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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
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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: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:53 am
 

Freeman better not read this article about Vick

He'll have to start lying to himself about his newest hero...not that that's a problem for Freeman.



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:42 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

1)  The racists who just hate all minorities.  These people just are not worth acknowledging, the smart thing to do with these people is to just stop reading their posts after you realize what they are and at least 3 copy and pasted responses need to be posted to show the rest of us are not like them.  But reading their posts just makes you dumber, so don't actually waste time arguing with them.
That was good.


2)  This one is actually the more reasonable one and the only one I'm interested in discussing: the NFL's interference in a team selection.  Philly is a major market and it was apparent to the NFL that McNabb was washed up, and had been for awhile.  The NFL also knew that Kolb was a total scrub (the Cardinals still don't know this for some reason).  So with the desire to have a top team in a major market, the NFL goes out and hands them an MVP caliber QB.  That is akin to Warren Buffet pressuring you to buy Coca Cola stock about 30 or so years ago. 
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?



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:09 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

The controversy is in two parts:

1)  The racists who just hate all minorities.  These people just are not worth acknowledging, the smart thing to do with these people is to just stop reading their posts after you realize what they are and at least 3 copy and pasted responses need to be posted to show the rest of us are not like them.  But reading their posts just makes you dumber, so don't actually waste time arguing with them.

2)  This one is actually the more reasonable one and the only one I'm interested in discussing: the NFL's interference in a team selection.  Philly is a major market and it was apparent to the NFL that McNabb was washed up, and had been for awhile.  The NFL also knew that Kolb was a total scrub (the Cardinals still don't know this for some reason).  So with the desire to have a top team in a major market, the NFL goes out and hands them an MVP caliber QB.  That is akin to Warren Buffet pressuring you to buy Coca Cola stock about 30 or so years ago. 

Of course there are quite a few assumption to the latter.  Ultimately it worked out well for everyone.  I doubt Vick would have performed well for the Bengals or Bills actually.  It's also kind of funny how Vick considered himself a starter on those teams...I mean he is better but Palmer would have been the obvious choice over there.



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:37 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Where is the controversy?  I guess I'm just not as sensitive as most Americans are today.....how does what one man say have ANYTHING to do with anyone reading his comments?  I am a white male in Tennessee and have never fought dogs nor seen dogs fight....I wasn't really affected by Vicks actions....he didn't kill my dog.  Now, years later, media is still trying to drum up controversy...give it a rest....stop asking questions about the damn dogs already.



Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:33 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Since u want 2 make it about race mr. realist aka idiot, do ur research u dumb fuk u wld know that their are more whites on welfare, why even make it about race u fucking idiot. oh i get it u was abused as a child huh



Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:03 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

@Dixemup

RE: ChiTown Jones-

I thought his comments were well thought out, and I agree with most of what he wrote. Further, his point was well written. So I highly doubt that he's an idiot.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:28 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I can see your side, but to say we do not understand because of how we grew up is crap.  Simply put, just crap.  I grew up with pets and never ever thought of fighting them.  I had heard of people doing drugs, my sister did, but I did not.  Because you do not understand because of how you grew up is crap.  My pets were part of my family, I loved them like I loved my parents, brother, and sister. 



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:20 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

The I agree was in response to deepthoughts comments.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:18 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I agree



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 5:18 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Apologies for the 3rd & 4th post - damn CBS board - but felt strongly enough that if it got posted twice , so be it , I was fine with that  - again apologies for 3 & 4 - but no apologies to you ChiTown


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