People are peeeyissed off after Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwain Carraway gave a key to the city to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick while the convicted dog murderer was visiting that city during Super Bowl festivities.
Mayor Tom Leppert spoke with the Dallas Morning News and expressed regret about the honorary key: “We don’t condone it and clearly didn’t approve it.” (Hey, mayor, you’re an “I” not a “we.”)
The entire key presentation might have flown under the radar except that local radio personality Richard Hunter captured it on his cellphone video. Hunter, who adopted a pit bull that was rescued from one of Vick’s dogfighting facilities, showed up at the Dallas event seeking to talk to the quarterback.
Vick shunned him. His bodyguards blocked and cursed at Hunter, and one of them is heard saying, “We don’t care about the dog.”
Vick served a year-and-a-half in prison after being convicted on federal charges related to running a dogfighting ring across state lines in 2007. He lost his credibility, endorsements, and his football salary. He filed bankruptcy in 2008.
Now he admits his mistakes and talks to kids about it. He returned to football and showed courage and leadership on the field this season. He presents himself as a changed man.
But Dallas residents and online commentators are skewering Vick, Caraway, and the city, apparently convinced that the first thing Vick will do with his ill-gotten key is to sneak into animal shelters at night, strangle puppies, and eat their hearts.
Caraway, politician that he is, backpedaled on the key ceremony and apologized once the dog poo hit the fan. (He’s seen on Hunter’s video practically kissing Vick’s feet while giving him the key.)
Americans are a forgiving bunch when people do their best to make amends for past sins. Caraway chose to forgive. The question is, has Vick done his best to make amends?
Hunter doesn’t think so. In a phone conversation this morning, Hunter (aka “Big Dick”) told Blotch that Vick is a sociopath incapable of feeling remorse for brutalizing, hanging, drowning, and otherwise murdering dogs — Vick is only sorry for the problems it caused him.
“A mental disorder isn’t something that fades,” Hunter said. “Anybody who takes the time to read the public record of Vick’s confession and the eyewitness testimony will see that…on two separate occasions he took his own children’s [pet] dogs and threw them into the fighting pit and [the fighting dogs] shredded them, and he laughed about it. A sociopath lacks empathy.”
In December, Vick said he’d like to own another dog. Hunter has also heard the quarterback say he sometimes thinks about the dogs that were victimized as part of his fight ring.
“My going down there was thinking he might like the opportunity to talk to one of the primary caregivers of a victim,” Hunter said.
Vick didn’t take the bait, and he looks like a weasel in the video. On the other hand, he’s probably been heckled and jeered so often in the past few years that he wisely avoids engaging in combative questioning on the street.
Hunter is planning to attend tomorrow’s Dallas City Council meeting and ask the city to demand the key’s return.