Last night, ESPN's "30 for 30" aired one of the most anticipated documentaries in its critically acclaimed series of 30 sports-themed documentaries set to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the network.

The Tale of Two Escobars chronicled the lives and deaths of two men from Medellin, Columbia who didn't know each other, but whose lives were intertwined by violence and their passion for soccer.

Pablo Escobar was a ruthless Columbian drug lord who oversaw the multi-million dollar a day cocaine enterprise, the Medellin drug cartel. At the time of his death he was worth an estimated $9 billion. It is said that Pablo ordered the murders of 5,500 people in Bogota, Columbia -- mostly innocent bystanders, police and political figures who got in the way of his goal to control the government of Bogota.

The Medellin cartel was responsible for supplying the majority of the cocaine sold on US streets from the 1970s to the 1990s. Pablo Escobar was killed in a hail of bullets in 1993 after George Bush, the U.S. president at the time, put a hit out on him. He was the first of the two Escobars to die


The second was Andrés Escobar, who died a year later at age 27 when he had the misfortune to score a goal in his own net during the 1994 World Cup. The Columbians are fanatical supporters of the sport of futbol. Rival drug Lords who ran three of the biggest drug cartels in Columbia had bet millions in drug profits on the outcome of the 1994 match.

There are reports that individual team members of the Columbian Atlético Nacional team received death threats and the 2-year-old son of one of the players was kidnapped before the match.

So it was under this extreme pressure that the players took to the field in the Rose Bowl on June 22, to play a first round match against the United States in the 1994 world Cup.

The USA won 2-1 when Andrés scored an own goal -- a fateful goal that proved to be his death sentence. His intention was to kick the ball to his goalie who would put the ball back into play. But his goalie miscalculated the ball and his team was eliminated in the first round.

When Andrés returned to Medellin, he was the most hated man in Columbia. On July 2, a mob of angry futbol fans surrounded his car outside a bar. He was shot 12 times.

Escobar's murderer, Humberto Castro Muñoz, allegedly screamed "goaaaal!" for each of the 12 bullets that hit Andrés. Muñoz was convicted of Escobar's death in 1995, and sentenced to 43 years in prison. He was released 10 years later on good behavior.

  • BlacJay

    I'm glad you put this up Sandra, I missed it but I wanted to see it.

  • andrea12000

    Wow! I knew it was serious BUT NOT THAT SERIOUS! Can you imagine the pressure he was under?

  • shannon04

    Good morning fam....very interesting. It amazes me what type of things people become serious about.

  • lakercrazy

    wow just :shocked: over soccer dayummmmm just sad

  • lakercrazy

    good morning sr fam

  • spongebobfan

    "Escobar’s murderer, Humberto Castro Muñoz, allegedly screamed “goaaaal!” for each of the 12 bullets that hit Andrés."

    lol thats so not true

  • Daisy

    @Sandra I cant access the comments and sign in on my crackberry did you change something? Anybody else having this problem?

    I remember when Nas used the name Escobar

    Morning fam :coffee: <-----really water

  • Mamacita

    5,500 people :shocked: OMG! And that second story is just sad. They don't play about soccer overseas and it's ridiculous for someone to get killed from it! And to be shot 12 times??? :wtf:

  • http://myspace.com/necee518 yvonne79

    As if winning for the sake of it wasn't enough pressure.... :blink:

    Morning everyone!!!

  • mirsmommy

    :blink: His murderer only served 10 years due to good behavior???? :blink:

  • FloridaChick813

    WOW, just WOW!!!!!! :blink:

    First thing that came to mind when I saw 'Escobar' was:

    ..Nasty Nas to Esco, To Escobar, now he is NasTraDomus.. :whistle:

  • FreeToSpeakUp

    Good morning :coffee:

    Interesting/Sad story. We've had that problem in Miami with local dealers making bets on high school football games and whoever was responsible for losing the game has got beaten up and those are kids.

  • honeygrahm

    Nope, they really dont play about soccer internationally. I mean when you have some soccer players who get paid $79K a day...YES I SAID $79K a day it is beyond serious.

    Side note :::I knew I should have moved overseas:::

  • http://twitter.com/eastpointvet eastpointvet

    @daisy
    nope works fine on my iPhone

  • spongebobfan

    yeah rappers are always taking criminals names...

  • http://youtube.com/hushvisionfilms BK2ATLMAN

    Glad you put this up, since i missed it last night... I remember this story, I was thinking DAMN kill a dude over a goal. But then I realized who funded and bet all that money.. Can't play with the cartel money, they've killed for less.

  • FreeToSpeakUp

    Rapper fantasize about the lives of "successful" drug lords. It's a shame that BET promotes it by having the show "American Gangsters" like really. :rolleyes:

  • Nika405

    WOW this just goes to show people take all sports too seriously all over the world. And he most likely knew he was going to be harmed...that's what makes it even sadder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    I automatically thought about Nas as well

  • FloridaChick813

    FreeToSpeakUp says:

    Good morning

    Interesting/Sad story. We’ve had that problem in Miami with local dealers making bets on high school football games and whoever was responsible for losing the game has got beaten up and those are kids.
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    I've heard about that.. But you know they dont even play about Football down here... Those games be dam.n near as thick(Crowded) as a professional game.

