No matter how you look at it, Michael Wilbon needs to STFU.
McLean, Va.: Will your opinion of Taylor change if this does not turn out to be a random incident (e.g. home invasion)?
Michael Wilbon: No … people’s opinions are shaped by the way they’ve grown up, the way they see the world, what they know about the world the person in question grew up in, etc. Sean Taylor isn’t the only guy I know who fits his general profile. I’ve known guys like Taylor all my life, grew up with some. They still have shades of gray and shouldn’t be painted in black and white…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.
via The Chat House, Monday afternoon online discussion with Washington Post columnist Michael “I drive a Saab convertible” Wilbon.
Just some last min additional thoughts from my friends:
Jon says [on Taylor]: …pretty fucked up, guy was mad talented , was not a great player yet, but very good and with HOF potential. Pretty unlucky to die from getting shot in the leg of all things, too.
Chris says [on Wilbon]: Wilbon’s claim that he’s “not surprised” by what happened to Taylor implies a belief that the incident was a murder for murder’s sake, rather than a burglary gone bad: because how much sense would it make to say that you’re not surprised that Taylor’s proclivity toward ‘street life’ resulted in him getting shot in botched burglary in his own home?
I shouldn’t have used the term ‘professional hit’ – but Wilbon definitely seems to be buying prematurely into the idea that someone was there with the goal of shooting Taylor, instead of the equally likely scenario that a burglary went wrong, the dude panicked, and shot him.