By Bob Ciminel
December 05, 2006
As with the recent spat of famous-named personalities self-destructing on national media, Michael immediately offered a public apology to the fans and the public. Unlike, Mel Gibson and Danny DeVito, Michael did not blame it on alcohol, fatigue, or a bad childhood. If anyone had an excuse for losing control, it was Michael Vick.
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Michael Vick did not contest his fine and did not blame anyone but himself. That is what a leader is supposed to do; take the hit for the team. What did Mel Gibson, Michael Richards, and Danny DeVito do? Mel blamed it on booze; Michael Richards apologized to Jesse "Hymie Town" Jackson; and Danny DeVito apologized to Barbara Walters. Then they all went on tour to take advantage of the media attention they were getting.
What did Michael Vick do? Michael added another $10,000 to the fine and donated all of it to charity. One of the recipients of Michael's gift was the family of Atlanta fireman Stephen Solomon (interestingly, an African-American with a Jewish surname) who died on Wednesday after suffering third-degree burns while fighting a fire on Thanksgiving Day.
It will be interesting to see
how many fans who heckled Michael Vick contribute to Stephen
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