Redskin Safety Sean Taylor Shot *Update
Details are still coming in. Sean Taylor was shot by an intruder allegedly burglarizing his home in Florida. Taylor, a safety for the Skins is known as a ferocious hitter.
Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor was shot in the leg at his home Monday and was bleeding heavily, and police said he was in critical condition. They 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.
Richard Sharpstein, an attorney who represented Taylor in a criminal case, said the player’s father told him his son had been shot in the leg and there was much bleeding because the femoral artery was severed.
Investigators were still interviewing the girlfriend and other relatives who were in the 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 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.
In Ashburn, Va., the Redskins canceled their scheduled open locker-room period for reporters and barred the media from talking to players. Coach Joe Gibbs was to address the team at its usual Monday meeting and was to hold his weekly news conference later in the day. The Redskins (5-6) lost 19-13 at Tampa on Sunday. Taylor did not travel with the team to the game because of his knee injury.Taylor sprained a ligament in his right knee in the second half of the Nov. 11 loss to Philadelphia. He was expected to miss at least two games, probably more. Known as one of the NFL’s hardest hitters, Taylor played in his first Pro Bowl last season, where he drew attention by leveling the other team’s punter in what is usually a well-mannered exhibition game. Even though he has missed two games, his five interceptions remained tied for most in the NFC.
The Redskins released a statement Monday morning regarding safety Sean Taylor. Here is the full text of the statement: “The Washington Redskins became aware of a situation this morning in which safety Sean Taylor was the victim of a shooting at his residence in Florida.
“The Miami Dade Police Department is currently investigating the situation.
“Taylor is currently undergoing treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida.”
Football takes a back seat to the realities of life. Please keep Taylor in your thoughts.