Dogfight Case Bares Vick's Profound 'Flaws'

Great athlete, but 'arrogant' and 'stupid,' says columnist
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 21, 2007 5:43 AM CDT
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick rolls out of the pocket against the Washington Redskins during an NFL football game, in this Dec. 3, 2006 file photo, in Landover, Md. Vick agreed Monday, Aug....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Quarterback Michael Vick's involvement in a dogfighting ring is symptomatic of a twisted character, says Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jeff Schultz. Though "as wonderful an athlete as we've ever seen," the Falcons player is "deeply flawed," "arrogant," and "just plain stupid," Schultz insists.

 "This isn't the case of a person with great character jumping the track," says Schultz. Vick, who yesterday pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges, "never grew up" and has long been used to getting his own way, a situation nurtured by coaches delighted with his talent. "He spit on all of it," writes Schultz. "Everything and everyone." (Read more Michael Vick stories.)