Sean Taylor has become, by all accounts, a much more mature, responsible adult since the birth of his daughter over a year ago. He hasn’t been in trouble with the law in over two years and has become a leader on and off the field for the Skins. Everyone around him seems to genuinely respect the Boom King. In fact, Gregg Williams had to fight tears today after saying that he loves Sean like one of his own.
Of course, Michael Wilbon wouldn’t know any of this. No, he’s been too busy mailing it in from the set of PTI and MNF. And his latest shots at a man who is struggling for his life are cold, offensive and nothing short of completely irresponsible:
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.
This is ridiculous on so many levels, but the worst part is that it sounds an awful lot like Wilbon is suggesting Taylor had this coming. Sure, Taylor’s had some troubles in the past, but that’s like suggesting the slutty girl from high school deserved to be raped. See, the way it works is that crimes are not the fault of the victims.
Wilbon couldn’t help but take a stab at bloggers too:
There’s a ton of speculation about the details of his condition and the details of the incident, but this isn’t a blog and we’re not going to get into wild guessing and speculating here, though we will try and responsibly discuss other points of interest surrounding the latest strange episode relating to Taylor.
Plenty of blogs discussed the incident today. I don’t recall any of them trying to play doctor and speculate about Taylor’s condition. Although I will speculate that Wilbon’s heart is subzero for referring to this tragedy as a “strange episode.”