I recently wrote an article about Aaron Hernandez, the former football player who is now spending the rest of his life in prison for murder. I'm sure it's no surprise when I tell you he is not the first athlete that this has happened to, and unfortunately he won't be the last. In fact this case is very familiar to college football fans here in Arizona. Do you remember the name Loren Wade?
Loren Wade was a tailback for the Arizona State Sun Devils in 2003 and 2004. He rushed for 773 yards as a freshman and had a very promising career ahead of him. Well that all changed on March 25, 2005. Wade, who apparently had anger issues, went looking for an ex-girlfriend and found her in the parking lot of a Scottsdale nightclub. She was talking to another former ASU football player when Wade approached. Words were exchanged and stories are told differently at this point, but the fact is Wade shot Brandon Falkner to death that night.
A lot of stories came out after about Wade's anger problems. His coach at the time was also informed that he had a gun, yet the University nor the football program did much to help Wade. That spring day in March took the life of Falkner but it also took the life of Loren Wade. He is currently serving a 20 year sentence in an Arizona prison.
Shame on anybody that could have helped change this young man's life and chose to look the other way. I know that you can't help people that don't want to be helped, but what if this one time it helped save a life? I know that's a chance the family of Brandon Falkner is willing to take.