  • renegadesince1985

    This was a great doc! I watched it last night and recorded it. The footbal footage is CLASSIC!! They don't play football like that anymore, IMO.

    But if you watch the entire documentary, you will see that Andres was not really killed directly because of the own goal mishap. His family believes he was killed because he ran his mouth off to the brothers who ran Los Pepes (People Persecuted by Pablo Escobar) which was really just a front for the Cali Cartel. And he was shot 6 times.

  • Daisy

    @east U know I could care less about an Iphone

  • renegadesince1985

    @Daisy

    Don't get East started on his iPhone...you know he STANS for Apple! lol

  • FloridaChick813

    @ Rene, :cheer: at the new gravie. You and Boo are too cute :love:

    SN: Wish I wouldv'e seen this special, I miss everything good on TV :ashamed:

  • RedRobyn

    I wanna know who is signing up to play on Columbia's soccer team after some chit like that

  • FreeToSpeakUp

    FloridaChick813 says:

    FreeToSpeakUp says:

    Good morning

    Interesting/Sad story. We’ve had that problem in Miami with local dealers making bets on high school football games and whoever was responsible for losing the game has got beaten up and those are kids.
    ____________________________

    I’ve heard about that.. But you know they dont even play about Football down here… Those games be dam.n near as thick(Crowded) as a professional game.
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    Girl you know I know what "thick" is :lol: that's how it is here. It's becomes crazy when people put their money on the line. Gambling will always have these type of repercussions.

  • http://www.modelmayhem.com/kimip kimip84

    i missed this last night glad you posted it! this looks like it was a good documentary

  • renegadesince1985

    Hey @ Flo....thanks!!

    @RedRobyn

    Nobody...they haven't had a national football team since then...mostly because they have no money to support it. El Patron funded all the football programs there.

  • mirsmommy

    *gravi check*

  • FloridaChick813

    :lol: @ Free, I figured you knew what "thick" was

  • FloridaChick813

    @ mirs,

    I see a pink bike!!!!!!! Dam.n I want one :yes:

  • RedRobyn

    renegadesince1985 says:

    Hey @ Flo….thanks!!

    @RedRobyn

    Nobody…they haven’t had a national football team since then…mostly because they have no money to support it. El Patron funded all the football programs there.
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    :blink:

  • M3z

    crucial...you don't mess with futbol! With it being the #1 sport in the world I can see why folks are fanatics..but really more like lunatics! MORNING YA'LL :coffee:

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco

    Damn Columbians!

  • borderlineamazing

    Such a stupid thing to die over. Why would he go back knowing they are fanatics? SMH probably one of the most stupid things I've heard someone die over. Football? REALLY?

  • Al-Ameera

    My Husband was just telling me about them killing the soccer player. Glad you posted this

  • Negrito

    It's a stupid thing to die over but Football/soccer is almost like a religion in many countries around the world so things like this could happen.

    There's a saying in Brazil that even the late pope Johannes Paulus II used to quote "Of all the unimportant things in the world, football is the most important"

    Regarding Pablo Escobar I would recommend the book "Killing Pablo" by Mark Bowden. It's an amazing book about the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar.

    By the way it's Colombia not Col(u)mbia lol

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    renegadesince1985 says:

    Nobody…they haven’t had a national football team since then…mostly because they have no money to support it. El Patron funded all the football programs there.

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    Plus the fact that most of the Colombian players defected to the US and other countries right after the killing. :coffee:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    renegadesince1985 says:

    But if you watch the entire documentary, you will see that Andres was not really killed directly because of the own goal mishap.

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    Then why did his assassin shout "goal" 12 times? Oh, and he was shot 12 times, not 6. The murderer had an AK 47 assault rifle and those things don't let off only 6 rounds. :coffee:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Daisy says:

    @Sandra I cant access the comments and sign in on my crackberry did you change something? Anybody else having this problem?

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    No I didn't. But ur crackberry ISP may have changed something. :)

  • http://myspace.com/dannyblaq dblaq

    Yep Soccer is huge overseas from Europe to South America, their fans are way more passionate about it than our NBA and NFL fans combined. If you go to Europe (Spain, Italy, German ...) and there is a game you will hear the entire city go crazy and hear nothing but bullhorns.

    As far as rappers infactuated with Gangsters, well that is why the new Rick Ross is irritating me. First you call yourself Rick Ross, now your new song is B.M.F. and it starts off with I am like Big Meech, Larry Hoover ... Why don't you be your damn self instead of sucking off folks. How are you going to be like any of them when you worked as a C.O. conflict of interest.

    It seems like back in the day we tried and figured to get away out of prison but now we are trying to figure out a way to get into prison. People nowadays don't know poverty and struggle like used to be when Hip Hop first was born.