My husband and I watched bits and pieces of the Philadelphia Eagles game Sunday to see if Michael Vick would play. He did, of course, and had a luke-warm performance. Two years in prison will do that to you.
But what was so interesting to me was the post-game interview with the TV guys. They asked him if it was a great day in his life to be back on the field. He said it was one of the top three days of his life – second to the day he was drafted. What is the third best day?
I’d bet it was the day he was released from federal prison for his hand in a dogfighting ring. But the TV commentators didn’t really bring that up. That wasn’t the point of his comeback, right? That stuff is in the past. No need to address it. Better to go ahead and pretend he was gone for 1,001 days for no reason at all – a mysterious gap in time that doesn’t need to be explained.
I thought the reporters took the easy way out. Yes, asked Vick about the REASON he was allowed to have this magnificent second chance would have been uncomfortable. But I think returning a cruel dog fighter to a position of fame and power is sort of an uncomfortable topic. Address it. Don’t ignore it.
A Baltimore Sun columnist hits the nail on the head with his commentary about interviews with Michael Vick. Check out his column here.
Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll