Michael Vick on “60 Minutes”: Contrition and a confession

I’m sure “60 Minutes” wasn’t thrilled with Michael Vick pre-empting himself and holding an introductory briefing two days before his taped interview with James Brown was scheduled to air. But the press conference in Philadelphia was a press conference, which serves a different purpose than the sitdown interview. And Vick was impressive in former, even more so in the latter.

I watched the interview in the press lounge at Turner Field, and there were the usual “Yeah, rights,” from a few of the skeptics behind me. But I felt no skepticism. I felt I was watching a humbled man admit to having been a fool and an ingrate and an all-around bad buy.

And let me ask this: When last did you own up to so many sins and failings? In the confessional box? Ever? And when last did you do it before an audience of millions?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it now: I’ve always liked the guy, and I felt almost personally disappointed when I read the indictment against him. I can only imagine how Arthur Blank felt, and that to me was the heart of Vick’s “60 Minutes” appearance — the self-disgust he felt at having let Blank down.

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Vick: “I can’t, you know, describe the feeling. You know, the hurt deep inside, hurt that I never felt before, knowing that I disappointed him, knowing that he’d given me every opportunity to come to him and reach out whenever I needed him. And he cared about me and I took it all for granted.”

It’s one thing to say, “Oh, I let my fans down.” It’s altogether different to put a human face on that failure. That Vick seems to realize what he did to the man who trusted him most gives me hope, not for the first time, that Michael Vick is indeed a changed and wiser man.

I know, I know. There are those among who will take the “Yeah, right” route, who will believe Vick’s only remorse is over having been caught. I believe otherwise. I believe he means what he says, and on “60 Minutes” he said exactly what he needed to say. And he said it well.

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Just An Observation

August 16th, 2009
8:17 pm

Hopefully all those Vick supporters that have blamed the Falcons’ organization for his downward spiral can stop the madness now that Vick set the record straight on 60 minutes. HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS OWN ACTIONS AND THE LIES HE TOLD AND CONTINUED TO TELL IN AN EFFORT NOT TO GET INTO TROUBLE!!!!

Bat Masterson

August 16th, 2009
8:21 pm

Time will tell. I was disgusted by everything that happened and for some reason felt cheated out of the chance to see what he could do in the runaway coach’s offense. Water under the bridge now, I hope he has grow and does well, he can still become a good example.

MightyQuinn

August 16th, 2009
8:24 pm

Maybe he needed to cry on TV to get everyone to believe he is truly sorry and repentant. Should have gotten Barbara Walters to interview him.

Mark Bradley

August 16th, 2009
8:27 pm

I have to say, Quinn, I wondered if there would be a tear or two during the interview. But there weren’t.

hernia

August 16th, 2009
8:29 pm

jason heyward reminds me of a younger mark bradley

Whopper Dawg

August 16th, 2009
8:34 pm

Mark, I am not a Vick fan as you know if you have read my posts. He said the right things and maybe he realizes that he has been given a second chance that not many people receive. I hope he is sincere, time will tell.

james

August 16th, 2009
8:34 pm

Just An Observation how does it feel to be perfect. He admitted to his wrong doing and to hear u say he is still tell lies is a disgrace. I going to take an educated guess that u are white!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marcus

August 16th, 2009
8:35 pm

Ditto Bat Masterson

Zip

August 16th, 2009
8:41 pm

Some say Vick’s love of dog fighting (and killing) is a result of the culture he was raised in. We don’t seem to give dogs that bite people the same benefit of the doubt—we just euthanize them. Vick is only as sorry as he needs to be to get back in the NFL and sign a fat contract. I think a dog would be more sincere.

Bill in VA

August 16th, 2009
8:41 pm

He said what he said because it had to be said, not because it was true. Never believe a liar!!

BIOMASS

August 16th, 2009
8:42 pm

Anyone that buys into the “I found Jesus in jail/prison” is an idiot.

Vick looks like a well-coached client wanting to jump through whatever hoops it takes to get him what he wants. The guy is a sociopath, and nobody is going to change that.

And please, enough with the Tony Dungy angle. Maybe someone should give HIM a few parenting skills, as his own son killed himself.

Mark Bradley

August 16th, 2009
8:43 pm

Let he who has never lied cast the first stone.

Stevengilley15

August 16th, 2009
8:43 pm

I feel if he don’t say anything people will say he is not remorseful and when he does speak, you hear skepticism. He will never be able to please everyone but he repented to GOD, he apologized to his fans and animal lovers. He is going above and beyond to do his part in ridding dogfighting and discouraging it within the youth. He doing his part, so kudos to Vick. But It was a good interview. I feel it could have been longer and that they should have dedicated the entire show to Vick because I turned the channel soon after

Reid Adair

August 16th, 2009
8:43 pm

I’ll go a step farther, Mark. I don’t think he was saying what he felt he “needed to say.” I thought he was speaking from the heart.

Like yourself, I was impressed to hear his comments about letting Arthur Blank down. Blank put his heart and soul (not to mention his money) into the former #7, and that is how he was re-paid.

I understand Blank has visited his former quarterback since his release. Hopefully both of them can move on now.

