Tuesday, Michael Vick talked to high school students and no one made a fuss about it. Meanwhile, the President of the United States gave a speech and parents were in an uproar. What's wrong with this picture?
Jay Brown: I almost couldn't believe it when I heard that Michael Vick was speaking to high school students Tuesday. I'd heard all the hoopla over parents pulling their kids out of school so they wouldn't have to hear Obama speak (outrageous!), yet there wasn't one news story about parents pulling kids out when a convict and national disgrace like Michael Vick is being invited into our schools!
"I didn't choose to go the right way, which led to 18 months in prison, which was the toughest time of my life," he said. "Being away from my family, being away from my kids who I adore dearly, and being away from the game of football, doing something so foolish, and I wish I could take it all back. I was influenced by so many people when I should have been a leader, not a follower."
He says he's not a leader? He's the quarterback of an NFL football team! Hello ... that's a leader!
Here's a guy who's not out of prison four months, and HE is talking to our kids? Don't fall to peer pressure -- what is he saying, that everyone else made him start this dogfighting ring? How about taking responsibility for your own actions?
All these kids are seeing is a football player they idolize, a tough guy who just got out of jail. Are they really going to think, "This is a guy who fell victim to peer pressure"? I don't think so!
It's just crazy that people pulled their kids out of school over the President of the United States, the leader of our country, whose message was telling children to stay in school, yet no one says a word about this guy?!
I once wrote a post about Manny Ramirez after he was busted for drugs, and how he let my kid down. I caught a lot of flack from people saying that athletes shouldn't be role models. Maybe they shouldn't be ... but in this country, they are, like it or not. Michael Vick had a responsibility as a role model, and he let kids down. Don't put him up in front of our kids at school, where they can just idolize him further!
You've got to question where we are as a country when we celebrate Michael Vick speaking to our kids but bristle when the president does the same. No matter if you're Democrat, Republican, or indifferent, something's definitely not right about that.
|Jay Brown is a full-time stay-at-home dad living in Los Angeles. He has two kids, age 5 and 8.|