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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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Comments

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I just dont get what more you people want out of the Vick thing. He did his time, and whether or not he is really a changed man, he is staying out of trouble, not in the same crowds, a family man, and more importantly has GROWN UP. What do you want done? Please tell me. You keep bringing up the past, and using your experiences in life to say Vick has no ground to talk. What is it you want done? Should he be killed on the spot because of what he did? Or no, I know the main thing everyone says is he shouldn't of been able to get that type of job back and earn millions, b/c convicted felons who get out never have that oppurtunity. And bottom line is those people are ignorant. He was a high profile guy, making tons of money on his talents before he went away, and there was a demand for him when he got out. Remember, guys, this is AMERICA, the whole American Dream thing we love to harp on when its a goody feely story. This is the world we live in. GET OVER IT. He isn't mixed up with what he was and has grown. So kudos, and lets move on. Maybe other industries around the country should take notice of the Vick situation, the NFL has a lot of support from the league, teams, players, former players and coaches etc, and they all lent a hand to help Vick get back on track. Nothing is ever black and white, no matter how hard we try to make it, so just get over it. If it bothers you that much, go do something about it then. Not with Vick because that ship sailed, with other people in similar situations. Fact is, Vick could of lost it all, and nearly did. If he didnt stay focused with goals, and great support, he would of never made it when he got out. And now he is having success and has his head on straight. And the paychecks are big ones. Nothing we can do aboutttt it, LET IT GO!
- Im sure in the coming weeks we will hear all the "experts" say Vick shouldn't of even touched on this subject in the GQ interview, but he has his leverage and his money, so he wants his story out there to all of the nay sayers, and whether its right or wrong, whose to say.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:27 pm
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I'm not surprised about these new revelations. People have been saying that Goodell has been trying to assert more authority and garner more power and prestige than previous commissioners. Philly? It's obvious why Goodell wanted Vick there. The reason is the Eagles are a team that is somewhat good, but not that bad. You cannot say the same about the Bengals or Bills. Those teams are so terrible that not even a competent QB can save them. They will always be doomed. Case in point. Carson Palmer had probably one of the greatest seasons of his career and the Bengals still are bad...really bad. Also there are things that the Bengals and Bills have done that made Goodell very upset. The Bills want to move some games to Toronto to increase their fan base. I think that if the Bills had their way the would rename the team like Arte Moreno did..."The East Coast Bills at Buffallo". As for the Bengals many of their players are always in trouble with the law and ownership has done nothing to discourage/punish them. I can understand that when players help teams win players are deemed "golden", but the Bengals do not win much and yet the felons are still being coddled.

I also would not be surprised if Goodell engineered the Kevin Kolb trade. I read somewhere that he is close friends with the founder of the University of Phoenix who has its name on Arizona's new stadium. Private universities like Devry and Phoenix have seen dramatic decreases in their recent enrollment.

If the Cardinals keep stinking it up they might have to change the stadium's name for fear of further damaging the University of Phoenix brand.
 



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:13 pm
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

HavocNHELL: You would be the store owner who wouldn't give a felon a job because of his/her past, you would be the judge who would deny parole to an inmate who really could be a changed man looking for a second chance. People change. With your line of thinking once a srew up, always a screw up right? People like you make me sick.. Who are you to say if he is actually sorry?  It makes me sick that people are still giving vick hell, and we have guys like Stallworth, and Lenard little dirving IMPARED and PUTTING HUMAN LIFE IN DANGER. Yes what vick did was disgusting but other guys in the nfl PLAYING RiGHT NOW have done worse. I don't care what his reasons are as long as vick doesn't do something so horrible like that again im ok with him. People change, and some of you need to grow up and relize that. One mistake shouldn't define who you are especially if your doing things right afterward.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I, obviously, haven't seen the whole interview, but I get the impression the only reason he wanted to go to those other teams is because he thought he would have a chance to play sooner, which is pretty logical, sound reasoning.  Also, I think we'll probably learn that the league's involvment was more like "hey man, you really screwed up and involved yourself in something awful, but you did your time, and if you really want to try turn this around we'll give you some advice: Buffalo and Cincy are borderline disfunctional systems messes and you need somewhere more stable if you're serious about getting back in the game.  Philly is a better place to start and they'll take you, so maybe consider them instead."  They basically gave him a second chance and helped him along the way.

Opinions of Mike Vick aside (I made a point not to go into that), I don't see much controversy here.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

The controversy is as such. You stated he did not kill your dog, however dog trained to fight other dogs, start out on wild animals or family pets. Somewhere a little girls lost her puppy that was strung up and used as bait to train the dogs (Dog have to get a taste of blood to become viscous). Killing a dog that failed to win, well they have proven serial killers start on animals. I read case reports where puppies are used. Put in a ring with a dog and the dog is told to <sic> the puppy and the puppy is destroyed in seconds, and people actually placed bets on how long it takes the puppy to die….So picture a Golden Retriever puppy…2 months old…hear it bark playfully with another dog, see it do what puppies do…and then see it Torn to shreds yelping and crying out in pain defenseless and dying….

 

So does it still not matter to you?




Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

The controversy is as such. You stated he did not kill your dog, however dog trained to fight other dogs, start out on wild animals or family pets. Somewhere a little girls lost her puppy that was strung up and used as bait to train the dogs (Dog have to get a taste of blood to become viscous). Killing a dog that failed to win, well they have proven serial killers start on animals. I read case reports where puppies are used. Put in a ring with a dog and the dog is told to <sic> the puppy and the puppy is destroyed in seconds, and people actually placed bets on how long it takes the puppy to die….So picture a Golden Retriever puppy…2 months old…hear it bark playfully with another dog, see it do what puppies do…and then see it Torn to shreds yelping and crying out in pain defenseless and dying….

 

So does it still not matter to you?




Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Loud, obnoxious and Ignorant of the fact. I am a black male that does not support Michael Vick, so your post is akward.



Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Yeah, Philly sucks.  That's why no one wants to play there.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

So, you are basically saying. I grew up in life where my father and mother were both absent in my life. My Grandparents raised me; I lost my Grandfather at the age of 16. So I graduated High school, Graduated College. Went to work for the FBI, worked to get to Ph.Ds. invested my money, lived way below my means to have a well-funded future. The respect of my peers, the Smile of my Grandmother face when I graduated 3rd in my class at Quantico? So all of that is not open to all Black Males? Wow, I am shocked. At 43 is it late for me to blame society of my success?




Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Slave owners bred blacks to do their bidding. Sometimes beat them, sometimes killed them.  That was disgusting.  Vick bred dogs to do his bidding. Sometimes beat them, sometimes killed them. That was disgusting.


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