Special to NFL Gridiron Gab by Bear Heiser
Aren’t people getting tired of dogging Michael Vick yet? I just don’t understand why football fans and dog lovers all over haven’t forgiven him. It’s rather mind boggling to me. If he wants a dog, let the guy have a dog! Why don’t we all take a step back and acknowledge that we as human beings aren’t perfect. The guy just wants some love from man’s best friend.
Let me go back and address Vick’s dog fighting ring for a moment. Please bare with me.
Michael Vick grew up in a world where dog fighting was acceptable. Dogs weren’t companions to him, he was never woken up by way of dog licks. It wasn’t the culture. The culture involved pitting two pit bulls against each other to the death. As bad as it sounds, he didn’t really know any better. Some may think that’s a cop-out, but I don’t. Traits, desires, and beliefs are passed down from family, friends, and some that probably shouldn’t be friends.
We’re all going to make mistakes from time to time, the severity of some mistakes may be greater than others, but it’s what we learn from our mistakes that defines our future.
If you want to know why my opinion matters, it’s because I am the proud owner of two wonderful pit-bulls. They are two of the greatest things that’ve ever happened to me, and the thought of them fighting to the death makes me sick, but I’ve forgiven Michael Vick. I understand that dog fighting is a product of the culture he came from. He served close to two years in prison, and not some country club prison, a really bad prison. Since his release he’s done everything humanly possible to speak out against dog fighting. He’s donated millions of dollars to charity organizations that fight against animal cruelty. What else is he supposed to do? Do you really believe he would fight dogs again if he had one? I can guarantee you that there would be no way possible for him to fight dogs again with how closely he’s watched on a day-to-day basis.
Dog fighting isn’t like pedophilia. It’s not a disorder that one battles throughout their life. His house isn’t a dot on a map on some website you check to see if you have any child molesters living near you. It’s not like he’s going to find your house and fight your dogs while you’re not home. Let’s be real here people.
Are you really that surprised he wants a dog? Don’t you think that you would see the little critters differently if you spent the better part of two years speaking on their behalf? He’s surrounded by a culture that’s against cruelty toward dogs and he’s totally happy about it. Shouldn’t that tell you something?
So let me ask you again, are you really that surprised he wants a dog?
Let me do you one better, why do you care if he has a dog! Four million dogs were euthanized just last year in animal shelters across the country according to the Humane Society. Why all of the sudden care if one guy has a dog? Why don’t the people who think he shouldn’t have a dog step up and rescue one of the four million from being murdered from a shelter?
I don’t need an answer, I know why. It’s because we’re a fat and lazy nation who’d rather hold people back from personal growth because we’re too scared of what might happen. It’s funny how were’re not scared to put our kids in his Eagles jersey, or to cheer for him like crazy when the game is on the line. It’s a matter of convenience.
Michael Vick just wants a companion for himself and his children. Nothing more, nothing less. Learn to let go, people change, please start getting used to it.
Bear Heiser is a St. Louis Rams Featured Columnist. You can find him on Twitter @ramsreport and @bearconsults. He can also be found covering the Rams at www.NFL.com. His personal blog is www.bearconsults.com. You can find him covering, Lakers, entertainment and music for ALL CBS Radio websites in Los Angeles.