We think it’s almost safe to say that the general consensus is that Mike Vick paid the price for his Band Newz Kennel and his part in dog fighting. However, clearly it’s on the condition that whenever Vick speaks about his ordeal that it be filled with remorseful undertones.
Two year in prison, millions of dollars lost and almost completely losing his NFL career and he’s still not allowed to rationalize his actions. What happened to let’s agree to disagree?
In the interview conducted for GQ.com; Mike Vick discusses the cultural aspects that lended to his dog fighting ways:
“[The media is] writing as if everyone feels that way and has the same opinions they do. But when I go out in public, it’s all positive, so that’s obviously not true … You got the family dog and the white picket fence, and you just think that’s all there is. Some of us had to grow up in poverty-stricken urban neighborhoods, and we just had to adapt to our environment. I know that it’s wrong. But people act like it’s some crazy thing they never heard of. They don’t know.”
There is a lot of ethnocentrism in this country, we judge other cultures by the standards of our own. Rather then being open to understanding those cultures without judging. There will always be a person that will say well person Z was raised in “black culture” and didn’t steal, fight dogs, etc. An explanation of ones culture is not meant as a generalization for everyone you assume to be in that culture. Black culture is quite vast, and although everyone doesn’t succumb to their surroundings some do.
Was it right for Michael Vick to fight his dogs? No, is it okay for him to move on and rationalize his actions; what human being doesn’t?
“I miss dogs, man. I always had a family pet, always had a dog growing up. It was almost equivalent to the prison sentence, having something taken away from me for three years. I want a dog just for the sake of my kids, but also me. I miss my companions.”