Mike Wilbon Could Be Losing Some Supporters In DC Soon

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


I thought I'd be able to get past the bad reporting in regards to Sean Taylor's death after that ESPN post below, but alas...I cannot. DC resident and Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon has fueled an even bigger fire today in the Nation's Capital.

Yesterday Wilbon basically took shots at Sean Taylor's character while the 24 year old was struggling for his life yesterday without knowing any of the facts surrounding the shooting and home invasion...

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.- Michael Wilbon in The Washington Post Chat House
Some of you are emailing me and saying that this isn't really a national issue and maybe this is a sign that Mainstream Media and Wilbon just weren't aware of the changes that Sean Taylor made in his life after the birth of his child. But Wilbon's own paper even wrote a piece on the subject back in October.....

You're not going to write that a 17-month-old baby girl named Jackie melts his heart, how fatherhood makes him feel like more of a mature, young man and less of the moody knucklehead who came into the league four years ago.

You're not going to write that his teammates love and respect him and not one -- not a single one among 35 you interviewed -- has a bad thing to say about him.

Now I know people only look at the bad and of course my homerism might be coming out in these posts, but it was pretty obvious Sean Taylor had taken a turn for the good. I thought this was pretty evident to much of the Country in fact.

While his past wasn't a secret, Wilbon's comments (at a time when the man was fighting for his life) were irresponsible and unfortunate.

Special Spot in Hell Reserved for Wilbon (Mister Irrelevant)
Chat House (Washington Post)
An Enigma Cloaked In a Veil of Silence (Washington Post)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:19 PM

27 Comments:

he’s right. If my house was broken into, I’d have a home security company at my house the next day to install the best alarm system. If I had an 18 month old daughter no expense would be spared and if I had the money an NFL player has, I’d go the extra distance on whatever I buy.

Anonymous said...
Nov 27, 2007, 12:47:00 PM  

Wilbon is a token who could care less about DC sports...he and Kornheiser are nothing more but entitlement media whores...I can't wait until Tony's son Michael appears on ESPN credits as an Executive Producer..

funny Pam Ward was Kornheisers producer and news reader on his show in DC years ago...ever wonder how these clowns get their gigs?

terpsez11 said...
Nov 27, 2007, 12:48:00 PM  

yet you STILL watch ESPN!
quit watching or quit whining!
take your pick!
you CHOOSE to watch ESPN, yet you complain.
TURN ESPN OFF!!!

Anonymous said...
Nov 27, 2007, 12:53:00 PM  

this blog wouldnt exist if he didnt watch espn, and by the fact that people come here and comment on it i am assuming people want it to exist, so comments like 'LOLZ N00B DONT WATCH IT!' are real productive

Mike Georger said...
Nov 27, 2007, 12:55:00 PM  

jimmy/jpg shut up we get it you don't watch espn, now go back to tbl

Anonymous said...
Nov 27, 2007, 12:56:00 PM  

Dude, this wasn't on ESPN, plus the purpose of a blog like this is to notice both the good and bad in announcing, hence the title.

Fred Morlan said...
Nov 27, 2007, 12:58:00 PM  

Actually saw PTI yesterday and Wilbon talked about Sean Taylor getting shot as if it were the same as another Bengal getting a DUI or TO making some off base comment. Simply inexcusable...wonder if he still feels indifferent?

The Chemical Brother said...
Nov 27, 2007, 1:06:00 PM  

Why would he feel any different?

I remember right after 911, the day the towers fell, flipping through the channels and watching Berman plead with the audience to not forget how important sports are for happiness and all that nonsense.

At the time, sports seemed to be just meaningless fluff...which it still is.

It made me sick.

This is more of the same, Wilbon is a whore, they all are. The ones with heart get spit out.

It's the culture.

hollywood wags said...
Nov 27, 2007, 1:11:00 PM  

I agree with you AA. I loved watching Sean at Miami, and whenever I could see him play with the 'Skins. He had a questionable past, but he made great changes. If anything he should be a role model for kids who want to make a change in their life.

