Dog killer. Evil. Cruel. Sadistic. Heck of a QB.
Those are all words or phrases I’ve heard people use to describe Michael Vick. But how about the descriptors “inspirational” and “hero.” Those are the words being used by the Southeastern Virginia Arts Association, a group that will be honoring Vick for his good work at their first annual gala.
In their press release they say that Vick “has epitomized the meaning of “hero,” not only by his unparalleled accomplishments on the gridiron, but more importantly, by his relentless resilience in overcoming the obstacles he has faced in his career.”
It’s not like he’s Lance Armstrong who overcame cancer, started a charity fundraising empire and then went on to win multiple more races. He’s a man who enjoyed watching dogs rip each other’s throats out while he laughed with his friends. He then went to prison for his illegal activities, got out and snagged a multi-million dollar contract. Not exactly the stuff heroes are made from.
Some argue that his continued work with HSUS is enough to right his wrongs. That’s certainly the point of view that Michael Muhammad, chairman of the Arts Association, is taking. He said, “Since he was released from federal custody, Michael has been more than an example of how to redirect your life after troubled times.”
While his work with youth in collaboration with HSUS is admirable, the word “hero” is certainly a controversial one to use about the man.
Via News Channel 3