Only the most hardcore football fans would know who Vidal Mills is. Vidal had a very brief career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the early part of this decade, and thereafter faded into obscurity in the Arena Football League before finally retiring from the sport.
Most recently, he’s been coaching the Florida Scorpions, a minor-league arena team based in the Tampa area.
But that’s not why I’m bringing Vidal and his plight to your attention. I am instead pointing to a man who is a distraught father. You see, Vidal’s son C.J. was just 17 when he was shot dead in 2007.
C.J. was an honorable mention all-state defensive player who had all kinds of things going for him – and a bright future ahead of him.
While police had no suspects, there had been some descriptions of the pair who did the shooting. They were both black; the driver had lighter skin. Both were between 5’9″ and 5’10”.
Vidal has done a bit of investigating himself, and his work kept turning up the same name over and over. The name is Frederick Powell, who goes by the nickname of “Bobo.” Allegedly, Powell had been bragging of committing the crime to friends – and anyone else who would listen.
Last October, Vidal Mills’ stepdaughter recognized Bobo in her restaurant and immediately called her stepdad.
Before you know it – in plain sight of the security cameras, Vidal Mills and brother Rodney are there. Vidal Mills is seen hitting Bobo and wrapping his massive arm around Bobo’s neck.
When informed that the police were on their way, Vidal and Rodney fled the scene, but Vidal Mills was arrested later that evening without incident at his house.
Vidal has received nine months’ probation in exchange for authorities not making his stepdaughter testify.
So that brings us to the title of tonight’s blog: What would you do if you came face to face with the man who ruined your life?
My only question would be this: Was he 100% sure “Bobo” Powell was the right guy? If I was absolutely certain, it would be difficult not to have done what he did, because the police didn’t seem to be getting the job done on their own.
In Vidal Mills’ mind, he was just being a good dad; first by trying to avenge his son’s murder, then by protecting his stepdaughter.
I’m not saying I promote vigilante-ism. I’m just saying that I understand.