Deion Sanders on Michael Vick
Check out "Don’t be too quick to judge," by Deion Sanders, whom my husband liked until yesterday. Today’s a crazy day and I don’t have the time to deconstruct Sanders’ appalling ignorance, which includes:
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.
I kid you not. Read the column, write a letter to the editor and join the online discussion. Here’s my letter, which no doubt will not be published.
Deion Sanders could not be more wrong about why Michael Vick is being indicted. He is being indicted because there was sufficient evidence that he committed a crime. It doesn’t matter what a dog means to him or me. What matters is that his dogs have the same capacity to experience the pain of being ripped apart as Mr. Sanders does. As most humans do. Therefore, forcing dogs to kill each other is just as barbaric as forcing children to fight each other to the death. It doesn’t matter if Vick is the ringleader. He is being indicted for his actions, which are allegedly heinous all by themselves. It is very disturbing that our athletes apparently exist within a culture that prizes violence and torture of those in our care. Finally, anyone who would make German Shepherds into potential killers, and take pride in it, clearly has problems of his own. Mr. Sanders was a favorite in our home until today.
A little over-the-top? Read what he wrote, then tell me my response is over-the-top.