You, Michael Vick, are no Role Model

In Dallas, TX, they do not have a vice mayor, but instead have a Mayor Pro Tem that essentially handles the same duties.  One duty he is not responsible for is giving out the key to the city.  Only the Mayor can give that out at an officially sanctioned ceremony.  Well, the Mayor Pro Tem of Dallas forgot about that rule, staged his own ceremony, and awarded the key to the city to none other than, wait for it, Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback and convicted dog killer Michael Vick.  As a Cowboy fan, I have to ask one question…WHAT THE HELL WAS HE THINKING?!?!?!  Not only is this happening on a weekend where the two teams with more championships than the home town team are playing in the Super Bowl in the Cowboys home stadium, not only are you giving the key to the city to a bitter rival, but you give it to a guy who ran a dog fighting ring, murdered innocent dogs, and you called him a role model at the ceremony.  It is great that Michael Vick has come out of prison and become a very good NFL quarterback again, but how is he a role model?  I am sick and tired of hearing people talk about what a great story Michael Vick is and how much he has overcome.  Overcome?!?!  The man was arrested, convicted, and served time in prison because he broke the law.  He gave a public apology for making a “mistake”.  Calling your girlfriend and exes name is a mistake, trust me I have done it, running a dog fighting ring and killing dogs is consciously breaking the law and being, in my mind, a cold-hearted killer.  He was lucky to get another shot at the NFL, and it is nice to see him playing well because he is an immensely talented and enjoyable to watch, but spare me on the role model type.  Michael Vick getting the key to the city in Dallas would be like OJ Simpson becoming the new Touchdown Jesus at Notre Dame, Lawrence Taylor becoming Joe Thiemann’s physical therapist (“Here, snort this, your leg will feel better”), or Barry Bonds becoming the Dodgers strength and conditioning coach.  We don’t need Michael Vick to be a role model, we need him to shut up and try to not get anyone shot the next time he has a party.  Let’s focus more on the guys like Drew Brees that don’t have a massive arrest record, don’t have 8 kids with 6 different women, but instead actually give back to the community.  Saying Michael Vick is a role model is an insult to every decent human being currently in professional sports.  Michael Vick has done despicable things in his time, let’s not confuse his recent success and ability to not get arrested for the past two years as a sign he is someone for kids to look up to.  If we go down that path, this country will fall apart even quicker than it already is.


-Shaun Kernahan

One thought on “You, Michael Vick, are no Role Model

  1. Geez…tell us how you really feel…LOL it's the american dream! second chances! the USA rewards people for bad behavior! only in america! where else can you be 16, throw an outrageous over the top birthday party, get a 100K+ car, get pregnant in the previously mentioned car, have a kid, beat my baby daddy and be on the cover of US magazine, and be on MTV…?? so it's not at all surprising that vick got a key to the city…


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