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ESPN asks would the NFL like Michael Vick better if he were white…did they go too far?

“ESPN knew what it was doing when it made it’s NFL preview issue center around Michael Vick. But did it go too far when it posted the above picture? The article attached to the picture was recently taken down by ESPN, which wrote an article discussing whether or not the backlash Vick received would have been different if he were white.
The photo, while maybe done in poor taste, is not quite as bad as the Allen Iverson debacle at the beginning of his career, where his tattoo’s were airbrushed off. In all reality, it was just an attempt to do something clever and different- and maybe drum up a little media attention. Clearly ESPN must be getting backlash from it, as they have removed it within hours of putting it up.
In addition, check out this passage from the article, where Vick’s playing style is described. All of that is why, to me, Vick seems to have a deeply African-American approach to the game. I’m not saying that a black QB who stands in the pocket ain’t playing black. I’m saying Vick’s style is so badass, so artistic, so fluid, so flamboyant, so relentless — so representative of black athletic style — that if there were a stat for swagger points, Vick would be the No. 1 quarterback in the league by far. So the question is clear: Was ESPN wrong for posting a picture of Michael Vick as white? Is the story in general out of line?”* Tell me what you think.
*Yardbarker, Fox News

Tucker Carlson Changes His Tune

Last week while filling in for Sean Hannity Tucker Carlson said he believed that Michael Vick should have been executed for his crimes against dogs. Carlson has taken heat from the left and the right for his over zealous comments. Carlson said “This is what happens when you get too emotional, I’m a dog lover, I love them and…I know a lot about what Michael Vick did…I overspoke. I’m uncomfortable with the death penalty in any circumstance. Of course I don’t think he should be executed, but I do think that what he did is truly appalling.” This is what happens when you want to create a soundbite. You overspeak and then you have to eat your words.

Tucker Carlson Says Michael Vick should have been executed?

Are we truly a nation of second chances? If so why are people questioning the fact that President Obama thanked the owner of the Eagles for giving Michael Vick one? No one is excusing what Vick did, but he did go to prison for his acts. How could Carlson compare the life of a dog to the life of a human being. Tell me what you think.

Michael Vick wants a dog…should he get one?

We all know the Michael Vick story. He was a football superstar who also ran a dogfighting ring. He went to prison for the mistreatment of dogs. He served his time and he is now enjoying a sucessful comeback. Now he has said he would like to have a dog. His daughters want one, but he is not allowed to have a dog as a condition of his parole. He says a dog would help with his rehibilitation. Should he be allowed to have one? Tell me what you think.

Michael Vick gets a 2nd chance…why can’t Kelly Brown get one?

Michael Vick is having a great year, but a few years ago many people never believed he would play again or be playing at this level. Vick served 2 years in prison for his part in a dog fighting ring. He served his time and he was given a second chance to play with the Philadelphia Eagles. Where would we be without second chances? I find it ironic that Kelly Brown who also served 6 years of an 8 year sentence could not get the kind of grace given to Vick. Brown worked for the Hair Cuttery and she was asked to be a part of a series of articles that were published in the Washington Post. She had been very honest about her past with her supervisor and the district manager. She approached them about the article and she also asked if she could have photos taken with the clients. Her request was forwarded to the corporate office and she was fired. Hair Cuttery has a policy against hiring ex-offenders. So she can’t cut hair, but Vick can play ball in front of millions of Americans.  Don’t get me wrong I am thrilled for Vick, and I revel in the fact that he is doing so well, but I can not help but think how Kelly Brown is no longer deemed fit to do her job because of a mistake she made in her past. She deserved a second chance.

America Forgave Ted Kennedy…Will We Ever Forgive Chris Brown and Michael Vick?

Last week we heard the television talking heads heap deserved praise on the Liberal Lion of the Senate. He was truly a force of nature. They mentioned the dark days of his life, but that was not the time to linger on them. Kennedy’s memoirs will be released very soon and in the book he admits that what he did at Chappaquiddick haunted him every day of his life. He lived to be 77 years old, but the young woman that he left to die never got the chance to live a long life. He lived long enough to do good works and as some have said atone for his misdeeds, but what do we call this misdeed? Was it simply an accident or was it something more sinister? What does someone have to do to overcome a terrible act? I ask this question because last night I watched Larry King interview Chris Brown. I witnessed a young man unable to clearly articulate why he did what he did. He referred to his behavior as the “situation” or the “incident”. It was a savage beating and for him to move on he has to acknowledge the severity of his act. On Morning Joe today they tarred and feathered Brown. One of the guests Daily Beast, Tina Brown said she wanted to “tear the earrings out of his ears”. So are they saying Brown can not atone for this act? Rihanna is still alive can he too find redemption? Michael Vick is another celebrity that did something horrific. He actually served time for his crime and still some would deny him the opportunity to atone for his misdeeds. Ted Kennedy was a true American hero, but he was a man, a flawed man who lived long enough to die a hero. Some will say how dare you mention an American icon in the same breath as these two guys. I say they are all mere mortals who did some incredibly bad things, but one we forgave, time will tell if the other two will every truly be forgiven.

