Thursday, August 10, 2006

A man on the edge

In an article Thursday, ESPN writer Tom Friend says he received a call from Maurice Clarett hours before he was arrested Wednesday morning, reportedly toting around four loaded guns and wearing a bulletproof vest.
The picture Friend paints is of a man on the brink of a complete mental breakdown, a man who had lost everything, a man in debt to the wrong people.
Along with his call to Friend, he reportedly also spoke to his former coach, Jim Tressel, his would-have-been current coach, Jim Terry, and tried to contact good friend LeBron James. He gave a rambling message to Friend, thanking him for setting him straight, talking about his life in the past tense.
No one really knows what would have happened had Clarett not been stopped by police after making an illegal U-turn. The more we learn, the more we can guess somebody might have ended up dead -- either Clarett or someone else.
Was he fixing to threaten or kill a witness who was scheduled to testify against him at his armed robbery trial? Was he preparing to defend himself against an attempt on his life, or the life of his newborn daughter? Was he suicidal? Was he losing his grip on sanity?
The answer might be all of the above.
Friend's complete article can be read here.

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