Micheal Vick and the mind-bending hypocrisy of accusation UPDATED July 18, 2007Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Sports.
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For those of you unaware, Micheal Vick, the electrifying QB for the Atlanta Falcons has been indicted in federal court for crimes related to dogfighting. ESPN and others are up in arms over this; the usual talking heads are claiming the man is guilty before the trial has even started.
I’m not going to weigh in on the likely guilt or innocence of Vick. I will state that I find dogfighting, like any other blood sport -including boxing and UFC- to be in the end degrading and appeals to the lowest common denominator of human vicarious entertainment. It renders people down to animals. If the Feds have their facts in order, then someone was surely acting like an animal in the case Vick is implicated in.
That said, this is nothing compared to say, rape, or abortion, or even sexual harassment, not to mention the more conventional felonies like hit and run, manslaughter, assault and felony theft. Sorry, but dogfighting pales in comparison to all these violations. If Vick isn’t guilty, should he be punished any worse than say, Kobe Bryant, who was accused and ultimately acquitted of rape charges a few years ago? (I will go on record as believing that Bryant intimidated his victim into silence, thereby rendering a criminal conviction impossible to obtain when his victim refused to testify in open court. Not that any of that matters. . .) I would say not. Dogfighting ain’t rape.
The last high-profile American athlete to go through the public ringer like this was Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who faced accusations of sexual assault from a Colorado woman in 2003. The criminal case against Bryant was dropped after the accuser decided not to testify, and the civil case was later settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. But in the aftermath, Bryant lost national endorsement contracts with McDonald’s and Nutella.
Four years later, Bryant has yet to return to his one-time perch atop the sports marketing world, although his image has improved dramatically since 2003.
Vick’s situation, sports business experts universally seem to believe, is more precarious than Bryant’s ever was.
“In a perverse sort of way, we’re almost more outraged as a society by dogfighting than we are sexual assault,” said Fred Schreyer . . .”We somehow question the details of what went on in a sexual assault case, while there is very little of that going on here. It’s more difficult to defend this sort of charge. And in that way, it could be much more damaging.”
God, what Schreyer says here is so depressing. Bryant is a fool, a selfish little brat who also happens to be a thug when it comes to the treatment of women. Vick may well be an insensitive idiot when it comes to the treatment of animals, but that does not render him to the level of beast that Bryant is. Yet our twisted society is more willing to forgive Bryant than it is Vick.
In other words, it’s less OK to abuse dogs than it is to rape women.
That’s just FUBAR.
I suspect even the foaming Amanda Marcotte would agree with me on this one.
Drehs also has a really rich level of liberal hypocrisy listed in his article:
On Wednesday morning, (Nike), along with Falcons CEO Arthur Blank and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, received a joint letter from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton and PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk, condemning Vick’s alleged involvement in the dogfighting ring and asking all parties involved to distance themselves from Vick.
God help us all. I expect this sort of stuff from Newkirk. PETA simply must respond in their classic, knee-jerk fashion. But for Russell Simmons and, Lord and saints preserve us all, Al (Tawana Brawley? Who dat?) Sharpton to suggest that Vick is somehow unclean. . .well, that there is a PRIMO sample of liberal hypocrisy Gone Wild. It is all the more sadly ironic that those two thugs are turning on a fellow brother.
I’m not going to say much more about the Vick episode. But it is a damned sorry commentary on our culture that such profound and unrelenting idiocy is becoming so clear in the wake of this sorry situation.
Portis later conceded that his comments were insensitive, but Goodwin said it “shows the mentality that some people have.”
“Even guys like LaDainian Tomlinson, who’s opposed to dogfighting, when he was a young man he went to dogfights,” Goodwin said. “It’s out there.
“I hope that really what this does is send a message that deters people from being involved in this in the first place. I hope that the people involved are investigated and caught and sentenced,” he said.
I have nothing against the idea of prosecuting and sentencing these people who engage in such barbaric behavior, and pro athletes need to know that such behavior is unacceptable.
But Clinton Portis is correct. This is not much of a crime, not when stacked up against rape. And the entire tenor of this hunt continues to be one where Vick is the ultimate villain.
No he isn’t. Thugs like Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson are the ultimate villains. Purveyors of abortion are the ultimate villains. Ted Bundy is an ultimate villain.
C’mon peoples. Get some perspective, already.
UPDATE II: Don Banks at cnnsi.com has a long, sanctimonious harangue about how Falcon owner Arthur Blank should sit Vick until the wheels of justice grind to a conclusion.
Banks, the statute claims that we are innocent until proven guilty. Are you prepared to vilify Jerry Buss for allowing Bryant to continue playing after he had been indicted and put on trial for rape? If not, then cut Vick some slack.