I don’'t know why this thread got 2 OPs; I just searched topics I had posted on and saw the 2 threads that started with my one OP.
HelloKitty–I don’t think too many people in College Park at the time believed it was Bias’s first time snorting coke. That might be the local media and political powers that be demonizing the evils of cocaine–and Bias certainly illustrated that point in a way that really struck home. I remember some media stories stating this “fact”, but it also came during Nancy Regean’s “Just Say No” heyday–and the ‘Washington Post’ is the local media. My “why is he not Michael” question was rhetorical. As constrained as Jordan was in Dean Smith’s UNC system; many (the usual so-called experts) thought that Bias would be a better pro–and he was going the the Celtics, not the suck shit Bullls that drafted Jordan.
Mr. Frink— You have a good debate topic with regards to “Crack v Powder” sentencing laws, but that’s another thread. All media reports and admited second person hearsay reports of people who boasted of partying with Bias involve powder cocaine–IFAIK.
Crack was just starting to make news in DC when Bias died. The homicide rate in DC went through the roof about the same time that he died. And it went stratospheric in the next few years.
A local superstar like Bias trying the new thing (in drugs) like crack–sure, I can buy that. A guy of his local fame would have seen it before the rest of the student population.
But Bias died of the same old snortie that has killed many rock stars and altheletes and other people who never rate any media stories.
The difference being, guys like Tip O’Niell probably drank their morning cofee with the ‘Washington Post’ sports page–of which Maryland basketball got a a lot of ink.
Mr. Frink–as I post–I just reread your last sentence and I think that has been resolved. Let me find some links to support this to your satisfaction.