August 26, 2009 Finality of Decisions al la Plaxico Burress & Ted Kennedy
My heart goes out to Plaxico Burress. It really does. I was at the gym this morning watching an interview on ESPN with him crying about having to go to jail on a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years for carrying a gun in public. Worse than that is he didn’t kill anyone… he shot himself in the leg. So he’s burying his head in his hands on the notion that he will be in jail when his new baby is born. Quite sad. However, I can’t help but NOT feel bad for some of these athletes and entertainers. Not because they are famous and I am jealous of their… “success,” but because these people won’t do what we all are taxed with everyday which is to simply THINK.
Why did Plaxico feel like he needed to carry a loaded gun to a night club for? What was he trying to prove? Why didn’t he think about the different scenarios on how that could have gone down? It’s a mark of immaturity for someone to not ‘pre-play’ the consequences of their actions. And this is precisely why I’m not going to give Plaxico a hard time this time. But only with the promise that he actually learns from this lesson. And mature.
I was really going to lay into Plaxico, then I discovered that Senator Ted Kennedy died. I recently saw a documentary on his life and I had become quite a fan of his as a person. He represented strength and shouldering the burden of his family during hard times. But these are words said of him in his latter years. He was considered a statesman at the last leg of his life, but when he was young he made the same stupid mistakes that Plaxico made. The senator was responsible for drinking and driving when he was young and it resulted in the death of a woman that was riding with him.
When people are younger or immature they fail to realize the “finality of decisions” that they make. So I hope that Plaxico, Chris Brown, Michael Vick, and others recently in the news (not to single out these people)learn from that lesson as well.