Martin Calloway

August 16th, 2009
8:44 pm

Agree with you Mark.

Ed-Covington

August 16th, 2009
8:46 pm

Let’s see: When was the last time I was offered millions of dollars a year to play football? Don’t dare compare the Vick situation to mine or any other of your customers situations. He knew that eventually he would have to apologize in public for his transgressions in order to play in the NFL again and once more be a highly-paid and famous athlete. If you knew anything about the criminal mind you would know that lying convincingly is second nature because they have convinced themselves that they are “good” people and all means are justified by the ends.

Reid Adair

August 16th, 2009
8:50 pm

“Let he who has never lied cast the first stone.”

Amen, Mark. Folks will say all sorts outrageous things while hiding behind some made-up nickname on the internet. The sad part is the ones who really believe the junk they post.

Herschel Talker

August 16th, 2009
8:51 pm

“Let he who has never lied cast the first stone.”

MB – for you to compare any of our lies to what Vick did is laughable. He lied to the face of his owner, an owner who gave him $100MM+, and to the face of the NFL commissioner. And in doing so, he brought down a whole franchise. Short of us bringing down our companies, there is no comparison. Considering he lied to his owner and his commissioner, this interview could be equal BS. Let’s see how his actions play out in community henceforth before anointing him a changed man.

SAB

August 16th, 2009
8:52 pm

MONSTER…….HE FEELS NO REMORSE…NONE AT ALL…MONSTER

cmerun100m

August 16th, 2009
8:53 pm

Wow! That last comment from “Biomass” was like a stake in the heart. Dungy is a well respected man and person. Vick needs someone exactly like him. Vick deserves a 2nd chance. Give it to him. We all have been given 2nd chances. Tell me you haven’t and you to can put yourself on the liar seat. I am a dog lover. Have one. I don’t condone anything that he did and still have some hurt in my heart for those dogs that suffered at his hands. Others have done much worse, but have received less punishment. Anyone heard of a guy by the name of Stallworth. Now that guy is one lucky SOB. Good thing for payoffs!

Zip

August 16th, 2009
8:53 pm

Sometimes “sorry” does not get the job done. Wayne Adam Ford said he was “sorry”. He got the death penalty. Most people don’t get the chances that people in “the spotlight” do and there are thousands of high school and college football players struggling for every roster spot. Give one of THEM the chance. Vick can learn to be a mechanic.

Herschel Talker

August 16th, 2009
8:53 pm

Reid Adair – you are a clown. Like his lies compare to our lies. We didn’t bring down a franchise. We didn’t like to bosses while behind the scenes performing killings. Let he who has never lied and thus brought down a company cast the first stone.

Reid Adair is a joke.

Falcons Obit

August 16th, 2009
8:54 pm

This sense of entitlment that Vick owes personal apologies is comical. I hope the haters collective heads caught spontaneous fire when James Brown mentioned the total value of his contract – whether he’s paid it or not, just the thought of the possibility should be enough to have them fuming and turning beet red for hours on end! LOL Oh haters, did you like Wayne Pacelle sitting there beside him, shaking his hand when he spoke in Decatur? No? Oh well, Mr. Pacelle doesnt care what you think. He’s getting paid, the community service is being done…and the justice department will not investigate where their contributions actually go.

Well haters, you wanted Mike Vick to have to go be a punt returner for the Raiders making minimum wage…..NOT! LOL

Fanboy69

August 16th, 2009
8:54 pm

BIOMASS you are scummy

Herschel Talker

August 16th, 2009
8:56 pm

Fanboy69 likes men

BIOMASS

August 16th, 2009
8:56 pm

What are you Bradley? A Sunday school teacher? It boils down to first stone bs? How about the “lest tho be judged” one? So someone murders your mother, and you sit on your hands because, “gee willikers, I can’t judge anyone.”

Fred

August 16th, 2009
8:57 pm

Zip, maybe you missed the last 72 hours but no, Mike Vick will not go be a mechanic…he will be the backup QB for the Eagles for a season, making the full $1.625 million and then the Eagles will be swarmed with offers of buckets of draft picks and Vick will be making $5 to $6 mil a year with another franchise in 2010. You’ll still be mad of course, but who cares? Now go marinate on that.

Country Boy

August 16th, 2009
8:57 pm

Great comment ZIP. For some reason I was reminded of an interview with Paris Hilton when she was interviewed on TV after her very short stint in a jail. She claimed she found religion and had been reading the Bible. The interviewer asked her which Bible verse she like the most and her answer was “all of them”. Huh ???

Falcons Ticket Operator

August 16th, 2009
8:58 pm

Herschel Talker

August 16th, 2009
9:01 pm

Fred likes men

bb

August 16th, 2009
9:02 pm

Vick is truly sorry. Are dogs better than human beings? Just think about this.

Zip

August 16th, 2009
9:02 pm

Fred. You must be an Eagles fan. That explains why you can’t understand my comments very well, since they are in English. My point is taht this is not a “football” issue, it is a “human” issue. So, you might want to get back to collecting batteries to throw at McNabb when you people panic too early and sell him down the river…again. Good luck with Vick, and the hero status he will bring to the city.

