Thursday, July 26, 2007

every dog has his day... in court

Have we all gotten the chance to get our self-righteousness fix today? Yes, yes, you and I are good people, but not like that big mean Michael Vick! And the news about him has been so, well, deliciously provocative!

Seriously though, Vick has been indicted for some truly heinous crimes. And it doesn't look good for him, considering the evidence found on his property and the abundance of witnesses. The charges carry 5 years in prison, and if convicted, the chances of Vick ever playing professional football again are, in my opinion, infinitesimal, and unless Nike is the worst contract negotiator ever, he'll lose his endorsements as well.

And, of course, if he really did this stuff, then he deserves what's coming to him. After all, he's a role model for the kiddies, etc. And the last thing we all want is some jackass football player making dogfighting cool again.

But has all this become a little bit too "To Catch a Predator" to anyone else, like this whole episode really serves no other function than for the American people to do some collective navel-gazing and bathe in our moral superiority?

There's also the matter of why the Feds have suddenly become so interested in a dogfighting case. Perhaps a chance to push certain other stories to the background?

In any case, we supposedly still believe that people are "innocent until proven guilty," so I think Vick should get his jury trial before we cry out for him to lose his job and endorsements and whatever else. And as far as the people threatening to boycott Nike over this go, if you're the boycotting type and you didn't boycott Nike years ago over child sweatshop labor, you're pretty hideously underinformed. And that's beside the sheer irresponsibility of paying this much for sneakers. Seriously, for those of you who have to have high quality sports shoes: it's called Adidas. Look it up.

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