Now, let us first avoid the coming complaints, misunderstandings and vitriol that will surely be tossed like so much monkey dung at us from the unenlightened, chimp-like minds of the contrarians out there.
If you choose to interchange the word "suicide" for "assassination" in our opening paragraph, we will grant you license.
Michael Vick has long been determined to have an unfortunate propensity to make poor decisions. His unwise choices are well documented on the gridiron. Forcing passes. Making poor reads. Etcetera. Etcetera.
Yet, both in college and in the pro's, his masters allowed the poor decisions to continue. Sort of the risk versus reward conundrum. His legitimate talent to come up with big plays meant that the poor decisions and lack of ability to make situational reads could be overlooked. And they were. With impunity.
Having cultivated this sense within Mr. Vick that it was ok to make poor decisions and that his innate talents could compensate for his rudimentary abilities in making situational reads and decisions, Mr. Vick was given millions and millions of dollars. And a long off season.
Football is life. It is life to those that play it to support their existence. The field becomes one with day to day living. Talents and thought processes that guide one on the field become intertwined with the day to day. A superstar sees his picture in ads and on TV. In his football uniform. Playing football. He is football. Life is football.
But football, to the non-player, is entertainment and diversion. And entertainment is business.
In one way or another, we all benefit from big business in this country. And at the same time, we are all used by big business in this country.
The picture should be clear.
We are all to blame for allowing Michael Vick to lose sight of who he is. We are all to blame for his becoming disillusioned and believing that living in society is the same as playing football.
By allowing his masters in business and football to assure him that his inability to make good decisions and his "illiteracy" in the realm of the situational read were ok; we all gave him license to make bad reads and decisions.
The Grand Jury that levied an indictment against Mr. Vick simultaneously indicted every fan of football, every buyer of the goods that had Vick's name and image attached and every purveyor of products marketed in connection with Vick.
We were all indicted. As a society.
But only one of us stood up to accept the responsibility.
We ask that you take some time to consider the realities presented. That you take a moment to reflect on how you will handle your indictment in this case.
Do you also accept responsibility for your part, as Michael has? Will you plead guilty, or continue to live in denial?
We shall return in a timely manner with full closure in Part II.