I agree with santana on all counts. And here I come running with my big "This is racist!" foam finger to point out some inconsistencies, not just with this case, but when it comes to black athletes in general. You guys wanna crucify Vick for something he hasn't been convicted of. We are NOT
judge and jury. Sure, he should have some responsibility because it was his property, but if he maintains that he had no knowledge of anything, and the evidence supports that, then we shouldn't be praying for him to fall simply because we think he's an overrated QB. How many times do we hear of athletes buying homes for their families once they get that big contract? A house for their mother is usually number one on the "To-Buy" list. What's so hard to believe about Vick simply playing landlord, buying the house and covering the bills they generated? That's a crime?
The few news reports I've watched already are referencing his "thug" image, and seemingly are ready to blame Hip-Hop for this one, too. I know some of y'all dropped manly tears when I said I didn't care about dogs, but if it's within the laws of this country, and Vick is found guilty, then by all means, lock him up. I'm ready to call what he did stupid, but at the same time, as fans of the game we need to stop looking at athletes as potential beacons of civilized behavior.
But the double standards in this country, and specifically in sports when it comes to race is ridiculous. If this was Peyton Manning, the country's good ol' boy, indicted on this, everyone would be calming down, shouting out their support and waiting for more evidence. Vick's color makes him guilty instantaneously. Don't believe me? Look at how Barry Bonds has been treated in comparison to Mark McGwire. I got this breakdown of things from another forum:
Vick is going to join the pantheon of black athletes that have been and in some cases still are being demonized by the media.
Barry Bonds - for arrogance and overall assholish unbecoming of a Negro in the face of a predominatly non-negro dominated sport.
Kobe Bryant - being ACCUSED of rape by a WHITE woman. I mean I thought it was just a case of an idiot just thinking with his dick and fuckin a groupie who came up to his hotel room after hours, apperently that's a crime (Emmit Till must be turning in his grave, all he did was whistle)
OJ Simpson - being ACCUSED of killing his WHITE wife and her LOVER (just bringing sunglasses my ass, maybe sunglasses and some dick = a little more plausible) and subsequently beating the criminal justice system because he had the money and resources to do so (something white men of privilege have been doing for decades with a lot less fanfare).
Mike Vick - For being an unapologetic country 'bama and allowing his backwoods and overly hoodish nature to have him facing felony charges.
Darryl Strawberry - For crackish behavior in the first degree.
Michael Irvin - Ditto.
Let it be known that everyone listed is, or was, on top of their sport -- only adding to the pleasure that some members of our society felt while witnessing their downfall.
that's all for now
"They'll forgive a n.igger for almost anything other than competence." - The Spook Who Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee
The second a black athlete gets in some kind of trouble, he's guilty before he's even arraigned with a reputation that will always follow him; then Hip-Hop goes under fire, while their tattoos are scrutinized and all previous indiscretions continue to be overanalyzed. And then you all forget why they got those contracts to begin with. The second the negro stops tap-dancing, you're ready to drag him out back again.