Don’t Believe The ‘Bite’, At Least Not Yet

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: July 29, 2007

Innocence: the quality or state of being innocent; freedom from sin or moral wrong; freedom from legal or specific wrong; guiltlessness.
Guilt: the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, esp, against moral or penal law; culpability.
Indictment: a formal accusation initiating a criminal case, presented by a grand jury and usually required for felonies and other serious crimes. Any charge, accusation, serious criticism, or cause for blame.
NORTH CAROLINA — Okay, we’ve all heard the allegations in regards to Michael Vick and I would like to remind people of the essential word which is “allegations”, despite the overwhelming basis for the indictment and the ascending of negative publicity.
These are serious allegations and even though I am not a animal lover, I do have compassion for another living creature and appropriating animals to fight for monetary gain is like exploiting human beings for the very same aim.
However, their are several reasons I feel Mr. Vick is being exploited and abused in this incident. They are based on politics, possible envy and jealousy, carelessness, media bias, and a lack of morality.
Here are more of my reasons and causes of concern:
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals): Now I applaud PETA and their efforts to protect animals, I can’t help but get the impression their involvement is more politically driven then any other reason. In PETA’s own mission statement, their main focus is in four areas: factory farms, laboratories, clothing trade, and entertainment. Although some will associate “entertainment” with sports which is a legitimate attachment, where is the outraged and scream of unethical practice in the “grand standing” manner against the three other “areas” this organization claims to champion.
Do we see PETA at every local supermarket or clothing chain, every movie production company, large farm, research laboratory or any additional organization or company they feel treat animals which such haness disregard? That question is debatable but not factual. Moreover, I am not a subscriber of the public dictating and determining to an employer (The NFL and the Atlanta Falcons) whether someone should be dismissed because of accusations, allegations or even factual events.
If you can put yourself in the position of the offender, would you want someone other than your employer to be the decider of your fate? I would argue one with logic, sensibility and fairness would answer no. If those want to protest, fine, complaint or boycott that business or organization, please do, but ultimately we as the public didn’t hire the offender so we shouldn’t have any part in fire the offender. I feel as strongly in this case as I felt in the Don Imus situation. I didn’t agree with his comments, but the decision to fire him is the responsibility of CBS and MSNBC.

//<![CDATA[ u003cdir> u003cdir>u003cb> u003cdiv>Possible Envy and Jealousy: u003c/div>u003c/b>Most people who want to convince Vick, rule out the concept the "rich and famous" NFL star could be the victim of someone or some people who may have a personal vendetta against him for various reasons. I'm sure we all have relatives, former friends, co-workers or others who may have a reason to wanna see us suffer or get revenge for an incident or situation in the past that led to a departing of ways or a termination of communication. An argument never resolved, a disagreementn about money, a fight over a love interest. It can be anything we all may have experience and if those type of situations and disagreements can occur with the average person, why would Vick be immune to the very same occurrence? I am not implying a CONSPIRACY but I do believe REVENGE can make some people go above and beyond to achieve their diabolical agenda. u003cb> u003cdiv>Carelessness: u003c/div>u003c/b>This is one area I feel you can include Michael Vick. Sometimes we feel the need to help family members especially when we are in the position financially to do so. Michael Vick is no exception. From all accounts, the house where these acts took place is in Vick's name and according to the indictment, he participated in these incidents, but they are still allegations. It could be a situation where Vick purchased the home for someone in the family, to help the family member(s) and those living there could have used poor judgment or acted careless in inviting the true violators of thisn crime. We've all been in situations or know of situations where we allow some of our family members to use a car, a house a cell phone and find out the usage of such items were later associated with something illegal or harmful to others including yourself. Let's look at Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. His sons were involved in some criminal activities and consequently, the Reid home was searched for various items related to the crimes committed by his two ADULT SONS. Should we hold Andy Reid accountable for what his sons did? Should they take his home because it could have been a source of illegal activity? I think no is the overwhelming answer. “,1] ); //–> //]]>

Possible Envy and Jealousy: Most people who want to convict Vick, rule out the concept the “rich and famous” NFL star could be the victim of someone or some people who may have a personal vendetta against him for various reasons. I’m sure we all have relatives, former friends, co-workers or others who may have a reason to want to see us suffer or get revenge for an incident or situation in the past that led to a parting of ways or a termination of communication.

