The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, interviewed by NBC News and the website TheGrio.com, said he and his family miss having a dog. He said he wants to show people that he can be a responsible pet owner and that he would not take the opportunity for granted. "I would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process," Vick said, according to NBC News and TheGrio.com. The full interview was scheduled to be shown on TheGrio.com on Wednesday.
Whatever else you think of Mike Vick, this at least proves that he's really, really not media savvy. He's had such a good year for the Eagles that people were focusing on the positive side of the story -- his comeback from a layoff to return to elite NFL status. Now he'll have people reeling and asking themselves about his judgment all over again. The wise thing to do? Accept your doglessness as a consequence, and above all *don't lament that punishment in public.* Most people regard him as lucky to have his career back. Michael Vick as a dog-owner would be a bridge too far for most of us.