You may have noticed an absence of Michael Vick-related posts around these parts.
It’s not really out of apathy, just a desire to wait for all the facts to come out…which may never actually happen.
Alas, if you’ve been waiting for something Vick/dogfighting/gambling related, today is your day.
First off, in the news department, Vick has signed his plea deal, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. A little shock to everyone though, Vick will not admit to killing dogs or gambling on the fights — something everyone assumed would end his NFL career. UPDATE: Leave it to the Cut to write something 5 minutes before the document comes out, but Vick has admitted to killing the dogs. Nevertheless, the argument in the post is still incredibly strong. Trust us.
Secondly, the AJC also ran this interview with Vick’s father, Michael Boddie, which reeks of well, being at least somewhat, if not completely, an attempt to make some cash.
As a journalist, bringing in estranged or disgruntled parents/siblings/friends to testify to the character of the estrangee is not a solid idea.
Vick’s father is no different. These details are slipped into the AJC’s story:
1. Boddie, who is estranged from his son, dismissed the idea that Vick’s longtime friends were the main instigators of the dogfighting operation.
Way to slip that in there AJC, maybe that should have been in the headline. I would venture to guess when you call a man “Vick’s father,” people would not assume the two are estranged.
2. He (Boddie) said he intends to write a damaging book about more of what he knows.
Oh really? He’s going to try and make money off of this? That seems pretty hard to believe. What does he have against his son?
3. Boddie, 45, lives in a Duluth apartment that his son has paid the rent on for the last three years. Vick, who has a $130 million contract with the Falcons, also gives him a couple of hundred dollars every week or two, the father said.
Boddie wanted more. Two years ago, he said, he asked Vick for $1 million, spread out over 12 years, enough to keep him comfortable for the rest of his life. Vick declined, the father said. In recent weeks, Boddie asked Vick, through an assistant, for $700,000 to live on.
So, Vick pays for his apartment, and gives him money, but the man is mad because his son wouldn’t give him $1 million. It doesn’t sound like he bears a grudge at all.As stated earlier, these interview are very tricky because once someone like Vick gets taken down, everyone wants to profit off dragging them through the mud.
Boddie’s main accusation against Vick is that he portrayed him negatively in interviews, saying he was a bad father. If the two really didn’t get along, would Vick have invited Boddie to his dog fights? And if Boddie knows so much, it’s interesting he wasn’t contacted during the federal investigation.
We know there is more Mike Vick stuff out there than any person could handle, but this seems borderline on stretching angles to the story. And this is in no way an attempt to acquit Vick or even try and prove he’s innocent. We all know that he’s not. This is about journalism. And at the very least, Boddie’s reasons to dislike Vick should have been prominently outlined in the story, not slipped in random graphs.