An argument never resolved, a disagreement about money, a fight over a love interest. It can be anything we all may have experience and if those type of situations and disagreements can occur with the average person, why would Vick be immune to the very same occurrence? I am not implying a conspiracy, but I do believe revenge can make some people go above and beyond to achieve their diabolical agenda.
Carelessness: This is one area I feel you can include Michael Vick. Sometimes we feel the need to help family members especially when we are in the position financially to do so. Michael Vick is no exception. From all accounts, the house where these acts took place is in Vick’s name and according to the indictment, he participated in these incidents, but they are still allegations. It could be a situation where Vick purchased the home for someone in the family, to help the family member(s) and those living there could have used poor judgment or acted careless in inviting the true violators of this crime.

We’ve all been in situations or know of situations where we allow some of our family members to use a car, a house a cell phone and find out the usage of such items were later associated with something illegal or harmful to others including yourself. Let’s look at Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. His sons were involved in some criminal activities and consequently, the Reid home was searched for various items related to the crimes committed by his two adult sons. Should we hold Andy Reid accountable for what his sons did? Should they take his home because it could have been a source of illegal activity? I think no is the overwhelming answer.

//<![CDATA[ u003cdiv>Media Bias: u003c/div>u003c/b>Here we go again. The media. I know, that's what some of you will say in regards to attributing the media to Vick's alleged guilt or demise. Well as my uncle use to say" sometimes you have to give the people what they want". Their is no question in my mind, the media has convictedn Michael Vick. The sports shows, the "experts" and those who want to see Vick be punished in the media are well ahead of the courts, the judge and a jury of our peers in convicting and punishing Michael Vick. What I am surprised about is the VIGOR in which former NFL players, coaches and the sports world is attacking him. I am surprised so many in the NFL both past and present suddenly became the MORAL ASCENDANCY(something I will touch on next) on this issue and this incident. What some of you don't realize but the mainstream media deliberately understand and does, is the subliminal message they send to the public in these type of cases. They sway your thoughts and decisions based on what they write and not the facts. What we think about a player, an incident or topic is of no consequence. It's what they want you to believe based on what sells papers and boost ratings. Think about it: can anyone tell me their are Michael Vick supporters? Of course not because it doesn't andn will not get any MEDIA COVERAGE outside of articles like this and truly, this is an article about scenario's and thoughts other than what you've already heard, read or seen on TV. u003cb> u003cdiv>Lack of Morality: u003c/div>u003c/b>Outrage. A word that describes a feeling of disgust and discontent. It is also a word that eludes us when we talk about ETHICAL TREATMENT. At the risk of getting on the proverbial "soap box" and sounding political, I must express the following. Where is the outrage of the millions of people who are homeless, jobless and hungry? We as a society can express anger, outrage and stand up for animals being mistreated while standing down to many who call their home and beds parks and sleep under bridges. We as a society can feel compassion for the stray dog or cat running through the streets and neighborhoods with no home while passing the human being who face the same challenges? We can put together a multi-billion dollar campaign to save animals or educate then public to have the pet fixed in a manner of no reproduction but turn our heads to the young men and women who are essentially "having babies"? We can protest and in some instances attack businesses, organizations and even countries in the worse way possible for killing certain animals but feel no benevolence or humanity for such abominations and atrocities with the lack of health care, people with diseases such as HIV or the genocide in Darfur? That's moral authority or leadership, it's simply “,1] ); //–> //]]>

Media Bias: Here we go again. The media. I know, that’s what some of you will say in regards to attributing the media to Vick’s alleged guilt or demise. Well as my uncle use to say “sometimes you have to give the people what they want”. Their is no question in my mind, the media has convicted Michael Vick. The sports shows, the “experts” and those who want to see Vick be punished in the media are well ahead of the courts, the judge and a jury of our peers in convicting and punishing Michael Vick.

