Vick gets courage award?

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  1. white is right

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    We live in strange times. Vick goes to jail a felonious dog murderer/torturer and leaves jail a heroic phoenix rising from the ashes... Here is the ESPN story...Vick gets award, continued contract

    ESPN.com news services

    BALTIMORE -- Inside the banquet hall, a humbled but defiant Michael Vick was honored Tuesday night as one of 32 NFL players to receive the Ed Block Courage Award.

    Outside, dozens of protesters expressed dismay over his nomination.

    The award is presented to players who exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Each NFL team selects their own recipient, and most of the winners were on hand for the gala event Tuesday night.

    Vick was picked as the Philadelphia Eagles' representative by a unanimous vote of his teammates. Once a star quarterback with the Atlanta Falcons, Vick was convicted in 2007 for his role in a dogfighting ring and served 18 months in federal prison.

    "I'm very humbled to be here," Vick said before the award ceremony. "I'm blessed to be voted by my peers, to be here, and this is an opportunity that I will take advantage of and cherish forever."

    It was the first award he received since being reinstated by the NFL in September 2009.

    "It shows I'm making strides," Vick said. "I'm trying to do the right thing."

    There were police cars at every driveway of the parking lot, and security inside the building was heavier than usual at the 32nd annual event.

    Many of the protesters outside carried signs, one of which said, "No Award For Dog Killers."

    Erin Marcus, of Open The Cages Alliance, said, "I don't think there have been enough time for him to show the proper remorse for what he's done to animals."

    Many of the other 2009 Ed Block Award winners rebounded from serious injuries to excel in 2009, such as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, Tennessee Titans center Kevin Mawae and Baltimore Ravens safety Dawan Landry.

    Vick, of course, had to bounce back from something entirely different.

    "I think I do exemplify what this award stands for," Vick insisted. "I think everybody has the right to their own opinion. But I feel like I've done everything that I said I would do, coming out and moving forward. My peers felt like I was doing the right thing, and that I display courage and sportsmanship and leadership. I value their opinion."

    Vick did more than just show up to collect a piece of hardware. He spent hours Monday and Tuesday speaking to kids at a community center and at the Baltimore Ravens Courage House, which houses abused children.

    "It's easy to see, when you spend a couple of days with Michael Vick, why his Philadelphia Eagles teammates picked him as the Courage Award winner. It's been that impressive," Ed Block spokesman Paul Mittermeier said.

    Mittermeier said the Eagles will dedicate a Courage House in Philadelphia next year on behalf of Vick.

    Vick was signed as a free agent with Philadelphia during the preseason and playing sparingly in 2009 as the backup to Donovan McNabb. The Eagles have exercised their 2010 option on Vick, meaning the quarterback will receive a $1.5 million roster bonus sometime this week, and the rest of his $5.25 million 2010 salary will be paid by either Philadelphia or another NFL franchise.

    "The Eagles picking up the roster bonus, it's a blessing for me, a blessing for my family," Vick said. "As far as I know, I'm a Philadelphia Eagle, and I will carry out the role I've been playing. We'll see what happens. The entire organization knows I want to be a starter."

    Off the field, Vick has worked with The Humane Society of the United States, speaking at churches, schools and community groups about the poor judgment he showed in getting involved in dogfighting.

    "Michael Vick approached us and said he wanted to be part of the solution instead of the problem," Michael Markarian, executive vice president and CEO of the Humane Society, said before the event. "We asked him if he do volunteer work, go to communities all over the country and talk to at-risk youth and try to steer them away from dogfighting."

    Markarian said Vick has told his story in "about a dozen" cities.

    "The Humane Society of the United States was the toughest critic of Michael Vick when these allegations first came to light," Markarian said. "But we want to find creative solutions to try to reach kids, particularly young men, who get pitbulls for the wrong reason. They are really moved after they hear Michael Vick's story, and it turns them away from dogfighting."

    Which, to some, explains why Vick received the Ed Block Courage Award.

    The award, named after longtime Baltimore Colts trainer Ed Block, was first presented in 1978.
     
