Jerry Stackhouse, pictured on his Web site

Jerry Stackhouse's Defense? Dogs.

Two weeks after Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was killed in his Miami apartment, pro athletes are getting a little ... paranoid. Some guys are buying dogs; others, guns. And most are just trying to keep their heads down, reports USA Today, which interviewed Dallas Maverick Jerry Stackhouse for its story on "Athletes at Risk."

"We go to practice every day, and people know where we work," says Dallas Mavericks guard Jerry Stackhouse, a 12-year NBA veteran who made $9.2 million last season. "They can follow us from the arena."

Stackhouse says he often has his brother stay with his family when he's on trips and keeps dogs in his yard, "as my first line of defense."

--Robert Wilonsky

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