Sunday, December 2, 2007

Sean Taylor

I've been thinking a lot about the Sean Taylor situation and I just can't get past the way the media acted when they found out he was killed. They basically think he had it coming. So, let me make sure I understand this correctly. If you’ve ever had any kind of run-in with the law you should expect to be murdered while someone is trying to burglarize your home. Now I'm really worried about all those speeding tickets I've gotten! That seems a bit ridiculous to me, but if you’ve listened to a lot of the national media, this is exactly the sentiment they expressed surrounding the death of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor. “Sadly, this doesn’t surprise me”. That’s how several pundits responded before the facts were revealed when asked how they felt about Taylor’s death. I’m shocked that it doesn’t surprise people that four men could break into a man’s home while he and his family are asleep and shoot him over worldly possessions. If it takes more than that to surprise you, then maybe you need to take a long hard look at the kind of life you live and change some things. You're obviously around some effed up situations on a daily basis. Sean Taylor made a questionable decision or two in his life just like most young people do, but that has nothing to do with why he was murdered. He was murdered because of the good things he’d accomplished in life. He played for one of the most revered college football teams ever (The "U") and made himself worthy of being the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. There are millions of dollars that come along with being drafted so high, and unfortunately those millions of dollars ultimately led to the end of this young man’s life. For a lot of NFL players, being a superb athlete is a gift and a curse. It allows you to take care of yourself and your family, but it also breeds a tremendous amount of envy. It makes a lot of them targets for unscrupulous people who are unwilling to work for the things they want. Four assholes decided to try to steal valuable things from this wealthy man's home. The suspects were under the assumption that Taylor would be away, so I guess you could say he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. If being at home asleep is the wrong place, then there is no right place. Pundits have been insisting for years that athletes would be perfectly safe if they just stayed at home away from clubs and parties and etc. That doesn't really seem to be the case here lately considering all of the athletes who have been victimized in their own homes. These men need to really consider getting some sort of protection for themselves. Jealousy leads people to do some crazy things and there are few people who have more haters than professional athletes. Most common-folk think they're overpaid and spoiled. This could very well be true, but don't hate the player, hate the game. When situations like this arise it makes it easier for me to understand why athletes are standoffish. They can never be too careful! Hell, they can't even be asleep at home without the fear of someone trying to come in and do them harm. So the next time you wonder why an athlete has a section of a restaurant roped off, or he has an exclusive party at a club that you can't get into, think about Sean Taylor. He had money and four broke ass dudes felt like they deserved some of it. They didn't, but that doesn't matter now.

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