Dallas gives key to city to … Michael Vick?

posted at 10:55 am on February 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers met in the Super Bowl two days ago, and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers won the MVP Award for his great play.  The game also featured the induction of a number of former NFL greats into the Hall of Fame, as well as celebrities and statesmen from all over the country.  It was the perfect time to give out the key to the city to some deserving philanthropist, such as … Michael Vick?

Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway presented Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and convicted felon Michael Vick a key to the city of Dallas Saturday.

Caraway said he believes “a great majority” of the people of Dallas would have supported his decision, despite Vick’s conviction for running a vicious dog fighting ring.

“I gave it to him, sure I did. The wayward children that were there needed to have hope,” he said.

Caraway – who is poised to step in as Dallas mayor when Mayor Tom Leppert leaves office – did not say exactly where he was (“somewhere downtown” and “one of the clubs”) or exactly who was sponsoring the event where he handed Vick a key to the city. He said the event occurred around 5 p.m. with children in attendance.

Don’t count Leppert among the “great majority” of people clamoring to give Vick the civic honor usually reserved for meritorious citizenship:

“The action taken was not sanctioned by my office and was not an official ceremonial honor on behalf of the City of Dallas. Official Keys to the City are presented by the Mayor, or an elected official designated by the Mayor, and reserved, on a limited basis, for an elected official of international status. Clearly, this was not the case in this situation and done without my knowledge or approval.”

As it happens, one of the people attending this ceremony was not a wayward child but the caretaker of one of Vick’s dogs rescued from his kennels.  Richard Hunter tried to get Vick to look at a picture of the dog and comment on camera, but instead of responding, Vick’s bodyguard cursed and restrained Hunter, which provided its own moment of irony:

But something else happens [in addition to Vick being given the key to the city] in video — which was shot by Richard Hunter, better known as radio’s own Big Dick. Hunter, as [Dallas Observer writer] Richie [Whitt] pointed out last June, adopted one of the so-called “bait dogs” Vick used in the dog-fighting ring that landed him in prison. The dog’s name is Mel — and as Richard told Richie, “While Vick is pure evil, this dog is so good despite having suffered through such hell that he’s truly changed my life.” Richard went to the event to show Vick Mel’s picture and confront him about the past — which, as you’ll see in the video, never happened.

Hunter’s video has already gone viral:

Vick served his time and should have the opportunity to earn a living. The NFL made the right decision in allowing teams to give him a chance at playing football after paying the price for his crimes (and a higher price than some others in his position). Giving him a key to the city, however, is absurd, as was Vick’s decision to accept it.  Maybe Caraway couldn’t get Rodgers or any of the gathered greats for the Super Bowl to take his calls.


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The Mayor Pro Tem sounds like a Democrat.

mizflame98 on February 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Caraway seeds hit hardest?

hillbillyjim on February 8, 2011 at 3:16 PM

As a football player Vick is unpredictable. As a person he is a liability to the team. Eagles management have done a wonderful job boosting the cities self image (kidding – I live in Philly). I don’t get Dallas’s angle here. Most Eagles fans think “Dallas sucks” is one word.

PhillyUnion on February 8, 2011 at 3:25 PM

If you want to know the truth about Vick and his dogs, read Jim Gorant’s “The Lost Dogs.” The early chapters are sickening and will break your heart (unless, like some neanderthals here, you think “they are only dogs”). And the stories of the many people who have given generously of their time, experience, spirit, and in some cases, their own money, to save the dogs and get justice for them will renew your faith in humankind.

OTOH Michael Vick is subhuman. He personally harmed or killed many of his dogs, including one that he grabbed by the paws and repeatedly swung up into the air and slammed into the ground until she was dead.

Oh, but he only had to do that because initial attempts to drown the dog failed.

Why should Vick have a career where he is idolized, endorsement deals that pay him huge money? He should have been given the same second chance he gave that little red dog.

Meredith on February 8, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Most Eagles NFL fans think “Dallas sucks” is one word.

