Musings on the Vick press conference

Mike Vick...againAs stated previously, we haven’t been big posters of Michael Vick-related news around these parts.

Basically, we just think it’s out of control now. And it only continues to spiral downward.

But, today’s press conference (and preceding Outside-the-Lines-type program) did have mom’s basement aglow.

A few thoughts —

***Skip Bayless is the most moronic, outrageous ESPN personality. His comments today included this gem:

“Michael Vick has killed hundreds and hundreds of dogs.”

Skip probably has evidence to support this, but he is exempt from all federal investigations — it’s one of the perks of being a founding father of Cold Pizza.

***Vick was doing alright in giving his statement (not prepared, at least somewhat from the heart), until he said he “this situation has helped me find Jesus” and “I’ve turned my life over to God.”

Is this a requirement for every athlete/rapper/personality who finds the law first?

If Vick would have looked at his WWJD bracelet a few years earlier, it probably would have said “not sponsor a dog fighting empire” on the flip side.

***Lastly, Vick is getting shafted. His image, combined with his notoriety, have brought a probably somewhat unfair sentence. This statement is based on the fact that Leonard Little has actually killed a person and still plays in the NFL. To show that he was indeed contrite, Little got another DUI six years after committing murder.

Boy, this was awfully serious for us. Thanks Mike.


2 Responses to “Musings on the Vick press conference”

  1. August 28, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Does comparing two evils make one any less evil as a result?

    If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. There is so much anger about this issue. If we channel it into a positive direction, hopefully, something good can come of it. However…

    I watched Vick’s public apology with my little son who USED TO wear Michael Vick jerseys to school. It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick’s “enlightenment” carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job. I hope I am wrong.

    I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

    Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings – they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

    Dogfighting pits one dog against another until one of them dies. The survivor gets his flesh torn off, ears ripped off, eyes pulled out, etc., and the reward for being “a winner” is to writhe in pain until the next fight. Enough said. The pictures make my flesh crawl. The losers are tortured, beaten, starved, electrocuted or drowned. For what? Because these poor creatures were unlucky enough to be born a dog!

    Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk
    Founder, http://www.AnimalChaplains.com

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