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Mayor Fenty's Statement/WebChat

David Nakamua of our Metro department, a former Post sports writer who I have known for a long time, forwarded me a copy of Mayor Fenty's statement on Sean's passing, the text of which follows:

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty issued the following statement after hearing about the death of Washington Redskins safety, Sean Taylor.

"The District of Columbia government and its residents are saddened by the tragic loss of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor. He had come to epitomize what a Redskin player should be, hardworking determined, focused and well respected--not only by his peers, but by his fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean's family, team members and fans."

Also, at 1 pm I am going to try to do a webchat on washingtonpost.com. Given the uncertain nature of the day - players and coaches could end up speaking to us at any point - I may have to cut away for a while during the hour, but I'll do as much as I possibly can.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 12:13 PM ET
 
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I found this quote of Sean's from an article on ESPN.com.

He couldn't of put it any better regarding how he lived his life, IMO.
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"I just take this job very seriously," Taylor said in a rare group interview during training camp. "It's almost like, you play a kid's game for a king's ransom. And if you don't take it serious enough, eventually one day you're going to say, 'Oh, I could have done this, I could have done that.'

Posted by: StumptownChris | November 27, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

OK. Sean's death was tragic, absolutely. But he's not the type of person I would hold up as some kind of role model.

Before we go erecting statues of anyone the truth is this: Sean Taylor was an immensely talented football player from a rough area who committed questionable acts both on and off the field during his career. In the end it appears that he was never able to separate himself from the lifestyle that ultimately led to his death.

Tragic? Absolutely. A changed individual? Perhaps. One who made good judgements? No.

While fans are hurt from this loss, it is in reality no more tragic than those deaths that occur on a daily basis in and around DC and PG County as a result of black-on-black crime.

And in that sense I will hold up Sean Taylor not as someone who was a heroic figure in death, but rather as another example of someone whose actions, direct or indirect, ultimately led to his death.

Posted by: SavedByZero | November 27, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Saved, being that you know, no more information than anyone else, can you please elaborate as to how ST's actions lead to his death?

Posted by: gregmarino88 | November 27, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

From previous posts. and SavedbyZero, I dont think your opinion is nessary right now.

I dont know if this has been said or if any of you care, but I really wanted a Taylor jersey so that I will always remember him and they are really tough to find right now. You have to pretty much search the ends of the internet and then I finally just customized one. Just a little FYI if anyone was thinking the same way.

Inigo Montoya

Posted by: JChrisRod | November 27, 2007 12:20 PM

Posted by: JChrisRod | November 27, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

On behalf of all Patriot fans I wish to extend our condolences to the the Taylor Family and the Washington Redskins Organization on the passing of Sean Taylor,We know what it is to lose a player #91

Posted by: GILBERTSPRINGFIELDMA | November 27, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

While I know your comments are not meant to be derogatory, SavedByZero, not right now man. Let him at least be properly remembered before you get into that. I mean, he's only 24, I'm 23 and it's very hard to resist the pressures around you at such a young age, but to come back and do such a great job at maturing in such a short amount of time...it says alot of where he was headed.

Posted by: tweedr01 | November 27, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

We all mourn in our own way. SavedByZero has a valid point, which he made in a dignified and respectful manner. Save the shout-downs for the jerks like "kool-aide".

Posted by: PDiddy | November 27, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

What about the game on Sunday, are you guys going? I'm trying to get some friends to come with me but most work or don't want to get tickets close to the field ($)...I don't care that we are playing the Bills, I don't care about the Bills, I just want to go and show my man love for Sean and I want the team to hear that too!

Posted by: tweedr01 | November 27, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

zero- Read the comments before you're remarks. While 21 has made mistakes in the past, he was clearly on the right path. Save you're comments for another day.

Posted by: puttinforbird | November 27, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how judgmental people can be when cloaked in the security of anonymity. I often wonder for those who are so critical of others, if their character would be deemed acceptable by their peers if their greatest mistakes were broadcast for the world to see and discuss.

Posted by: JustMe | November 27, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

SavedbyZero,

How uncalled for. People like you totally miss the point. If you get killed, is it ok for me to say "I mean, sorry he's gone, but he talked so much trash he was bound to be taken out eventually"? Death is death, and a young life lost...another child left without a father...should overshadow any "opinion" you might have. May God watch over his family and friends. And may we as fans (myself included) have new perspective on what is really important.

Posted by: Flaggk | November 27, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey all, for those trying to make a point that he wasn't a hero, that his past decisions led to his death, please just stop. His home was broken into twice in a week. Any man who just is trying to take care of his family could be in that same position. Thanks to JLC and Cyn for telling it like it is, cause this ain't easy. I appreciate your candor in keeping us up to date in what can't be an easy part of your jobs.

Posted by: Gregariousterp | November 27, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

QUESTION TO ALL:

What would you all be saying if it had been a car accident rather than a shooting (in his own home)? Would it be any different?

