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Goodell's Statement

The commissioner's office has released this statement from Roger Goodell:

The entire NFL is deeply saddened by the death of Sean Taylor. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Sean's family, friends, teammates, and the Redskins' organization. This is a terrible tragedy involving the loss of a young man who leaves behind many people struggling to understand it. Our office is staying in close contact with the Redskins to provide all appropriate support to the club and Sean's family. We also are working to determine the facts surrounding this tragic event. We will honor the memory of Sean Taylor at all games this weekend.

By Cindy Boren  |  November 27, 2007; 1:06 PM ET
 
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Comments

Nice move by the league.

Posted by: SavedByZero | November 27, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

YES.. I AGREE.

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Good, I'm glad they will be honoring him at the games this weekend. It will be a rough game Sunday, but I know Redskins Nation will persevere and win one for #21.
RIP Sean Taylor.

Posted by: edg91 | November 27, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

ALL MEN USUALLY TAKE OUT THEIR ANGER AND HURT BY HITTING SOMETHING, EITHER A WALL OR DOOR WHATEVER. I HOPE THAT OUR BOYS DO THAT SUNDAY THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME HARD HITS THIS SUNDAY. I HOPE THAT THEY KICK BUTT, IN MEMORY OF SEAN. ONE THING IS FOR SURE IT WILL BE A VERY EMOTIONAL GAME

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I am so happy that they will show their respect for Sean.

Posted by: jm220 | November 27, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Redcoat | November 27, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I just watched the Reed Doughty presser on Redskins.com. That was a bold move by him to come out like that. I imagine its really tough to talk to strangers about that. Great job the last couple days JLC and Cindy.

Posted by: jdixon35 | November 27, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Coach Gibbs might not have the best time management skills and might not have the best play calling, but in this time of despair, there's not one other person in the world I'd like leading our team. In the 4 years he's been back, he's never talked badly about a player, and he has ALWAYS expressed how they are in everything TOGETHER. this weekend, there is ABSOLUTELY no doubt in my mind that the 53 on the field will be 1000% together and will play with the heart that Sean Taylor played.
If I were a betting man, i'd bet the house on Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins to crush the -5.5 point spread and to stampede over the Bills.

RIP #21

Posted by: student1234 | November 27, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Jessie, press the caps lock button on your keyboard sister. Also, not all men use their fists to express their anger and hurt.

Len Fatserelli actually had a pretty nice article on ST. The media is pretty flooded with similar articles, but for Len it was unexpectedly good.

This has been a hard day. The Cowboys/Yankee/Florida State fan that teaches one class down from me had some low blow "thug" joke for me at 7:30 this morning. Its one thing to boo Michael Irvin when he's being carted off the field, its totally different to make jest of a tragic incident like this. I really appreciate all the fans from other teams showing love up here. Way to represent your pride with class.

Posted by: Dorf | November 27, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that none of the 24-hour Sports Networks are carrying the statements made by the players? Thanks (again) to Jason and Cindy for keeping us up to date.

Posted by: NCICURN | November 27, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I think Jason Campbell just made statement

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

They have a really nice slide show on Redskins.com

Posted by: jm220 | November 27, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

They have a really nice slide show on Redskins.com

Looks like they came from the Miami Herald:
http://www.miamiherald.com/924/gallery/320983.html

Posted by: Megskin | November 27, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The Cowboys/Yankee/Florida State fan that teaches one class down from me had some low blow "thug" joke for me at 7:30 this morning.

I think you left "75 degree warm sunny day w/out a slight breeze coming from the western mountainside and a gentle mist from the ocean just ahead" from your Cowboys/Yankee/Florida State fan list above.

Posted by: Soup17 | November 27, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell statement now posted here. Also #21 is the leading Free Safety in the Pro Bowl ballot.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 27, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I think he also likes the Red Wings, but I could be mistaken.

Posted by: Dorf | November 27, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this strait from all the people that keep bringing up his history:

If a person makes some mistakes in their life, then they deserve to die? Or "had it coming?". I mean that is basically what you thoughtless people are saying.

Please just stop it....not today. Find some other mouthpiece...write it down in your own blog or journal, but all the negative comments are totally unwarranted, often times getting facts wrong or adding details that were never confirmed. (ie. I heard Sean's lawyer and at least one other on street reporter clarify that in the gun charge Sean never actually had a gun and that was the charge from the thugs that attacked him, and not how it actually went down).

Let's look at it a bit closer.

