I sent the following letter to Washington Post columnist Tracee Hamilton today in response to her disgraceful piece supporting Michael Vick. I'm not much of a Redskins fan but I would cheer for them mightily if I were to watch their game against the Eagles. I have a conscience, though, and thus will not be watching Vick.
Here's my letter:
I've never been more disgusted by anything the Washington Post has published than I am by your vile and morally inexcusable piece on Michael Vick today. While I have always enjoyed your insight, even when I don't agree with you, you crossed a line today. I've lost my respect for you and will never read another piece you write.
Any fan or reporter who cheers for Michael Vick should be ashamed of themselves as human beings. As an Atlanta native who has followed his career closely, I am well aware that he was a bad guy long before he ever got caught dogfighting. He was a thug in college, a terrible teammate in Atlanta who blamed everyone but himself for losses and someone who made the whole city look bad every time he opened his mouth.
Michael Vick is not getting a second chance. He's on about his 20th. The NFL, which I'm growing to hate despite being a life-long fan, should be ashamed for letting him back in the league with essentially no punishment -- and Commissioner Goodell should be fired for his reprehensible get-soft-on-crime tenure. The Eagles should be ashamed for hiring him. And you and everyone else who believes a completely unrepentant Michael Vick is worthy of applause or support are people who should cringe when you look in the mirror.