The whole sports community has had different reactions to the news of Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry's death. Most have had the decent courtesy to respect Chris Henry as a person, and loving father of three. But some have referred to him as "just another thug."
Whatever the circumstances are surrounding his dispute and death with fiancee Loleini Tonga, nothing takes away from the fact that a man lost his life and left behind a huge family, including his immediate family and the whole team of the Cincinnati Bengals.
The NFL has seen this before.
Just over two years ago, Redskins safety Sean Taylor died after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg. It was thought at first around the sports community that it must have been gang related, that whatever happened to Taylor might have been his fault. It was later discovered that Taylor's murder was a random home robbery that went wrong.
Both Sean Taylor and Chris Henry had troubled pasts.
But they were doing the very best they could to re-model their lives in the best interest of their kids and fiancee. They re-dedicated themselves to the game they loved to play, and both organizations realized that. It is just a shame that the rest of the community couldn't see it.
Luckily for Taylor and Henry, they are in a better place, no longer judged and hated on for their past. They will be able to look down and protect their family. I personally wish the best to Chris Henry and his family and friends.