Thursday , Aug , 23 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Analyzing New York Knick Stephon Marbury’s Defense Of Michael Vick

Stephon Marbury has the right to an opinion. And he has certainly expressed his opinion over the last few months. He talked about playing in Italy. He talked about a range of subjects in an unusual interview with a New York sports show. His alternative views and low-cost Starbury line had turned the guard into a folk hero. However, his support of Vick will compromise whatever good publicity Marbury has received over the last few months …


The New York Daily News reports on Stephon Marbury defending Michael Vick:

"I think it’s tough," Marbury said to Albany TV station Capital News 9. "I think, you know, we don’t say anything about people who shoot deer or shoot other animals."

"You know, from what I hear, dogfighting is a sport. "I think it’s tough that we build Michael Vick up and then we break him down. I think he’s one of the superb athletes, and he’s a good human being. I just think that he fell into a bad situation." just behind closed doors."

My Quick Take: Commissioner Stern’s newest nightmare: a high-profile NBA player publicly supporting Michael Vick and illegal dog fighting.

has the right to an opinion. And he has certainly expressed his opinion over the last few months. He talked about playing in Italy. He talked about a range of subjects in an unusual interview with a New York sports show.

His alternative views and low-cost Starbury line had turned the guard into a folk hero.  However, his support of Vick will compromise whatever good publicity Marbury has received over the last few months.

I have no problem with Marbury’s first quote. Fair enough. It’s reasonable to question shooting animals as a sport. However, dogfighting is not a sport.  And dog fighting is illegal, while, right or wrong, hunting is not.

Marbury is correct when stating that society built Vick up because of his athletic ability. However, the Atlanta quarterback did not fall into the dogfighting ring. He was the dogfighting ring. Reports indicate that Vick organized, financed, and ran the entire operation.

I also have to question Marbury’s comments on Vick being a "good person." I don’t know Vick. But I do know that any person who hurts a living animal in such a cruel manner needs help. This point has been overlooked. Forget about Vick’s football career. Forget about the suspension soon to come from the NFL. He needs counseling and help to figure out where these acts came from.

Recently, Marbury has made headlines for having different views. Personally, I found some of his opinions refreshing. But his latest counter-culture take will get him in trouble. And I believe it’s justified.

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