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For some reason, today The New York Times ran a column that dragged Michael Vick over the coals. The column pointed out the atrocities of Vick’s involvement in dog fighting, as if no one was aware of them. The point of the piece — other than to shake a morally righteous fist at Vick — seemed to be that NFL teams shouldn’t sign Vick, or anyone else who had made mistakes:
The cast of characters in Saturday’s game was a reminder of just how generous the league is with its ridiculous offers of second chances, like Vick’s. Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper made racist remarks about African-Americans — on a team filled with African-Americans — and still ended up starting in the playoffs, the recipient of roaring cheers. Saints Coach Sean Payton was suspended last year for a bounty program in which players were paid to inflict serious injuries on their opponents, and still he was hailed for ushering the Saints to their first ever road playoff win.
What can children who watch the game and idolize its players learn from that?
Here are some things that children can learn from Vick and others playing in the NFL:
San Jose Mercury News legal affairs writer Howard Mintz has a really good piece about the next chapter in Stephen Glass‘ long, bumpy road to full professional redemption. It’s happening Wednesday at California Supreme Court in San Francisco.
Glass, for lack of a better analogy, is the Michael Vick of long-form journalism. Since Vick is back in the NFL, perhaps it’s time to allow Glass to finally gain access to the California Bar. In this case, he’s not even to return to the same profession:
The Bar opposes granting a license, arguing that Glass does not meet the “moral character” standards required of lawyers. But two State Bar court decisions have sided with his right to a license, and supporters – from two Washington, D.C., judges to one of the New Republic editors he most defrauded – have vouched for his reformation.
No, the page hasn’t been hacked or anything. But since the news broke last week that the bookseller planned on hosting book signings for former dogfighter Michael Vick, Barnes & Noble’s Facebook page has become something of a discussion board for animal lovers. Vick’s appearances were cancelled by his publisher, but that hasn’t stopped the protestors.
Arguments have broken out among the commenters, resulting in impassioned debates on topics including animal rights, the banning of books, prisoner reform, corporate ethics, and the correlation between animal abuse and sociopathy. There is name-calling, emotional bonding, and a whole mess of spelling errors. In short, it’s a free-for-all, and has been for nearly a week.
Whoever runs the Barnes & Noble Facebook page is either a passionate supporter of open debate, or falling asleep on the job.
Here’s hoping they never wake up.
Previously on FishbowlLA:
Publisher Says Threats of Violence Behind Cancellation of Michael Vick Book Tour
Michael Vick Book Signings Spark Barnes & Noble Boycott
Michael Vick’s Appearances at Barnes & Noble Stores Cancelled
When Barnes & Noble announced Monday the cancellation of Michael Vick‘s scheduled book signings at 3 of the bookseller’s stores, animal lovers celebrated. Thousands had protested Vick’s appearances at the B&N stores through an online petition, calls to the bookseller’s customer service line, and comments on the Facebook pages of B&N and Vick. For a moment, it seemed like a grassroots victory. Tweets like these summarized the celebratory tone:
But this was not a case of a corporation finding their conscience. On Monday afternoon, Vick’s publisher released a statement that the book tour had been cancelled by Worthy Publishing “after credible threats of personal harm and property damage were received by Barnes & Noble Booksellers and distinguished independent bookstore Books & Greetings in Northvale, New Jersey.”
With one press release, the story had changed. Both Barnes & Noble and Michael Vick had become sympathetic characters, their detractors potentially violent criminals. The author, publisher, and book sellers were able to back out of a book tour that had become a public relations nightmare, all without ceding any ground to the protestors.
Animal lovers began an online petition late last week demanding Barnes & Noble cancel Vick’s in-store appearances. The bookseller’s Facebook page quickly filled up with comments from customers angry that B&N was hosting an event with a convicted animal abuser and killer.
Protestors got their way, but if the B&N website is to be believed, it is Worthy Publishing, the publisher of Vick’s book Finally Free: An Autobiography, that cancelled the events. Whether the cancellations were a reaction to customer protests remains unclear. Neither Barnes & Noble nor Worthy Publishing have commented the issue. We’ve reached out to both companies, but have yet to hear back.
Previously on FishbowLA: Michael Vick Book Signings Spark Barnes & Noble Boycott
Bookselling giant Barnes & Noble is taking some heat for hosting multiple signings this month for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and convicted animal abuser Michael Vick. Vick is scheduled to appear at the stores to promote his new book, Michael Vick: Finally Free An Autobiography.
A petition was started last week asking Barnes & Noble to cancel the signings, and the bookseller’s Facebook page has since been flooded with comments from angry customers. Many readers are vowing that they will never shop at B&N again if the company doesn’t cancel Vick’s scheduled appearances, and several have called for B&N to stop selling the book altogether.
While we at FishbowlLA aren’t generally in favor of boycotting bookstores, it’s hard to see gruesome photographs of the victims of dogfighting and remain impartial.
We’ve reached out to Barnes & Noble for their reaction to the controversy, and will let you know if we hear back.
- SportsNewser: Nike has re-signed Michael Vick. Somewhere, a dog growls, sniffs his own butt, then lays down.
- AllTwitter: NBA coaches will be fined $1 million if they retweet or reply to a player on Twitter during the lockout. We’re not sure if it’s okay to favorite one of the players’ tweets (maybe something like, “Gonna start wearing deodorant next season!”) but we’ll let you know if we hear anything.
- FishbowlLA: More on the Ashton Kutcher vs. Village Voice thing.
- TVNewser: In the latest Media Beat, Tucker Carlson says he never cheers for anyone to get fired, only executed. Wait! That’s if you’re Michael Vick – otherwise you’re good.
- GalleyCat: Tom Cruise might star in an adaptation of the novel At The Mountains of Madness. We have nothing further to add.
- SportsNewser: Snooki is going to be on next Monday night’s WWE Raw show. This actually makes perfect sense.
- AllTwitter: 50 signs you’re addicted to Twitter. Number one is you clicked that link.
- FishbowlLA: Arianna Huffington said this about that Huff Post blogger strike: “Go ahead.” Damn, that’s straight gangsta.
- SportsNewser: Surprise! ESPN made a mistake and tried to make it look like it was Michael Vick’s fault.
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