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It's interesting to watch the media cycle of the Steve McNair coverage. Over the weekend, most of the stories were composed of the basic nuts and bolts of his murder, combined with platitudes from former teammates and the inevitable description of McNair as the warrior quarterback, the man who played through pain to will his team to victory.
It's a common thread when any sports figure goes down: The lionizing of his on-field greatness, sold with the tragedy of a life burned too early.
But as with any cycle, the tide has begun to turn. There's the talk of McNair cheating on his wife of 12 years with a 20-year-old waitress. There's the cliche rumors that he promised to divorce said wife to take up arms with his mistress. Finally, there's the speculation that the mistress did him in because he reneged on that divorce.
"Shooting unveils very different sides of McNair
" reads a Yahoo's headline. It outlines his brushes with the law over DUI incidents, intimating that McNair had a problem with the sauce.
None of this is particularly unusual behavior. Who hasn't drank too much on occasion? It doesn't make you evil. It just makes you, well, pretty normal. Nor is the married man who seeks a fresher woman especially unique either. It just makes him flawed, like the rest of us.
But over the coming days, we will see McNair increasingly painted with darker colors. Normal becomes something more insidious in the wake of tragedy mixed with celebrity. Somewhere, the producers for Geraldo and Nancy Grace are polishing their fangs.