Anonymous said...
Nov 27, 2007, 1:18:00 PM  

hw take you heart and shove it.

you are acting like he was a saint or something. he had a machete. if he changed why did he not move after the first break in or get security if his daughther was there. this is not random

Anonymous said...
Nov 27, 2007, 1:19:00 PM  

I have gone my entire adult life without brandishing a firearm in a dispute. I've gone to bed every single night without a machete, or any type of weapon, bedside for "protection." Violent people have an exceptional talent for meeting with violent ends. The truth hurts; Wilbon is courageous for telling it against the certain tide of borrowed misery that will follow this story.

TacoBellManager said...
Nov 27, 2007, 1:22:00 PM  

tacobell, it's people like you that make this world such a terrible place. He was fighting for his life, Wilbon is the #1 sports personality in the DC area, and should have kept his mouth shut out of respect for the family during these times.
Despite what he's done or what he should have done, the man was killed, and his family should be given the respect they deserve to grieve. That is not Wilbon doing is job, that is something else entirely which he should pay a price for.

Ron Bermuda said...
Nov 27, 2007, 1:28:00 PM  

why is he so special over everyone else who dies. you guys amaze,taco does not ruin the world. people who let emotions get the best of them. tell one thing that was not true. if you have a machete and people are messing with home and you have your kid. and you do not leave. give me a break. my prayers and thoughts go to his family, but live in the real world.

Anonymous said...
Nov 27, 2007, 1:34:00 PM  

So why do we shine a spotlight on Taylor’s death more than another 24-year-old gunshot break-in victim? Simply because Taylor is a public figure, not because he’s a better or worse person.

Anonymous said...
Nov 27, 2007, 1:41:00 PM  

have any of you read anything about this situation? Since his daughter was born and he'd gotten through the legal troubles involving the ATVs Taylor had moved to a new neighborhood, a nice neighborhood with gates and all that, he did what michael vick should have done and disassociated with his old friends, he'd cleaned up his act and was a model citizen. He had an alarm system on his house but hadn't turned it on that night. The house was broken into 8 days beforehand and you want him to move in 8 days anon? His own neighbors said none of them had ever had any problems there with crime. He had a machete in the bedroom that his fiance and daughter sleep in, what if he'd had a gun instead? Would you just call him a thug from the U or whatever? One of the big reasons everyone is so torn up about this is because Taylor did all the right things that Pacman and Vick didn't do, he cleaned up his act, got away from the people who would help get him in trouble, moved his family to, at least what had been, a safe area. Taylor's the fucking victim here whose only mistake appears to have been forgetting to turn his alarm on that night. Fuck Wilbon and fuck you, football, Washington, and Miami lost a great player and person, not to mention Taylor's fiance, daughter, mother, father, and family

the great bambi said...
Nov 27, 2007, 1:43:00 PM  

he is the victim and should be treated as such, but don't get oprah on me. anyone around gangs or pelple of tha ilk know they live for themsevles and don't care who they kill. image is everything, he may have been done with them, but they were not. someone puts a knife on your bed, get out and call the police.

take your oprah ass to deadspin and tbl.

Anonymous said...
Nov 27, 2007, 1:50:00 PM  

"... it was pretty obvious Sean Taylor had taken a turn for the good. I thought this was pretty evident to much of the Country in fact."

Just wanted to say that I, as a voracious sports fan and sports media consumer and 10-year Virginia resident, did not know that Taylor had apparently turned his life around. Just saying.

Not that Wilbon shouldn't have been aware of these reports.

Anonymous said...
Nov 27, 2007, 1:57:00 PM  

you stupid fuck, they had called the police, it was 8 days prior, the police were called, then what should they do? enter witness protection? get plastic surgery and move across the country?

the great bambi said...
Nov 27, 2007, 2:07:00 PM  

Adding to Anonymous @ 1:18. He should be a role model to kids in the way that; Be careful of who you cross in this life and the choices you make, just because you make a change towards the straight and narrow doesnt mean the people you affected in the past will just forgive and forget.

makeitstick said...
Nov 27, 2007, 2:18:00 PM  

if he had done ALL the right things -- why hadn't he married his girlfriend who fathered his baby? was he trying to follow shawn kemp or what?

