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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: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:02 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

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Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:25 am
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:52 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:30 am

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

All of the terrible things that Michael Vick did to those living creatures tells a lot about his character.  Someone does not "change" and redeem themselves after committing such a horrific act of violence.  If he wants to use the lame excuse of his up bringing and environment, should we excuse rapists who were molested as children?  It's sad that people are more concerned about money, fame and winning games than basic compassion for other living things in life.  Anyone who will torture and kill animals for losing a fight has one major screw loose in his head, and is not someone who should be rewarded by making millions playing football.  How screwed up are things when people want to impeach a world leader for smoking pot or having sex yet it's okay to let some sick-minded person go ahead and continue to make tons of money by playing sports.  The "average Joe" would not get away with a crime like this, but I guess it's okay when you are a football player/celebrity...just ask O.J.    So pathetic!!!!!!

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:53 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

Everyone Does Not have the same opportunity so therefore your selection of choices are different!!

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:27 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

HavocNHELL: You would be the store owner who wouldn't give a felon a job because of his/her past, you would be the judge who would deny parole to an inmate who really could be a changed man looking for a second chance. People change. With your line of thinking once a srew up, always a screw up right? People like you make me sick.. Who are you to say if he is actually sorry?  It makes me sick that people are still giving vick hell, and we have guys like Stallworth, and Lenard little dirving IMPARED and PUTTING HUMAN LIFE IN DANGER. Yes what vick did was disgusting but other guys in the nfl PLAYING RiGHT NOW have done worse. I don't care what his reasons are as long as vick doesn't do something so horrible like that again im ok with him. People change, and some of you need to grow up and relize that. One mistake shouldn't define who you are especially if your doing things right afterward


Am I to assume, I am also suppose to hold other people responsible. If I was a Store Owner would I hire a convicted felon? Would you let a convicted rapist date your daughter?

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:52 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I want Vick not to talk about it.  If he gives an interview, don't mention dogfighting, period.  Just say, 'I'm not gonna talk about the past, I served my time.'  That's it.  Or say no comment, next question, whatever.  If he grants an interview and addresses dogfighting, HE CAN'T WIN.  Nothing positive can come from him talking about it.  People keep asking, WHAT DO YOU WANT HIM TO DO or JUST LET IT GO.  It HAS been let go, everyone HAS moved on.  STOP TALKING ABOUT IT.  I want Vick to succeed, but he cannot and will not if he DOESN'T GET OUT OF THE WAY OF HIS OWN SUCCESS!  He served his time, apologized to everyone and had success on the field.  Over, said and done.  Now he comes out and AGAIN tries to defend his actions?!?  That's stupid, idiotic.  Let it go Michael.  You aren't gonna win in the court of public opinion no matter how successful you are on the football field.  Dogfighting will continue to haunt Michael Vick as long as he lets it haunt him.

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:47 pm

Michael Vick GQ interview will be controversial

I knew that he was a dog killer and he paid the penalty.  But if it is true that Goodell tampered with the signing of a free agent, then that is a shocker.  Did he tamper with Plaxico or anyone else?  A commisioner has to be impartial with respect to all 32 teams, and if he was not, then then Goodell needs to be done with that job.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:41 pm

I wonder....

... if he meant Tony Dungee?  Is it possible that the mentor requested by the commish (Dungee) is actually the person who steered him to Philly?  Can't help but wonder, that's all.  In any case, I've no problem with it.  He was being groomed and mentored to possibly have a huge beneficial impact on youthful players who've already made some big mistakes in their lives.  It might be worth it to let them see they too can learn from mistakes, admit the error, and open up to someone else's wisdom and guidance.    That, or the whole damn thing is corrupt.  Screw it, I'm going with the optimistic approach. Sorry Buffalo and Cincy, but let's face it, was Cincy really gonna have any shot at keeping him from violating parole with THAT group of degenerates?  And Buffalo? Who the HECK was going to give him a fair shake there?  I say Go Vick!  Set the bar high, and clear it by a mile.

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