Wednesday, May 23, 2007

NFL’S COMMISH TO PLAYERS: SHUT UP ALREADY

Today, we have a classic case of what is reported and what’s not. The Redskins had a FanFest in Virginia Beach last weekend, and some comments made by Clinton Portis re: Michael Vick have gotten a lot of air time.

What you have heard: In a WAVY-TV interview, Portis said that if the Atlanta Falcons quarterback is charged and convicted of being involved in a dog fighting operation, then authorities would be "putting him behind bars for no reason."

"I don't know if he was fighting dogs or not," Portis said. "But it's his property; it's his dogs. If that's what he wants to do, do it." Portis said dog fighting is a "prevalent" part of life. Portis, a native of Laurel, Mississippi, added: "I know a lot of back roads that got a dog fight if you want to go see it.” Sound familiar?

What you didn’t hear/see was the rest of the quote: “But they're not bothering those people because those people are not big names. I'm sure there's some police got some dogs that are fighting them, some judges got dogs and everything else." "Politicians," added Chris Samuels, who found it hard to keep from giggling while Portis was talking. "Presidents," added Portis with a laugh.

"Then I think he got cheated. ... You're putting him behind bars for no reason — over a dog fight." "Haven't you seen Animal Planet?" Samuels added with a giggle.

Of course shortly thereafter all parties were in full reverse. Portis apologized, the Redskins apologized and the NFL realeased a statement saying the Commish was embarrassed for Portis…

Another item left unreported is the comment made by Samuels, who was reportedly trying desperately not to laugh during the Portis interview -- “I think we may have just gotten ourselves into a mess…” You see, O-Lineman really are the smartest guys in the NFL.


There’s more they aren’t telling you – Apparently, according to the Daily Press “Virginia is a hotbed for dogfighting. There have been recent convictions in Richmond, Chesapeake and Spotsylvania. The most notorious Virginia case was of "Fat" Bill Reynolds, publisher of a dogfighting magazine, who spent 30 months in prison on federal charges of sending images of pit-bull fights across state lines.”

Ouch.

Hey, Al Groh, recruiting tip?

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