The man had a difficult past...SO WHAT. He was showing signs of great improvement in his life. Why are we so quick to overlook the present and focus on the past. The man deserves some respect for doing what thousands of others can't do. He recognized his shortfalls and made a concerted effort to correct them and change his life for both himself and his family. Does he deserve a statue? Maybe not, but does he deserve a little respect and gratitude...ABSOF'INGLUTELY!

You people make me sick! You all act all high and mighty and are so quick to pass judgment. You are probably the same people protesting and disrupting our own veterans funerals!

PLEASE!!! The man has died! His family, friends and followers are mourning. LET THEM!

Posted by: Soup17 | November 27, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

SavedByZero, it's amazing how you can say the same thing as Wilbon, but do it in a way that still seems respectful instead of making yourself out to be a total @$$.

Where I disagree with both of you is that for all of this season we really have been seeing an entirely different Sean Taylor from the Spittin' Grim Reaper of previous seasons.

One of the many sad parts of this story is that Sean never had a chance to prove that this change was real. He was 23, 22, and 21 when he behaved inexcusably. God knows I didn't behave much better at those ages, even without a gigantic contract and star status.

I've had a chance to prove that wasn't me. Sean will never have that chance. But I believe he would have done it.

Posted by: sxpatr | November 27, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I sorta agree PDiddy, he wasn't trying to be mean, but it's still not the right time man. I mean, something like that needs to wait at least until after his funeral.

Posted by: tweedr01 | November 27, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I think that all the negative comments need to stop. He was changing for the better, everyone saw that. What happened in his past should not make his death any less tragic and untimely

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Saved by Zero
So let me give you a hypothetical situation. What if you got in a fight with a guy a while back and beat him up one on one. This guy comes back later on and decides to shoot you. Does that make you a bad person who makes bad decisions? Any action that you do whether big or small can lead to situations like this. You could be a wonderful person and yet still be a victim. When old ladies get robbed is it because they made bad decisions in their past? Give me a break, I don't know what Taylor could of possibly done to deserve to get shot in his own home with his family there. And the fact that I read that he locked his bedroom door with his girl and child there, and the scumbag busted in anyway makes me feel for anyone in that situation.

Posted by: ga8085 | November 27, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Lets honor #21...http://www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot

Posted by: tdskinz | November 27, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I grieve for the horrific loss of Sean Taylor and extend sympathies to his family.
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My family and I live in Miami, very close to where Taylor kept his Palmetto Bay home. My wife is a graduate of University of Miami, and works at Jackson Hospital. I taught business school courses at UM for several years, in fact during Taylor's career with the Canes, and we never missed attending a UM-FSU game.
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We are very eager to learn the facts of this crime and to understand why it has occurred, and to see all responsible parties punished to the fullest extent of the law. We are quite concerned about personal safety for ourselves, family and friends in the Miami community.
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With that said, we are speaking about one human being, an individual who no doubt had many positive and wonderful attributes. However, it cannot be overlooked that Sean Taylor "ran with a tough crowd"; the UM football team has hardly been comprised of "model citizens", and Taylor's own repeated actions (some innocent as things go; others, such as brandishing weapons/firearms at people in the community cannot and should not be overlooked or so quickly discounted, not to mention spitting in the faces of opposing players) suggest that he hardly fits the stereotype of the contemporary victim of senseless violence. I would also like to know why he kept a machette in his bedroom, and why, after reports of his Miami home being burglarized only 8 days prior, there was not a more concerted effort to self-protect his family and property (he certainly possessed the means to do so). To me, this suggests that there is perhaps more to this story yet to be told, or perhaps the perpetrator is someone known to Sean Taylor or someone who "ran in his circles."
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None of this detracts from the great tragedy that has unfolded. But in reading the other posts, some requesting "statues to be erected in Taylor's memory", I would ask for some sense of proportionality here. Everyday in Miami, in Washington D.C., and everywhere in the world, thousands of innocents die equally or even more senseless deaths.
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As we contemplate the latest Princess Diana-like passing of a celebrated life, let's please keep in mind the many other unheralded lights that are also extinguished, and ask why do we only respond or seem to care when it involves somebody who "lives on the edge" and is perhaps important for (at least some) of the wrong reasons?

Peace to Sean Taylor. Note to Miami PD: Get off your butts and catch the guy who did this.

Posted by: emailbillbrown | November 27, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know anymore about whats going on at Fed Ex tonight???

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect to this tragedy and terrible situation, maybe its too soon: but what are the cap ramifications? How is this handled?

RIP #21.

Posted by: makalb18 | November 27, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

So is anyone else going to the game this Sunday to support Sean, have they come out with how they are going to celebrate his life on Sunday?

Posted by: tweedr01 | November 27, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Bill, wrong time, wrong place. Portis went to Miami, is he not a model citizen? Moss went to Miami is he not a model citizen? What about Rocky Mac??

Posted by: gregmarino88 | November 27, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse


To the prior comments.. just be respectful him. We're all human and we live and hopefully learn... He seemed to be doing that, but I'm sure we'll learn more as time passes and more information is gathered.

Nobody is perfect and passing judgement is not appropriate especially at a time like this..

On another note....

