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Deion Sanders on Michael Vick
AUGUST 23, 2007


GLENN: Let me go to Deion Sanders again. And Stu, if I'm not mistaken, doesn't he -- isn't he on, like, ESPN or ABC?

STU: NFL Network.

GLENN: When I see him -- I don't watch the NFL Network.

STU: You're kidding me.

DAN: He did the CBS one for a while, like the main Sunday day.

STU: He's been around for a while doing a lot of commentating.

BECK: Kind of a thin guy, right? I'm just trying to think. I just want to make sure. He seems like a normal rational guy. That's why I'm trying to --

Former Atlanta Falcon and current NFL Network commentator Deion Sanders

STU: He was always a big kind of flashy show boater.

DAN: Prime time was his nickname.

STU: But, you know, a great cornerback.

GLENN: That's different than a quarterback?

STU: Yes, it is.

GLENN: You mispronounced that, Stu.

So he where is this essay a couple of weeks ago. He said, I would have never thought Michael Vick, one of the NFL's most exciting players, the man who makes network's execs mile every time he plays would ever be indicted for crimes against man's best friend but the potential impact could be devastating. Well, so far I'm with him. Gee, who would have thought it would be would, you know, be killing animals by slamming them up against the wall or on the floor or electrocuting them or whatever. Even, you know, who's -- who in their right mind would have thought somebody in, you know, Michael Vick's situation would be running a dog gambling ring? As he says, the potential impact could be devastating. Quote: He could lose millions of dollars worth of endorsements. What? I mean, that's -- I mean, when I first read this, I thought that there should be, you know, it should come with its own soundtrack.

The potential impact could be devastating. He could lose millions of dollars worth of endorsements. Nike has already suspended the release of his new shoe. (Laughing). He could lose millions, and he was supposed to get from the Atlanta Falcons. (Laughing). That's crazy. I mean, that's the way it should be! It sounds like he's being sarcastic. Who would have ever thought he committed crimes against man's best friend, the potential impact could be devastating. His reputation might wind up so stained that he never be forgiven in the court of public opinion. (Laughing). This is all the result of perspective. Yeah, Deion, maybe you need some perspective here. What a dog means to Vick, listen to this. What a dog means to Vick might be a lot different than what he means to you or I. (Laughing.) You know, moral relativism, I love it, but it's so true, isn't it? I mean, I was just telling my Vietnamese friend who was over for dinner at my house, I had a hamburger on the barbecue and he was barbecuing a dog and we were saying, you know, I would never barbecue and eat my dog. But he said, well, we're just different people and we view dogs differently. And I said, how true it is. And then I raped his wife and he said, what are you doing? And I said, I just view different -- women differently than you do, you know? I had an urge. And I view urges and restraining my urges differently than you do. It's all a matter of perspective.

You know it's really weird. I think in this country, I think we've lost this. I mean this sincerely. I think what we've lost here in this country is the -- what is the perspective of the law? For instance, illegal aliens, they're not illegal. It just depends on your perspective. Terrorists, they are not terrorists. They're freedom fighters. It just depends on your perspective. You know, Michael Vick, right. Dogs just mean different things to him. He sees them as a cash machine. You see them as an animal. (Laughing). Silly you. (Applause). Who knew. I mean, why aren't you making money on your animal, too, huh? That's great. I'm torturing mine on the website. I've got a You might think of it as torture. I look at it as a way to make money. There's a lot of people who would like to see me peel the skin off my dog. What's the problem? It's a matter of perspective.

He then says, what a dog means to Vick might be a lot different than what he means to you. Some people kiss their dogs on the mouth. Some people let their dogs eat from their plate. Some people dress their dogs in suits more expensive than mine. I doubt that. If you can believe that. I don't. So listen to this. Some people kiss their dogs on the mouth. So people let their dogs eat from their plate. Some dogs smash their heads into concrete floors until they die. Some people strap electrodes to the body of the dog and juice him up until he's dead, you know. Some people pet their dogs, some people hang their dogs. Some different strokes, different folks. You know what I'm saying? It's all about perspective, people. And some people enjoy proving that they have the biggest, toughest dog on the street. Okay, psychos do. Psychos do.

(OUT 10:43)

GLENN: . You know, I can't believe we're running out of time for sports talk, I have so much to say yet on this. I just have to finish this Deion Sanders article. It came out a couple of weeks ago and then I'll get to the real point if we have time, but I just have to finish this. Why are we indicting him? Was he the ringleader? Was he the big fish? I believe Vick had a passion for dogfighting. Well, yeah, so does McClellan. He's got a passion for little boys and little girls that are, you know, 8 years old, you know, taking pictures of them. I mean, I don't think we say, oh, well, he's got a passion for dogfighting, that's a good thing, we should just excuse it. I know many athletes who share his passion. Well, then you should name them. You should give us the list. The allure is the intensity and the challenge of dogfighting to the death. It's like ultimate fighting but the dog doesn't tap out when he knows he can't win. Oh, that's great. Why don't we just make ultimate fighting, which I think is an abomination, why don't we just make ultimate fighting to the death! We could then really, truly be the Romans. It reminds me -- listen to this. "It reminds me of when I wore a lot of jewelry back in the day." Just a second. Dogfighting to the death? That's got to be a joke, right? Dogfighting. But the dog doesn't tap out when he knows he can't win. It reminds me of when I used to wear a lot of jewelry back in the dog. (Laughing). It works that way. "Because I wanted to have the biggest chain or the biggest, baddest car. It gives you status." You know what, if you're getting status from killing animals, you're a sociopath.






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