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Redskins' Taylor shot and wounded at home

PALMETTO BAY, Fla. -- Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor was shot at his home Monday and was in critical condition, and police are investigating a possible robbery.

Officers were sent to Taylor's home at about 1:45 a.m. after his girlfriend called 911 and said he was shot in his lower body, Lt. Nancy Perez said. He was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital, she said, but did not disclose how many times he was shot.

The Miami Herald reported paramedics found Taylor with a gunshot wound to the groin. A family friend who did not want to be identified told ABC-TV 10 in Miami that Taylor was shot twice.

Investigators were still interviewing the girlfriend and other relatives who were in he home to try to determine what happened, Perez said.

"It could have been a possible burglary, it could have been a possible robbery," Perez said. "It has not been confirmed as yet."

Taylor's family asked that no information about his condition be released, hospital spokeswoman Lorraine Nelson said.

Taylor has a home in the Miami suburb of Palmetto Bay that he bought two years ago. The 24-year-old player is in his fourth season with the Redskins after playing at the University of Miami, where he was an All-American in 2003. He leads the team with five interceptions but has missed the last two games because of a knee injury.

Taylor has been in trouble numerous times since he was drafted as the No. 5 overall pick in 2004. He has been fined at least seven times during his professional career for late hits and other infractions, including a $17,000 penalty for spitting in the face of Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman during a playoff game in January 2006. He also was fined $25,000 for skipping a mandatory rookie symposium shortly after he was drafted.

Redskins coaches and players have defended Taylor, saying he was smart and misunderstood. Taylor has been slow to let anyone into his inner circle. He has rarely spoken to reporters, saying he does not trust them. Teammates said he became more mature over the last year after he became a father for the first time.

In 2005, Taylor was accused of brandishing a gun at a man and repeatedly hitting him during a fight that broke out after Taylor and some friends went looking for the people who had allegedly stolen his all-terrain vehicles.

Taylor reached a deal with prosecutors last year after they agreed to drop felony charges against him. He pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors in the assault case and was sentenced to 18 months probation. The pleas prompted another fine from the NFL but kept his football career intact.

He also was ordered to talk about the importance of education at 10 Miami schools and had to contribute $1,000 for scholarships to each of those schools.

The man Taylor allegedly hit, Ryan Hill, sued, seeking at least $15,000 in damages. Hill sustained bruises to his body, incurred medical expenses and lost wages because of the fight, the lawsuit said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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In the groin?  With his girlfriend calling the cops?  Sounds like he stuck his pen in different ink.

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My thought exactly.

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Well, he's dead now.  I never equated getting shot in the leg with mortal danger but now that's proven to be incorrect.

And apparently it was a robbery attempt but that's just speculation. 

I'm sorry to see this happen.

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Fox  News reporting this morning that Taylor has passed away.

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Here in DC, it's pretty crazy with the coverage.  A sad sad day for this city.

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dcsoulchild wrote: Here in DC, it's pretty crazy with the coverage.  A sad sad day for this city.

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I'll bet. I wonder if it was a targeted attack or a random act?

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Yesterday, when I first heard the news, I said at least he's alive, that's the
main thing. Who knew you could die from being shot in the leg ?
Holy fuck.

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Kid_Naitch wrote: dcsoulchild wrote: Here in DC, it's pretty crazy with the coverage.  A sad sad day for this city.

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I'll bet. I wonder if it was a targeted attack or a random act?

The Chicago sports media is reporting the phone lines were cut  so it looks like a hit to me. They also said it was the 3rd time his place had been hit up too.  He had a machete on his night stand so it looks like Taylor was expecting something to go down. They also reported that he was shot in the femoral artery which depending how far up could equate the groin or the leg.

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mrwaukegan wrote: Kid_Naitch wrote: dcsoulchild wrote: Here in DC, it's pretty crazy with the coverage.  A sad sad day for this city.

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I'll bet. I wonder if it was a targeted attack or a random act?

The Chicago sports media is reporting the phone lines were cut  so it looks like a hit to me. They also said it was the 3rd time his place had been hit up too.  He had a machete on his night stand so it looks like Taylor was expecting something to go down. They also reported that he was shot in the femoral artery which depending how far up could equate the groin or the leg.
That's pretty much the story they are reporting here in DC.  Apparently, his girlfriend said that once they heard the noise, he got up and pick up a machete and locked the bedroom door.  Upon hearing the door being locked, the gunman kicked the door off the hedges and shot two times, one bullet missed and the other hit Taylor in leg.  The loss of blood and oxygen to the brain was too much for him to overcome.  If he wasn't in such good shape, he probably would have died sooner.  They retracted the statement about the phone lines, now saying that the phone was off anyway.  The lines were not cut.  They are trying to connect these robbery attempts to the incident he had two years ago where he beat down a dude and stuck a gun in another's face trying to retrieve two AVTs that were stolen from his house.

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This is an excellent article by Jason Whitlock (a sometimes controversial writer from Fox Sports) that does not pass the buck and calls for accountability.  I applaud his courage in writing this:

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7499442

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Whitlock has been the voice of reason on controversial issues before.  Don Imus and Michael Vick come to mind. Oddly, Stephen A Smith, who I personally often find annoying, has been echoing similar opinoins on this tragedy.

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I legit feel bad for him if he was fearing for his life from ex-friends who were jealous, but there's most definitely more to the story than that. 
Why in the hell would you EVER live somewhere that you know you have an X on your back, unless you're suicidal?  Mob turncoats enter the witness protection program.  The Jews fled Germany.  Smart wrestlers leave WWE.

