ESPN The Magazine Ponders What if Michael Vick Was White QB With Shocking Photo

Just so it is clear, I don’t like the picture. I think that is taking it too far. We aren’t idiots if you want to write an article about what is Michael Vick was a white quarterback that is fine, but we don’t need the photoshop. It is insulting to be honest.

I am sure they wouldn’t have put Tom Brady in black face if they were doing an article on how it would feel if he was a black quarterback.  Then again black is bad and white is good, so that article would never happen.

Sometimes you have to think before you just throw something out on the web.

I have serious problem with the article starting with this paragraph.

The problem with the “switch the subject’s race to determine if it’s racism” test runs much deeper than that. It fails to take into account that switching someone’s race changes his entire existence. In making Vick white, you have him born to different parents. That alone sets his life trajectory in an entirely different direction. Thus when this hypothetical white Michael Vick … wait, I can’t even continue that sentence in good faith. I mean, who would this white Vick be? That person is unknowable. When you alter his race, it’s like those Back to the Future movies where someone goes back in time, inadvertently changes one small thing about his parents’ dating history and then the person starts to disappear. If Vick had been born to white parents, you wouldn’t even be reading this right now. That Vick would have had radically different options in life compared with the Vick who grew up in the projects of Newport News, Va., where many young black men see sports as the only way out.

In general what that is saying if you are born white, everything would be better. It also implies being born black leads to criminal behavior.

Both are asinine assumptions. I was born black, I grew up in the projects, my dad wasn’t always around and I have a Masters degree, if I was born to white parents would things have been different, no one knows but don’t automatically assume it would be better.

The problem with articles like this is that it gives young black kids an excuse to fail. I am black, I am from the hood, so I can’t be a successful unless I throw football, sell drugs or shoot a jumper. Those type of  negative thoughts have held black people back for centuries.  It has been branded in us that black is bad.  The bad guy wears the black hat, Devil’s food cake is my skin complexion, white women are put on a pedestal while black women with their ghetto bootys and full lips are frowned on and I could go on.

More from the ESPN article.

Here’s another question: If Vick grew up with the paternal support that white kids are more likely to have (72 percent percent of black children are born to unwed mothers compared with 29 percent of white children), would he have been involved in dogfighting? I ask this not to look for an excuse but to explore the roots of his behavior. Vick’s stunningly stupid moral breakdown with respect to dogs is certainly related to the culture of the world he grew up in, which he says fully embraced dogfighting. But it’s also related to the household he grew up in.

I grew up around dogfighting, when I became an adult, I understood right from wrong. Vick wasn’t dogfighting because he was he didn’t grow up in a white family, he was dogfighting because he had a $100+ million contract from the Falcons and thought he couldn’t be touched.

If anything if Vick was POOR and still in the hood as an adult he probably would be trying to survive and not thinking about dogfighting. It was because he was RICH and PRIVILEGE he thought he could get away with it.  It is also the only reason the Feds even cared about it.

These are dumb articles.

Don’t take sympathy on me because I am black, both parents weren’t around or I grew up on the hood. Don’t make excuses for criminal behavior.  Furthermore don’t attempt to have black people dreaming to be white, because that isn’t reality.  Reality is to love yourself whatever race you are.

Mike Vick made bad choices not because he is black or didn’t grow up white, but because he was dumb.

Being a dummy has NO COLOR. Just remember that.

Video: Michael Vick on Capital Hill Promoting Tougher Laws For Dog Fighting

Michael Vick is trying.

He is trying to do and say the right things. At some point though you don’t have to keep apologizing. I think Vick has done enough.

If he wants to continue to do things like this because he truly feels like it is therapy for him, then more power to him. It is a beautiful gesture.

But if he is doing these things to try to convince Dog Lovers, PETA and his detractors he is a change man, he needs to understand these people no matter what he says will always think the worst of him.

He did the crime, he did the time and he deserves to be able to go on with his personal and professional life.

He was on Capital Hill speaking out for tougher laws for individuals like himself who financed dog and cock fighting operations.

I disagree with this not because I think there shouldn’t be laws against it, but that we would be spending our time trying to figure out how people like Casey Anthony are walking free right now.

