July 31, 2007, - 2:39 pm

Not-So Neon Deion: NFL Great Sanders Goes Insane, NFL Tries to Muzzle Him to Save Grace

By Debbie Schlussel
You knew this was going to happen. The prominent, whack-job saviors of dog-torturer/killer Michael Vick a/k/a “Ookie” are lining up.
First, there was the National Association for the Advancement of Dog-Torturing People. Gee, and I thought the “C” stood for Colored. Although dog-fights are a big part of the hip-hop culture, I think it’s a sure bet that most Black Americans condemn dog-torturing and murder as much as most White Americans do. And I doubt they enjoy the most prominent organization purportedly fighting for their civil rights defending the rights of a dog torturer . . . just because he happens to be Black. Detroit Free Press sports columnist Drew Sharp (against whom I’ve sparred on ESPN), who happens to be Black, has a good column, today, dissing the NAACP on this:

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Not So Neon: Deion Sanders Defends Ookie

(Michael Vick T Artwork by Elgin Tyrell)

The NAACP, in this regard, is guilty of that comfortable “picking on the brother” mentality that perpetuates a culture bent toward reflexively painting itself as the perpetual victim of social injustice.
Vick doesn’t need the NAACP watching his back.

Now, there’s Deion Sanders. He has a weekly column in his hometown newspaper, Fort Myers, Florida’s The News-Press.
His column, published a week ago Sunday, defended Michael Vick in the most absurd way. It’s just insane. He tells us that our condemnation of the disgusting torture and brutal murder of dogs is misplaced, that it’s all a matter of “perspective.” “Perspective”? And Sanders tells us we need to go inside Vick’s mind and understand his way of thinking. That’s exactly what the liberals in the press say about Islamic terrorists. We need to see it from “their point of view.” We need to “understand” them. PUH-LEEZE:

This is all the result of perspective.
What a dog means to Vick might be a lot different than what he means to you or I
. . . .
Some people enjoy proving they have the biggest, toughest dog on the street. You’re probably not going to believe this, but I bet Vick loves the dogs that were the biggest and the baddest. Maybe, he identified with them in some way. . . .
I’m trying to take you inside his mind so you can understand where he might be coming from. . . .
Why are we indicting him? Was he the ringleader? Is he the big fish? Or is there someone else? . . . I must ask you again, is he the ringleader?
This situation reminds me of a scene in the movie “New Jack City,” when drug dealer Nino Brown is on the witness stand and eloquently says, “This thing is bigger than me.”
Are we using Vick to get to the ringleader? Are we using him to bring an end to dogfighting in the United States?
The only thing I can gather from this situation is that we’re using Vick. . . .
[I]s he the ringleader? I just can’t see it.

HUH?! Did he read the indictment? Vick is personally accused of murdering the dogs, through drowning, throwing them hard on the ground, etc. Who cares if he’s “the ringleader”?

I believe Vick had a passion for dogfighting. I know many athletes who share his passion. The allure is the intensity and the challenge of a dog fighting to the death. It’s like ultimate fighting, but the dog doesn’t tap out when he knows he can’t win.
It reminds me of when I wore a lot of jewelry back in the day because I always wanted to have the biggest chain or the biggest, baddest car. It gives you status. . . .
We’re attacking this dogfighting ring the same way a teenager attacks his MySpace page after school.

HUH?

We should have the same passion for man that we have for man’s best friend.

He does have a point–the only one–there. Sanders ends his column by saying:

God bless and God willing I’ll hollah at you next week.

But he wasn’t back to “hollah” at us, “next week.” He had a follow-up column defending Vick, which was even more insane. So insane that the NFL won’t let us see it.
Vick’s contract with the NFL Network provides the NFL with veto power over his column, and they’ve asked him to stop writing about Vick. They also pulled the column.
So what does it say? I’d much rather read Not-So-Neon Deion’s pro-dog torturing rant than O.J.’s “If I Did It” book.

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10 Responses

Hey Debbie,
What’s wrong with you? Why are you getting all bent out of shape over a few tortured dogs? If the liberals condone abortion at any term during or just at the end of pregnancy (it a woman’s CHOICE, isn’t it?), shouldn’t we understand Vick’s side of this story? Doesn’t he have a CHOICE? Puh-Leeze, loosen up!!!

God&America on July 31, 2007 at 3:17 pm

Hey Debbie,
What’s wrong with you? Why are you getting all bent out of shape over a few tortured dogs? If the liberals condone abortion at any term during or just at the end of pregnancy (it a woman’s CHOICE, isn’t it?), shouldn’t we understand Vick’s side of this story? Doesn’t he have a CHOICE? Puh-Leeze, loosen up!!!

