Among the many crazy stories this week, including the signing of Michael Vick to the Philadelphia Eagles, I was pointed back to a 2005 article by the Washington Post about the infamous PETA and its own skeletons.
According to the article, this is an organization that has been under investigation for years as suspected domestic terrorists. No lie. Part of it is the hyper sensitivity of government law enforcement agencies after 9/11 and the other part is PETA is connected/entangled/funded by extreme animal rights groups that will literally bomb your car if you work with testing animals. Forget the fact that no animals are harmed, your car is getting it.
But I’m not surprised by any of this. The fringe animals rights groups have always been so cantankerous and outrageously absurd in the name of their cause, I have dismissed any possibility of reasonableness from them. That includes PETA.
So when the group says in January Vick should get a brain scan for signs he may be a psychopath, I shrug, knowing it’s just ol’ crazy PETA doing its thing. When Vick is released from prison and they accuse him of being at a strip club afterward and not being remorseful of his crimes, I laugh. If I were Vick in that moment, instead of denying being at a strip club, I’d totally admit to it. Because that’s exactly where I’d want to be after two years locked in the pen. No lie.
First, and most importantly, coach Mike Singletary will plug in Shaun Hill as the team’s starter for the San Francisco 49ers’ first preseason game. It’s an indication, in my mind, that the starting spot is his to lose.
Now, on to the ex-convicts and extra marital affairs.
In unprecedented, but most welcomed, news, Roger Goodell announced a season-long suspension for Donte’ Stallworth.
He had it coming.
I can’t help but think this is karma at work for a guy who literally killed a man while driving drunk and spent 23 days of repentance in soft-core jail. I wrote about the backwards way the justice system was working on this case in June. It was atrocious to mete out a 30-day sentence, however long the probation period.
Simple question: What does two years in prison, millions in lost salary, promises to volunteer and the PETA cross on his back mean to Roger Gooddell?
Nil, he says. Nil.
“I accept that you are sincere when you say that you want to, and will, turn your life around, and that you intend to be a positive role model for others,” Goodell said in his letter to Vick. “I am prepared to offer you that opportunity. Whether you succeed is entirely in your hands.”
“Needless to say, your margin for error is extremely limited,” the letter said. “I urge you to take full advantage of the resources available to support you and to dedicate yourself to rebuilding your life and your career. If you do this, the NFL will support you.”
Even the letter was condescending. I wonder if the ink smelled like rosemary.
But really, will PETA get off his back? Does he have a real chance with an NFL team? I believe a lot depends on who will go to bat for Vick, being the owners and the players and the NFLPA. Their say carries a lot more clout than just the whims of an animal rights organization.
It wouldn’t hurt if he keeps his mouth shut either. That could go a long way.
Should I blame Dante Stallworth or should I blame the justice system?
Forget the preferential treatment argument you’ve heard ad nauseum. Forget the fact that Michael Vick killed dogs and not people, or was the last to confess to his guilty transgressions, however absurd and sadistic they were.
Donte killed a man. Drunk. He deserves more than 30 days in jail.
I hate writing those words. I really don’t think anything can be worse than compounding the punishment a man has deserved and been sentenced, with some more he doesn’t. But Donte definitely deserves more. Ten years probation seems like pittance for a man running stupidly in the streets. However stupidly.
You know what normal folks do when they see crazy people in the street, they slow down or better yet, stop. What they don’t do? Flash their lights.
I will not apologize for the justice system meting out a punishment that is in accordance with the law and sentencing guidelines. That’s just ridiculous. If anything, it highlights that there are changes needed at the third branch of government.