eague (NFL) to the Aaron’s indulgence in substance abuse from his teenage years, subsequent death of his father and the absence of a strong maternal figure in his life. The storyline illustrates that these factors led to his dalliance with guns, inability to entangle him from the gang culture and subsequently, violence. In the end, this proves to be the main catalyst in a process whose end is the fall of a young and immensely gifted athlete’s from grace. The overall purpose is to demonstrate that a lifestyle on the fast lane, characterized by debauchery and little regard to consequences of one’s actions, is incompatible with sustained success on the sports field. The overall message to the audience is that the athlete, in this case, is a prisoner of his own past. The choices he makes lead to sad consequences. As the story progresses, the writer employs logos in an apparent attempt at convincing the audience that Aaron bears liability in the murder of Odin Lloyd.
The first paragraph describes Aaron, in the company of Odin, as engaging in “five-star debauch” in the days prior to Odin’s demise (Solotaroff and Borges 1). In successive paragraphs, there is the focus on the athlete’s involvement in substance abuse, gang culture and club fights. The third paragraph states that he was using a drug described as “maniacal angel dust” and had already formed an association with a “crew of gangsters” (Solotaroff and Borges 1). The writer also points to eyewitness reports describing assailants fitting Aaron’s character at a crime scene. The audience is gradually prepared for Odin’s execution through the description of the athlete’s lifestyle. The writer creates the impression of a paranoid man living on the edge. The article states that Aaron sucker-punched a waiter leaving him with a damaged eardrum (Solotaroff and Borges 1). This description leaves the audience with an image of a dangerous man capable of taking another’s life without thinking