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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: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:44 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Kbdeez....How incorrect you are!  Michael Vick went to prison because what he was doing was illegal and the United States.  Micheal Vick went to prison because he murdered dogs and made a profit from doing so.  I know the justice system makes serious mistakes {Casey Anthony Trial...OJ simpson Trial}, but they do nail SOBs like Vick most of the time.  It has nothing to do with whether he was black or white.  He would have been arrested and thrown in jail either way.  The only reason he didn't get more time in jail is because he had money.  The justice system nailed him not because he was black or white, but because he was an arrogant athlete who thought he could get away with a federal crime!  As for him going to Philly, well we all know Philly would be irrelevant at this point without him.  It does smell like Jefferey Luria and Roger Goodell had a conversation about it.  Now isn't that referred to as tampering.  Well if I were a Buffalo Bil or Cincinatti Bengal fan, I would start writing angry hate letters to Roger Goodell.  It's obvious that the NFL and MLB (Cliff Lee signing)  are trying to satisfy Philly fans, which are among the worst in professional sports.  Not all the fans are bad, but i have been to a few games at the Lincand there are some people that shouldn't even be allowed in the Stadium.  You can specualte all you want to, but its still player tampering. 

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:42 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Criminals and drug addicts will always say the right thing to save their butts. Time is the true measure of a changed person.The more I hear from Mr Vick, the more I'm watching for him to prove he's just another person that was saying the right things to save his butt.Poor Andy Reid, hasn't this man been through enough already.

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Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:37 pm
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Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:24 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I'm looking forward to reading the whole article in GQ.  These bits and pieces will probably play out the same way in the full interview but you can never tell when things are just taking out of context.  That is pretty surprising news that the NFL steered him to Philly though.  I wonder what the throught process was there and what they did to steer him that way.  If I'm in Cincy or Buffalo I wouldn't be too happy with the NFL right now...

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:08 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

ChiTown,  you seem to be on a crusade to enable Vick.  You keep stating your opinions on the matter as if they are fact, and there is almost nothing more annoying that somebody passing off an opinion as a fact.  You say he doesn't need to feel remorse,  he just needs to stop.  That is your OPINION.  The bottom line is Vick has publicly stated how remorseful he is, so if he wants to not be the world biggest phony, he does need to have that remorse.  If he's a real man, it's my opinion that he did need to have remorse.  Anything else in my opinion would make him a lying punk.  I don't believe thats what he is, I believe he was sincere and was not being a big phony the whole time.  Either you are related to vick, or you have a nice set of knee pads you are wearing hoping you run into him.

Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:01 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Vick just don't look like his gears are meshing!
Something like lack of consience, that glare that looks through you!
Throw him in a cage with a pissed off Kimbo Slice!

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:01 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

It's illegal gambling and torture involved!!

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:59 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

@MichDetFan - Its so strange and rather funny how ppl want to turn a blind eye on history as well as the facts of our society today! It's also obvious to me that if you havent been on both sides of the fence then your responses and feelings would favor the side where you stand! Im not going to say that Vick went to jail totally because of Racism, no a crime was committed, and he was punished. U might be a good person, along with your family and friends but that does not count for the PPL outside of your community, everyone is not nice/kind hearted. Some ppl dont care!! Whats the difference from big game hunting, cock fighting, dog fighting? You are correct Hate does breed hate, but who were the fathers of this hate? Why is it even a such thing of racism?

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:56 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

NO ONE complains about biggame hunting, or cock fighting, even bul riding (the things they do to them bulls to get them fired up!!)

Because in cock fighting and bull riding, the losers are delicious.

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:34 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Congratulations SithMaster3, you're comment convinced me to register for this site just so I could respond to your "statement of absolute fact". Your generalization of an entire race based on a chosen few that happen to be in the media's focus (see Dez Bryant) is astonishing. "There are in fact far more black criminals than white"? I do believe that criminal behavior is rooted in the core of all mankind. At some point in our lives we come to a crossroad where we are forced to make a decision that has far more impact on our lives than we could possibly Imagine at that time and place. We are left only to our conscience, which tends to be an evolving state based on situational influences from our environment. If you were to say that poverty tends to create more criminal behavior, I may agree with you; however I challenge you to find any factual statements that link criminal behavior to a specific race or gender. (I will be happy to educate you on the history of African American ghettos if needed... But since you "must be white" I can assume that you have an excellent education from the finest universities and you are already well versed in the history of America.) "Whites tend to save money, blacks tends to spend it". Wow, please see above. Carson Palmer does not represent the entire white culture. I tend to think that I have nothing in common with this man, especially his liquid assets. Many FOOTBALL PLAYERS are financially unsound and spend un-responsibly as are many people in general. this is a product of the capitalist society of our times (see buy, now pay later). I often struggle with this myself. If you ask me of Michael Vick as a singular person, I will never forgive him for the mistreatment and murder of pit bulls. I also find it very hypocritical that the NFL is more concerned with gambling than murdering dogs. I hoped that Vick would take advantage of his opportunity to teach the youth that you don't have to be a bi-product of your environment, as I hoped that someone would have taught Vick the very same thing. When will the cycle end? This is why I prefer the company of my dogs...

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