"He was responsive to the doctor's requests to squeeze his hands and showed facial expressions. The doctors were very happy about that," [Vinny] Cerrato said " ... Two doctors came and told us they were excited about that."
Michael Wilbon: Again, I'm not the least bit surprised about the Taylor episode...Why would I be considering his history, even since he joined the Redskins?
The ESPN story, which, for all I know, was just scooped from the AP, has received criticism from Extreme Skins and commenters at FO who feel that the biographical information on Taylor, relating to his past transgressions, was out of line. I'll throw in my lot with those people. Nothing from the reports even suggests that anything that happened to Sean Taylor, invaded in his own home, shot, at 1:30AM in the morning, was Taylor's fault. This was not a case of being at the "wrong place at the wrong time" -- it's his house, at bedtime. If you really feel the need to talk about his transgressions, limit them to the ones that could possibly be relevant (though I'd posit none of them are). How on earth does his 17K spitting penalty or "late hits" on football fields possibly contextualize a story to the reader's benefit?
I don't have the facts of the story. I don't have any reliable explanation for why this seemingly senseless bullshit happened. All I have are the reports as they come in, and nothing about them suggested that Sean Taylor did anything wrong besides defend his home. His prior history does not frame the story in a manner that assists me in piecing together what happened. From where I'm sitting, that's just gratuitous filler of article that is in serious need of restraint. Having that filler didn't bother me until the seriousness of what happened came out; he wasn't just shot, at some point today Sean Taylor was, for all I know still currently is, dieing. I'm suggesting that perhaps it is best to spend some amount less than 289 of an 884 word article on prior transgressions that Sean Taylor has dutifully redressed in accordance with the league and the judicial system. I don't think ESPN did anything malicious, I just think it was an unnecessary way to frame an ongoing human tragedy; it added nothing for me as a reader and I can't imagine it helped anyone less familiar with Sean Taylor's past understand what happened today. I am not trying to be overly indignant about it -- ESPN knows better how to write a news story than I do -- but I certainly would not have added all/much of the extraneous stuff about Taylor, especially once it was revealed that he is clinging to life so tenuously. Just my two cents.
Deuce of Davenport is also on the story.
And now we wait, hoping for the best. Thoughts and prayers are with Sean and his family through what must be an incredibly tense and difficult time.