FIFY.

lorien1973 on February 8, 2011 at 3:39 PM

lorien1973 on February 8, 2011 at 3:39 PM

think

know

FIFYFIFY

hillbillyjim on February 8, 2011 at 3:42 PM

fixeditforyoufixingitforyourselforsomething?

hillbillyjim on February 8, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Which leaves the outstanding question regarding the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders:

WWLD?

What would Lorien do?

(hint: this is too easy)

hillbillyjim on February 8, 2011 at 3:47 PM

How did this slime bucket Caraway get elected to anything in Dallas? I didn’t think their ghetto was that big?

Jaibones on February 8, 2011 at 4:32 PM

How did this slime bucket Caraway get elected to anything in Dallas?

Jaibones

He lost a bet?

hillbillyjim on February 8, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Its all about the “bros” sticking together, I don’t think people realize the extent of this.If you think obama would of called him(vick) if he was white, you are naive.

jsunrise on February 8, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Its all about the “bros” sticking together, I don’t think people realize the extent of this.If you think obama would of called him(vick) if he was white, you are naive.

jsunrise on February 8, 2011 at 4:42 PM

The problem with telling the truth, you see, is that it automatically makes you a RAAACIST.

Double standards abound in the good ol’ U. S. of A.

But we’re getting there, without despite the damn government.

hillbillyjim on February 8, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Double standards abound in the good ol’ U. S. of A.

But we’re getting there, without despite the damn government.

hillbillyjim on February 8, 2011 at 4:45 PM

What really opened my eyes was walking through new orleans one night,I saw a long line of people waiting to get into a club so I looked up at what they were going into, I was blown away, the sign said”thursday, black only night“!

jsunrise on February 8, 2011 at 4:54 PM

But we’re getting there, without despite the damn government.

hillbillyjim on February 8, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I apologize for the multiple posts, but this needs to be explored just a little.

In a couple of generations from now, without any interference, we would see racism through the lens of an examination of history.

Most of the young people I know couldn’t care less about a person’s race, color, religion, sexual orientation, …

However, with the constant drum-beating coming from the usual suspects on the left, a lot of uninformed folks are left with the impression that we are a nation divided by race, divided by color, divided by religious bigotry, divided by hate, blah blah blah…

This is what keeps the divide alive.

The only places where this is a valid proposition in the mainstream are the government-created ghettos; the LBJ instigated barrios; the offspring of the Great Society social engineering experiment that failed so miserably.

Look at New York City.

Look at Chicago.

Look at Detroit.

Look at LA, for the sake of Pete.

The rest of the country is doing fine, thank you, and please butt the hell out, so we can set things right.

——————–Signed,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Black, White, Left, & Right

hillbillyjim on February 8, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Meredith on February 8, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Thank you very much Meredith. It’s good to be reminded. It’s easy to forget when the cold, hard facts fade away. Great post!

Gob on February 8, 2011 at 5:25 PM

jsunrise on February 8, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Yes it is. Identity politics at it’s most disgusting.

I can’t think of ONE PERSON whom I would excuse a heinous act due to their ethnicity or race. This is what the Liberals have done to legitimize bigotry.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/the_left_and_their_good_victim.html

Gob on February 8, 2011 at 5:30 PM

People who place harm to animals on the same moral plane as harm to human beings have a wacky compass, IMHO.

IronDioPriest on February 8, 2011 at 11:36 AM

I submit that those who would harm animals for pleasure would have no compunction about harming a fellow human — should they be placed into a position where they could do it without retribution. People who like inflicting pain on cats, dogs, or even chickens are not nice people.

We are stewards, and the good steward is not a cruel one.

I look at Vick through that lens. Being faced by the new owner of one of his abused pets is really a minor penance, and one which Vick could have turned to his benefit as a true penitent:

Q: Do you see this picture of a dog? I adopted one of your dogs.
A: Yes, I remember that dog. Looks very healthy and happy. I’m glad he has the loving home I didn’t provide him. I’ve prayed that all of my former victims get happy homes. What did you name him?