  2. WHITE NOISE

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    I have no words to express my revulsion toward ConVick and sadness with the death of reason in humanity.
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    That says a lot. One imagines the 10 or so White players on the Eagles roster were either lobbied by the affletes to make it a unanimous vote, or else happily went along.

    A great example of how the media, the NFL, and blacks work together to make the league a never ending bastion of extreme affirmative action and racial spoils. It's redundant to reverse it as we all know how things work, but a white version of Vick would never have been allowed back in the league, and the media would have gone berserk had he been picked by a unanimous vote to receive this award.

    Sick, warped, degrading, appalling. Edited by: Don Wassall
     
  4. jaxvid

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    Yup
     
  5. sport historian

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    Forty years ago, the NFL had what was called the "Most Courageous Player" award. For 1969, it went to Gale Sayers, who received it because he led the league in rushing a year after a serious knee injury. When accepting the award, Sayers announced that he would give it to Brian Piccolo, who was in a hospital dying of cancer.

    It seems things have changed.
     
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    How the f*** does this guy get an award for courage!!!!! The only thing he should be getting is a one way ticket back to prison.
     
  7. Thrashen

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    I'm sure those same protesters would be patting him on the back if he was making a miraculous return to the NFL after torturing/killing a white person instead of pitbulls. After all, lab rats and pond scum have more civil rights than a white man.
     
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    The Ed Block Courage Award wins my "Ron Mexico Prize" for the the most warped judgement in the history of trophy giving (or whatever Mikey Vick got for having the nerve to show up).

    This ranks as the worst award since Carrie won Prom Queen.

    And we won't be surprised if it backfires just as badly on the perpetrators. Edited by: The Hock
     
  9. white is right

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    Carrie winning the prom queen..... [​IMG]
     
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    My buddy's Dad played (TE) at Kansas with Sayers. He said Gale was as quiet as a church mouse, but showed character when he (rarely) spoke. That character is FAR removed from today's "afflete" filled NFL. I'm disgusted (yet not surprised) at this recent lauding of ConVick.[​IMG]
     
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    I have an idea for criteria of whether ConVICK deserves a "courage" award.
    Let him face 5 vicious pit bulls in a cage like they use in MMA with a club as a weapon.

    If Vick emerges alive , then he should get an award.

    If he doesn't he received real justice.

    I'd bet every penny I have on the dogs.
     
  12. Jimmy Chitwood

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    among the other pathetic things in this story, this quote stood out to me:
    how does that exactly work, anyhow?

    i wonder if the idiots who write this stuff ever notice their own complete lack of integrity as "reporters?"
     
  13. Don Wassall

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    The arrival of Vick has resulted in a huge increase in dogfighting in Philly. So much for blacks "learning the right lessons" concerning the public's revulsion over dogfighting:

    Dogfighting investigations spike in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA -- When humane officers responded to a North Philadelphia row home in February, they found pit bulls chained to spikes driven into the ground in the backyard. They seized treadmills, steroids and "break sticks" used to separate fighting dogs at the jaws.

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    They also arrested a man who had long been on their radar as a suspected dogfighter. This time, officers were able to get enough information to nab him thanks to an increase in tips.


    One major reason? Since the Philadelphia Eagles brought convicted dogfighter Michael Vick to town, more people are aware that the illegal sport is also a crime.


    "It has really brought this to light," said George Bengal, director of law enforcement for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "People are definitely more aware or attuned to this type of activity."


    The number of dogfighting investigations in Philadelphia has jumped over the past year, a spike attributed to increased public awareness since Vick joined the Eagles, a new SPCA hot line to report dogfighting, stepped-up enforcement and - some activists say - new animal abusers drawn to the illegal sport.


    In 2009, the SPCA investigated 903 cases of alleged animal fighting in Pennsylvania, most of them involving dogfighting in Philadelphia, Bengal said. That's more than three times the number of cases in 2008, when there were 245 investigations.


    Dogfighting investigations had been on the rise before the Eagles signed Vick in August, but not as dramatically as last year. In Philadelphia, Bengal said, there were 85 dogfighting complaints in 2004, 109 in 2005, 111 in 2006 and 157 in 2007.


