fact and point is that this trialor trash had a semi-automatic weapon on her period. That should be illegal and she should be arrested period. Because she is white, the red necked idiots think it’s O.K. and in reality it isn’t! So sad and pitiful! Wow..what a waste of life you all are!

Stephanie

January 16th, 2014
10:56 am

Bulldog 95 I’m certain that you don’t have jack inside of your double wide or single trailor that anybody wants…you are PWT…(poor white trash). White people are the MOST violent people in history. Do your research and you will see this for yourself. So explain to me how is it that white people are ALWAYS the sickos that walks into any school building and just start shooting and killing people if African-Americans are ‘allegedly’ so violent? Don’t bother..you are ignorant as all out doors and probably never step foot inside any class room. PWT…PWT…yes you are poor white trash!

Bulldawg95

January 16th, 2014
10:58 am

Susan – you’re not very bright are you? Let’s review:

“The fact and point is that this trialor trash had a semi-automatic weapon on her period. That should be illegal and she should be arrested period. Because she is white, the red necked idiots think it’s O.K. and in reality it isn’t!”

But it IS legal to own one and therefore no, she should not be arrested. Your insistence otherwise is just plain ignorant (not too mention screaming of blind ideology).

George brought race into this – direct your PC anger at him.

And lastly, the work is spelled t-r-a-i-l-o-r.

Good grief.

Bulldawg95

January 16th, 2014
11:03 am

Wrong Steph, just plain wrong. You can name how many “sickos” that did what you described? One, maybe two a year. Hmmm, let’s do some math shall we? 2 (per year) times 10 (one decade) equals 20. We have that many violent crimes in my Ormewood park neighborhood in the last 6 months.

Don’t explain violence to me. I’ve been held up at gunpoint by two black males no older than 10-12 years old. My neighbor was shot at in his front yard by 3 black males. the were eventually caught and are now in jail for the rest of their lives. they were the same group that shot and killed someone and raped another all the while attempting to rob from them.

As for being in a classroom, well, dropped off my child at school this morning and I’ll be back to pick her up this afternoon.

Don’t let facts get in the way of your argument.

Brace4impactz

January 16th, 2014
11:04 am

@Techron and Bulldawg95….I guess using your rationale, we should stop all young white males who drive too close to a school. That would be one way to reduce the massacres. Will you clowns please grow up.

joe

January 16th, 2014
11:09 am

Susan still hasn’t gotten any…apparently. Now that’s funny!!

Bulldawg95

January 16th, 2014
11:09 am

Who said anything about restricting anyone’s freedoms Brace? I surely did not. I was simply advocating it would be wise to keep your wits about you when around certain groups of folks in certain areas of the city/burbs.

BTW, the “profiling” discussion was started by GM.

citizenss

January 16th, 2014
11:13 am

They would react differently, because it is ILLEGAL for ANY teenager to possess a handgun or assault rifle you ill informed idiot.

Jon

January 16th, 2014
11:17 am

To the person who wrote this article, you are an idiot. They owned the gun legally, when you stereo type a Latin person getting arrested by carrying the same gun, you are insinuating that he or she owned the gun illegally…..stop with the race wars in this country already!!

Hand Full of Spades

January 16th, 2014
11:19 am

TechRon @10:04 a.m

You are “unfortuately” right, Profiling (mainly due to the Media) has prompted People to “profile” individuals all the time, it is something that unfortunately is going to continue to go on for a long time. All I got to say is if ANYONE ever profiles me or my Family, they better be sure that one of us actually did the crime, because if we didn’t, I’m going to be rich! ;-)

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January 16th, 2014
11:22 am

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SAWB

January 16th, 2014
11:24 am

If this had been a Hispanic teen would the AJC be running this story?

As the Georgia Legislature debates various gun laws the AJC is feverishly searching the internet for any story that reinforces their anti-gun agenda.