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In today’s top news, many Americans agree that Joe Biden won last night’s vice presidential debate, a poll shows Mitt Romney leading President Obama in Florida and Bobbi Kristina confirms her engagement to Nick Gordon.
The majority of Americans agree that Joe Biden won last night’s vice presidential debate. [CBS]
A poll shows Mitt Romney leading President Obama in Florida. [Tampa Bay Times]
Bobbi Kristina confirms her engagement to Nick Gordon. [BET]
BP and the Obama Administration are reportedly close to striking a settlement deal over the 2012 Gulf oil spill. [NBCNews]
Last Dragon star Leo O’Brien dies at 41. [BET]
Nelly was detained after drugs and a loaded gun were found on his tour bus. [BET]
Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson documentary will hit theaters briefly beginning next week. [Hollywood Reporter]
Rapper Shyne publicly expresses his support for Mitt Romney. [MTV]
Michael Vick confirms that he does own a dog. [Grio]
Ghana’s Ashanti crown jewels were stolen from a Norway hotel. [BBC]
The European Union won a Nobel Peace Prize. [CNN]
Charing Ball, contributor, The Atlanta Post
So Tucker Carlson, Fox News commentator and professional agitator, recently ignited a small controversy over his comments that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick should have been executed three years ago when convicted on dog-fighting and animal cruelty charges.
As a Philadelphian, and needless to say Eagles fan, no one is happier than I (and the millions other Eagles fans around the country) to have a player like Vick leading the helm. But even through his redemptive professional comeback, Vick still can’t escape the calls from animal rights activist and dog owners alike that he should have been stripped of his freedom and barred from the game forever.
This constant barrage of hate towards the quarterback is alarming for some, particularly in the African American community, who find it odd that dogs in America have been elevated to a higher standard than many humans. All this resentment has led some in the black community to raise the pentacle question: Why do White people love dogs much more than they do Black people?
A new video released to police calls into question Michael Vick’s account of the shooting that happened at his all-white 30th birthday bash in Virginia Beach.
Vick’s lawyers said the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback was “long gone” before the incident, but the video released by Guadalajara restaurant, where the event was held, shows the pro footballer leaving 3 minutes before the shooting.
Allen Fabijan, a spokesman for the restaurant, said police have asked the club not to release the video to media but allowed the Associated Press to see the footage.
In the video, Vick’s car pulls away at 2:07 a.m. just before the shooting and drives into the direction of the area where the shots were fired.
Vick’s lawyers are, however, sticking to their account. “I stand by what I said, that Michael was long gone before the shooting, does not know who did the shooting and had nothing to do with the shooting. Anyone who says any different better be very careful.”
Police say Vick is not a suspect in the shooting.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to announce this week when Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will be permitted to play during the regular season. Shortly after Vick was released from federal prison, after 18 months on dogfighting charges, the commissioner conditionally reinstated Vick. That allowed Vick to play in the final two preseason games. His upcoming decision will determine when the speedy lefty is back for good. Earlier, Goodell said he might not permit Vick back until the sixth game of the regular season, which means that the Philadelphia Eagles would be compelled to put him on the exempt list. This would preclude Vick from practicing and thus retard his flow back into productive, full-time pro football. The Philadelphia Eagles, which must cut its roster to 53 players by Saturday evening, say it is imperative to know when Vick will be allowed back. The team signed the former Atlanta Falcon to a two-year contract, worth close to $7 million. However, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello denied ESPN reports that the commissioner would decide this week. “I don’t know when the commissioner will make his decision,” Aiello said. “He hasn’t told me yet.” Vick will play in tonight’s final exhibition game, against the New York Jets, at Giants Stadium.