Morning Joe’s Mika Says Let Michael Vick Play

I have to give Morning Joe’s Mika Brzenski a high five this morning. Chris Collinsworth, anchor of NBC’s Sunday Night Football  was a guest on the show, and he asked Mika what did she think about the return of Michael Vick to the NFL. Collinsworth noted that the NFL now markets hard to women so he wanted her take. She said her belief might not be reflective of the popular point of view, but she felt he had served his time now let him play. She went on to say how this guy who kidnapped the girl 18 years ago in California had committed numerous crimes and was clearly committing one in the open and he had been allowed to live freely among us. Where is the justice in this? I salute Mika today because as I have said before Michael Vick has served his time and now let him play.

Michael Vick appears on 60 Minutes As the Apology Tour Continues

Tonight Michael Vick was interviewed by James Brown of CBS Sports.  What is becoming more apparent is there really is nothing Vick can say to satisfy his critics. For the rest of the football season he will be asked the same questions and he better not flinch when he answers.  The other thing that I have learned is if you say Vick has served his time now let him work you too are also accused of sanctioning his acts of cruelty. So when Brown sat down with Vick one had to wonder would he simply ask questions or would it be another opportunity to see if Vick was truly remorseful or was his remorse generated by the need for money? Brown immediately questioned whether Vick was sorry about the loss of his career or what he did to the animals?Vick claimed he was more sorry about what he did to the animals. Even Brown had to do a follow up on this one. Vick lost a $135 million dollar contract plus a lucrative endorsement with Nike. So when he said he cried many nights in prison we can logically conclude some of those tears were for the loss of income. Vick has apologized for his actions and promised to work with the Humane Society as they tour schools educating children on the care of animals. Brown asked whether he was speaking from his heart or were we hearing Team Vick. Team Vick is comprised of lawyers, image consultants and agents. Vick assured him that he was conveying the sentiments of his heart. I hope that is true, but I am glad he now has a Team Vick. If he had received good counsel years ago instead of surrounding himself with a posse of adoring yes men he might never have gotten himself into this situation.

Michael Vick Goes to Philadelphia Let the Protesting Begin

Michael Vick has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. His detractors are already working on their signs. These signs will greet him everywhere he goes. Vick has served his time and now it is time to leave him alone. His crimes were horrific, but in this country once you do your time you are able to come out of the prison system and make a living. Some say he does not deserve to be in the NFL and that is their right to believe that but Vick might still have some skill and the Eagles are banking on that fact. When I have written about Vick in the past I got so many comments questioning how could I say this guy deserves a second chance? What he did was horrific on that point there is no debate but he has been punished and he will continue to be punished. Vick lost everything. He lost two years of a promising career, endorsements, his home.  He will never be asked to endorse anything. He will never make the kind of money he would have made. If he has lost his skills he will be cut, but I won’t say he deserves a second chance. I’ll just say we are a country that gives people a second chance and I say give him one.

Morning Joe Says it Was “Politically Correct” to Send Michael Vick to Prison

Today Michael Vick will be released from prison. He was sent to prison because of a dog fighting ring he sponsored on his property. The animals were treated cruelly and in some cases put to death in despicable ways, and for these acts he served almost 2 years in prison. This morning Joe Scarborough said that he thought it was a shame that Vick spent almost 2 years in prison when some child rapist get probation. He asked the question do we value animals over humans? It’s a valid question. The folks at PETA made it their mission to see that Vick serve time for his deeds. Now one has to wonder will the new mission be to keep him out of the NFL? A friend of mine says she is sick of the “poor Michael stories.” Well that’s not what this is. I am not applauding or apologizing for his deeds, but he has paid his debt to society and he should be allowed to start over again without being greeted with photos of dead dogs everywhere he goes. This morning I think Joe got it right it is a sad commentary that a child rapist can receive probation but if you kill an animal you are catapulted to public enemy number one.