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Career over: What is poor Vick supposed to do now?

Posted by cann0nba11 on August 25, 2007

I am so sick and tired of people defending criminals solely based on their skin color. It happened during the O.J. trial and the Michael Vick story is stirring it all up again. Logic departs the world and all some people can see is skin color. You hear it on the radio, you see it on the news, you read it in the paper. Race card. Victim mentality. The Man vs. The Oppressed.

My rant is based on some of the viewer comments I’ve seen on ESPN in support of Vick. One said something like “the man made a mistake, but he doesn’t deserve to have his career ruined over it.”

What? Let’s look at some facts.

Vick’s career is that of a star NFL quarterback. He left Virginia Tech after just two years as the top pick overall in the NFL draft and signed the largest rookie contract in sports history at the time: six years, $62 million. This included a guaranteed $15.3M in the first three years. For 99.999% of Americans this would be a dream and certainly enough money to live on for the rest of their days. But Vick is flashy and he has a great agent. So, halfway through his contract he renegotiated and signed a $130M contract with a $37M signing bonus. Yes. A $37M signing bonus.

I haven’t even factored in various endorsement revenues, but my point has already been made: The man is rich beyond belief. And you know what? Damned good for him. If someone can ask for that kind of money and find someone to pay it, way to friggin’ go. More power to you. Seriously. Ditto for A-Rod and Beckham. God Bless America. Capitalism rocks.

But I have to ask all of the Vick supporters: Where am I supposed to find sympathy for a man worth roughly $100M? He has played in the NFL for six years, a dream in and of itself for many men. If he stayed healthy and avoided injury (tough for someone as mobile as he is) he would probably play another 6-8 years. In other words, he’s about halfway through his career already and he’s only 27 years old.

Cry me a friggin’ river. He has committed several crimes and was able to plea out of most of them. (and don’t get me started with that whole “allegedly” crap… he took the plea for a reason. He’s guilty.) Vick will serve a couple of years (maybe) and then have to suffer the fate of returning to his mansion and living off of his seven-figure annual interest payments for the rest of his life.

He had a shot. He was successful. And like his dumb-ass brother, he blew it. At least Michael was able to cash in first.

So shut up Vick supporters… there are bigger things in the world to complain about.

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