So, the Michael Jackson verdict is back and he's been found "not guilty" on all counts. I wasn't overly shocked by this--well, at least not after the first verdict came back "not guilty."
I got to the Y this afternoon as the verdict was getting ready to come back. I got kind of amused by the radio coverage in which they kept talking about if the audio feed would work or not..this went on for about five or so minutes. Translation: we have nothing else to talk about yet, but we came on the air so we could be the first with the live coverage.
I walked in and noticed a TV crew at the Y. All the TVs in the Y were tuned to the local NBC affiliate and the sound was turned up. This in itself was unusual as you have to have earphones on to listen to the audio feed of the TV. Everyone was kind of gathered about, staring at the TVs while working out. It felt a little eerie--in a way it reminded me of how we all gathered around TVs following the events of September 11th.
I went up and got changed into my workout clothes, went down and started on the exercise bike. Figuring that every TV in the building was tuned to it, I knew I wouldn't miss anything.
I didn't. I hear it unfold. I sighed a bit and shook my head and listened to some conversation around me from various members about the verdict.
Then, as I'm riding--and let's face it, while working out, I don't look my best--the reporter comes over to me with a camera. Ask me my name and if I'd answer some question. I say sure and do so. I don't remember exactly what he asked me, though my answers included "If they didn't find OJ guilty, I'm not sure why they thought they'd find Michael Jackson guilty." and "It just proves that if you are a big enough celebrity and have enough money, you can get out of anything."
Not sure if Channel 4
will use that footage or not. Who knows how I might come across on TV. I'll let y'all know if I see myself on the news tonight.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/13/2005 06:12:00 PM