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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: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:34 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Upbringing as a rationale for criminal acts? Awesome.



Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:34 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

The judge that sentenced Vick was racist.  Vick financially supported the dog fights and was involved in decision making that killed dogs but he did not perform the acts himself or bet on anything.  Normally, anyone convicted of that would get fined and at the worst minimal jail time if any.  Vick got sentenced to more than one year in jail because the judge was racist and the in-charge of the branch of the federal government that pushed to get warrants to search the dog fighting compound was equally racist.  I'm sure they colluded with the judge to screw Vick over.  People die in this country everyday they get murdered in heinous acts of violence and no one cares.  But you hear that a dog was violently murdered and your enraged.  You have more animal welfare leauges than human welfare leauges.  Everyone wants to sponsor or save a dog from a hard life but no one cares about the children who are born in poverty to drug stricken mothers and criminal fathers.  Why don't we figure out a way to save those children so that they don't grow up and kill dogs for fun and end up in front of a racist judge.  Everyone knows right from wrong but why do people keep doing wrong?  Because their not taught the morals and values that a person needs to have to resist temptations of doing wrong.  I don't blame Vick I blame his parents and I blame society for his parents being the way they are.  But America is divided by the haves and the have nots.  Social status creates barriers.  Materialistic things hold a heavier priority than human life.  If you are a patriot than you would have compassion for your fellow Americans who live in poverty and suffer the consequences regardless of the color of their skin or social status.  What you have what you own what job you hold does not determine whether your good or bad how you treat people determines that.  If you are in a position to help and you just worry about personal pleasures and green paper you are not a good person.



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:31 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

last two comments is for ken-dog ! im workin im texting from cell , u probably at home living off us taxpayers! so mind ur business homeboy!!! httr



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:29 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

how about this punk! hail to the redskins!! httr abbr.  dumbass!!!  maybe u need to go back to school idiot!!! blow that!!



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:28 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I still hope someday, he comes face to face with some of the dogs he abused in a dark alley.......that would be the best sort of "justice."  Once a piece of garbage, always a piece of garbage.  You can dres shim up in a suit and hire a good PR agent to tell him what to say, make him do some community service, but he will always be a piece of shit.



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:24 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

im text from cell u fuckin punk!! ur an idiot too!haha



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:20 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

The league pushed him towards Philly? That is clearly collusion and the owners should absolutely file a grievance. Commissioner Goodel has clearly over-stepped his bounds and should be removed for this and many other things.



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:20 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Looking forward to the retraction and the "my words were taken out of context" card.  Oh, almost forgot.. toss in a sprinkle of humility and a weak apology.  Today's damage control template. 




Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:20 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Looking forward to the retraction and the "my words were taken out of context" card.  Oh, almost forgot.. toss in a sprinkle of humility and a weak apology.  Today's damage control template. 




Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:19 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

How quickly they forget.  Two years ago, teams were not lining up to acquire Mike Vick.  He was percieved to be a pariah.  The Philadelphia Eagles (with an assist from Tony Dungy and a suggestion by the NFL that Philly would be a good situation for him) took a chance on a potential media relations nightmare.  Now that it seems to have worked out people are crying foul.  No one knew when (or, if) Mike Vick would play with anywhere near the skill level he had displayed during his time in Atlanta.  Or, if he would be able to grow into an efficient QB, since he had displayed little maturity during his time there.

Even prior to last season, Vick was not named the Eagles starter, Kevin Kolb was.  If not for Kolbs' concussion in week one, we might never have seen Vicks' emergence. 

No one who has not shared Vicks' upringing can understand how ingrained dog fighting is in that segment of society.  It's likely that to most of the people that Vick grew up and spent time with that dog fighting is a normal form of entertainment.

As a dog owner and lover, I had serious mixed feelings about the Eagles picking up Mike Vick.  But, he has said and done all the right things since his release from prison.  That fact plus his performance during last season (I'm a fan, after all) has helped me to move past my initial trepidation.  In the long run however, I'm reserving my final judgement on Vick until he's retired and no longer has to say and do all the right things to maintain his position.  If he continues to work with the humane society after he no longer needs to, I'll be convinced.

 


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