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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Deion Sanders is a Shallow, Stupid, Awful Human Being

Did you hear about this? Did you hear about Deion Sanders' column about Michael Vick? Can you believe it?

Michael Vick's arrest for dog fighting is well known, but let's review the facts quickly to set the stage for the piles of bullshit Deion Sanders heaped on top of this horror:
  • A federal grand jury indicted Vick for "knowingly sponsoring... an animal fighting venture" over the course of six years.
  • Based on reports from those involved in his illegal operation, Vick is alleged to have participated in illegal gambling, personally handling cash settlements with purses as high as $26,000 for single match. (Big man--makes $26,000 while a dog dies. How proud that must have made him feel.)
  • The indictment included specifics of the extensive violence against dogs, including executions by electrocution, hanging, drowning, shooting, and other brutality.
  • His partners in crime reported Vick direct participated in executing "8 dogs in or about April 2007" at his Virginia property.
  • At least one dog was killed by being "slammed to the ground."
  • Federal authorities took possession of animals who were recovered alive but had to be destroyed because of their training as fighting animals.
How any normal human could read that and not get angry is beyond us. But of course, athletes have to band together to support each other (and prove how ignorant, crass, and undeserving of hero worship they are.) So Deion Sanders published a column in The News-Press that reads like it was written by a 10-year-old with no sense of right or wrong. For example:
  • "What a dog means to Vick might be a lot different than what he means to you or I." True, a dog to me is a living being with feelings, emotions, and the capacity for great caring. To Michael Vick they're living pieces of meat whose torture, pain, and death are cause for drinking, carousing, and a good time.

  • "Some people kiss their dogs on the mouth. Some people let their dogs eat from their plate. Some people dress their dogs in suits more expensive than mine, if you can believe that. And some people enjoy proving they have the biggest, toughest dog on the street." Just to be clear, Deion believes all of the following fall into the same classification: Kissing dogs on the mouth, eating with dogs, dressing dogs, and slamming a dog to the ground with such force that the dog's skull is crushed and he dies from trauma.

  • "You're probably not going to believe this, but I bet Vick loves the dogs that were the biggest and the baddest." Yes, I believe Vick "loved" the dogs that were the biggest and baddest. The others? He drowned, electrocuted, hung, shot, and crushed to death. But hey, he really, really loved the dogs that lived, so Deion says that's just fine.

  • "Are we using Vick to get to the ringleader? Are we using him to bring an end to dogfighting in the United States? The only thing I can gather from this situation is that we're using Vick." Poor, poor Michael Vick. The guy breaks Federal laws on racketeering, gambling, and animal cruelty; he funds it; he participates in it; he personally murders animals in the cruelest of ways--and now he must take responsibility for his actions. And to Deion this is the equivalent of "using" Michael Vick.

  • "I believe Vick had a passion for dogfighting. I know many athletes who share his passion. The allure is the intensity and the challenge of a dog fighting to the death. It's like ultimate fighting, but the dog doesn't tap out when he knows he can't win." First of all, the fact that Deion acknowledges "many athletes" share the "passion" of animal cruelty is disgusting. Secondly, he mentions it as if Vick should be held less accountable because all the other kids are doing it. And perhaps the most offensive part of this statement is the implication that dogfighting is so much better and more enjoyable because the dogs fight to the death unlike, apparently, wimpy human fighters who expect and are provided an opportunity to live, even after losing a match.

  • "It reminds me of when I wore a lot of jewelry back in the day because I always wanted to have the biggest chain or the biggest, baddest car. It gives you status." Yes, Deion is now comparing the torture and murder of living creatures to wearing jewelry. Apparently, so long as a man with big muscles, a small dick, and no brain can achieve "status" by electrocuting or shooting a dog, it's okay to Deion.

  • "The reason this is turning into a three-ring circus is that baseball is boring, basketball is months away, football is around the corner and we in the media don't have a thing interesting to write about." No, Deion, the reason this has become a media circus is 1) Michael Vick broke the law, and 2) his actions are so offensive that any human being with a shred of decency is outraged and horrified. You, Mr. Sanders, are apparently not among the human beings with a shred of decency.
I don't know why you'd want to read more, but to see Deion Sanders prove his ignorance, callousness, and cold-heartedness, you can read the entire text here.

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  • At 12:17 AM, Blogger Animal Chaplain said…

    Didn't work. I read the whole article and I still don't find any sympathy for Michael Vick or anyone associated with the sick business of dogfighting.

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk


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