The Real Deal With Vick And Donaghy

By Gary Norris Gray
Updated: August 29, 2007

CALIFORNIA — Now that we have sliced, diced, and dissected the current incidents with NFL star quarterback Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons and NBA referee Tom Donaghy it is time to be real. The problem with these two individuals Vick an African-American and Donaghy who is White, is the integrity of profession football and basketball.

It’s about gambling and betting on these games being played. It’s about racism raising its ugly head again. It’s about trust in our American sports world. Can the American public believe what they are witnessing on the field or on the court to be untainted by these two men or others involved with these two men?

When Mr. Vick was arrested for alleged dog fighting charges a month ago it became national news. ESPN stopped regular broadcasting to inform the nation. Mr. Donaghy did not acquire the same attention when he was arrested months earlier for betting on basketball games.

The announcement on SportsCenter and other news shows seemed to be a regular event. Both were gambling, both were placing bets, both impeded the integrity of basketball and football. Yet both did not receive the same national scrutiny. Both men have pleaded guilty and will wait for a judge to decide their legal fate and their likely jail time.

The Michael Vick case has become a dog (sic) and pony story day, after day, after day. Donaghy has not been mentioned in weeks. This reminds me of the old Clint Eastwood spaghetti western movies “Hang Him High”, or “The Good, Bad, and The Ugly”.

The image of a mob of sportswriters riding out of town on horseback with their modern (PC) personal computers (guns) looking for the head of Mr. Vick, leaving Tom Donaghy alone a person that has committed the same alleged crime. The sports media portrays the Virginia Tech college star a vicious monster and creep.

The sports media has dehumanized Vick and that is the first step in not forgiving another person for their mistakes. It’s the first step in trashing an individual’s personality and their worth. It is the first step that our military takes when it goes to war with the enemy. Make them persona non grata. NOT A HUMAN BEING.

Mr. Vick and his buddies allegedly organized this despicable gambling ring with pit bulls. Though it maybe part of the old southern culture it is still illegal in 40 of the 50 states. It seems that America is so outraged with the death of dogs why is there not the same outraged with the death of thousands of young African-American males each year.

Are dogs more valuable then humans?

Should Michael Vick go to jail? Maybe, but there is a sensible alternative to jail its called community service and maybe Mr. Vick should work in animal shelters across the country. Then Mr. Vick might understand the severity of the outraged he has created.

This action would save the taxpayers money and would be a service to the community. It would also tone down the rhetoric in America.

Before the incident the black, red, and white No. 7 was the face of the Atlanta Falcons and the face of many other National Football League products. Now writers, fans, and the league want to ride him out of football this is not fair, nor right.

This spring and summer angry venom from the American sports media was heaped on San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds until he broke Major League Baseball’s homerun record. Bonds became poster boy for steroids while other players in baseball still used drugs. Nobody cares now because the story is old and can’t sell papers or create controversy.

This is called character assassination the new and growing political and social agenda of the United States media world.

There is not the same angry, not the same venom heaped on NBA official Tom Donaghy and in my opinion this is a more serious situation because it affects the whole league. This official could have ended a team’s season, throwing out a key player or calling a foul on a star player ending there chance to win the game or win the playoffs. Mr. Vick only hurt the Atlanta Falcons and the teams in his division not the whole National Football League.

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Donaghy had the power to let teams in the playoff or eliminate another teams from the playoff but the media anger is not there. The venom is absent. The American media states its just one bad apple in the basket. But we all know that one apple can spoil the whole basket if it lingers around the good apples long enough.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner David Stern have their reputations at stake and the future of their sports. This reviles the heart of the problem in professional sport. Many NBA fans now openly questioned the results of the last ten to thirty years of the playoffs.

Rumors flew when the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers played for the 1972-73 title. Many conspiracy theorists cited that the Knicks and Lakers played in the two largest television markets and the NBA wanted new fans from both coast. So did the league manipulate the 1972-73 playoffs? Only time will reveal this.

Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban owner, citied that Dallas did not receive correct calls from NBA officials during the season and playoffs. He s tated that the league wanted a San Antonio- Phoenix battle in the west division championship to attract new younger fans.

The Tom Donaghy case is currently pending in court it now raises many questions in the National Basketball Association, the legitimacy of its game.

The NFL and NBA have to address the issue of gambling and betting which (wink wink – nod nod) condones it with the weekly Tuesday and Wednesday team injury report. Who is this injury report for? other teams? Or the individuals gambling or betting on professional football and basketball games?

Both sports condone the weekly football and basketball pools all over the country, yet it frowns on players, officials, or owners who partake in the dark American pastime. A clear double standard.

Donaghy and Vick have struck the heart of professional sports, gambling and betting. The intrinsic EVIL of sports, the DEVIL of sports, the bull in the china closet, the perennial cash cow of professional sports. If Vick and Donaghy start naming times, places and names, the whole house of cards will come tumbling down on the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.

So far, the 2007-2008 sports season has not been a very good year for professional sports and the fans have suffered.