Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Michael Vick Should've Killed Someone

As video game enthusiasts all over this land of ours fire up their XBox
360's, and Playstation 3's to take their first shot at EA Sports Madden 08 one
of the greatest video game athletes of all time has to hear about two of his
co-defendants taking plea deals in a dog fighting case. Michael Vick has gone
from transcendent quarterback who could rush for 1,000 yards while flipping off
the hometown fans and giving Mexican hookers herpes, to public enemy #1 in the
eyes of NFL fans and non fans alike. Vick has been linked to the abuse and
murder of dogs which in the eyes of the general American public is the second
worst crime you could commit behind rape of a child. Had Michael Vick been smart
he would have just jumped behind the wheel of a car and run someone over - he
probably wouldn't even have missed training camp.

The hypocrisy of the National Football League, it's players and the
individuals who are paid to cover it knows no bounds. Mike Vick's teammate in
Atlanta the very popular Warrick Dunn told reporters that he hoped Vick didn't
return to the Falcons this season. I realize that what Dunn was trying to say
was that he hoped the circus surrounding Vick stayed away from the Falcons
because as a team led by Joey Harrington they have enough to deal with. The
press has been all over Vick from the beginning to the point where if you didn't
actually look for the facts of the case you'd think Vick was the main source of
dog fighting in the United States.

My major problem though comes from a comment Jim Brown made when he claimed
that Mike Vick would not play NFL football ever again - and there seems to be a
pretty big group of people who agree with that sentiment. At this point in time
I'd like to remind you all of Leonard Little. I realize that at this point it
seems like old hat but can we at least remember that Susan Gutweiler lost her
life because Little decided to get behind the wheel of his car after a birthday
party.Forget about dogs - I like them as much as the next guy but Little killed
a human being. He received 90 days in jail, 1000 hours of community services and
four years of probation in 1998 because he killed someone. Did Little lose his
spot in the NFL? Of course not - in fact I have seen people during Sunday pre
game shows wearing #91 St. Louis Rams jerseys. I repeat: Leonard Little KILLED
someones mother, someones wife, someones daughter and not only did he not fail
to play another snap in the NFL - he has actually gained in popularity.

The insanity of the situation doesn't end there though - because Leonard
Little was arrested again six years later for driving under the influence. The
same man who six years prior had killed a human being was arrested again for
drunk driving and was he then thrown out of the NFL? Actually he signed an
extension with the St. Louis Rams. He was rewarded by the team he played for the
same season he was arrested for the second time of drunk driving.

But Michael Vick will never play another snap in the NFL because of the
abuse of animals. Unfortunately for Vick he had two huge factors playing against
him - the first was that he's a superstar athlete and whatever he did/does is
magnified compared to what a lowly defensive lineman like Little does. The
second problem that Vick runs into is what we already dealt with, that frankly
society treats the abuse of animals worse then the abuse of humans.

So let that be a lesson to all you aspiring professional athletes out there
- if you've got a choice between hooking a pit bull up to a rape stand, or
running over a middle aged woman. You're better career move would be taking a
couple shots of tequila, drinking a whiskey sour and jumping behind the wheel of
the car as you drive 90 miles per hour through a mall parking lot. Just make
sure that nobody is walking their dog in that parking lot though because heaven
forbid Lassie gets side swiped as your car bounces over the corpse of Lassie's
former owner.

Interesting to think about. The article comes from Epic Carnival.

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