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The media's first response to Sean Taylor's death was insulting

Remembering how the media initially responded to Taylor's death.

When news broke of Sean Taylor's death on this day ten years ago, the outpouring of support and tributes overwhelmed many in the D.C. community. Fellow players and teammates praised the Washington Redskins defensive back for his incredible standard of play and improved off field behavior as people everywhere shared in mourning.

That was, everyone except the national media.

In the immediate aftermath of his death, prominent media members began to paint Taylor as a thug whose untimely death came as little surprise, citing past discretions and police run-ins with the police as evidence that his tragic end was a long time coming.

How wrong they were.

His former teammates at the University of Miami took up for Taylor in ESPN's 30 for 30 about "The U: Part II,"chastising the coverage of his death and the reputation they tried to sully.


The coverage was shameful, clearly demonizing an innocent murdered man for no reason other than some sort of misplaced grudge. Thankfully the narrative has changed in recent years, but Redskins fans will be hard pressed to forgive some media members for how they treated the death of one of their favorite sons.