On Monday, Vick made a statement at a press conference and apologized to the public. He apologized to Commissioner Goodell, Arthur Blank, Coach Bobby Petrino, and his Atlanta Falcons teammates. He said sorry to the young children out there that look to him as a role model. He asked for forgiveness from the world and from Jesus (didn’t you know? Michael Vick is now a devout man of God).
But in his 4 minute statement, he seemed to glaze over one big thing: dog fighting. Vick said only one quick sentence about dog fighting: “Dog fighting is a horrible thing and I reject it.” (There was no apology to the innocent dogs he so brutally killed.)
After hearing Vick’s statement, much of the public, including media contributors and writers, reacted to what he had to say and what he didn’t say.
Michael Ventre, a MSNBC contributor, wrote a piece about how Vick did seem sorry and apologetic for what he did, but how Vick completely missed the point of why he was apologizing in the first place: dog fighting.
“This is all about dogfighting, but you wouldnâ€™t have known it from the offhand remark he tossed out Monday during a cameo appearance choreographed to begin the massive repair job on his reputation.”
“The most likely answer, though, about why Vick hasnâ€™t given a heartfelt explanation on his involvement with dogfighting is that his heart isnâ€™t in it. His attitudes and his behavior on dogfighting were formed over many years. Theyâ€™re not going to change overnight just because his lawyers want him to in order to make their jobs easier. Unless people are convinced otherwise, theyâ€™re going to assume that Vick still believes itâ€™s all right to treat animals in such a brutal fashion,” Ventre wrote.
Alan Abrahamson of NBCSports.com said: “It’s one thing — and, indeed, no small thing — to offer an apology. It’s quite another to move to a place of true contrition and humility in accepting responsibility. And the evidence presented would strongly suggest that Michael Vick is not there yet.”
Abrahamson said it’s not what you say and how you say it, but it’s how precisely you say it. He said Vick spoke in general language, and he didn’t explain and apologize for what he did in a clear and detailed manner. Vick didn’t say that he gambled or killed dogs or apologized specifically for his crimes.
He also stated: “God’s judgment ultimately awaits Michael Vick. In the near term, there is Judge Hudson. Who has seen many a sinner stand before him and profess redemption. And not been moved.”
On the other hand, some people believed that Vick handled himself well and is truly apologetic. Jeffri Chadiha, a writer for ESPN.com, said that Vick spoke from the heart, and this is the first step that Vick took to turn himself around.
“Vick hit all the important points. He apologized to practically everybody connected to him in the NFL and hoped that other young people could learn from his immature mistakes. That was more than enough,” Chadiha wrote.
“It was a good enough performance to make me believe in his chances at redemption. Not as a football player, but as a man.”
Bob Glauber of Newsday said Vick showed his human side. Glauber add: “It doesn’t excuse anything, and it won’t keep him out of jail or get him back to the NFL any sooner. But at least we saw that a man who admitted guilt to some of the most heinous actions imaginable show contrition.”
Claudia, one of our Itchmo readers, had the comment of the day regarding Vick’s apology: “That nimrod apologized to pretty much everyone â€” except the dogs that he killed, tortured and maimed. I hope Jesus has pit bulls.”
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