Worse, yet, here's what Deion had to say, which I think is a good point:
Also, from a follow-up interview:
What a dog means to Vick might be a lot different than what he means to you or I.
Hold on, don’t start shaking your head just yet. Listen to me.
Some people kiss their dogs on the mouth. Some people let their dogs eat from their plate. Some people dress their dogs in suits more expensive than mine, if you can believe that.
And some people enjoy proving they have the biggest, toughest dog on the street. You’re probably not going to believe this, but I bet Vick loves the dogs that were the biggest and the baddest. Maybe, he identified with them in some way.
You can still choose to condemn him, but I’m trying to take you inside his mind so you can understand where he might be coming from.
"[T]he real issue to me is, I think anybody, if someone in their family has done wrong or is doing wrong or made a bad, terrible decision, do we stone them or do we pray for them? I definitely, absolutely do not condone anything, but I am praying for him."That was what was so controversial? Oh, yeah, he also had the nerve to point out that there are bigger fish to fry, like murders and armed robberies.
I think Deion needs to walk up to Goodell and the NFL Network bosses, and tell them to either let the column run - and remove that clause from his contract, or he will resign and call a press conference to announce it. And he should have the letter of resignation ready to hand to Goodell.
Goodell has been treating Michael Vick like a hardened criminal - never mind that Vick's not had the track record of a Pacman Jones, Chris Henry, Tank Johnson, or Odell Thurman. The dogfighting issue is the first troubel he's ever had. It's not minor, but it's not what others have done, either. Meanwhile the person or persons responsbile for killing and NFL player are still out there. Maybe he needs to re-direct his attention on that matter.