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Football Thu Oct 16 2008

R.I.P Chris Mims

Just yesterday, former NFL player Chris Mims was found dead in his downtown Los Angeles apartment. He was 38.

Being honest, I really don't remember Chris Mims very well. I remember the name and, reading into his story, realized he was a talented and troubled player. While he may be an afterthought in most peoples minds, myself not excluded, I know that he deserve the slandering depiction that AP gave him. In a short, half page article, his faults were brazenly pointed out. AP didn't hesitate to point out that he was constantly over weight. They could never overlook his poor driving record, littered with DUIs and violations. The best yet was this short quote:

"In 1999, a man claimed Mims attacked him outside a fast-food restaurant and stole his tacos."

I understand this was a news story in this sad sap's life, but come on! Instead of remembering this poor young man that died before his time as a player, we remember as a fat drunk taco thief. Way to go AP, I'm sure Momma Mims respects the lovely portrayal of her dead son.

This isn't just another case of intentionally playing on words on a small mistake for readership's sake, this is sculpting a dead man's legacy. I'm sure most people will posthumously remember Mims as a welfare check-cashing, Mexican food stealing, drunk driving fiend as opposed to decent player. That is, if people remember him at all.

 
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