sean taylor died because he had left his old life behind

If anything. R.I.P. to Sean, a Washington Football Team safety that probably would have topped a list of 'Guys Most Likely To Survive A Gunshot Wound'. The guy was everything Roy Williams isn't and might have had a HoF career in front of him; he also was a former Miami Hurricane and didn't have an unblemished past. He also was a father and engaged. He was just 24, and died yesterday from injuries sustained from a gunshot to the groin, fired by someone apparently attempting to rob his house.


ESPN's Michael Wilbon is pretty much dead to me after writing this. It's not like he just blurted it on a talking head show in a moment of passion. Dude actually thought to compose an argument that reads like Taylor deserved to die in his own home because he grew up around violence. It was in a chat as opposed to a column but still:

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. ... It’s sad, yes, but hardly surprising.

I'm sure ESPN and the Washington Post won't be taking him to task for this, and it's not necessarily their place to do anything administrative, but I'm thankful the blogosphere has already jumped on him. Check it out:

[Special Spot In Hell Reserved For Wilbon @ Mr. Irrelevant]

[Media To Sean Taylor: You Had It Coming @ The Naughty American]