Posted by: Tony Carson | 24 August, 2007

How much is Vick a product of his culture?

Look, in no way can Michael Vick’s conduct be condoned, but so much has come out after his charge of animal cruelty that you have to stop and pause and ask: is this a cultural issue?

Here is a transcript of a dialogue between actor Jamie Foxx and access hollywood ‘reporter’ Shaun Robinson. It is haunting in its innocents; it has the ring of speaking for an entire culture.

“Is he really going to jail?” Jamie asked Shaun about Michael Vick.

“Yes, he’s going to plea bargain,” Shaun said.

Although Vick has been almost universally condemned since agreeing to plead guilty to dog fighting conspiracy, according to Foxx, people should not be so quick to judge the NFL star.

“It’s a cultural thing, I think,” Jamie said. “Most brothers didn’t know that, you know. I used to see dogs fighting in the neighborhood all the time. I didn’t know that was Fed time. So, mike probably just didn’t read his handbook on what not to do as a black star.”

While he has a way of lightening even the most sensitive of subjects, Jamie is sincere in his belief that the quarterback is not being given a fair shake.

“I know that cruelty to animals is bad, but sometimes people shoot people and kill people and don’t get time,” Jamie continued. “I think in this situation, he really didn’t know the extent of it, so I always give him the benefit of the doubt.”

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