Whatever your feelings maybe on the issue, I think we are all looking forward to Michael Vick on the football field again.

Michael Vick to Appear on Oprah Winfrey Show

You knew this was going to happen.

It wasn’t a matter of if, but when.  Part of the reclamation project for any entertainer is going on Oprah and crying.  Vick will go on and about half way through the show, talk about missing his kids while in prison and start balling.

Here are more details:

Michael Vick will be appearing on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show instead of the Piers Morgan show, Fox 29 has learned.

Our Jenn Frederick was talking to Dr. Lee Cohen, a podiatrist who works with Unequal Technologies, a local company that makes protective gear for Vick and DeSean Jackson from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cohen confirmed he is part of an Oprah Winfrey show featuring Vick that will taped on February 22.

The majority of black people never felt that Vick needed to redeem himself.  I always said Michael Vick went to jail for being dumb, the act of dog fighting and gambling on dog fighting is something that is very prevelant in the black community.  Someone who had as much to lose as Michael Vick should have never been that involved in that type of activity.

That is the no one can touch me mentality of a lot of young black athletes have.

I understand that Vick has to talk about how dog fighting is wrong, but I want him to also stress the importance of weighing risk/reward in your actions.

If you work at the grocery store, I doubt the Feds care about what you do in your backyard, but when you have a lot to lose and a family to support, before you do anything, you need to think to yourself, if this all goes bad who will be the fall guy?

If Vick would have thought about that years ago, he wouldn’t have to go on Oprah now.

White Sox’s Mark Buehrle on Michael Vick: “I Hoped He Got Hurt”

*Wait*

*What*

There are players in all sports that I don’t care for, various reasons why, but I have never wished injury on anyone. To me that is the true definition of a “hater”, because that is personal.

If you don’t like someone or disagree with things they have done in the past, that is fine, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but when you drop quotes like this by White Sox’s pitcher Mark Buehrle, there is something else bubbly beneath the surface.

“He had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where we watched the game and I know it’s bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt. Everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys.”

I guess going to jail for two years, losing millions of dollars, tarnishing his legacy, being kicked out of the NFL and being vilified wasn’t enough punishment for Buehrle.

He wants him to break his leg or something because that would make Buehrle feel better. In my mind makes him no better than Vick.

Vick engaged in dog fighting and Buehrle is praying for someone to get hurt.

By the way if you have to qualify your statement with “I know this sounds bad”, you probably shouldn’t say the next thing you are thinking.

Michael Vick Graces The Cover of Sports Illustrated

I always want athletes to succeed. I am not one of those type of journalists that get a thrill out of a athlete’s downfall.

I have been covering Michael Vick for a very long time. I’ve known people in his inner and outer circle throughout the years. I knew he was dog fighting way before Roger Goodell. [Read more…]

Video: Surveillance Camera Shows Michael Vick Leaving Party 3 Mins Before Shooting

I pointed out very clearly that under no circumstances should Michael Vick lie about his whereabouts at the time of the shooting of his co-defendant Quanis Phillips.

According to Vick’s lawyer, he was long gone by the time the shooting took place.  Specifically, he said Vick was gone 30 minutes before the shooting. [Read more…]

Mike Vick’s Reality Show Producer Ahmadu Garba Places Him at Shooting Scene?

I watched every episode of “The Michael Vick Project” because I wanted to see if Vick had really changed.  It is hard to make those determinations from a “reality show” because  they wanted to show Vick in the best possible light.

With that being said, I came away with two conclusions: [Read more…]

Former Nets F Jayson Williams Gets Min 18 Months in Prison For 2002 Shooting..Free Plax

If you don’t know the back story on the accidental shooting that took place at Jayson Williams home in 2002 ESPN.com has a break down of what occurred then and why it has taken so long for Williams to be sentenced.  Williams potentially can be in prison for five years, but with good behavior he will be paroled after 18 months.

But I have an exercise for you.

It is called “Common Sense Law” and I want you to play along.  I am going to give you five different illegal offensives and then I am going to rank them in what I believe is the most to the least severe. [Read more…]