Whoa. Easy now. I don’t see what the issue is with the Vick piece. Like him or hate him, he is one of the most intriguing people in sports, and arguably the most fun to watch. It makes perfect sense that they would publish a piece on Mike Vick… People want to read about him, regardless of how they feel. And I am by no means condoning his actions because they are indeed horrible. I have a puppy. And he’s the man. But I want to clarify a few things: His main involvement in the dogfighting scandal was that he bankrolled the operation. His thug ass Va-Beach friends from the hood came up to him with an idea and were like, “yo homie, you made it big time. Hook us up with some dough so we can do this.” And he was like “aight yo, i’ll help a brotha out.” Sure, he knew the extend of what was going on, and he served nearly two years in prison for it, which was society’s punishment. People haven’t just forgotten about what happened because he played well on the field. When he came back into the league, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie had serious issues with signing him as Lurie was the proud owner of two dogs. Before he would allow the Eagles to take action, Vick had to sit down with Reid and Lurie and convince them that he was genuinely a changed man. Tony Dungy mentored Vick throughout his prison sentence… and Dungy is a fucking saint. If Tony Dungy can vouch for him, I’m sure that his change in attitude and outlook on life is not completely bullshit.
He had everything. He was on top of the sports world making millions of dollars. And in the blink of an eye he lost it all. You’re going to tell me that wouldn’t cause you to reevaluate your life? When he came back into the league, Reid and Lurie noticed a new, humble Vick. Different from the showboating superstar he was prior to his prison sentence. With this new demeanor came an increased determination to be better both on the field and off. He has for the past three years been very involved in community service, speaking about the maliciousness of his crimes. Additionally, he is the first person in the building working out and the last one to leave. Reid has had to kick Vick out of the weight room on several occasions.
Sure, people are pissed that he has risen back to the headlines and gotten the credit that he has, and that’s to be expected. Some people don’t believe that prison sentences and community service are viable ways to repay a debt to society. Some people don’t believe in change.
PS – Didn’t Ray Lewis kill a human being? Didn’t Ben Raplesberger rape a young girl?