I’ve held off posting about this as long as I could due to the sensitive subject matter. There are current events that happen to strike a chord with me that make me sad, and I try to be sympathetic, a la Lindsay Lohan. Then there are events that strike me on a different level, and instead of sympathy, these happenings just make me furious. No other way to say it.
Michael Vick. I don’t think I really even need to explain. This thug, with his big shot #1 draft pick NFL contract, has been given everything – untouchable talent, possessions and more money than he could ever spend. And instead of using his fame and fortune for the greater good (see Deuce McAllister), Vick decided to indulge his egotism by bankrolling dog fights with Bad Newz Kennels. Oh, I couldn’t make that name up.
Vick’s two co-defendants pleaded guilty days before he did and immediately pointed fingers at Vick, who has since admitted to the dog fighting conspiracy along with participating in the killing (read: via drowning or hanging) of the pit bulls that didn’t perform well in training sessions. But don’t worry, he didn’t gamble on the fights or collect winnings. No, because that would be incorrigible. There is something so narcissistic about training dogs to fight to kill and in turn, killing them when they don’t. Just seeing his arrogant signature on that plea agreement (a.k.a. "Ookie"? seriously?) makes my blood boil.
Seriously, this sorry excuse for a man should never be allowed near a football field ever again, not to mention should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Not only for the crime he committed, but also because he chose to waste his talent and destroy his career for ridiculous, uncivilized events. And the question remains: will Vick’s high-powered defense team, which undoubtedly is the best his dirty money can buy, get him the proverbial slap on the wrist? Or, will some judge decide to actually take a stand against money and fame and make Michael Vick trade his bling for prison stripes? We'll have to wait until November to find out.