Michael Vick Speaks To GQ, And No, It’s Not Worth Getting Outraged About
Well, the story everyone's talking about this morning (or was, before the Pryor news) is Will Leitch's GQ story on Michael Vick, so let's take a look. Deadspin pulled some of the money quotes last night, with A.J. Daulerio predicting some of the things Vick said would "make white people angry." Well, we're not sure about angry, but those same quotes did elicit a negative reaction from Shutdown Corner's Doug Farrar (which Leitch himself didn't think was fair).
So, backing up for a second: what did Vick say, exactly, that seemed so sure to fan the flames of white outrage? Well, mostly, it seems like it was the following:
I ask Vick if he feels that white people simply don't understand that aspect of black culture. "I think that's accurate," he says. "I mean, I was just one of the ones who got exposed, and because of the position I was in, where I was in my life, it went mainstream. A lot of people got out of it after my situation, not because I went to prison but because it was sad for them to see me go through something that was so pointless, that could have been avoided."
"For a while, it was all ‘Scold Mike Vick, scold Mike Vick, just talk bad about him, like he's not a person,' " he says. "It's almost as if everyone wanted to hate me. But what have I done to anybody? It was something that happened, and it was people trying to make some money."
Farrar's issue here was that he felt Vick was "[making] himself out to be some kind of innocent victim" and trying to "publicly excuse and rationalize what he did." We see what Farrar means: Vick let his guard down a bit and discussed something other than the party line about how his "life was a lie" back in his pre-prison days. He sounds like he has some bitterness. And maybe he's not quite as completely ashamed of his dogfighting past as the PR team surrounding him wants you to believe.
But Vick still seems to know he did bad things (Daulerio even said he thought Vick came off as "contrite" in Leitch's piece, obviously a far cry from Farrar's interpretation). As Vick himself put it:
"[I]t's not fair. It's not fair to the animal. I know what to do now. I am strong as an individual, and I can handle anything."
Vick also mentioned his desire to have a dog as a pet again. And tat speaks to something that struck us reading this, and we could be wrong, but...dogfighting and keeping dogs as pets seem to be two entirely separate entities, at least in Vick's mind. If he gets a pet dog, it's not like he's going to suddenly remember the thrill of the fights and be unable to resist. The dog would just...be a pet. Maybe Vick feels misunderstood in certain ways, but we don't think he's in danger of falling back into dogfighting. He's had to come a long way back, and so far, he's done well. The fact that he showed a few more of his true feelings shouldn't be taken as a sign that he'll turn for the worse.
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