What I am surprised about is the vigor in which former NFL players, coaches and the sports world are attacking him. I am surprised so many in the NFL both past and present suddenly became the moral ascendancy (something I will touch on next) on this issue and this incident. What some of you don’t realize but the mainstream media deliberately understand and does, is the subliminal message they send to the public in these type of cases.
They sway your thoughts and decisions based on what they write and not the facts. What we think about a player, an incident or topic is of no consequence. It’s what they want you to believe based on what sells papers and boost ratings. Think about it: can anyone tell me their are Michael Vick supporters? Of course not because it doesn’t and will not get any media coverage outside of articles like this and truly, this is an article about scenario’s and thoughts other than what you’ve already heard, read or seen on TV.
Lack of Morality: Outrage. A word that describes a feeling of disgust and discontent. It is also a word that eludes us when we talk about ethical treatment. At the risk of getting on the proverbial “soap box” and sounding political, I must express the following. Where is the outrage of the millions of people who are homeless, jobless and hungry? We as a society can express anger, outrage and stand up for animals being mistreated while standing down to many who call their home and beds parks and sleep under bridges.

We as a society can feel compassion for the stray dog or cat running through the streets and neighborhoods with no home while passing the human being who face the same challenges? We can put together a multi-billion dollar campaign to save animals or educate the public to have the pet fixed in a manner of no reproduction but turn our heads to the young men and women who are essentially “having babies”?
We can protest and in some instances attack businesses, organizations and even countries in the worse way possible for killing certain animals but feel no benevolence or humanity for such abominations and atrocities with the lack of health care, people with diseases such as HIV or the genocide in Darfur? That’s not moral authority or leadership, it’s simply hypocrisy. //<![CDATA[ HYPOCRISY.u003c/b> u003c/dir>u003c/dir> u003cdiv>If Michael Vick and the others mentioned in this indictment are found u003cb>(IN A COURT OF LAW) u003c/b>to be guilty of these haness crimes, I will be the first to condemn the actions and the crimes committed, but until then, the "law of the land" clearly affirms people are "Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law". It's that simple. Those who read this, should try and be open minded and non-bias but I'm sure it will not be the case withn some. The lines will be drawn on this topic and how the lines are developed really go without saying. I know the position I take on this incident, is the "let's wait and see what happens". Those with an agenda, a narrow way of thinking and other reasons are already figuring out Michael Vick's sentence, Trying to figure out the opening day starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons and positioning themselves for personal or political gain from this high profile person and case. I myself only want the truth, fairness and consistency rather than a "witch hunt". Or should I say "dog hunt". u003c/div>u003cfont faceu003d”Arial” sizeu003d”2″>u003c/font>u003cbr>u003cbr>u003cdiv>u003cstrong>L.A. BATCHELORu003cbr>u003c/strong>u003cbr>Morning Show Producer for the "Steve Harvey Morning Show" and Production person at 105.7 KISS FMu003c/div> u003cdiv>u003ca hrefu003d”http://www.1057kissfm.com/” targetu003d”_blank” onclicku003d”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)”>1057kissfm.comu003c/a>u003c/div> u003cdiv> u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cstrong>Sports/Beat writer for u003ca hrefu003d”http://Hoopsworld.com/Basketball” targetu003d”_blank” onclicku003d”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)”>Hoopsworld.com/Basketballu003c/a> services(COVERING THE CHARLOTTEn BOBCATS)u003c/strong>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cstrong>u003cu>u003ca hrefu003d”http://hoopsworld.com” targetu003d”_blank” onclicku003d”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)”>hoopsworld.comu003c/a>u003c/u>u003c/strong>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cbr>u003cbr>u003c/div> u003cdiv>Freelance Sports writer for BASNu003c/div> u003cdiv>u003ca hrefu003d”http://www.blackathlete.com/” targetu003d”_blank” onclicku003d”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)”>”,1] ); //–> //]]>
If Michael Vick and the others mentioned in this indictment are found to be guilty of these haness crimes, I will be the first to condemn the actions and the crimes committed, but until then, the “law of the land” clearly affirms people are “innocent until proven guilty in a court of law”. It’s that simple. Those who read this, should try and be open minded and non-bias but I’m sure it will not be the case with some.
The lines will be drawn on this topic and how the lines are developed really go without saying. I know the position I take on this incident, is the “let’s wait and see what happens”. Those with an agenda, a narrow way of thinking and other reasons are already figuring out Michael Vick’s sentence, trying to figure out the opening day starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons and positioning themselves for personal or political gain from this high profile person and case.
I myself only want the truth, fairness and consistency rather than a “witch hunt”.
Or should I say “dog hunt”.