Football player Michael Vick is being vilified as the lowest of the low, the baddest of the bad, and what – the blackest of the black?
Michael Vick was involved in dog fighting. Michael Vick did not knowingly use sub-standard materials in construction projects that would later fail and kill people. Michael Vick did not spitefully publicize the name of a CIA spy because her husband pointed out flaws in the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” shell game.
Cock Fighting, Dog Fighting, and Bull Fighting: Different societies view them differently. The Romans took it a step further, and had humans face lions!
Should Vick have been involved in dog fighting? No, he should have been smarter than that. Do I condone cruelty to animals? No. And I don’t condone cruelty to humans, either!
Michael Vick did not tie a live person from another race behind his truck and drag the person until their skin came off! There were people who defended that crime, hid the facts and protected the instigators for decades.
Now we are so outraged that Michael Vick killed dogs, one man thinks: it’s horrible, a disgrace that shows a complete lack of character by the Philadelphia Eagles organization.
Give me a friggin’ break!
Which NFL? The same one that for years has coddled, protected and hired spouse beaters, drunk drivers and rapists, to name a few? There’s no moral plateau inside the NFL! Now they have a dog killer to add to their people killers.
Some NFL players/ex-players charged with murder:
• Hubert D. Thompson – New Orleans Saints: First-degree murder
• Barret Robbins – Oakland Raiders: Attempted murder, 2005
• Jim Dunaway – Buffalo Bills/Miami Dolphins: Reduced to wrongful death
• Tommy Kane – Seattle Seahawks: Manslaughter
• Ray Lewis – Baltimore Ravens: Indicted for murder and aggravated assault; reduced to obstruction of justice.
• Rae Carruth – Carolina Panthers: Conspiracy to commit murder, firing into an occupied vehicle, using an instrument to destroy an unborn child, (1999)
According to a Sports Illustrated story (2000), Lewis and Carruth were charged within months of each other.
Back then, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said in his state of the NFL address: “Can we separate ourselves from society? Of course not…we can’t predict what NFL players will do any more than we can predict students shooting other students or workers shooting fellow workers.”
Now get this:
VICK SERVED 18 MONTHS at the medium-security federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, for his involvement in an illegal dog-fighting ring. He also agreed to pay nearly $1 million for the care of about 54 pit bulls found on his property during the dog fighting raid. The money was earmarked for the long-term care and/or the humane euthanasia of some or all of those animals.
A member of a Saudi royal family, Prince Bader Al Saud, was sentenced to one year in jail for killing a Hispanic landscaper in a drunken-driving accident in Boston, MA. (2002)
Prosecutors claimed Al Saud, who did not have a Massachusetts driver’s license, had a blood alcohol level of point-12 and was speeding when he hit the man.
(In Massachusetts, the legal limit for alcohol is point-08 Blood Alcohol Content for those over 21 and point-02 for those under 21 (zero tolerance). Al Saud was 20-years-old at the time.
Al Saud pleaded guilty in 2005 to a reduced charge of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and one count of operating without a license. He served a one-year sentence at the cozy Dukes County House of Correction (Martha’s Vineyard) with another year of jail time suspended.
Under a June 2006 settlement reached in a wrongful death suit, the victim’s only child was awarded 325-thousand-dollars from Al Saud and 20-thousand from the dealership where the prince leased his BMW.
Seems Vick would have been better off if he’d run over a person!