Michael Vick Misses Having Dogs, But Dogs Don’t Miss Michael Vick
The rehabilitation of Michael Vick hit a major setback today when the quarterback said these magic words: “I miss having a dog.”
The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was making all the right moves. It was a simple formula: perform relatively flawlessly on the field and don’t think, talk about, or come within 100 yards of a canine.
Apparently, Michael Vick just couldn’t resist.
In an interview with NBC News and TheGrio.com, Michael Vick foolishly answered questions about his desire to own a dog again and show the world that he can care for and treat animals in a loving a humane way.
“I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding. If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted. I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that’s the hardest thing: telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions.”
Vick’s first mistake is mentioning dogs. Period.
However since he has gotten out of jail Vick has demonstrated a desire to change and mature, both as a quarterback and as a human being. He describes eagerness to own a pet as another step to show people he is actually a good man. He cites the regret and embarrassment he feels when having to explain his actions to his children. But by describing pet ownership as a formulaic step towards rehabilitation it also makes Vick seem disingenuous.
In the New York Post article his quotes can be skewed to read as though he wants to own a pet only to help his image, not because he enjoys the unconditional love and companionship of a dog.
Vick’s road to redemption has been a struggle, and since I’m not a Giants fan I tend to give him the benefit of the doubt from time to time. He’s a football player, not a saint. And while what he did was unimaginably cruel, it’s naive to believe there aren’t other athletes who have done worse and gotten away with it.
But as a former dog owner who still misses his own deceased pup every day, I personally think he doesn’t deserve the right to own another dog, nor should he ever.
This, however it doesn’t affect his right to play football.
Controversy will follow Michael Vick for the rest of his life because of his past cruelty to those defenseless dogs. And as long as he plays in the City of Philadelphia the powerful New York media machine will attempt to bury him with every opportunity they get. This time Vick teed it up for them.