The gun charge was alleged...fellony charges were dropped. In fact the real criminals in that case were never charged, and he almost had to face 48 years in jail for a situation where he was just trying to defend himself from some violent people. Should he have tried to take the law into his own hands?...no of course not. He like so many of us when we were younger was a bit wreckless and probably felt invincible. But plenty of you reading this now...did some stupid *ss ish in your life, or have had children or loved ones that did...should they die for it? Should they be taken away from their family and friends because of a mistake or two they made? yes it happens and yes we should be more careful all of us in our dealings everyday. But we are not and we all take risks and make questionable decisions all the time. Cut the crap...stand up from your computer and go take a look in the mirror and be glad you are still alive.

The DWI...dropped because of video that revealed the cop was basically jsut picking on Taylor (maybe because of race, maybe the car he was driving, maybe a combo) and the charges there were dropped.

Not showing up for the rookie symposium or reporting to training camp? Really that makes him a thug? So he's the first player ever to hold out? Hummmm guess I've been watching a different NFL than you all.

Spitting on Pittman? Once again unless I'm watching a different NFL than you all pretty sure he is not the first or last person to do something like that...and I can't defend this one at all...But this one event in an emotional playoff game where he lost control for minute, makes him a Thug? Should be sentenced to death for it?

These are the only negative things I've seen mentioned. Or does simply attending the U make you a criminal?

And then you take all that stuff and put it all together...and even suppose he verbally or in some way angered someone..if this was a "hit" so to speak. So you are saying now if you simply say the wrong things to the wrong people then you deserve to die?

Just stop with all the hatred and negativity today...don't take your miserable lives and outlook on life, out on us! Just let it rest for a day or two and let the sensitive emotional people grieve. You really are despicable people to even continue to mention it. You all seem full of hatred and I really feel sorry for all of you that just can't keep your mouths shut for a day after a human being that impacted (pun intended) the lives of so many people in so many ways. The negativity is unwarranted, and has no basis in facts, just media speculation.

That said: I've been following your blog for two days Jason, and you have done a stellar job! Thank you so much! I can only imagine how physically and emotionally wrecked you and the others that have been working to bring us the most up to date news on this tragedy. Hang in there we really appreciate it.

Also I love the idea of putting up a Taylor statue infront of FedEx...and following it up with more Skins greats in the future and/or putting 21 in the ring of fame...at least retire his number. I know I wouldn't feel right wearing a Skins 21 jersey anymore. I mean after all had he not been hurt playing for the Skins doing what he loved to do then there is a chance this might not even have happened. I don't bring that up as a what if...not much for what ifs (unless you are talking about what a great player he would have been).

Which brings up the pro bowl. I really would like to see the NFL go ahead and posthumously elect him to this year's Pro Bowl. We certainly should all go vote...but really think the NFL should step up and do this. He did/does still lead the NFC in picks, and probably would have gone to the Pro Bowl had this tragedy not happened. This is unprecedented for an NFL team to loose such an important player in such a manner right in the middle of the season. I think this would be a very good president for the NFL to set.

Ok now I have to take my leave of this blog and the internet and TV in general. I've been crying on and off all day, which is what I was going to talk about earlier in the day...but so many other people have talked about it so eloquently. How they felt yesterday, last night, and then when we all got floored by the news this morning.

I've been moved in particular by all the other fans from other teams showing their support and saying things like "We are all Redskins today"...hell making me tear up just typing it.

OH and all of you asshamed of crying over some guy you didn't even know...don't be. I'm a guy that doesn't cry much, but there were times this morning that I just couldn't stop. Every time I think about some other aspect of it I break down a bit. I'm a stay at home dad for a 2 going on 3 year old, and I was up pretty much all night and when I found out the news this morning. I of course cried for a bit while trying to watch the news and read this blog and the vast majority of wonderful heartfelt comments, through tear-reddened eyes...but then I went right up stairs and just held my baby girl, and reflected on how fragile life is.

Oh and Chick Hernandez and Larry Michale were even getting pretty choked up talking about it on Redskins radio this morning.

So to you people that just don't get it...have no souls, were never loved by anyone...or whatever your problem is (and you do have a problem). Give it a break STFU. Go get a mirror and spend the rest of the day checking out how perfect you are...just make sure you don't fall out of your F**king Ivory Towers.

Sean will be remembered very fondly by the people that matter. Love most of you all for coming together like this, and hope to see some of you out there at Skins Park later this evening.

Thanks again Jason...and the rest of the fans, and even non-fans that have sent all the wonderfully heartfelt thoughts, that have at least made this day a bit more bearable for me. Helps alot to know we are all experiencing this roller coaster of emotion together.

Posted by: rbfett | November 27, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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