July 31, 2007, - 2:39 pm
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:
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.
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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