Monday, August 27, 2007

A Lonely Man

Michael Vick was alone today.

You are alone when there is only a suit earning his hourly wage at your side. Michael Vick had no wife by his side. Only a female marshall. It was the same marshall that escorted him into the arraignment a few weeks back. I guess that's what qualifies as a friend in Michael Vick's life these days.

In the end, Michael Vick had no friends. Not his homeboys his flipped on him. Not his owner, who accepted Vick's apology without enthusiasm. Not even his dad, who put his crackhead tendencies on blast to air out his son.

Vick only has what could be merely defined as "supporters." A handful of journalists. Some sports talk callers. A few buses of supporters brought in from his hometown, members of a church he funded with his own money. They outnumbered the detractors on the courtroom sidewalk. It seems apropos that the church was there for him at his low point. It's not unusual that somebody from the congregation brings a plate 'roun the way when you're a shut in. Vick will sit alone shut in and shut out from the world, confined within the borders of Virginia, for the next few months. Soon, he will probably be confined within a prison cell. Once again, alone.

And he stood alone at that podium.

"What I did was immature. So that means I have to grow up."

I couldn't help but feel sorry for Michael as he faces the singular road to maturity. I wouldn't wish that loneliness on anyone. And I can't help but feel relieved to be emerging from the bizarro world where people can watch animals beat the shit out of each other on the Discovery Channel, but condemn Vick for doing the same in his own back yard. Where nobody blinks at Kobe Bryant getting private air shuttles to his court dates or numerous criminals playing in the NFL, but feel superior in condemning Vick as committing the most reprehensible crime imaginable. I know it's not over, but I hope today was the first day of the rehabilitation of Michael Vick. As a human being, I can't stand to watch him suffer. Vick promised that he would redeem himself. I've got my fingers crossed. And I hope he finds some real friends on the other side.


Nos said...

It's a shame that Vick has nobody to turn to. He's essentially been left in the dark, to stew in his own muck.

Everybody loved him when he was riding high and now nobody wants to be near him, like he's plutonium.

I hope he can turn it all around.

Sportsbruh said...

Damn, this was a sad ass day.

CoCo said...

Bless his heart.

Erin said...

I had a bigger problem with the humans killing the dogs than with the dogs killing each other. On the Discovery Channel, I've never seen any animals electrocuted for fun. And I've certainly never seen a man hold a dog up over head and then slam it to the ground to kill it.

Miranda said...

Oh please....I've seen animals being killed for fun on ESPN2...evey Sunday morning..check your local listings.

I was watching "When the Levees Broke" again this past weekend and it dawned on me how the nuts at PETA demanded that FEMA incorporate pets in their evacuation policies. Here we had a situation where mothers were separated from their babies, children died...but you have nitwits demanding plans be drafted to include pets in evacuations......but really...we've always been equated with dogs..right?

Meeky P. said...

Wow, your post really drove home the sadness of the situation. I hope and pray that he is able to make a strong comeback.

On some sites I've visited, people have wished ill on this man like no one I've ever seen before. So not only is it okay to watch animals kill each other on the Discovery Channel, it is also okay to wish death on a human being if he/she does something that you don't approve of. Interesting.

Lady_T said...

Folks don't be surprised, the same people that continue to condemn Mike Vick are the offsprings of the folks that smiled and took pictures next to black men hanging from trees burned to death.

We need to wake up and realize what we are dealing with!!

Jarrett Carter said...

How ironic that dogfighting has put Michael Vick in an uphill battle for the duration of his life.

20 years from now, people will be talking about this incident and how it changed a life and a franchise forever.

JJ said...

The hypocrisy of it all never ceases to amaze me.

pete said...

i know i'm about a month late with this but that's fast for me. i'm still wearing my members only snap collar jacket if you know what i mean. michael vick is facing federal charges for killing dogs? and what happens to guys who get charged with domestic violence? what does the league do to them? does this mean it's ok to beat your wife/girlfriend but your out?

Heavy-B said...

OK, first things first. On the discovery channel the animals are hunting for a little thing called survival. Lowlife Vick was pitting the dogs against each other for entertainment. Secondly, Lady-T, not all Anglo-Americans are the descendants of slave owners, nor do we agree with the killing of someone because of their race. I know in this society, many African-Americans feel a kinship with all other African-Americans, but a criminal is still a criminal and a moron still a moron. If you choose to include yourself in that group then so be it, but please be prepared for the repercussions of your decision. What Michael Vick and his clan did was wrong. Just as wrong as when someone inflicts pain and or death on any other living being, dog or otherwise. So for those of you that think it's OK to kill a companion animal in the name of sport, I offer that slaves used to be considered no better than animals. This begs the question, was it then in fact OK to hang them? I don't think so and you don't either. How will history judge you for condoning the killing of animals for sport? Perhaps in the same way that history judges the slave owners for their atrocities.

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