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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: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:48 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

HE BELONGS IN JAIL WITH THE REST OF THEM, HE THINKS HES BETTER THAN EVERYONE, I KNOW JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE WHAT HE IS!!!! HE WILL NOT MAKE IT MUCH LONGER IN THE NFL! LOOK AT THE BETTER CLASS OF QUATERBACKS, VICK IS CLASSLESS AND DESERVRS WHATY EVER HAPPENS! PEACE!



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:47 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I just want to point out that Vick DID NOT go to jail for dog fighting.  He went to jail because of theGAMBLING.  It is not illegal to have dogs fight.  It is illegal to have dogs fight and bet on the winner, which is what Vick was supporting.  It's immoral to breed dogs to kill eachother.  It's not illegal.


Mike's convictions:
Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture.

Sounds illegal to me.



Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:42 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I just want to point out that Vick DID NOT go to jail for dog fighting.  He went to jail because of the GAMBLING.  It is not illegal to have dogs fight.  It is illegal to have dogs fight and bet on the winner, which is what Vick was supporting.  It's immoral to breed dogs to kill eachother.  It's not illegal.  Get that straight here.  It's no different than cheating on your wife.  Immoral not Illegal.  This is America we separate morality from legality if you don't like it then leave.



Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:37 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

the nfl is fixed just like every other sport!!!!!!!! the fix is in .net , just google brian touhy!!!! its despicable that the fans of buffalo and cincinnati didnt even get a chance on this cat, im sure they both would be better, especially buffalo with chan gailey using this dude in his offense. goodell is the crappiest commish around, really pathetic.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:37 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Vick to the Eagles with the assist of the NFL commish is a problem. Does this mean that the commish can now lobby certain players to certain teams at the expense of other teams?? I believe that there is a serious conflict of interest involve here. My problem is with the commish, not with Vick. This is not good. Maybe Vick should give the commish a kick-back on his next contract. Was Plax to the Jets the idea of the NFL front office?? I wonder.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:32 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

He was raised around that kind of stuff in Hampton, VA.
Hey asshat, Vick grew up in Newport News, in a non-poverty-stricken neighborhood. Stop using that $#|+ as a defense.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:31 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

do i believe in animal cruelty - no, but at the end of the day, does everyone have to be up in arms about it, and still harp on the situation? i mean had he been involved in cock (rooster) fighting, do you really think all of these "animal activists" would give a crap (believe me it goes on in puerto rico and some sections of north philly like clock work). guess because a rooster is like chicken (which we kill and eat) is not as bad as lets say a dog or cat. hey why don't we show this kind of passion for the cows, pigs and fish that we slaughter and gut day in and out.  or better yet, why not show this anger towards people who hunt animals for sport, isn't that just as bad?
Well cock fighting is illegal in every state in America and it is prosecuted all of the time.  That said, yes, many people get more upset about dog fighting that cock fighting--why, who knows.  The difference between inhumane dog fighting and the "slaughter" of animals for food, to me, is easily distinguishable.  The are federal and state laws governing the humane killing of cows, pigs, sheep, etc and their preparation for food----we don't fight cows to the death and then butcher and eat them for example.  As far as hunting and fishing -- well reasonable minds can differ on that, but bottom line is as long as hunters follow the law they are allowed to do what they do (whether you or I think its right or wrong).  What Michael Vick did was not only cruel, but ILLEGAL and he now seems to be defending it.  In my opinion, that is a huge mistake--even if he believes that he should shut up, never mention dogs again, certainly not defend his involvment in dog fighting and give the people most against him a chance to focus on something else.



Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:29 am
 

How about the fact that the NFL is semi-fixed

i am not focusing on the "contrversial remarks" about the dog fighting.  How about the fact that the NFL, in Mike Vicks words, PUSHED him into accepting Philly's offer.  Full disclosure, I am a Buffalo fan so the sting is a little worse than if my team were not directly affected, but seriously is this WWE Wrestling or a real sport?  How in the world can the NFL and Goodell possibly explain this?  If the fit was better in Buffalo or Cincy and thats where he wanted to play....why isnt he on one of these squads?  Like I said, the NFL is only one step above the NBA and two steps above WWE.  Ridiculous....



Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:27 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

After they retire and when they are living off my tax dollars (broke because they do NOT understand fiscal responsibility), sitting in a wheelchair (from taking too many hard hits while playing) and dealing with the Hepres and HIV (from screwing all the girls I supposedly want to screw) I will laugh as I WALK by them heading to my RETIREMENT HOME free of DISEASE.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:27 am
 

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

One sided.. Your right! Your a racist!!!!


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