Lee Paige, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and current DEA agent, was making a gun-safety presentation to kids at the Orlando Youth Minority Golf Association on April 9, 2004.
I know you know what comes next. Bear with me.
This is better than you are expecting, because Paige led off by displaying his own firearm and telling the kids to be careful because he was the only one in the room professional enough to handle a gun.
Then he shot himself in the foot.
And the presentation was being taped for use as a gun-safety video.
And the tape was later leaked to the Internet, where it has become, in the greatly understated words of the Associated Press, "popular."
The tape has also repeatedly been aired on television, including late-night talk shows, which Paige now says has caused him great personal anguish. According to The Smoking Gun, Paige says he can't work undercover anymore because of the notoriety, and that he is the target of "jokes, derision, ridicule, and disparaging comments," which seems a little redundant, but that's how complaints are. Because that's what Paige has done now — sued the DEA for causing him harm by allegedly leaking the video of him shooting himself in the foot.
A DEA spokeswoman declined to comment on the ongoing litigation, but sprained a muscle to the violence of her eye-rolling.