    The number exploded last year amid the publicity from Vick's signing, he said. The former Atlanta Falcons star - once the highest paid player in football - was convicted in August 2007 for operating a dogfighting ring. He served 18 months in federal prison.


    "By hiring Michael Vick, the Eagles brought clear attention to a very awful thing that's done to animals," said Tom Hickey Sr., founder of the Pennsylvania advocacy group DogPAC. "But also by hiring him, they also said it's OK to do this kind of stuff."
    full article: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/03/31/1556817/dogfighting-investigations-spike.html
     
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    Sheesh...more standard TNB in "Filthadelphia". I agree it comes off as the "wEakgles" giving ConVick's dog-fighting a pass by having brought the thug to the City of "Bruvahly" Love.Edited by: DixieDestroyer
     
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    Vick already exonerated. I guess that's because he has no track record of anti-social conduct. Big Ben and Matt Jones should be so lucky.

    Police: Vick of 'No Interest' in Shooting Probe

    The good news for Michael Vick this afternoon might be that the Virginia Beach police say he is "of no interest to us" as they investigate a shooting that occurred early this morning outside a restaurant where Vick reportedly had been celebrating his 30th birthday.


    However, given the stringent protocols of Vick's reinstatement to football last year by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, it might not be a great thing for the Eagles' backup quarterback that a man identified by Virginia Beach General Hospital as Quanis Phillips, one of Vick's 2007 dogfighting codefendants, suffered a nonlifethreatening wound in the incident. Vick is not supposed to associate with anyone from his dogfighting days, after serving more than a year and a half in prison and being released on probation before his reinstatement last year.


    Police spokesman Adam Bernstein said hisdepartment got a cell-phoned 911 call at 2:11 AM from someone who had heard anargumentfollowed bya gunshot inthe 4600 block of Columbus Street, in Virginia Beach's Town Center section. Officers arrived at the Guadalajara nightclub/restaurant and were told the victim had just gotten into a vehicle, to be driven to the hospital. The police stopped the vehicle, Bernstein, said, and transported the adult male victim by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his leg.


    Bernstein said the officers' report characterized the victim as "very uncooperative," which he said was also thecase with other witnesses. Bernstein said all police knew about the shooter was that hewas said to be a black male wearing a white tank top, who left the area in a white Cadillac Escalade.


    Hampton Roads (Va.) Daily Press Urban Affairs columnist David Squires blogged today that sources told him there was a dispute between Phillips and Vick that involved the smearing of birthday cake, before the shooting.


    "The story goes that Quanis threatened to smash birthday cake in Vick's face, or that he actually smashed the cake in Vick's face," Squires wrote.


    "Another version is that someone smashed cake in Quanis' face -- or threatened to smash it in his face.


    "Anyway, the confrontation moved outside -- where I'm told there were several still cameras and video cameras.


    "Cooler heads did NOT prevail, and 'Q' was shot in the shopping center parking lot.


    "It is unclear whether Vick was still around at the time of the shooting, but he was definitely not there when police arrived."


    Another Daily Press report, posted later Friday,quoted Atlanta Falcons wideout Roddy White as saying he and Vick left the area long before the shooting.


    "We were already gone by the time that stuff started happening, so I don't know what's going to go on with that or whatever, but we didn't have anything to do with it," White said on Friday during a break in the youth football camp being held Hampton University.


    Bernstein said Vick is "of no interest to us" aspolice investigate.


    NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is looking into the incident "to determine the facts." When Goodell allowed Vick to return to the NFL last July, one part of the letter announcing the decision said: "Needless to say, your margin for error is extremely limited."


    Vick's agent, Joel Segal, did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily News. Vick's attorney Larry Woodward told the Associated Press that Vick was neither involved in nor present for the shooting.


    The Eagles issued the following statement:

    "We are aware of the incident that occurred in Virginia early this morning and are in the process of gathering all of the facts. Until then, we will not have any comment on this matter."
    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/dneagles/Police_Vick_Of_No_Interest_in_Shooting_Probe.html
     
  16. Jimmy Chitwood

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    Vick a no-show at his own celebrity golf tournament. [​IMG]


    it seems not only did he not show up, he also tried to pin the blame on his parole officer. an excerpt:

    what a complete loser.
     
