Steve McNair's home in Nashville was on the market because he and his wife were looking for another one and not because they were divorcing, according to a longtime friend of the slain former NFL quarterback.
Robert Gaddy, a friend of McNair's for 20 years, said the former Tennessee Titans star and his wife, Mechelle, were looking for a home for some time.
"That's one thing that I can get straightened out," Gaddy told the Tennessean in an interview published Tuesday. "Steve and Mechelle both put that house up for sale. He was getting ready to sell that house, and they were going to buy another house.''
A real estate agent told the Tennessean he showed a house to the McNairs more than six months ago.
McNair was found Saturday shot to death in a Nashville condo. Sahel Kazemi, a 20-year-old woman McNair had been dating, was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head; and a semi-automatic pistol was found on the floor under her body.
Police have not classified the case as a murder-suicide and continue to investigate the incident.
Gaddy angrily dismissed talk that McNair was seeking a divorce, speculation that heated up as it became known that the McNair house was on the market.
Kazemi's family members have said the woman told them McNair had plans to leave his wife.
"Mac never said anything to me about he was going to get a divorce, and ever since this has all happened everybody is trying to paint a certain picture and they need to talk about what they know," Gaddy said.
Mechelle McNair has not spoken publicly about the death.
On Wednesday, the Titans opened LP Field Wednesday for two days of memorial services for fans to pay their respects to McNair. The Titans play their home games at LP Field.
McNair played for the Titans and its predecessor, the Houston Oilers, for 11 years, during which time he was an All-Pro player and took the team to the Super Bowl. He spent two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before retiring.
A memorial service for McNair will take place Thursday night in Nashville. Funeral services are planned for Saturday at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, with a private burial in his hometown of Mount Olive, Miss.