Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I thought I'd be able to get past the bad reporting in regards to Sean Taylor's death after that ESPN post below, but alas...I cannot. DC resident and Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon has fueled an even bigger fire today in the Nation's Capital.
Yesterday Wilbon basically took shots at Sean Taylor's character while the 24 year old was struggling for his life yesterday without knowing any of the facts surrounding the shooting and home invasion...
I know how I feel about Taylor, and this latest news isn’t surprising in the least, not to me. Whether this incident is or isn’t random, Taylor grew up in a violent world, embraced it, claimed it, loved to run in it and refused to divorce himself from it. He ain’t the first and won’t be the last. We have no idea what happened, or if what we know now will be revised later. It’s sad, yes, but hardly surprising.- Michael Wilbon in The Washington Post Chat HouseSome of you are emailing me and saying that this isn't really a national issue and maybe this is a sign that Mainstream Media and Wilbon just weren't aware of the changes that Sean Taylor made in his life after the birth of his child. But Wilbon's own paper even wrote a piece on the subject back in October.....
Now I know people only look at the bad and of course my homerism might be coming out in these posts, but it was pretty obvious Sean Taylor had taken a turn for the good. I thought this was pretty evident to much of the Country in fact.
You're not going to write that a 17-month-old baby girl named Jackie melts his heart, how fatherhood makes him feel like more of a mature, young man and less of the moody knucklehead who came into the league four years ago.
You're not going to write that his teammates love and respect him and not one -- not a single one among 35 you interviewed -- has a bad thing to say about him.
While his past wasn't a secret, Wilbon's comments (at a time when the man was fighting for his life) were irresponsible and unfortunate.
Special Spot in Hell Reserved for Wilbon (Mister Irrelevant)
Chat House (Washington Post)
An Enigma Cloaked In a Veil of Silence (Washington Post)