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Birdman's redemption bittersweet for his mother

Updated: May 12, 2008, 7:47 PM ET
By Chris Palmer | ESPN The Magazine

Chris Andersen was going to buy his mother a house. They would build it right in the middle of the 10 acres she had in rural God-knows-where Texas. He said he would buy her a Lamborghini, too. She laughed at that. If he just helped her pay for her meds, that would be enough. This is what they dreamed about. A life in which they didn't have to struggle. A life in which she wouldn't have to push a janitor's broom or tend bar, which one of her Harley buddies owned.

Linda Holubec was ...

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