So this is the straw? Dog fighting? Dog fighting is what is going to make Sports Illustrated dispatch damning statements like this about Michael Vick:
"In recent days, SI.com talked to multiple sources who have known Vick well for years, and they say his troubling pattern of recent behavior belies a penchant for questionable judgment, an unwillingness to distance himself from the wrong crowd, and a long-standing belief that the rules don't apply to him.'
...Vick is not a 'bad guy,' the sources say, but he refuses to take direction from anyone, often fails to recognize good advice when it's offered, and is unwilling to separate himself from bad influences, who are largely friends and members of his ever-present 'posse.'
...Blank is in complete denial, in part because he spent $130 million on the guy,' one source said. 'Vick is his investment. When Vick does something wrong, he has Blank to run to. Blank and his wife, Stephanie, really coddle the guy. They baby him. I think they've enabled the situation to the highest degree. They've not held Vick accountable for his actions."
So Vick gives a girl herpes (allegedly), flips off a fan, gets caught up in airport security, but dog fighting has finally set off this media intervention? Ironically, dog fighting may be the thing that bonds Vick with some of his redneck constituents in Georgia. North Georgia is a national hotbed for dogfighting.
I just find it astounding that Vick is now suddenly considered to be of questionable character. Fighting dogs is not a nice thing to do, but is not necessarily anymore reprehensible than any of Vick's other missteps. Michael Vick is the same ol' Michael Vick. He has just arbitrarily become the media's latest whipping boy. And I'm not taking the bait. I need to believe. He is the quarterback. He is going to be the quarterback. So Atlanta Falcons fans like me are just going to have to coexist with Michael. Sports Illustrated can do whatever they want.
And head coach Bobby Petrino is with me.
"I need to believe in Michael. Since I've been here, a couple of situations have come up. We've sat down and talked about them, and certainly his track record with me has been that he's told me the truth, so I'm going to believe in what Michael tells me."
It seems more appropriate that Sports Illustrated focus on Michael Vick as it relates to sports, not character. And it seems Coach Petrino wasn't one of their sources, because the head coach of the team seems satisfied with Vick's commitment to football.
"Petrino said when it comes to football, Vick's focus has not waned.
'Since the incident's happened, he's here in the building more,' Petrino said. "He's spent more time watching video, throwing the football, working out. He's taken it upon himself as, 'I'm going to learn this offense. I'm going to run this offense.' Maybe it has motivated him just the opposite as far as being a distraction."
I, for one, do not care much about Vick's canine pursuits. Vick has had a lot of offseason issues, regrettably. However, I have heard no complaints about his on the field commitment. When Sports Illustrated does the expose on that, lemme know.