“Vick” in Trouble Again

After spending 23 months in jail, you would think those closest to Michael Vick would learn from his mistakes. Either Vick’s entourage is still stupid or Vick is not serving as a great role model, but trouble has again fallen on the name of a former football player with the surname Vick.

Yesterday, Michael Vick’s younger brother, Marcus, was arrested and is jailed for 20 days due to being in violation of his probation that stemmed from a 2008 DUI arrest. 

It completely baffles me how so many young talented individuals (not saying Marcus was overly talented, but was talented enough to get a chance to play in the NFL) can fall victim to such dire circumstances once their professional football careers are over.

I am reminded of a player who was drafted on the second day of the NFL draft. A player drafted on the second day of the NFL draft is no where near as set for life monetarily as he may think. By the end of his rookie season, this player was almost out of money. During the football season, he routinely competed in a ritual that was originally held by two veteran players: a weekly “best dressed” contest that consisted of which player garnered the best custom made tailored dress suit. Having no financial guidance, he quickly drained himself of most of his earned dollars and was almost evicted from his $1,000 per month apartment. Amazing!

It is guys like this who give professional athletes a bad name, causing many to think players are a bunch of spoiled, pretentious, entitled, and self-serving individuals.  The recent mishaps of WR Donte Stallworth, QB Michael Vick, and WR Plaxico Burress only flames such notions and perceptions about professional athletes; something I am quite frankly sick and tired of players enhancing.

Players need to learn how to take responsibility for their own actions and stop blaming those around in the media or others for what commenting and covering the stupid activities in which they participate.  The best way to sum it up is, “Most players don’t know what they don’t know.” If the ego can be checked at the door, and the pride lowered a bit, players will soon see how they can re-take control of their lives and clean up their image.

There is no reason any player in the NFL, past present or future should have himself in a position of despair unless he refuses to listen to the wisdom and guidance that surrounds him each and everyday, but there are a lot of “shady” people out there who continue to prey on the uneducated weaknesses of professional athletes.

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