Far be it from us to tell anyone how to deal with the tragic loss of a family member ... but this seems like an awfully strange way to do it.
A front office member of an Arena League team forwarded us the following fax, from Edwin Pierre-Pata, brother of slain Miami football player Bryan Pata. (Spelling errors are as they appeared on the fax.)
"BRIAN PATA'S BROTHER (EX U.M PLAYER) EDWIN PIERRE-PATA IS DRAFT-ELLIGIBLE FOR THE 2007 DRAFT"
Edwin Pata has indicated to me that he is interested in playing for an Arena ONE team and is willing to listen to offers. 6/11/1982, Tight End/Defensive End FIU 2 years: 2002-2003 Florida State University: 2005-2006 6.41/2 tall (?) 260 lbs 40 speed 4.56
Athlete is in great condition."
Again, we don't want to overstep our bounds here, but we'd think that if you're trading off your late brother's name to earn a spot on an Arena League team ... you'd at least have the good sense to make sure that name was spelled correctly.