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January 8, 2008

He said, He said…..

The drama continues. A while ago, I wrote this blog in response to another one (linked in my blog) which asserted that black athletes tended to get a harsher judgement when it came to wrong doing. Some people didn’t agree with me and insisted that I was stretching. Then the Mitchell Report happened and sure enough my point came to life.

Roger Clemens is arguably the most famous name outed by the Mitchell Report. The Rocket as he is fondly referred to was regarded as one of the finest pitchers of all time. No one saw this coming. Correction: no one wanted to see this. All of a sudden, people in the media were advising people against a rush to judgement

Too bad Barry Bonds was never afforded the same support. There is more evidence against Clemens than there was against Bonds, yet people out there insisted that they knew Barry was guilty (but I digress).

Back to Clemens. Clemens’ old trainer, Brian Mcnamee was the man who fingered Clemens among other people. One of the names was Andy Pettite. Pettite has since admitted that Mcnamee was right about him but Clemens still calls Mcnamee a liar. Clemens has since done quite a few interviews sticking to his guns and has agreed to testify before congress. He has even gone as far as offering to take a lie detector test.

As for Mcnamee, he absolutely refuses to go back on his word .

The plot thickens……  

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January 7, 2008

Where is the outrage?

I never knew Sean Taylor personally. I can’t pretend to assume to know how much his death might be weighing on people that love him. However, I can honestly say that his death hit very close to home for me. Sean was a member of what I refer to as my generation (he was only a year older than me). Therefore I can imagine what it must be like for his family when I look at my family. He had his whole life ahead of him just like I do. I am sure he made plans, had engagements, dreams, etc. Then someone with a gun took his life and extinguished those same dreams, aspirations and hopes. The light that was his life, is now gone forever. Yet, the public has remained silent. In this one moment, this opportunity to speak out against violence and rail against the senseless killings, the silence has been deafening.  

It is sad that had Sean Taylor committed a crime, he would have received more publicity than he has since his death. Remember the around the clock coverages afforded and reserved for the Mike Vick, Kobe Bryant, Pacman Jones, and recently Barry Bonds stories? I don’t see as much disgust for such violence as there was with Vick and his cruelty with dogs. I have been all over the boards, much of the posts have not been about Sean Taylor. There have been no protests, no calls for the killings to stop, in fact we have dropped the ball. Yes, I have seen a lot of the talking heads and NFL players who were fortunate enough to know Taylor comment on how sad a situation it is but is that all?  

This wasn’t about Sean Taylor alone. This is about the fact that situations like this happen to innocent people everyday, but no one stands up to it. PETA used the Mike Vick case as a platform to speak up on the issue of dog fighting and to educate the public on that issue. Is there no organization or person who will use Sean Taylor situation as a platform to speak out against violence?  

Rest in Peace, Sean.