Monday, November 26, 2007

Sean Taylor is in a coma.

Redskins free safety and former University of Miami standout Sean Taylor was shot at his home in the Cutler Bay area of Miami early, early this morning. His girlfriend told the Miami-Dade police that they had heard suspicious noises around 1:45 A.M., and Taylor went to investigate. Moments later, she heard a shot and found him bleeding profusely from the groin area. She called the police immediately.

Evidently, his femoral artery was hit. He was airlifted to Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital, and he's in a coma after 6 hours of surgery.

Right now, lots of rumors are circulating - that he's brain dead, that he had to be revived several times, that this was the third time in a week his house was targeted by someone seeking to break in. Neighbors are weighing in with their opinions as well.

So who knows what the real story is - what's so tragic is that this former thug, who by all accounts was maturing rapidly following the birth of his child earlier this year, was a thug.

The Miami Herald has been working this story hard - they posted Taylor's address, the worth of the house, and what it looked like.

Ummm. Okay. That sounds remarkably foolish. I mean, Cutler Bay/Palmetto Bay is a very, very nice part of Miami - definitely swanky post-Andrew. It's not exactly a high crime area, folks...but why attract the criminal element?

The latest rumor, as of 1:15 P.M. CT, is that Taylor may survive, but will have a very "long road" towards his recovery, as it is thought he suffered brain damage from the blood loss and subsequent lack of oxygen received to the brain.

According to family and friends, Taylor was at home with his girlfriend and
their young daughter when he heard a noise in the back of the home. He went to
investigate and was supposedly shot in the groin, in an area where a lot of
arteries are. The gunshot by the alleged robber has caused him to lose a lot of
blood and there is a fear his career may be over.

According to my
sources, the injuries sustained caused so much loss of blood, it has affected
his brain and Taylor is expected to have "a long road back to recovery."

Sean Taylor, I'm praying for your recovery - your girlfriend, your baby and your family need you. God bless.

UPDATE: The Miami Herald just updated the story:

The noises Sean Taylor and his girlfriend heard in their house early Monday
turned out to be their worst nightmare.

At least one armed intruder had broken into the $900,000 Palmetto Bay
house of the star NFL player and were at his bedroom door. Taylor rose from bed
to investigate, and just outside his bedroom, was shot in the groin and
critically wounded. He collapsed back into the room, where he breathed heavily
as blood gushed from his wound, according to Taylor's lawyer and family friend,
Richard Sharpstein.

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