God&America on July 31, 2007 at 3:17 pm

Sanders is a shit-stain. Not that I ever cared much for him, but after he doused Tim Mcarver with water in the clubhouse a few years back he showed what a piece of work he was. Sanders has zero fu*&ing class. Anyone who tries to justify or rationalize what Michael Vick did can kiss my grits. I wonder how many of the “innocent before guilty” crowd are the same ones who were crying for the hangman in the Duke Lacrosse rape case?

Rich B on July 31, 2007 at 3:23 pm

I really love the ‘we gotta all hang together, no matter what’ of the politically correct left, including race based PC. In the case of blacks, liberals, or both, we have to defend OJ and Vick. Well, somebody tell me why the reverse is not true. Why do I need to defend the likes of Timothy McVeigh or Jeffry Dahmer? Can you imagine Dr. Thomas Sowell, Dr. Walter Williams, Dr. William (Bill) Cosby (yes, he has an Ed.D.), or Larry Elder being asked for comments in support of Vick???
Give the guy his day in court. He’s entitled to that as an American. But when his co-defendants are bargaining with the prosecution to testify against him, expect another OJ — still looking for the ‘real killer’ on every golf course that will let him on.

hedeby1 on July 31, 2007 at 3:52 pm

We keep looking into ‘da mind’ and find dat everything’s in da wrong place.

John Cunningham on July 31, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Well, if Vick is Muslim dogs would have a different aspect for him as than for us, but then so would women, young boys and watermelons. Hey you can’t blame a guy for getting turned on when somebody cuts into a sweet, juicy, moist….
Apropos this; I’ve just seen one of those blaxploitation movies of the 60’s in which the Good black guys dressed like pimps, and the Bad black guys dressed like politicians, and all the women were thunder-thighed under their sequined mini-skirts; In this film DOG FIGHTING played a large but totally accepted part of the black urban culture, and there were REAL dogfights shown, blood and gore and all–with no disclaimer about animals not being hurt–and no regard for tender sensibilities or political correctness.
Plus ca change….

eliXelx on July 31, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Can’t someone just toss Vick and Sanders and their cohorts into the Lion cage at the zoo and be done with all this?
Turn about is fair play after all.

feralcat9 on July 31, 2007 at 6:28 pm

God&America, I understand your point. Most of those same people outside of the courtroom ready to lynch Vick over some dogs and screaming the vilest of obscenities at him probably don’t give a damn as to what happens to a HUMAN baby when it is aborted. And it’s also interesting that these same aforementioned people who are suggesting sick and depraved punishments for Vick, including mutilation, torture, and murder, are the same ones who would browbeat me for my “lack of compassion” and “insensitivity” for the poor animals involved in this case. Do they have the same “sensitivity” for the slaughter of unborn children? Or any compassion for them after they’re born? Or are they too busy getting all riled up over some Pit Bulls who were doing exactly what the English bred them to do? And I can bet you they have no “sensitivity” as to the historical images that come up in my head when I see a mobs of angry people yelling for the head of a Negro man before he is even convicted. Hmmmm….I wonder when has that happened before in American history?
Rich B, I hate to admit it, but I was one of those damn fools crying for the hangman in the Duke rape case, but I definitely learned my lesson with that one. Coming from a person whose actually had family members who ended up castrated and hanging from trees back in early 20th century Louisiana because of that kind of exuberant irrationality, I should have known better and I feel ashamed to have had engaged in it myself. My great grandmother lived through those times and saw relatives and friends die that way, yet, she taught me to never hate or engage in that kind of behavior because it wasn?t befitting of a Christian. However, the images and rhetoric I’ve seen outside of that courtroom really do disturb me. I’ve seen courtroom appearances by child murderers and accused terrorists that attracted far less (if any) crowds, hatred and vitriol than I’m seeing here.
Whatever nerve this case has hit is a huge one. A famous Heisman Trophy-winning athlete with a checkered past, huge press coverage, defendant hires nationally known Black defense attorney, people divided along racial lines….It’s OJ II, the Sequel! This whole thing is just surreal….welcome to “The Twilight Zone”.

JibberJabber on July 31, 2007 at 8:17 pm

JibberJabber, I didn’t bring up race. I leave that to the NAACP and some others who played that card in the past few days. You may have had ancestors who were defiled and lynched and that’s a tragedy. I had ancestors who walked the “Trail Of Tears” and who starved to death in Ireland during the potato famine so I DO understand. It was inevitable someone would bring up race. I believe it began a few days ago when some person (or group) made some ridiculous statement about the dogfighting being a “culturual thing” or something to that effect.

Rich B on July 31, 2007 at 11:12 pm

Well, at least the NAACP has learned from their mistakes. I wonder how they will acquit themselves the next time.

zyzzyg on August 1, 2007 at 9:24 am

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