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    Can it be any surprise that Vick is dysfunctional? Anyone who deals with him has to expect this type of thing. It's who he is.

    Is there anyone who doesn't believe he will commit some other crime at some time?
     
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    Id be willing to bet money he screws up again before 2010 is over.
     
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    He almost did with the shooting incident just recently. He had some sort of confrontation with another individual and it wasn't a friendly one. No way Vick doesn't commit some kind of crime in the near future. If it's not in 2010 it will be in 2011 for sure.
     
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    ConVick honestly can't help the TNB...it comes naturally.
     
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    Next he will win some other award this season. It's the way of rewarding blacks for any little thing and minimizing their criminal acts.
     
  22. Don Wassall

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    The obscene racial double standard continues:

    Sources: NFL won't discipline Vick

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5411248

    from the article:


    Vick said Monday that he cried following the shooting after his 30th birthday bash, but not because he had done anything wrong. The Eagles quarterback said he cried because he had let people down by putting himself in situation he now knows he should have avoided.
    Wasn't that the logic behind the persecution (suspension) of Big Ben, that he "put himself in a situation he should have avoided"? If only Ben had run a dog killing operation and then his posse had been involved in a shootout in that Georgia nightclub, I guess then he wouldn't have been suspended. [​IMG]
     
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    Good morning Don,

    Vicks date with the slammer/gutter is fixed. All that we see now is more rope being let out for him to hang himself with. The only unknown is just what it is he'll do to louse himself up. He's very inventive in that area.

    Tom Iron...
     
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    I read that they wouldn't punish Convick. He wasn't supposed to be associating with the people he ran the dogfighting ring with. Didn't this Quashan guy snitch on Convick anyway? I'm sure if Matt Jones got caught hanging around with the guy he sniffed coke with the NFL would take issue.
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    As excerpted on the Amren site, with comments afterwards by Amren readers. Someone might want to put in a plug for CF.

    Viewing Vick in Black and White

    Les Bowen, Philadelphia Daily News, September 29, 2010



    I WAS TALKING to an ex-NFL player last week, guy I hadn't seen in a while, and eventually we got around to Michael Vick. The ex-player is African-American, from the rural South. His take was that Vick's prison term for dogfighting was way too harsh, and that people should let that go, as Vick remakes himself as the quarterback of the Eagles. The ex-player recalled seeing Sunday-afternoon dogfights in a park where he grew up, witnessed (and presumably wagered upon) by the local police.


    This was not an isolated occurrence. I think if you surveyed the largely African-American Eagles locker room, that guy's take would be the perspective of a huge percentage of the players.


    Race is such a tricky, hot-button thing, so many of us just try to pretend it isn't a part of the issues we deal with, even when it obviously is. The Eagles' locker room shocked much of the (white) fan base by voting Vick the Ed Block Courage Award last year. Hmmm. What do you think that was about?


    Another conversation last week, with a (white) agent. He was talking about going to a Super Bowl party many years ago, when Vick was near the start of his career. The party was largely African-American, and the agent remembered being surprised at how Vick's presence resonated with other famous players and guestsâ€""It was like Michael Jordan had walked in,"Â￾ the agent said.


    One of the reasons Roger Goodell was so interested in Vick's rehabilitation was Vick's standing in the African-American community. Pre-dogfight scandal, by 2007 much of white America might have seen Vick as a sideshow, a quarterback who never took his craft seriously enough to win anything. Black America saw an artist, an elegant, unstoppable performer. (They now see him as an elegant, unstoppable performer who has been persecuted by white people.)


    {snip}


    So, here we are, with Vick starting for the Eagles, and playing well. All over the Internet, people (mostly African-American) argue that he has paid his dues and should be embraced. Other people (mostly not African-American) argue that torturing and killing dogs over a period of years isn't something you just shrug off because a guy went to prison for a while and is now playing real well.


    {snip}


    Vick has been nothing but decent and courteous to me. I can't reconcile what he has done with the guy I talk to in the Eagles' locker room. {snip}


    {snip}


    http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2010/09/viewing_vick_in.php
     

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