The massive clash between the Michael Vick supporters and those who believe he should never be able to don another NFL jersey never happened. Yes, Vick was on hand to show football fans – particularly those in his new town, Philadelphia – his stuff on the field after nearly two years in a federal prison. But, for all the million-dollar hullabaloo over the 29-year-old quarterback’s return, the big night fizzled like an Alka-seltzer in the rain. As The Philadelphia Daily News’ David Gambarcorta put it, it was “about two rings short of a three-ring circus.” Yes, local NAACP President Whyatt Mondesire showed up with pro-Vick troops, but his battalion was about a third shy of his promised 30 troops. He had hoped that an ocean of supporters would show up at Lincoln Financial Field to send a strong signal about Vick’s right to earn a living in his profession of choice, since he had already paid his debt to society. “A lot of people say he shouldn’t be given a second chance,” Mondesire said, blasting what he called racist anti-Vick radio programs. “We’re tired of a one-sided dialogue.” As for the expected horde of animal-rights advocates, it was more like a mini gathering of sorts. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals decided to stay home from the game, opting instead to use the occasion to raise money for dogs who are victims of cruelty or dogfighting. Meanwhile, Vick made a relatively quiet debut on the field, ending the night with 4-4 passing for about 19 yards. His new squad squeezed out a last-minute 33-32victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
When the Philadelphia Eagles take the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars tonight, fans – as well as the anti-fans – will witness the second coming of Michael Vick. Word is, dog lovers will throw a tailgate party for the “2nd Chance Dogs campaign to put a spotlight on the dogfighting scourge and to prompt folks to adopt formerly abused pit bulls. As this group’s members are happy to point out, these canines, like Vick, deserve another chance. Ever since the Eagles announced that it had signed Vick, following an 18-month stint in federal prison for dogfighting, the critics have been out in force. The City of Brotherly Love is no place for the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, who committed such egregious acts of cruelty at his Bad Newz Kennels in Virginia, the critics claim. And the fact that the speedy, lefty provides the Super Bowl-starved team with another weapon in the battle for a championship is immaterial, argue opponents like Sue Cosby, chief executive of the SPCA. “As a lot of people have pointed out, (Vick’s) animals never got a second chance,” Cosby said. “We need to speak for them.” It only remains to be seen whether others will follow through with a promised boycott of the Eagles – and whether it would have any impact if they did. Meanwhile, the NAACP and Black Clergy of Philadelphia are planning protests of their own. Both groups contend that Vick has paid his debt to society and deserves an opportunity to work in his profession, which happens to be an NFL quarterback.
By Sherri L. Smith, BlackWeb20.com
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Michael Vick, signed last week to a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles after spending nearly two years in prison, said that he cried his eyes out after being locked up – and not because he had lost the most lucrative contract in the NFL. “When I was in prison … I was disgusted, you know, because of what I let happen to those animals,” Vick told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in his first interview since being released. “I deserved to lose the $130 million. “Why would a guy who was making a $130 million … on the flip side … killing dogs … he don’t deserve it.” Last week, Vick, who is now millions of dollars in debt, signed a one-year contract with the Eagles worth $1.6 million; if the team decides to keep the speedy, left-handed quarterback for a second year, it must pay him another $5.2 million. When he completed the 23-month prison sentence — 18 months of which he did at the federal penitentiary in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas —NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell allowed him back into the league, after a six-week suspension. Vick told “60 Minutes” commentator James Brown that he understood why people are still angry at him, even though he has paid his debt to society. “I understand why,” Vick replied. “And I’m going to say it again. Sickens me to my stomach. And it was, you know, the same thing that I’m feeling right now. …I could’ve put a stop to it. I could’ve walked away from it. I could’ve shut down the whole operation.” All it would have taken, Vick said, is for him to have stood up to the buddies with whom he ran Bad Newz Kennels. His mistake, he said, was “not being able to say, or tell … certain people around me that, ‘Look, we can’t do this anymore. I’m concerned about my career. I’m concerned about my family.’”
Quarterback-turned-convict-turned-quarterback Michael Vick apparently did enough to convince NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he’s sorry for acts of animal cruelty that landed him in the federal penitentiary for nearly two years, but PETA isn’t buying it. Just moments after the Philadelphia Eagles announced inking a two-year deal with the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, the animal-rights group lashed out. “You’ve got to wonder what kind of message this sends to young people who care about animals and don’t want to see them be harmed,” Dan Shannon, a spokesman for the group said in a statement. “We hope Vick has learned his lesson, we hope he feels remorseful for his crimes, but there’s not a lot of public indication that that’s the case. At this point, only time will tell.” PETA members weren’t the only ones expressing outrage. Sports-radio shows were clogged with callers blasting the Eagles’ organization for signing Vick to the deal, worth $1.6 million this year and an additional $5.2 million if the team decides to bring him back in 2011. But the 29-year-old lefty wasn’t without his share of supporters. Donovan McNabb, the Eagles’ quarterback for the past decade, said he actually pressed management to add Vick to the squad. “I pretty much lobbied to get him here, because I believe everyone deserves a second chance, and what better place to come [than] here,” said McNabb, contradicting early reports that he was averse to bringing in such talented competition. “I look forward to him joining us in the next couple days.” Coach Andy Reid said, “Michael has proven he’s on the right track,” Reid said. “I’ve had a chance to talk to Michael a few times to make sure I know exactly where he’s at, and he’s in a good place. …I’m very excited … to have a good football player. You’re talking about one of the top quarterbacks in the league when he was playing, and he’s familiar with our offense, having done it the last few years in Atlanta. It’s a very exciting thing. We feel very good about it.” Ironically, the last time Vick played an NFL Game, he donned a Falcons helmet and played against the Philadelphia Eagles. On Dec. 6, the Eagles face the Falcons.