There, that wasn’t so hard was it, Mr. Vick?

unclesmrgol on February 8, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Show me some indication that Vick has mistreated humans and I’m right there with ya. As far as I know, there’s not even an allegation of a knocked-around former girlfriend. So the idea that his cruelty to these dogs somehow translates into the assumption that he would be abusive to people if he could is incorrect unless proven otherwise.

Look, what he did was heinous, and I see that. My commentary is not to minimize Vick’s crime, but to cast some aspersion on the person who went after him in this video. The actions of the video vigilante are not commensurate with the crime, particularly in light of the fact that the guy went to prison and did his time. The vigilante’s actions speak of an unnatural moral equivalence between humans and animals.

If he’d have harmed a child, or a woman, or any innocent person, then hell yeah, “dog” him (pun intended) until he is ashamed to show his face in public ever again. But he was ruthlessly cruel to some dogs – animals. He got busted, shamed, and sent to prison. To go after him now in an attempt to get a “gotchya” moment on videotape is morally suspect in itself.

IronDioPriest on February 8, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Fine. As long as they didn’t give Vick the key to the animal shelter.

As an Iggles fan and Philly native, it’s not difficult to see that Vick has served his purpose. That would be for the controversy swirling around him to deflect attention away from the most overrated coach in the league, Andy “Devine” Reid. Never has so much talent been squandered over a decade and nothing to show for it except one title game appearance and a QB that not only choked on it, but puked too.

If Joe “Joe-must-go” Kuharich had had the equivalent he would have lasted out his ten-year contract, and won 5-6 Super Bowls during that time (mmm, maybe.) We weren’t a big fan of his but if Buddy “Is-offense-required?” Ryan had a decade’s worth of such talent the words ‘Rich Kotite’ would never have entered into the vernacular.

It should have been, McNabb gone one year, then if no serious move on the title, Reid gone the next. But Reid managed to bamboozle ownership into acquiring Vick and his horrific baggage, removing any and all focus from him (except the usual “genius” talk from the Joe Bucks of the world.) Owner Jeff Lurie is supposed to have spent an entire day interviewing Vick before the deal. He must have been sitting there thinking, There’s something wrong here but I can’t quite put my finger on it. So indirectly those poor mutts suffered and died to save Reid’s job. Reid must GO! (And he can take Vick with him.)

Meanwhile talented third string QB Mike Kafka — a headline writer’s dream — missed his natural shot at winning the job and languished on the sidelines. He’s doomed, no doubt, to the NFL’s version of a Kafkaesque fate…a trade to Oakland, to be Jason Campbell’s back-up.

Gregor Samsa had a better metamorphosis.

curved space on February 9, 2011 at 7:52 AM

There are a lot of people in Dallas upset about this. It is all over the news here.

sandgal on February 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM

As told by Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday night (per Newsmax late night jokes email):

•Michael Vick has made more than his share of mistakes, but on the bright side, he is the primary reason they no longer play “Who Let the Dogs Out” at stadiums.

EconomicNeocon on February 10, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Vick served his time and should have the opportunity to earn a living.

The problem with this line of thinking is that there are no lasting consequences for his actions…which means there is no deterrent factor for him to change his ways, nor any deterrent factor for anyone else in the NFL. It’s this ‘one free* pass’ attitude that keeps making NFL players into thugs.

(*free being relative to a short prison sentence)

Yes, Vick should have the opportunity to earn a living. He should have the same opportunity as every other ex-con…those who squandered their chance to be anything but an ex-con…he should work at a dry cleaner or a supermarket, not continue to earn fame and fortune.

James on February 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM

If he’d have harmed a child, or a woman, or any innocent person, then hell yeah, “dog” him (pun intended) until he is ashamed to show his face in public ever again. But he was ruthlessly cruel to some dogs – animals. He got busted, shamed, and sent to prison. To go after him now in an attempt to get a “gotchya” moment on videotape is morally suspect in itself.

IronDioPriest on February 8, 2011 at 7:05 PM

I stand by my previous statements. He could have turned that “gotcha” moment into gold, but instead used it to prove his callousness.

unclesmrgol on February 27, 2011 at 3:47 AM