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Um... He said what?
Buehrle is a well-respected guy, generally a nice guy and a White Sox fan favorite. When he said last winter that he hoped to see Eagles quarterback Michael Vick get seriously injured, though, he undid a lot of the work he had done in building a reputation around the game.
He is obviously not the only person who has expressed that sentiment, but everyone who has is wrong, and it needs to be acknowledged. Look, what Vick did to dogs he raised to fight illegally is tragic and sick. But:
- He did them to dogs, not people.
- He paid his debt to society, has demonstrated real remorse and now strives to be a face for change when it comes to that culture and to animal violence in general.
- Did I mention he did these things to dogs?
Animal rights people have a tendency to forget that animals, while essentially defenseless and therefore to be protected, are not people. Buehrle went way beyond the line in wishing harm on another person whose sins are well-documented and who has made a pretty fair penance already.