As Greg Hall reported, 610 Sports host Nick Wright had Jason Whitlock on as a guest this week..
Most of the talk was about the Chiefs. And towards the end, Jason made a point of how the Chiefs hire based on FAMILY VALUES. He said he was impressed that the Chiefs front office looks for quality people on and off the field. Jason felt this was working for the Chiefs and would continue to in the future.
Near the end of the interview Whitlock got on the subject of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
We all know Vick got into deep trouble for funding and operating an illegal DOG FIGHTING business.
So after saying how much he felt the Chiefs needed good guys on and off the field, Whitlock went deep to express how important Vick’s turnaround was. That Vick deserved a second chance.
One wonders if Jason would’ve backed a white player in a similar situation?
What floors me on the Vick story is this; Wright and even the Governor of Pennsylvania both think Vick paid a high price. Both said Vick did HARD TIME IN LEAVENWORTH PENITENTIARY. That he did 18 months in the Big House.
That’s wrong. Vick did ALL HIS TIME in the camp at Leavenworth. That’s not the same.
The camp at Leavenworth has no walls; it’s much easier time. There’s little to no violence, no threats, no cells – you live in a dorm. I know, I’ve been there. I did time in two camps and three Prisons and trust me, the camps are far less dangerous. In fact, a fight is a big deal at the camps. There are almost no stabbings or deaths ever in any camps.
So the fact is that Vick did not do any hard time.
I’ve wanted to go on Nick’s show about this. I was in LA when Vick crushed Washington on Monday Night Football. It was after that game that Vick was hailed as the comeback kid and a great quarterback. I was even on that bandwagon. I was on his side until I read an LA Times story the next day.
There have been several interviews with people who ended up owning surviving Vick dogs. Oh my God! Vick personally tortured these animals. One man said Vick took a knife (switchblade) and poked the eye out of the female dog he now owned. Then a few days later he cut out the other eye. What did this have to do with dogfighting?
The dog, blind of course, now has both eyes now sewn shut.
The man said, "I will forgive Michael Vick when my dog does." Amen.
Another lady told the LA Times that her pet dog had his teeth pulled out by Vick each day – one at a time over a two week period. She said she was told he found that to be fun, entertainment. I don’t have words for those stories. And there were many more like them. In the end a psychiatrist was quoted saying, "If this guy wasn’t a pro athlete he would be a serial killer or murder people for fun and profit."
Damn. So no I am not a Michael Vick fan.
I love pets, cats and dogs. I own one of each.
Wright had a show last week on this subject because a TV schmo said he felt Vick should have been executed for his actions. Most callers thought that was way too cruel a fate for Vick.
I’ve gotta tell you, if I saw Vick doing that to a little dog and had a weapon, I’d probably drop his ass.
That said, Vick’s a great ballplayer. And Whitlock did say he was not sure if Vick could change.
When I look into Vick’s eyes I see a killer, not a reformed person. I know you’re saying, "But Glazer you did time, you were a criminal. How can you judge Vick?"
True that. But because of my experience I can judge him. I didn’t torture anyone. In my case I was at war with others who engaged me and my crew with violence. It wasn’t right, but I did hard time.
You get the picture.