Being in the Virginia Beach area... I am glad I was able to make it up for a game last year and see him play... I am from VB went to George Mason, met my wife there and settled down there for a few years as we got serious and married. When we discovered she was pregnant and would we would be expecting (both being beach people) we wanted to move to the beach (my hometown) to raise our kids. The last few years with my son and daughter's birth made it tough to make the trip up there, but I did with a friend (unfortunately a cowboys fan)...
It was the Tennessee game and I remember vividly how Sean seemed to carry the defense last year and specifically that day even though we lost. Travis Henry was running all over our Defense and Sean Taylor was in on practically every play as the a safety he kept coming out of the secondary to make tackles and stop the bleeding...

I remember vividly how hard he played last year on D when this team struggled mightily but there he was a as the ROCK and WARRIOR THAT KEPT FIGHTING. He struggled at times last year, because I think he tried to do too much with the struggles the team was having on D. He was the one player that stood out as coming to play every game for better or for worse... As a fan you can't help but love and admire the way he played

Not to make light of the most important human side of this tradegy, but..

Sean, You will truely be missed by your fans and teammates I enjoyed watching you on Sundays for the past 3.5 years...

RIP my friend!


BTW - Sorry to ramble on about my life story but it just flowed out of me on a emotional day like this...

Posted by: EinVB | November 27, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I HAVE WRITTEN ON THE BACK WINDOW OF MY CAR R.I.P #21 SEAN TAYLOR
I SHOULD GO ADD TO THE F*** ALL THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

IMHO...

Seems to me like Sean Taylor has been a victim of some foolish criminals in the past (ATV incident)... There are 2 conflicting sides to that story... I would like to believe Sean's side... he may have overreacted, but I can understand his no-nonsense attitude and wanting to settle the incident himself. Doesn't make it right, but being young, its hard to understand why you should or shouldn't do certain things...

He clearly seems to be a victim again in this case... He was clearly a target. For what reason, we don't know (yet and maybe never).

This is such a tragedy... and whatever the true circumstances are don't change that fact... whether it is an example or not.

Posted by: EinVB | November 27, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

NEW TOPIC .....
THE EAGLES SPEAK ABOUT SEANS DEATH

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I stand by my earlier comments and say that they are relevant when you have politicians (Fenty) holding Sean up to be a role model.

Posted by: SavedByZero | November 27, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Hail to Sean Taylor
By the Panelman

Hail to Sean Taylor
Pride of the Skins
Fight for the home team
"till we meet again

As we all know that God is a Skins fan
George and Vince will welcome you to his land
Fight on, fight on 'till you have won
You Son's of Washington

Hail to Sean Taylor
Pride of the Skins
Fight for the home team
"till we meet again

Now he'll have a team that can't be beaten
The big "D" will go down in defeat and
We'll fight on, fight on 'till we have won
The Son's of Washington

Hail to Sean Taylor
Pride of the Skins
Fight for the home team
"till we meet again

Posted by: PANELMAN | November 27, 2007 1:09 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 1:52 PM | Report abuse

WHEN I HEAR NEWS OF THE TRAGEDY CONCERNING ONE OF MY REDSKINS PLAYERS SEAN TAYLOR WHOSE LIFE WAS CUT SHORT BY SENSELESS VIOLENCE, A YOUNG PERSON THAT SEEMED TO HAVE SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR, YOU REALIZE JUST HOW PRECIOUS EVERY MOMENT IS. YOU REALIZE THAT EVEN WITH ALL OF THE MONEY, FRIENDS & FANS YOU MAY HAVE THERE ARE THINGS THAT IT STILL CANNOT BUY SUCH AS THE ONE THING THAT I AM SURE THAT WE ALL WOULD HAVE GIVEN OUR EVERY DIME FOR AND THAT IS - TIME. IT PUTS THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE FOR A LOT OF US LEFT BEHIND AND IF NOT, IT SURE SHOULD. LIVE EACH MOMENT LIKE IT MIGHT BE YOUR LAST BECAUSE YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT TOMORROW WILL BRING OR MIGHT NOT BRING. I AM GLAD THAT GOD GAVE HIM THOSE SPECIAL MOMENTS WHERE HE WAS ABLE TO SHINE AND COME INTO HIS OWN ESPECIALLY IN THIS PAST YEAR, IT SHOWS HIS LIFE IN THE POSITIVE INSTEAD OF HIS LEGACY HAVING TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ONLY IT'S TROUBLED MOMENTS. WE ALL NEED TO PRAY THAT GOD GIVE US TIME TO CHANGE BECAUSE REMEMBER EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES. I ASK EVERY TEAMMATE TO KEEP HIS LEGACY ALIVE LOVE ONE ANOTHER BECAUSE THIS SHOWS ME THAT FOOTBALL IS ONLY A GAME BUT THE PAIN I FEEL TODAY IS REAL. ALWAYS LET HIS DAUGHTER KNOW THAT SHE HAD ONE DAD BUT FROM A REDSKIN FAN TILL NO END REMEMBER SHE HAS A BIG FAMILY. I WILL KEEP EVERYONE IN MY PRAYERS

Posted by: chocokiss | November 27, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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