Concerned for Keith Mills

The sordid details of veteran Baltimore sports anchor Keith Mills' battle with drug addiction and his recent felony burglary arrest for allegedly stealing pain killers from an elderly cancer patient are extremely hard to digest.

Facing 43 years in prison, Mills risked his freedom, WMAR-TV career and reputation by being caught red-handed on video. It illustrates how serious his personal demons are. There's no way to minimize this apparent downward spiral, but I feel compassion for a man who's always struck me as friendly and professional. I don't know him very well, but he's always been a welcome addition to the press box.

Mills has diligently supported high school athletics for decades, endearing him to many. He's a longtime friend of Westminster High football coach Brad Wilson. And when colleagues like Bruce Cunningham and Scott Garceau vouch for you, it means a lot.

I'm not ignoring the charges, nor Mills' previous brushes with the law or stint in rehab. I'm merely unwilling to convict him in the court of public opinion. He seems like a good guy, albeit one with major problems. That makes him flawed and human like the rest of us.

Free on $250,000 bond, Mills deserves his day in court and a chance to sort out his life. Let the perfect ones cast the first stone. I'm hoping Keith Mills turns things around and gets whatever professional help he needs. Perhaps this time he will truly get scared straight.

 

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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