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Mike Vick Tells All to GQ Magazine

In a revealing upcoming interview with GQ magazine, embattled NFL quarterback Michael Vick speaks out about his image, his stint in federal prison and his NFL career. Portions of Vick’s article with GQ were leaked by Deadspin and according to the backlash on Twitter, some fans are not happy with what Vick had to say.

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“They are writing as if everyone feels that way and has the same opinions they do. But when I go out in public, it’s all positive, so that’s obviously not true.” The media, Vick implies, still act as though he used to sneak into suburban yards, steal golden retrievers, and set them on fire. As if he were a lone actor, a single rampaging menace, a canine serial killer with no context, motivation, or backstory. As if he is the only person in America associated with dogfighting.

“Yeah, you got the family dog and the white picket fence, and you just think that’s all there is. Some of us had to grow up in poverty-stricken urban neighborhoods, and we just had to adapt to our environment. I know that it’s wrong. But people act like it’s some crazy thing they never heard of. They don’t know.”[/box]

I happen to agree with Michael. I lived in Atlanta and watched him play during his tenure with the Falcons. Yes, I was quite frustrated with some of his judgement calls from flicking off fans to the Ron Mexico fiasco. The thing is, Mike served his time with dignity and humility. He came back to the NFL and through hard work and persistance, he won his starting position after coming to the team as a third string quarterback. This is a true underdog stroy  – no pun intended. Instead of continuing to attack a reformed man, maybe we should pay more attention to Ben Roethlisberger who seems to rape women at will and gets away with it.

Americans love these types of stories, but yet they will not forgive Mr. Vick. I'm rooting for Mike and the Eagles this season. I'm very glad he voiced his opinion. He has my respect for that.

Full article at Deadspin.

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