Wednesday, August 09, 2006
This is a sad ending...but not so sad that I won't ridicule it
Seriously, can you think of a more pathetic figure than the supremely gifted athlete who engineers his own self-destruction on the world's stage?
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Maurice Clarett was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after a highway chase early Wednesday that ended with police using Mace on the former Ohio State running back and finding four loaded guns in his sport utility vehicle, police said.
Officers used Mace to subdue Clarett after a stun gun was ineffective because the former Fiesta Bowl star was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, Sgt. Michael Woods said.
“It took several officers to get him handcuffed,” Woods said. “Even after he was placed in the paddy wagon, he was still kicking at the doors and being a problem for the officers.”
I'm not a fatalist or anything. I believe our paths in life are self-determined, but even I have to recognize that there are just some people who seem pathologically bent on their own destruction and failure, and there is absolutely nothing anybody can do to prevent it. I can't think of another athlete who had so much potential and for whom success beyond his wildest dreams lay for the taking, who made so many bad decisions, and who fell so far so fast as Maurice Clarett.
At least O.J. managed to finish his career before slashing his way to ignominy.