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It’s A Dog-Eat-Dog World: Michael Vick

October 8, 2009
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So, now Mike Vick gets a documentary series (read ‘reality show’) that will follow him around day to day. He says that he’s trying to show the world the “good, the bad, and the ugly” of his circumstances after his dog fighting conviction.

I have no problem with him returning to his chosen career (though I won’t let my kids watch his games or buy his apparel) – I agree that he paid for his crimes and deserves a chance at returning to a normal life. Personally, I’d like to pop him in the mouth and hold him underwater every time he loses a football game, since that’s how he treated his dogs, but he has a right to make a living.

However, this new documentary deal smacks of profiteering. It’s one thing to go back to football – his success or failure is tied directly to his own talent and effort on the field – but, this documentary will succeed almost entirely on the notoriety of Vick’s criminal behavior. There is a law against profiting from crimes – it’s why convicted serial murderers can’t write tell-all books with huge publishing advances – and this situation skirts around the limits of the law. It should be cancelled before it even starts.

I don’t know what you think, but my two dogs are in full agreement with me.

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