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Antrel Rolle, Brian Moorman, Andy Garcia, and the chaos of a murder investigation

Update [2007-11-29 10:3:57 by Skin Patrol]: I forgot to include this one that was found, I believe, by Extreme Skins yesterday. It is an article at the Miami Herald where actor Andy Garcia (IMDB) praises the actions of Sean Taylor in saving his girlfriend, Jackie Garcia, who happens to be the actor's neice:
Actor Andy Garcia hailed his niece's slain boyfriend, NFL star Sean Taylor, as a ''free safety until the end'' who showed bravery in the last moments of his life to protect his family...

''His heroic action on that tragic night saved their life and is a testament to his humanity and courage,'' Garcia said in his statement, which was provided to The Miami Herald through his manager, Joanne Colonna. ``His spirit will live forever, in our hearts and through the legacy of his achievements and the family he leaves behind.''...

''Sean was known to many as an extraordinary athlete and unquestionable teammate,'' Garcia said. ``To those of us who had the good fortune to count him as a member of our extended family, we will always remember him as a caring and loving individual especially to his new family, his precious daughter Jackie and to the love of his life and mother to his child my niece Jacqueline.''

Three posts I felt needed linking on my way out the door. First, from ESPN via Fanhouse, there's an article from Taylor's childhood friend Antrel Rolle:
Rolle said he and Taylor became friends as 6-year-old teammates for the Homestead Hurricanes. Later, when they played against each other, Rolle was a running back and Taylor a linebacker.

"They'd call a sweep one way," Rolle said. "I would look at him on that side, and I would change the play myself and go the other way because I knew he would try to knock my head off."

Wise man, that Antrel Rolle, changing the play away from Sean. Also, as one of the few people who was close to Taylor for so long, he's uniquely qualified to talk about the kind of life Sean Taylor lived. The article has Rolle's own theory on the murder, which deserves mention:
...he did not believe the killing was part of a burglary gone sour, and that Taylor had many enemies on the streets of Miami.

"This was not the first incident," Rolle said. "They've been targeting him for three years now."

Rolle said many former "friends" had it in for Taylor, who was trying to build a more stable life.

I commented over at the Curly R in a very interesting post by Ben that contrasted early reporting of the incident with later news. I highlight it here as it just goes to show how difficult facts are to come by in a chaotic incident such as Taylor's murder, as distinct and often times contradictory information came out after the fact on seemingly obvious issues. I imagine it's going to be much of the same looking towards the future, since a murder investigation (and I wouldn't know anything about that, so take this for what it is(n't) worth) might provide it's own unique difficulties in the control and dissemination of info. As Ben said in an earlier post:
Unless the cops are going straight out of the academy playbook and running a misdirection this seems odd. Perhaps they have significant evidence, maybe not, but either way I suppose by announcing this was a random act they believe perhaps the suspects will not flee or will get careless.
Just something to keep in mind; everything we know will likely be known to the people responsible, and the police have to release information under the competing pressures of keeping the public informed without compromising their investigation. That would be difficult.

Finally, I remember Sean Taylor's big hit on Brian Moorman in the Pro Bowl fondly. Not because I hate Brian Moorman (I actually love the guy, moreso now, as you'll see) but because it personified the kind of player Taylor was. Just because the Pro Bowl is a pretend football game doesn't mean he's going to turn it off for a second, and the "OOOOOOOH!" of the crowd immediately after told me that they were happy he didn't. At the time, I was incredibly impressed by Moorman jumping up after the fact and congratulating Taylor mid-field. Dude continues to impress me, per The Bog:

"You know, a lot of people ask about that, but it was a clean football play and I have a lot of respect for him," [Brian] told [zee Bogger]. "Any time a punter or kicker gets hit like that, it's kind of a topic of conversation. It's fun to rib me, it's fun for me to take it. It was always a light-hearted thing. I never had any hard feelings. At the end of the day somebody's got to make a tackle. It was my fault for running straight up."

And, um, dare we ask what it felt like?

"It definitely took my breath away for a minute, and then I was able to jump up and catch it and move on," Moorman said. "It looks a lot worse than it hurt."

Lots of great quotes from Moorman's teammates as well.