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Daniel Snyder Reacts/Players React

STATEMENT FROM DANIEL M. SNYDER

ON THE ARRESTS IN THE SEAN TAYLOR CASE

"This is another step, but not a conclusion, in a very personal and painful tragedy. The police have done a wonderful and professional job in quickly making arrests. I thank them for keeping us informed and involved from the very beginning.

"I also want to thank everyone who has joined us in mourning the loss of Sean. People from all over the world contacted the Redskins to share our grief and offer their prayers for Sean and his family.

"We will never forget the courage his family, especially Jackie, Pete and Donna, have shown. Their composure has been a source of strength for us all."

Spoke to one Redskins veteran who did not want to use his name at this time as he gathers more information, but he was in disbelief.

"Why would you go back and hit the guys house? It's crazy. Crazy. Sean had nothing to do with this. He didn't do nothing bad. Just a random thing. Man, this is crazy. This is going to be an emotional weekend. It's just going to be rough man."

Had a brief conversation with DT Cornelius Griffin, who was not aware of the news of the arrests and circumstances until I told him. "That's crazy, that's crazy," he said repeatedly as I explained this situation. "I know his sister must feel pretty bad right now. It's sad, man."

Another Redskins starter just sent me a text: "This makes me sick. Simply didn't have to happen."

When I spoke to Griffin Tuesday night he was among the players who said there is no way Sean would have put his family in danger had he any inkling something like this was planned. It's just such a shame.

You can't help but wonder. If his knee was okay, if he had been okay to travel with the team, so many lives would have changed. If Sean had that alarm engaged - and Sean's family friend Richard Sharpstein has said it most likely was not on because Sean had been generous in allowing friends of his sister and girlfriend to stay at the house at times - maybe these kids just immediately retreat. There is just no way to rationalize the senseless violance that permeates our culture, all the lives lost in this fashion everyday, all the blameless victims and families torn apart by it.

There is going to be a profound sadness in that arena at FIU Monday. I don't even want to think about it.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 30, 2007; 9:53 PM ET
 
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