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you really believe somebody was looking to kill him, if they were, they must have been some real serious marksmen, and knew shooting him in the leg will kill him, it was a robbery attempt, by some kids, who were surprised and scared that shot him

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krazykid18 wrote: you really believe somebody was looking to kill him, if they were, they must have been some real serious marksmen, and knew shooting him in the leg will kill him, it was a robbery attempt, by some kids, who were surprised and scared that shot him


I originally posted that Antrelle Rolle thought he was targeted and completely disagreed with KK here.

However, I've since read the latest: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3135855

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4 arrests and one confession according to NFL Network.

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HBF you bastard...you edited your post and now it looks like you scooped me.

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The Ultimate Sin wrote: HBF you bastard...you edited your post and now it looks like you scooped me.
I'm gonna sabotage you until you do my FFL analysis since I've obviously fucking lost it in the past few years.:D

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HBF wrote: The Ultimate Sin wrote: HBF you bastard...you edited your post and now it looks like you scooped me.
I'm gonna sabotage you until you do my FFL analysis since I've obviously fucking lost it in the past few years.:D

What advice do you need?

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http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-rememberingtaylor&prov=ap&type=lgns

To honor slain Taylor, Redskins use 10 men on first Bills play

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- The message was all too clear: Sean Taylor is gone forever.
For all of the No. 21 jerseys, waving towels and handwritten signs in the stands Sunday, for all of the flowers at a makeshift memorial outside the stadium, for all of the pregame tributes to the Pro Bowl safety, the most stark reminder of Taylor's plight came when the Washington Redskins lined up on defense for the first time since he was shot to death.
Instead of 11 Redskins on the field, as rules allow, there were 10.
As the Buffalo Bills got ready to run their first play midway through the first quarter, the man who replaced Taylor in the starting lineup, Reed Doughty, stood near coaches on the sideline with his arms crossed. After watching while Bills running back Fred Jackson gained 22 yards, Doughty entered for the next play -- and made the tackle.
The 24-year-old Taylor died Tuesday, a day after being shot at his home in Florida during a burglary. Four men have been charged. The shock has yet to dissipate for Taylor's teammates and fans, and the grieving process continued on game day.

"The only way we can honor him right now is to go out there on the field and play. Go out and play football," Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels said during a pregame video tribute to Taylor.
Before entering the stadium, spectators talked about Taylor in the present tense, as though it all hasn't quite registered.
"I just love the way he plays," said Joshua Skeen of Manchester, Md., wearing a white jersey with Taylor's No. 21.
Skeen's brother, Jason, wore No. 36, Taylor's uniform as a Redskins rookie.
Not surprisingly, those numbers were everywhere Sunday, including on black versions of the jersey, on handmade T-shirts, on hats, on wristbands. A trio of teenage friends each wrote the number on a cheek.
While tailgating did carry on in the parking lots before the game began -- with beer and grilled food, with chips and salsa -- things were somewhat more subdued. Stereos didn't blare. People spoke instead of screamed.
"Oh, yeah, it's quiet," said Adrian Moore of Springfield, Va., who was wearing a long-sleeve white shirt with a yellow candle between the numbers 2 and 1. "It's a lot more somber than normal."
One fan, Joe Yang of Chantilly, Va., painted "Sean Taylor, Go Skins, R.I.P 21" on two of his black SUV's windows, and "We Miss You Sean Taylor" on the rear window.
"I just feel like we owe it to Sean, we owe it to the team, we owe it to the Redskins," Yang said. "I just wanted to make sure that no one should forget."
A short walk away, people approached a memorial to Taylor near where the Redskins painted his number on a patch of grass near the team store -- which was under orders not to sell jerseys or other items with his name this day.
Starting at 7:30 a.m., fans began arriving to look at the display, snap a photo of it and leave objects. The piles were continually spreading, with flowers in the team colors of burgundy and gold, leather footballs, burning candles, and posters with personal messages. And on and on it went: balloons, teddy bears, hats. One little child left a piece of paper with a poem.
James McClendon of Stafford, Va., watched as his 10-year-old son, Dhimani, offered a football with an inscription. Father and son came to their first NFL game together Sunday, to honor Taylor.
Both wore burgundy No. 21 jerseys.
"If I don't ever come to another Redskins game again, it had to be this one," the elder McClendon said. "I felt, you know, this would be the best way for us to, you know, say goodbye to Sean Taylor."
There were plenty of ways in which he was saluted, off the field of play and on.
After making a catch, Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss, also a teammate of Taylor's at the University of Miami, would pound his chest and put up a hand with his thumb and ring finger tucked down and the other three fingers raised. It was his way of saying, "21."
On a facade above one end zone, there was a new sign with Taylor's name and uniform number in white writing on a burgundy background, with pictures of black ribbons on each end.
The Redskins Marching Band wore black hats and used instruments covered with black sleeves while playing a funeral dirge on the field, before a slow, mournful rendition of the team's normally peppy theme song, "Hail to the Redskins."
After the public address announcer noted that, "We gather here today shocked and saddened," the scoreboard showed a 4-minute video filled with still photos of Taylor with his 1-year-old daughter; footage of him playing football in high school, college and the pros; and clips of interviews with him, teammates and coaches.
After Taylor was shown saying, "My favorite part is when we have home games and the fans are cheering," the crowd roared and waved the white hand towels with the No. 21 they were given as they entered the stadium.
Those tiny towels swirled around and around, a silent and moving tribute.





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