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 Post subject: Vick’s blind loyalists are just wrong
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:28 am 
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By Terence Moore | Friday, August 10, 2007, 11:44 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Terence Moore

It’s the Atlanta sports version of the perfect storm, and it involves this blind loyalty given to Michael Vick by many in the African-American community despite his self-imposed horrors.

I don’t get it.

Then again, I do. This goes back to that perfect storm, soaking everything from Peachtree City to Lake Lanier.

You have the thunder, which is the emotional thing that comes from centuries of watching African-Americans mistreated in this country from the old cotton fields to the new corporate offices. You have the lightning, which is the hype thing that turns a professional athlete into such a superhero that the average fan can’t separate reality from fantasy. You also have the rain, which is the inferiority thing that comes from a slew of pitiful Atlanta teams that nevertheless have produced a Mount Rushmore of sports icons in the African-American community: Dominique Wilkins, Deion Sanders and Vick.

Why did they trade ‘Nique when he was all the Hawks had?

Then they let Prime Time get away over a bunch of foolishness.

Now they’re out to get Vick because of a bunch of dogs.

It’s just dogs.

Add all of that together, and it leads to Charles Steele, the head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, declaring last week that Vick should be “honored” for being “an outstanding human being.” It causes hundreds to march to the Georgia Dome to declare that they will support Vick whether he’s guilty or innocent. It makes some of us become verbal tackling dummies for those wishing to vent their displeasure over the media’s treatment of their last Mount Rushmore guy.

Never mind that Vick is mentioned more than 50 times in a federal indictment for dogfighting. Forget that he hasn’t exactly been Warrick Dunn, a certified “outstanding human being” after years of flourishing on and off the field.

“It’s just dogs,” I keep hearing as a mantra, from the church to the barbershop to the grocery store.

Well, guess what? Whether you like it or not, you can’t rob a bank, you aren’t allowed to kidnap people, and you’re not supposed to fight dogs. Whether you like it or not, dogfighting is a felony. If you wish to be defiant by robbing that bank, or kidnapping those people, or getting involved in dogfights, then you shouldn’t complain if you’re a jury away from munching cold beans on a tin plate someday.

Let’s consider a few indisputable facts about Vick. For one, he gets paid more than any player in the NFL. For another, his position of quarterback is the most visible in his sport. Plus, until recently, he was part of more than a few national and local advertising campaigns.

So nobody is “picking” on somebody like that, to use a favorite word of his blind loyalists. If you’re Martha Stewart, Scooter Libby or anybody else of high profile, and if you put yourself in a criminal situation, you’re naturally going to get scrutinized in this era of endless news cycles. Which brings us to the indisputable fact that Vick put himself in a criminal situation.

His property in rural Virginia apparently featured the Mother of All Dogfighting Operations during all five years of his ownership. Not only that, those involved were part of the so-called “crew” that he has sworn allegiance to since his youth.

Speaking of youth, here’s another indisputable fact: Contrary to the thoughts of Vick’s blind loyalists, he isn’t a kid anymore. He’s 27. He has played six years in the league. He is old enough to know better. Instead, he spent the months before his dogfighting case putting himself in situations involving that water-bottle craziness, the flipping off of fans at a Falcons home game, the Ron Mexico deal, the stiffing of U.S. congressmen for an event, the stolen watch by his boys, the holding of something resembling a blunt in an Internet photo.

This should be all about protecting the youth. For instance: What sort of example are we setting by saying anything less than the truth about these knuckleheads? The truth is that, when they put themselves in criminal situations, they are wrong. That’s whether they can use their famous legs to sprint through a perfect storm without getting wet or not.

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I dont care i am still Rocking with Vick


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I Rocks Wit Vick wrote:
I dont care i am still Rocking with Vick

That is certainly your right. I myself gave Vick the benefit of the doubt for a long time, but I can no longer condone his actions off the field. I am saddened that an athlete of his talents has made such poor choices and probably wrecked his career in the NFL.

My question to you is if proven guilty of the charges brought against him, will you still support him and why?


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Terence Moore strikes again,...but this time at the heart of Michael Vick.

Moore is a two-timer,...a joke of a writer and one sorry son of a bitch for writing this article. So now he's ready to throw Vick to the dogs,...shameful.

Moore is guilty of judging Vick,...this is shamless and classless.


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If he is found guilty i will support him because there are far worse crimes out there than dog fighting. I mean I dont think that dogfighting is as big an issue than domestic violence, drug trafficking, murder, rape, and assault situations that alot of pro atheletes have found themselves in. I mean if Vick had 8 and 9 year old kids in his backyard fighting to the death then i would be the first to want him out of town and in jail. I mean its not the point of him being Mike Vick if Joe Blow from around the corner was facing 6 years fed time and facing losing his job i would say that that was bull also.


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I Rocks, don't let PETA hear you say that :wink:

I won't particularly support Vick only because if he's found guilty it's a 99.9999999% chance that he won't be a Falcon again, so I won't support in that sense. But I do hope like every other person he can get his life together, and come out of this better than most people who do time.


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