A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
MO’ MONEY, MO’ PROBLEMS
With the Eagles blessing him to a contract reportedly worth $100 million over six years, $40 million which is guaranteed, I guess it is safe to say that Michael Vick has his swagger back.
Nike re-signed him. Plus, Fuse Science and Unequal Technologies endorses him.
But the question remains, will all of this money, revert the new humbled Michael Vick back to the bad-newz, bad boy from Newport News with braids and the arrogant attitude that showed up down in the dirty south in Atlanta?
That question will be answered throughout this season and the seasons to come.
Unfortunately, they say money changes people.
And after hearing about Vick’s lucrative contract, people are already starting to change.
You would think people would be happy that Vick has the potential to make enough money to pay back his creditors and live a comfortable life after losing it all after going to prison.
But he is still considered Public Enemy #1.
Now, along with the hatred, comes jealousy and envy.
Now, they are questioning Vick’s quarterback ability and his durability.
They are also questioning his age, his arm, his accuracy, and his leadership despite his MVP performance last year in which he threw 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
So, where is all the criticism coming from?
It must be the money?
Because even sports reporters are acting strange.
Now, all of a sudden, ESPN the magazine, wants to know “What if Michael Vick was White?”
Regardless if Vick was white, and he is not, he now has to live up to that $100 million contract on and off the field.
But will the high salary, high expectations, new free agents, and the “dream team tag” be too much for him to handle?
Will he crumble under pressure or will he rise to the top?
Let’s not forget, money does not guarantee wins.
And the Philly fans are finicky.
Therefore, don’t be surprised if you see them booing Vick just like they did Donovan McNabb if the Eagles lose a few games during this long and grueling 16 game NFL season.
And despite the old cache’ that “winning cures all,” oddly, in Michael Vick’s case, they will never forgive him for killing those dogs.
Besides, it is still Super Bowl or Bust for the Eagles even with a $100 million contract.