The Michael Vick Experience

Posted: January 19, 2011 in General Sports, NFL
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Second chances. We all deserve them. The right to make a mistake, live up to such a mistake, and then deal with the consequences. The basis of our judicial system relies on these virtues, on the decisions of a jury, made up of our peers. The court of public opinion tends to differ with this notion. It’s always about grudges, never letting anything go and refusing to forgive past mistakes.

Enter the saga of Michael Vick. A young, talented, rich black athlete, with the world in his hands and everything to lose. No one can defend his actions, his alleged involvement with the abuse of animals, but at what point do we move on, do we let a fellow human have a second chance? Animal rights groups, such as PETA, continue to protest outside of his games and rally against his involvement with the NFL, but as time goes by, and Vick gains more fans, who is left for these groups to preach to?

Worst than someone committing an act of violence against an animal and serving his sentence, is a group of individuals, attempting to force their views on the general public. It’s the ultimate form of hypocrisy: picking out the mistakes of a high-profile figure, while claiming to be a “perfect citizen.” No one will ever convince me that the life of an animal is of greater importance than that of a human’s, it just doesn’t comprehend in my mind.

I am neither a Philadelphia fan nor an African-American. As a young, white South Florida native (and pet owner), I feel I can make this next statement with a sense of neutrality: Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers QB and alleged (but never tried) rapist, was treated differently by the general public, by the law enforcement officials, and even by the Commissioner of the NFL, as compared to black athletes in similar or lesser situations.

Whether you refuse to acknowledge the sense of racial bias still present in today’s world or not, is a personal choice. It exists. There is a subconscious dichotomy in all of us, and those who chose to recognize this, and ultimately make a conscious change, in my opinion, possess the greatest humanistic values.

– Carlos Sanchez (@ThisIsChucker)

  1. Lazaro says:

    Regerdless of its defense of Mr. Vick and the attempt to redirect the focus of simple cruelty to one of race the “Micheal Vick Experience” isn’t a very good one. Most of us want attention and all of us seek it in different ways, Carlos wants to make a stand, stick up for and maybe save Vick. In reality all misguided people like Carlito do is throw gas on the fire. Vicks crime isn’t just one cruelty to animals it’s cruelty to the thousands of young fans who have cheered him on from his days as a Hookie. Unfortunate as it is we turn athletes into role models when they are really blessed individuals who earn a fortune to play a game, we teach our kids to root for them because of their lifestyles in the game forgetting that they seldomly live up to those standards in real life. Vicks skin color isn’t an issue here its his brutality on the helpless, his lack of humanity. Whenever we have something we don’t agree with we can’t pull the race card, or atleast we shouldn’t. It just makes those that do seem ignorant & needy of attention.

  2. The Sports Mole says:

    Think you raise a hell of an interesting point here, Carlos do you have a response to this?

  3. Carlos says:

    My attempt is not to save Vick, because clearly he does not need to be saved (multi-millionaire). The whole point was to raise the issue of complete hypocrisy from people like you, who claim to set the best example for our youth, yet have obviously done some terrible things in your lifetime. No one is perfect. Mistakes happen, some more heinous than others. But to sit on your high-horse and claim to be better than someone because your mistakes weren’t published for the world to see, is completely ignorant. Teaching your kids to root for a team is never a bad thing, but in my opinion, athletes have absolutely no obligation to act as role models. Is it nice when the star QB is a model citizen? Absolutely. But these guys are just doing their job, living life like everyone else. I sure as hell would never raise my kids to look up to someone who plays a game for a living. And as far as the race thing is concerned, it is extremely alive and well. Sure, it gets pulled in too many situations, but if you really stand back and look at it, we have a long way to go as a society when it comes to equal rights. Vick’s brutality towards animals was not even comparable to what Big Ben did to a human being, because at the end of the day, there is no question that human life is of most importance in this world.

    • Marcuz says:

      That’s right Carlos put that guy in his place … Its neither here nor there to me but I think Carlos ripped into what’s his face yeahh datt guy. Too many time we fail as parents in allowing our kid to idolize athletes, singers, pop stars that need no idolization we as parents need take a stand in our children lives and see to it that they being raised correctly “Vicks crime isn’t just one cruelty to animals it’s cruelty to the thousands of young fans who have cheered him on from his days as a Hookie.” Dude that a load of crap this man Michael Vick made a mistake and he paid for he was trialed and served time move the f%ck on and give him is due merit. I’m a Christian and firmly believe in this scripture “let he who is without sin, cast the first stone” John 8:7 this Incident is one of the most well-known lessons of the Bible. A woman, who had been caught in the act of adultery, was brought to Jesus Christ by the scribes and Pharisees to see if the Messiah was a liberal in matters of the Law of God. In response to their deceitful query, He didn’t condemn the woman, not because He was a liberal, not because He condoned her sin, but because the men who brought the woman to Him were Hypocrites. I say that to say as far as the Ben Roethlisberger, situation you can’t tell me that Michael Vick he isn’t being treated differently due to the color of his skin. So way to go Carlos you got my vote.

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