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Michael Vick

Michael Vick Continues to Get Work

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I’ve already been through this before.  After serving time for heading up an illegal dog-fighting ring, Michael Vick got a well-paying job.  Then he began to re-establish his relationship with Nike.  Of course, Nike denies they are paying Vick any money.  They are just providing him with free equipment which will be seen on television every week and will probably increase bottom line sales, but it’s not an endorsement deal.

Now BET is in on the action.  Vick will star in an eight-episode reality show that will document his life post-jail.  The network promises not to downplay his crime and conviction and the football player hopes that it will give the public an opportunity to get to know him better.

Here’s the question:  Do you feel any urge or desire to get to know Michael Vick better?

Michael Vick Continues To Not Feel Consequences

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Remember when Michael Vick was first arrested for the illegal dogfighting?  He pled guilty and headed off to jail and I think most of us thought that he was done with.  We should have known better.

After his stint in the slammer, Michael Vick landed a multi-million dollar job with the Philadelphia Eagles and is now on the roster, at the cost of Hank Bassett.  This newest development floors me, however.  Nike has taken him back.

Two years ago, Nike ended their endorsement deal with Vick quicker than you can expect the Kardashian-Odom union to end.  Now, they are back together.  Though they aren’t revealing details of the deal, Vick will be wearing Nike gear again and getting paid for it.  Wait — doesn’t Nike make dog tags?

What’s the lesson to learn about famous people?  If you pay your debt to society, and earnestly apologize, it really doesn’t matter what you do.  You will be forgiven.  The end.

UPDATE: According to Reuters, Nike denies an endorsement deal.  They are providing equipment to Vick, but are not paying him.  Hmm.

Vick Is In; Baskett Gets The Boot

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I don’t know why these sports stories can’t break when Kelly is working, but this one is pretty straightforward — no sports knowledge needed.

Michael Vick, the quarterback who was recently released from prison for illegal dogfighting, has been put on the roster for the Philadelphia Eagles.  He was on their exempt list, but now is allowed to practice with and play for the team.  Hey, he did apologize!  Of course, bringing Vick in meant someone had to go.  Who got the boot?  Kendra Wilkinson’s husband, Hank Baskett!

What will Hank and Kendra do with a baby on the way?  Will Hank get picked up by another team?  How will Kendra handle this stress in the final months of her pregnancy?  Did she do that stupid laugh when she heard the news?  We gotta pray that Kendra stays on the air so we can get all these questions (and more!) answered.

Attention Chris Brown! Take Note!

Michael Vick, the disgraced quarterback who served his time for running illegal dog-fighting operations, has started a blog.  His first entry was all about remorse.  

I know many folks think Vick is a disgusting human being and a lot of people were very upset that he landed a job with the Philadelphia Eagles, but read the post anyway.  Let me know if it changes your outlook at all.  It’s a long entry, but worth the read.  If nothing else, this is how an apology should look.  I read it and saw sincerity and remorse, accountability and a plan for change.  Chris Brown could learn a thing or two here:

I’m sorry.  That’s the place where I need to begin.  My feeling of remorse.  I ain’t never written a blog before, so putting my thoughts down on paper is a challenge – however it’s a challenge I must face.   I can look a 250 pound linebacker in his eyes at the line of scrimmage and have no fear. But expressing myself when I know that there are millions of people who are so angry with me, and rightfully so, is a challenge unlike any other I have faced before.

What I did was horrendous.  Awful. Inhumane.   And I’ve no excuses for my actions.  It makes my heart hurt now to think about what I’ve done.  And I’m gonna be real honest, it took a while for me to get to this place.

Sitting in a prison cell didn’t make me feel remorse.  It was meeting so many animal lovers, speaking with them and looking them in their eyes. Staring at them.  Looking so deep into their eyes that I began to feel their pain. Allowing that pain to enter into my body is when I started to understand how bad it really was.   I have been trying hard to connect with people who feel this pain,because for my whole life I was disconnected from the suffering of animals.  And you might say, “come on Mike, how could you do those things to those dogs?”  And you’re right…I
ask myself those questions every day.  What kind of person does this?  How does a human-being treat dogs or any animal with such pain and cruelty? And the hard part for me is the answer to these questions.  Because the answer is ME.  And I am trying so hard right now to become a better person, because who I was, I am ashamed of.

Cause see, my whole life has been numb.  I was numb to the violence in my community…cause I saw it all the time, ever since I was a child.  I mean, how does one grow up in a city that’s nickname is Bad Newz?  You can probably guess that from the jump, ya’ know I’ve seen some bad things in my life.  And football was the only way that I could escape.  As a kid, I even used to go out fishing, and most of the times I wouldn’t catch a darn thing, but just needed to get away from the chaos every once in a while. So, when the commissioner called my name as the #1 draft pick in the NFL – the first time a black quarterback had ever been chosen as the #1 pick, I thought my life was all good.  But, what I didn’t realize then, that I have begun to realize now, is that even though I had more money in my pocket, big cars and big houses, I was still numb.  And when I say numb, I ain’t talkin about not realizing the stuff that was going on around me, it was just like I was living life asleep.  However, that is still no excuse for what I did.  But let’s not forget that there are still hundreds of thousands of young people growing in similar environments and seeing violence at a young age has severe consequences.

Now that I’m trying my best to wake up, I know I have a lot of work to do. And this isn’t about trying to win a Super Bowl ring or a MVP trophy…this is about trying to save lives.  I think back to when I use to play football and of course I use to see all those kids in the stands wearing #7 jerseys. And I would never want them to look up to the Michael Vick who did all of those terrible things to the dogs.  I know where I need to do the most work is with all of the people around the world who continue to fight dogs.  Let me be straight forward with y’all: What I did was wrong, and what you’re doing is wrong.  We must stop dog fighting, and I will do everything in my power to be a voice of someone who has finally woken up from the numbness, and knows just how bad it really is.  My mission now is to be a source of service to save many animals.  I am working very closely with The Humane Society and will be launching a new campaign shortly.  If I had one hope in life, it would be that my actions will speak louder than my words.  I know it will be hard to forgive me until you see my sincerity through my actions, but I promise you and I promise myself that that day will come.

Lastly, I accept this challenge, not of writing this blog, but of redeeming myself.

Vick Sentenced to 23 Months

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NFL star Michael Vick has been sentenced to 23 months in prison for dogfighting and conspiracy.

That’s a doggone shame.

(Sorry, I couldn’t help it. And before you guys get all “Why do you hate puppies?” in the comments, let me just state for the record, I love puppies and I think the prison sentence is appropriate. But sometimes a girl’s just gotta pun.)

We’ll have more details as they come.