Sarah Schorno (who happens to be an outstanding writer … for a girl) wrote a great piece yesterday that completed echoed my thoughts about the media’s handling of the Taylor tragedy. For whatever reason, they (meaning the media), seem to think that Taylor’s past transgressions are the reason why someone broke into his home and shot him to death.
“As Taylor’s death is investigated by authorities in the coming weeks, we will know more about the facts surrounding his shooting, but it is clear that the media has already made their opinion known: Sean Taylor was a troubled athlete with a history of gun-related legal issues who was shot in his home. …
But don’t worry about the media. Apparently they feel the thug had it coming.”
I once received a citation for underage drinking when I was 20. If I was killed by a drunk driver tomorrow, would it somehow be less surprising because I had an alcohol-related charge in my past? Would news stories of the incident bring up the fact that I had an underage drinking charge five years ago?
Of course not. And this is absolutely no different. Sean Taylor being arrested over two years ago is in no way related to someone murdering him Monday morning.
But what made me want to puke more than anything I’ve read in print was ESPN’s “tribute” to Taylor on SportsCenter yesteday. Before highlighting the good he’s done, they not only brought up his criminal past, but also the number of 15-yard personal foul penalties he had and his monster hit on Brian Moorman in the Pro Bowl. They actually used Taylor legally hitting another player in a football game as an example of his troubled past.
I hope Bristol burns to the ground.