Wednesday, August 19, 2009

More sports hijinks

I guess I'm not as apathetic as I thought. I've decided, after viewing the 60 Minutes Michael Vick interview, to no longer support 60 Minutes. Formerly a strong voice in the world of television journalism, they are dead to me. What could've been an interesting, compelling, and revealing interview turned out to be nothing more than a puff piece.

CBS's efforts to protect its' football interests clearly trumped 60 Minutes' desire to educate and illuminate. I have contacted them and told them this. More importantly, I'll no longer support the NFL, in any way, shape or form. Bad news for my football fan husband but I can't in good conscience support an industry that would hire, enable and reward this man.

Mr. Vick might have gone to prison and "paid his dues", however
the sickness that drove him to torture animals is still present and yet 60 Minutes glazed right over his inhumane behavior and questionnable choices. "A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else." Mr. Vick remains a danger to animals and to humans just as any other serial predator be it a molester, killer or otherwise. Shame on 60 Minutes for participating in this TMZ/Entertainment Tonight type of journalism. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Mr. Hewitt really died of shame.

Shame on the NFL for continuing to support, enable and reward not only Mr. Vick but an embarassingly long list of other killers, rapists, wife-beaters, and convicts.

If you really love football, go outside and play the game. If you really love football, stand up and let the NFL know that what they are doing and what they have done is wrong. Let them know that their actions and their choices matter and that you won't let them lionize and reward people that you wouldn't let into your home if they knocked on your front door.

A brief excerpt from the NFL Crimes blog:
August 13, 2009
If you can suspend players for violating the substance abuse policy when taking a legal asthma medicine, it is about time you suspend players for KILLING SOMEONE while driving drunk Goodell: Stallworth suspended for season, placed 'stain' on NFL, players

August 5, 2009
Eagles' starting DE Parker arrested Wednesday

July 24, 2009
Texans FB Vonta Leach is arrested for misdemeanor assault.

July 23, 2009
Seattle Seahawks fullback Owen Schmitt has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving Wednesday, his attorney said, according to The Seattle Times.

July 22, 2009
A Philadelphia man who says he was shot by NFL receiver Marvin Harrison last year remains in critical condition

July 15, 2009
A federal judge Wednesday sentenced former NFL player Travis Henry to three years in prison for financing a drug ring that moved cocaine between Colorado and Montana.

July 9, 2009
Former Bills/Redskins star Bruce Smith was convicted of drunken driving Thursday by a judge who rejected his claim that old football injuries, not alcohol, were responsible for his poor performance on field sobriety tests.