8/14/09 BLOG: Michael Vick In The Land Of Second Chances
By Brenda Shoss
Michael Vick, right, and Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid during a
news conference today in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Eagles gave Vick a
one-year deal with an option for a second year. (Matt Rourke / Associated
Press / August 14, 2009)
“Michael Vick acknowledges having done ‘some terrible things,'” even as he
signs to play for the Philadelphia Eagles.
In the land of Second Chances, Michael Vick is living large after
negotiating the Eagles’ one-year deal with a second-year option. Oozing
regret, he promises to “be part of the solution and not the problem.” Does
his remorseful cup runneth over, or does he merely have a good publicist?
I have never heard Michael Vick talk much about the dogs. Or what went
through his head as he helped drown, hang, electrocute and bludgeon them. Is
he “sorry” about the dog gasping for air while drowned? I wonder if he
regrets a dog’s last look just before electrocution.
I would like to know exactly WHAT he is sorry for: Violently torturing
individuals who happen to be dogs OR getting caught? Does he repent for the
lives he stole OR the interruption of his promising career? Does he ask
forgiveness for forcing dogs into fatal fights OR for the shame and
embarrassment he caused family and fans?
A news story concludes: “Vick, who said he has no more pets, said he planned
to actively work in the community and the humane society to prove he can
help more animals than he’s hurt.”
Vick had pets? Well, maybe the ones he allegedly dog-napped to use as bait
for the fighters. Here’s the thing: You can spin it, forget it, turn it
inside-out and backwards — but, Michael Vick is still a predator. The day
he sobs uncontrollably over just one dog…let alone the many hurt at Bad
Newz Kennels…I may believe he is capable of empathy. When he is diagnosed
with Post Traumatic Animal Abuse Syndrome, suffering night sweats and
flashbacks, I may believe he is capable of compassion.
Until then, I see a sociopath dressed in repentant clothing.
7/30/09: Welcome Back Michael Vick?
Michael Vick acknowledges having done ‘some terrible things’
Michael Vick signs two-year deal with the Eagles
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