Michael Vick: Post-Interview Thoughts

David KutschCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27:  Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (R) leaves federal court August 27, 2007 in Richmond, Viriginia. Vick pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting charge.  (Photo by Steve Helber-Pool/Getty Images)

Dog Killer.

Michael Vick will always be a dog killer.  A man that strangled, drowned, electrocuted and even shot dogs that wouldn't fight for his amusement.  Like a pervert that molests a child will always be a rapist and a sex offender or a psycho that stabs someone to death will always be a murderer, Mike Vick will always be a killer of dogs.  

Reports say he even laughed while he committed these atrocities.  Can anyone of you imagine taking enjoyment in killing dogs because they wouldn't fight and laughing about it all the while?

Now I am not one of those people that try to ascribe human attributes to animals or anything like that, but I do appreciate my dogs.  I have two of them and would do anything to keep them both safe. 

They were my children until my son was born six months ago.  I would do anything - ANYTHING - to keep my son safe from people who meant him harm.  I still love my dogs like I did, but not like I love my son.  But I would defend my dogs just as fervently as I would any member of my family.

I say all this as a preface to reminding people that there are many folks whose only "children" are their dogs.  And it is these people, as well as others, that are so outraged at Mike Vick being allowed back in the NFL.  After watching his interview on 60 Minutes today, I understand why.

I watched and tried to give Vick the benefit of the doubt.  Hoped that what he was saying was the truth.  Tried to believe that his words were heart-felt, remorseful and truthful.

Body language does not lie. 

Here was a man that I watched play college ball for the Hokies of Virginia Tech.  He was electrifying.  A human highlight reel.  I don't really care much for the NFL - not the same level of passion as college ball - but I watched when the Falcons played because Vick was such an amazing talent.  I was even saddened when the news broke of what Vick had done.  But then, just as now, it was obvious Michael Vick was not sorry.

Oh, he was sorry all right.  For being caught.  For what it was going to do to his football career.  For the damage it would do to his pocketbook and image.  He was not, however, sorry for killing the pit bulls he trained to be killers themselves.

Watching Michael Vick's exchange on 60 Minutes was actually quite humorous.  Maybe he wasn't prepared to answer the questions without looking like a guy sitting bareback on a seat made of razors.  That might be the most nervous I can ever remember seeing Michael Vick.

And don't try to tell me it was being on national TV or that it was because this was his first televised interview since getting out of prison.  This man is used to the attention.  Vick has been there, done that when it comes to people and cameras watching his every move.  The lack of eye contact, looking down and head turning when answering pretty much every question along with his hard swallows before passing off a couple of his lies spoke louder than anything Mike Vick actually said.  Heck, even my wife noticed it.

Ask any cop - or if you know one - FBI agent and they will tell you that non-verbal communication is what they are watching for when questioning someone.  Being observant to body language is a critical component to seeing deception.  Mike Vick displayed many of the tell-tale signs of someone not telling the truth; of someone who was lying.

Don't try to use the cultural excuse to defend what Mike Vick did either.  The Korowai people of Papua have a cultural practice, too: cannibalism.  Just because your culture practices something does not make it right.

Vick laments that he wishes he had stopped the activities he was involved in.  That he could have prevented the things he had "let happen".  Putting dogs to death with your own hands is not letting something happen, Mike.

Everyone deserves a second chance.  But because I do not believe - as much as I wanted to - that Michael Vick is sorry for what he did, I wish the NFL would reconsider allowing him back into the league.  It's had enough black eyes already.

Consider this: anyone capable of doing the things Vick did to these innocent animals could just as easily do it to a human being.  After all, many a psychopathic serial killer has a history of animal mutilation.

What I am saying is that it is obvious Michael Vick is not sorry for what he did.  If he is sorry for anything, it is for getting caught. 

Regardless, no matter how great a career Vick goes on to have in the NFL; no matter how many touchdown passes he throws or all-purpose yards he tallies, it will never change one thing: Michael Vick is a dog killer.