Mark Bradley

August 16th, 2009
9:04 pm

Let me ask this: Do we believe in forgiveness as a concept? Or do we pick and choose who we forgive?

Zip

August 16th, 2009
9:04 pm

bb. Dogs are not “better” than humans, they are the same. Living creatures who, unfortunately for them, have come to rely on people.

Fred

August 16th, 2009
9:05 pm

Zip, I understand that what you wrote is stupid and irrelevant. Mike Vick is still going to make bank, still gonna be in the NFL, still bout to have the hottest selling jersey of the year, wow..looks like God is a Vick fan.

Zip

August 16th, 2009
9:08 pm

There is no God. If there was, there would be no “Michael Vicks”. PS, in a fair fight between a pitbull and a “Fred”, pitbull wins. Maybe prayer would help? Cretin!

George

August 16th, 2009
9:09 pm

Mark’ You Go Boy!! I agree, Mike apologized, and said I made a poor choice of decisions. It’s not up to us to decide if he is sincere or not. Last time I checked, not one of the were Signed, GOD….

Let it go ALREADY……

BIOMASS

August 16th, 2009
9:09 pm

Bradley, read Leviticus and get back to me.

Herschel Talker

August 16th, 2009
9:10 pm

MB – we do believe in forgiveness. But how can you believe a 60 minutes interview when he lied to his owner and his commissioner? His words have lost the benefit of the doubt. His actions will speak louder than words. If he is truly a changed man, and if his actions in the community show as much, then all will be forgiven. My issue (and that of many others) is that this man’s word means nothing because of his past. Only his actions will prove his contrition, and for you to suggest that this 60 Minutes interview will suffice seems to be quite naive. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

Fred

August 16th, 2009
9:12 pm

Mark, what exactly is the point? Did Mike Vick not do what the judicial system required of him? This whole “forgiveness” concept reeks of people feeling the need to be self-important, believing they are entitled to being ASKED for forgiveness. Bump that. Mike Vick did what was required, period. Who the hell cares if some holier-than-thou numbnuts aren’t happy about it? Whatever. Last I checked, that jersey was flying off the shelves in Philly and single game tickets for Philly’s remaining preseason games had tripled in sales. Vick doesn’t need these idiots forgiveness..these idiots just have a need to WANT him too. Please…they can kick rocks.

BraveCat

August 16th, 2009
9:13 pm

I am an animal lover…probably like animals more than people, well at least the ones who comment here. However, as a Christian, I feel Michael Vick should be allowed to be forgiven unless proven otherwise. How can we expect God to forgive us, when we cannot forgive another human? And maybe some of you should go to church and actually LISTEN to what God has said. Thank you, Mr. Bradley for your article. Now…………………………GOOOOOO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

drsoul

August 16th, 2009
9:15 pm

‘BIOMASS’…you are one sick puppy, cupcake…!!!! those who have to resort to judging are hiding behind a lot of sins and issues.. and, trying to transfer those to others … by your own statements, I sincerely hope that you are not a parent…!!!!

Zip

August 16th, 2009
9:16 pm

This raft has just gone off of “Stupid Falls”. Money will make it all better. If you have it, you must be correct. Mins the rocks at the bottom–they hay no conscious thought and if they cave in your fool head…well…they really didn’y mean to do it. Unlike Vick. Enjoy your new jersey, but don’t forget to feed you dog.

drsoul

August 16th, 2009
9:18 pm

Forgiveness is a manner of understanding, support and faith in one finding their own self within; strong enough to overcome any weakness that they have fallen to within themselves… forgiveness is the ability to detach yourself from the issue itself, but be there to support and cheer the repentance and rebirth of a new direction…

Greg

August 16th, 2009
9:19 pm

Mark, “When last did you own up to so many sins and failings?” Umm…never, but then again I have never had the sociopathic personality traits that seem to be exclusive to serial killers and over hyped NFL players.

Mark Bradley

August 16th, 2009
9:22 pm

If I hear Michael Vick lumped with serial killers one more time, I might not be responsible for my actions. I mean, come on.

tpm

August 16th, 2009
9:23 pm

All you need to know about Michael Vick is he executed dogs that did not perform well and admitted that he did not train well himself in the nfl.

904boy

August 16th, 2009
9:24 pm

What is with people with all this negative attitude towards this Michael Vick. GIVE IT A F@#KIN REST. The man did his time for really nothing because he wasnt the one fightin the dam dogs, he didnt even fund it he just happen to buy his cousin a house who did the dumb stuff and didnt get punished they just wanted the man with all the money and fame. He went to prison and didnt tell on anyone. LET HIM LIVE HIS LIFE. I think hes a great person. He has lost soooo much and yet and still wants to play the game he loves so much. Remember what i said Vick is going to do very well this year.

Brad in Jasper

August 16th, 2009
9:26 pm

Mark, did I read you correctly earlier when you said not another word from you about ‘you know who’?

Greg

August 16th, 2009
9:27 pm

Really? He had to kill those dogs that way because he was a humanitarian? He got no joy or laughs out of it? Really? You are smarter than that. Come on.