I’m ready to chime in. After reading, listening and watching just about everything that has been put out there about #7 I finally feel ready to write about it. I wrote a little something once before, on the day he was released from prison. You can read it HERE. My thoughts and feelings are very much the same as they were that day.
We all agree that what he did and bankrolled was wrong. Very wrong. He agreed too, in his very scripted interview on 60 Minutes on Sunday night. Of course he agreed, what did you expect him to say? Right now he is going to say and do all the right things, because that is what he is being told to do. I said on the day he got out of prison that he has done his time and now deserves a second chance. I still believe this, although I’m not sure how popular that belief is. His second chance comes with the Philadelphia Eagles, but if and when he will be able to play is still in the hands of the NFL. I’m pretty sure you will see him by the fifth or sixth week of the season.
I don’t care to comment on why he did this. I have no idea why. I can’t even begin to fathom why anyone would do this. Call it upbringing, call it greed, or it could have simply been the fact that he thought he could get away with it. What I do care to mention is that this is something that Vick CHOSE to do. He made the decision to kill those dogs. No one made it for him. That, he can never change.
Which leads me to my next point.
Because of what he did, what he chose to do, and pay for, and buy the land for, and provide the cash for, because of that, I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT FROM HIM. Just go away, and leave me and my dog alone. Please don’t let him stand up in front of my kids and tell them not to fight dogs. Please don’t allow him the opportunity to speak on behalf of those of us who don’t fight these dogs, and to try and explain why dog fighting is a bad thing. Please don’t make him the poster child for this cause. Please don’t, just don’t.
Of course, I know I’m already too late because this is what he has become. People are actually allowing him speak in public about this, and trying to convince our kids not to fight dogs. Don’t we have better role models than this? Don’t we have someone who saves these dogs on an everyday basis who can speak out to our kids? Think of it this way. Do we want to listen to a convicted murderer tell us not to kill people? Do you want the convicted drunk driver who killed someone telling you not to drink and drive? Come on people, we are smarter than this. Give us more credit than to have to listen to him tell us not to fight dogs. We know he is doing it because he has to, not because he firmly believes what he is saying. He has shown us his true belief already, that’s how we got in this situation in the first place.
I understand that the media needs to tell the story, and that is fine, that is their job. The media has done wonders for the rescue world during this whole process, even Sports Illustrated, which helped create the terrible image of the pit bull in the first place. Tell the story, but please don’t tell me to listen to the words of someone who did what he did, telling me not to do the same thing.
The other quick point I made on the day he was released still holds. SHOW ME THE DOGS. Show me how they are thriving, show me where they went, show me their new homes, show me the people who are saving their lives, show me the people who have donated money to help, but please, just show me the dogs. Like CNN did here with Larry King. Like the owners of these dogs do here. Like BADRAP does here. Like Wallace and Hector do here.
Just the dogs please, just the dogs.
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