Poole: Vick, Raiders would make a good match
He lives in a federal prison, his prodigious gifts withering because he couldn't resist the underground culture of violence.
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#1 Nov 1, 2008
Why do you need a shyt storm?
Since: Aug 07
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#2 Nov 2, 2008
The author of the article said: "...Vick never truly outgrew the 'hood mentality'." But, then he says that he "sought to escape" the criminal subculture through football. Really? Then, how come he didn't? It would seem that he never intended on improving himself with the fortune he threw out the window. It's a shame to consider the opportunities lost. He could have become a pillar of the community and his influence could have contributed to the greater good, which would have further elevated his social status. He could have even taken diction and speaking lessons so that he didn't sound like a self centered ignoramus whenever he opened his mouth.
It's a shame whenever someone makes ill advised decisions and ruins themselves. It's particularly disturbing when so much was at stake, but apparently none of friends or family,(or his posse), had the good sense, or cared enough to realize the destructive nature of his actions, and say: "Hey Michael, maybe you should think about this a little..." Vick and his cohorts engaged in rather blatant illegal activities, that included gambling on the outcome of dogfights for the better part of 6 years.
These ongoing activities did not escape the notice of some of the locals who visited the property for various reasons. Reportedly, the Smithfield, VA authorities had been informed and it's not hard to imagine that they were just waiting for the opportunity to search the property. When you consider all this, one must conclude that Michael Vick's extreme stupidity is only surpassed by his arrogance.
It would seem doubtful that such a person possesses the ability to fully comprehend his wrong doing or feel any empathy whatsoever for what he did. The brutal torture and murder of dogs is abhorrent to most people, but it was entertainment to him. He enjoyed watching them tear each to pieces and participated in punishing the animals by electrocution, hanging, drowning and slamming them to the ground until dead. He may say that he's sorry, and he might pay his debt to society, but no one is going to convince me that he has any more understanding of right and wrong than he did before he was busted.
I hope that Goodell takes a very dim view of this case and denies Vick's reinstatement. Is this the kind of person needed to represent the NFL? The league should adopt a lower tolerance for moral turpitude. There are plenty of examples of gang banger types, players with criminal records and recently an abuser of women. Do we have to continue to promote and reward bad behavior and thus create bad examples? If the commissioner is so concerned with these issues, then let him prove it by kicking these types of individuals to the curb in favor of those who do not contribute to the prevailing thug mentality prevail.
#3 Nov 2, 2008
Raiders should sign him. He could teach them some new tricks in the shower room.
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