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Michael Vick -- in the news again!

Updated on July 1, 2011
Vick after a playoff game in 2009.
Vick after a playoff game in 2009. | Source

Michael Vick - BET & Subway

Last week, Michael Vick was named as the recipient of the 2011 BET (Black Entertainment Television) "Sportsman of the Year" award.

The announcement was greeted with fervent responses from both supporters and detractors. Few people found themselves in the middle on this issue. Many feel that Vick should be forgiven and let bygones be bygones. Others feel, like one commentor said, "God can forgive him, but I can't."

Subway and Nike have found themselves in the cross-hairs of public opinion as well as the BET Network. Racism is also rearing it's head as many feel that just as in the O. J. Simpson trial, racial attitudes override a sense of fair play.

What would Pete Rose say?

While it remains to be seen if Michael Vick will earn the right to be included in the NFL Hall of Fame, Pete Rose is still excluded from the MLB Hall of Fame.

According to the most recent update on WikiPedia, Rose will NEVER be allowed to enter the MLB HOF. So, we are left to ponder the question (if Vick should be allowed admission the the NFL HOF) -- "Is it worse to gamble on the outcome of the game itself? -- or the winner of a dog fight?"

So what happens to the dogs?

So, what do you think?

Is Michael Vick a victim of rascism?

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      It actually is about race in the context that Vick himself called dogfighting a part of the black culture. That may be true because cockfighting is a part of the Hispanic culture as is bullfighting.

      Many in today's white culture go the other way, including drives to outlaw hunting and even outlawing the use of animals at all, including for food and leather.

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      Chip 

      7 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Thank you Multiman!

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      Multiman 

      7 years ago

      Great article on great ending question. Voted up.

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      Chip 

      7 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Thank you all for commenting and voting. I appreciate each and every click!

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      Harvey Stelman 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      FC, A bum is a bum, there is no attachment to race! H

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      Writer David 

      7 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I don't think racism has anything to do with this Michael Vick thing. I think it was horrible what he did with the fighting dogs. A part of me does not want to forgive him. But, I think he deserves a second chance to redeem himself. But, I don't believe in third chances. Vick has a chance to prove he has learned a valuable lesson. As for Pete Rose; I don't know if he has ever admitted to gambling on Cincy Red games. If he has, then he also deserves a chance to redeem himself. But, again, no third chances.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Why is race thrown into every event? It is a distraction from judging circumstances.

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