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Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:17 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 5:24 am
Posted by Will Brinson

An interview with Michael Vick in GQ is set to hit the Internet on Thursday morning, and you can guarantee that after reading some of the quotes, it's sure to cause a bit of a publicity firestorm.

Well, that's based on some limited quotes, via Deadspin, that Vick gave to Will Leitch (of New York mag and Deadspin fame) anyway.

"Yeah, you got the family dog and the white picket fence, and you just think that's all there is," Vick said about the background involved in people hearing his story. "Some of us had to grow up in poverty-stricken urban neighborhoods, and we just had to adapt to our environment. I know that it's wrong. But people act like it's some crazy thing they never heard of. They don't know."

This is true, I think. I've argued as much, but whenever you play the "byproduct of culture or society" angle to anyone, they immediately put any number of examples that refute that back in your face. That's cool. It's their prerogative, and it's why there's not a singular opinion about Vick in our society.

Whatever you think about that subject, though, it probably is going to involve some discussion of race. Vick, based on his quotes, is fine with obliging that line of thinking.

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"I think that's accurate," Vick tells Leitch when asked if white people don't get how dogfighting plays out in black culture. "I mean, I was just one of the ones who got exposed, and because of the position I was in, where I was in my life, it went mainstream. A lot of people got out of it after my situation, not because I went to prison but because it was sad for them to see me go through something that was so pointless, that could have been avoided."

Hoo boy. Not to make comparisons with football players who have been to prison and then returned to the game, but these sort of quotes kind of sound awfully familiar, yes?

Look, we don't yet know the context of the full discussion between Leitch and Vick. But it's pretty hard to fathom that such quotes are taken out of context to the point that they seem somewhat inflammatory here but not within the scope of the full interview.

What's even harder to fathom is that Vick would actually break character and say anything remotely controversial. To this point, he's been picture perfect when it comes to rehabilitating his image. The comments above are the antithesis of that.

A.J. Daulerio at Deadspin makes a good point though -- from a sports perspective, the most controversial comments that Vick makes might have to do with his decision about where to stage his comeback.

Originally, Vick didn't want to go to Philadelphia. He felt like joining the Bills or Bengals (!) were better options.

"I think I can say this now, because it's not going to hurt anybody's feelings, and it's the truth... I didn't want to come to Philadelphia," Vick says. "Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options."

Leitch then points out that Vick met with Roger Goodell and the NFL and was steered towards Philly -- "I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation" -- which could seriously fire up those two fanbases, given that having Michael Vick on their respective rosters would certainly change things.

Oh, and the fact that the league steered one of the (now) most dynamic players in the league to a particular situation. That should go over really well with the media in the coming days.

Despite the potential firestorm that could come on that front, though, it's hard to really fault anyone for pushing Vick a certain way -- no one thought he would end up playing as well as he did in 2010.

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Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:03 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Why should this interview "make waves" as the title suggests?  Really?  I mean the guy is just being honest.  Also, there is no way that anyone could have known that Vick would come back this strong and overtake 2 starters that in my opinion were WAY ahead of him, to become one of if not the best QB in the league last season?  It was a gamble by the NFL based on what they thought would be the smoothest transition and it seemingly worked well beyond their wildest dreams.  Either that or they never really wanted him to get mainstream exposure again and figured if they stuck him on the bottom of that depth chart he'd be basically invisible...which if that was the case the plan failed horribly. 

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:02 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Aaaaaaaaasshole, aaaaaaaaasshole, aaaaaaaaassssshole...Yell

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:00 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

hmmmmmm interesting 

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:00 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

There's a lot of haters in here, as usual. Hey, idiots, Vick did not fight his family daog. He had dogs bred and raised just to fight. Kept seperate from the main house I'm sure. Just so you know, I ate dog meat in Korea. It was expensive too. Moral of the story: when in doesn't make you a bad guy. He was raised around that kind of stuff in Hampton, VA. The biggest hood in America. Shoot its where Allen Iverson is from too. Tell you anything?

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:00 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

He has been doing so well, until now.  Don't these guys get it? Fans and the general public don't want to hear how "we don't get it" and "we just don't understand."  They don't want to hear that Vick is somehow the victim because he was poor as a kid or grew up in the ghetto.  Nothing...NOTHING, makes animal cruelty and killing dogs acceptable.  What is he trying to say, that because he was a poor black kid that we should understand him making bad choices.  Umm, Michael, you did these things while you were a millionaire NFL quarterback!

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:57 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I live in the Hampton Roads area where Mike is from and can tell you the guy grew up in the hood. Its said though that sometimes you can take people out of the ghetto and give them the world but you can never seem to take the ghetto out of the people. I think Mike learned his lesson about dog fighting but would be suprised if he goes without additional incidents for the rest of his career.

As a skins fan, I am much more interested in finding out the truth to Roger Goodel and the NFL "steering MV to Philly". I think its about time for a new NFL commissioner anyhow. Im sick of Goodel.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:53 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

This story is about Goodell screwing over teams like cincy or buffallo. "Lets put Vick somewhere where he wont be playing alot or have no chance at starting". Too bad it turned out that he could still play at a high level huh. And for Vicks comments, i dont and never did condone dogfighting but he's an innocent man now in my eyes. His debt has been paid. Otherwise what is our justice system for?

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:50 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Then you started talking out of your ass...

McNabb wasn't "washed up"...60% Completion percentage along with 22 TD's and only 10 picks is washed up?  The year before that, 23 TD's and 11 picks...

The NFL knew these things?  What?
Why did you purposely ignore the very next sentence?  I guess because if you read it and understood it, that would ruin your chance at attempting to look intelligent on the internet.  You fail anyway.  Go back to school and stop living off my tax money.

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:45 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

You may want to consider living by your own words.  Don't worry about this WASP's life either.

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:41 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

People get aggrivated over the "race card" are usually racists themselves. To say that you're tired of hearing about racism is a racist comment in and of itself. Face it, you have a problem with black athletes with more money that you. You're jealous because they're screwing the girls that you wished you could screw, they play your favorite sports better than you could ever dream, and humdreds or thousands of times wealthier than you. God, your jealously is showing. Pull your panties up.

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