Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Dogfighting - Biting the Hand That Feeds

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick says he will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, an admission that likely will mean prison time. Here's the full story.

This is one of those stories that just makes me cringe. It's just so wrong. Even worse than the idea of training the dogs to fight is what happens after the fight -- losing dogs, I guess, are killed by drowning, hanging, shooting ...

What makes this particular story more appalling is that Vick is a guy with money and fame ... and this is what he contributes to society?

I don't want to generalize too much here ... but I can't help but wonder if this is the kind of stuff that happens when you take ignorant, bad people and make them filthy rich because they can throw a ball. We see lots of bad behavior in basketball, football and some other sports, committed by people who, were it not for their ability to play a game well, would otherwise be toward the bottom of the societal food chain.

It's the "Paris Hilton" effect -- take someone who really has no tangible worth to society, make them rich and famous, and then watch as they act like idiots. The sad part is that we are the ones who give them that power.

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