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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: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:38 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

This article is stupid. Vick said what he felt...he was right...if you don't like it then go jump off a bridge. Stop jocking another man and worry about your own life. Effin' losers. The WASP American sports fan is the biggest tool in the known universe, and frankly adds no real value to the world.

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:32 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Wow,  it sounds like you are a bigger miscreant and detriment to society than Michael Vick could ever hope to be.

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:28 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I cant believe people actually feel the way you do Mr. Rickers...." My pets were part of my family, I loved them like I loved my parents, brother, and sister."..........seriously, do you hear yourself? You "love" your "pets" the same as you love your "family". You really need to check your priorities my man. Your always a product of your enviroment and this is true to every culture......why do you think you feel the way you do about your "pets"? I promise you its not because its your DNA make up, its how you were raised.....its your culture! Dont speak on a culture you know nothing about, it only makes you look racist and ignorant and Im sure thats not the case. We all have opinions but maybe think yours out first before you print them.....just a thought!

Since: Mar 25, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:26 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Let me be upfront and say I am a Giants fan and hate the eagles.
If his comments about going to prison for dogfighting is accurate, and he still sees it as part of culture he did not get the message at all!
His logic then dctates that it is ok for people raised in a situation where they are taught to hate anybody not like them to pass that on as part of their "CULTURE".  Vick is a gifted athlete, but looks as if he still hasn't learned his lesson.

Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:21 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

This guy is just so clueless about how to be in the public. Reebok should discontinue making Michael Vick jerseys.

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:21 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

That is the mostignorent and illogical statementI have ever heard.  What you never made a mistake before.  The guy is trying to do thinkgs the right way and you wish him DEAD!  maybe it's time for you to take a look in the mirror and reflect on things you have done wrong in the past.  Unless of course your name is Jesus Christ!

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:15 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

That a way !  Play the race card when things start going badly.....typical

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:13 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I hope this piece of filth gets hit so friggin hard he dies on the field.....

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:01 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Piece of crap!!

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:54 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Michael Vick was on top of the world and then basically lost everything...except for one thing.....the will to climb back up.
Dog fighting is horrible.No one excuses it,including Vick.What he is trying to say is that IF you grew up with it, it's not as simple as many people want to believe.
If your immigrant grandfather still likes to EAT dogs,and it was part of his culture ,well....that's the point.
Stupid comes in when Vick continued to do it when he didn't "need" it and risk losing everything[he almost did].
At least your immigrant grandfather would have you to say.....GRANDPA ! !...quit doing that ! !
Three years in prison kind of sends the same message.

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