After weeks and weeks of being on the receiving end of a media strap-on, Michael Vick is has finally addressed the indictment handed down by the government.
And the press seems receptive and supportive.
Vick may have made a huge mistake by staying quiet for so long and allowing the negativity to reach a boiling point. He certainly now has double the work ahead of him to win back the handful of fans that are unsure of how to take the media's representation of the allegations.
But, it would seem that today, at a federal courthouse in Virginia, Vick began his hajj to redemption and winning back that minority of fans that doubt him.
Just look at the headlines on the major sports pages:
"Vick Pleads Not Guilty"
"Vick Plea: Not Guilty"
"Vick Pleads Not Guilty to Charges"
Clearly, the press is sending us a sign. The headlines seem to focus on Vick and "not guilty". This is not a coincidence. It is a veritable admission from the media that now, after having time to reflect on the allegations, they may have formed the lynch mob prematurely.
Certainly, if the press wanted to project this court hearing in a negative light, the headlines would have read something to the effect of:
"Vick refrains from Guilty plea"
Clearly, the earnest conviction displayed in Vick's court appearance has begun to sway the press in his favor.
Joey Harrington, don't get too comfortable under center.