Anonymous said...
Nov 27, 2007, 2:24:00 PM  

Get to work bitches. But first, lick my anus.

PTIer said...
Nov 27, 2007, 2:31:00 PM  

no one said he or anyone else has done all the right things, and trying to follow shawn kemp? she was his fiance so he was going to marry the mother of his baby, do i agree with all he's done in life? no, but he'd been making the right decisions and had changed who he was and the environment he was in, but i suppose since he grew up in a rough area and had friends helped get him in trouble earlier in life he should just stay there like pacman and vick, heaven forbid anyone see the problems around them and take all the right steps to change that, people don't ever change right?

the great bambi said...
Nov 27, 2007, 2:34:00 PM  

This man was murdered in his own home. No one yet knows why. There is no justification for someone being murdered in their own home. To speculate that he somehow deserved it because of bad decisions he may have made in his past is ridiculous. To further condemn him, the victim, for being unmarried to his child's mother is beyond ridiculous. Regardless of how an individual lives their life they are still subject to acts of violence, random or otherwise. I hope that the people who have made these implications and assertions never have a tragedy of this magnitude happen to them or their family. Does it make you feel good about yourself to impune the character of a 24 year old murder victim? Sean Taylor and his family did not deserve this and people like Wilbon that imply he had it coming are sickening. Why do people continue to want to blame the victim? For people to speculate what he should or shouldn't have done is pointless and asinine.

melissa said...
Nov 27, 2007, 7:52:00 PM  

Melissa

He never said he deserved it, he said he was not suprised it was him. If you did not know who it was just a redskins player, would you thought it was campbell?

Brady,lt, barber,moss,romo, same thing first guess?

Anonymous said...
Nov 27, 2007, 8:08:00 PM  

Just to show I give it to both sides, anyone else noticed that this tragedy has gone a full news cycle without a goddamn word from Peter King over on SI.com? The number one story in the NFL, and the number one NFL writer doesn't even toss out the obligatory "sorry for your loss." Yes, it's not the kind of substantive reporting I'd look to him for, but when you heap so much personal adulation and compassion on players like Favre, Manning, etc., you figure any player getting murdered would rate a few paragraphs of retrospective.

Secondly, is there any truth to the detail that Taylor lived in a gated community, or did I have that wrong. It certainly shapes reaction to the story.

Finally, Wilbon is still right on for pointing out that the Sean-Taylor-turned-his-life-around is a company line without any evidence, offered by people with an interest in making the hired help seem embraceable and acceptable. Only in his death are we hearing what an amazing guy and role model Taylor was, which strikes me as faint praise -- that it took his demise for it to finally be sung so loudly.

None of these criticisms justify at all the murder of a man inside his own him in front of his wife and child. But there is no reason at all for me to join the pity party simply because it's the orthodox thing to do for the league and the media, and by obligated extension, the fans.

Anonymous said...
Nov 27, 2007, 8:50:00 PM  

maybe this is a sign that Mainstream Media and Wilbon just weren't aware of the changes that Sean Taylor made in his life after the birth of his child.

I was barely aware of Taylor's non-football life either way, but maybe it's really a sign the mainstream media knows the old adage about how you can't run away from your past.

Morgan Wick said...
Nov 28, 2007, 2:34:00 AM  

You say that Taylor cleaned up his act and you thought "that was pretty evident to much of the country in fact."

Umm. No. I consider myself a well-informed sports fan from Milwaukee and all I knew about Taylor, off the field, was the arrests. Didn't know anything about him cleaning up his act.

It is a tragic situation, but there is more to the story than is being reported at this stage. The machete, the break-in a week earlier, the "robbery" yet nothing was missing, the cut phone lines.

Doesn't mean he deserved what happened. It's a tragic situation all around.

alan said...
Nov 28, 2007, 9:11:00 AM  

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