Article from the Washington Post:
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb said he remains supportive of Michael Vick, even with the Atlanta Falcons quarterback scheduled to go on trial in November on federal dogfighting charges."I'm a supporter of Vick," McNabb said Tuesday at Lehigh University. "That's because I'm a good friend of his and also we're guys that obviously compete to win the Super Bowl. We push each other. Now, I don't know exactly what happened in that situation, and I think for all of us that have read over the stuff that was over the Internet, the report, you look at it as kind of like, 'Wow, you've got your so-called friends and family members turning their back on you now to make their situation better.' They're throwing you under the bus so that they can clean their name. That's unfortunate. That goes to show, I always have a saying that I've always lived by: If you can't trust family, who can you trust? It's an unfortunate situation, and I just hope everything works out well for him where he can get back out on the field."
Let's start off first by saying that I do not condone dogfighting in any way. I think it is despicable and that Michael Vick should be in jail.
But as I read this and the comments below it, I don't think people get where McNabb is coming from. He is supporting his friend, Michael Vick. He is not supporting dogfighting in any way, shape, or form. To me, this is like saying, "I support the troops, but not the war." I support the troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and everywhere else in the world. However, I do not support the Iraq War in any way, shape, or form. But that's another story.
Donovan is Vick's friend and he is supporting him, like a true friend. As some of Vick's other "friends" (ie Tony Taylor) throw him under the bus, McNabb stands by him. McNabb should not be criticized for his statements. He is standing by his friend and is entitled to his own opinion. If you were Vick, would you be glad that at least someone outside of your family is standing by you?
Like I've already said, I think Vick should be thrown in jail. The evidence is so damning. But wasn't the evidence damning for the Duke lacrosse team? Weren't their names cleared?
Innocent until proven guilty. I hate that statement. I think Vick should be in jail, but thanks to the legal system, he is still out there. As all of you immediately point to jail, think about this: what if you get arrested for a crime you did not commit and the whole country is calling for your head on a platter? Are you thankful that you are innocent until proven guilty? Shouldn't Vick be allowed the same?
That being said, I do think Vick is guilty and I think he should be in jail, but he is currently innocent.
Wow, that was kind of painful.