Apparently Stephon Marbury is somewhat tapped into reality because after having a few days to soak up all of America’s outrage and hate towards him, he’s rethought his comments about Michael Vick’s situation and is currently in damage control mode.
What Michael Vick did was wrong, and he has admitted his guilt,” Marbury said in a statement released by the Knicks to New York newspapers. “He should be punished. However, he should be given a second chance, as others have received for more serious crimes.
And as far as his statements about how “we don’t say anything about people who shoot deer or shoot other animals,” well, he’s backing away from that bomb as well.
There is no list for which animals should be killed and which shouldn’t. I love animals and none of them should be harmed However, we don’t react the same when other animals are being killed for sport or the sake of human pleasure.
We’ve said it before and we’re certain that we’ll be saying it again, but everyone is getting pretty damn sick of athletes (and coaches, that means you Billy Donovan) like Marbury, Kobe Bryant and Clinton Portis making outlandish statements and then expecting that the world is completely gullible when they recant and brush some dirt over their mess. It’s not that hard guys, first you think about the matter at hand, you form an opinion and THEN you speak with the media and intelligently defend your point of view.
Look, if Marbury truly believes that dogfighting is a sport (as outlandish and ridiculous as that concept is) then he should probably just keep it to himself. But he told the world and that’s fine because, after all, we are allowed to think whatever we want in this country. Just don’t expect everyone to forget about your “shoot from the hip” comments because your publicist constructed a phony apology and gave you a sound byte for the media.
[MSN.FoxSports.com]: Report: Marbury backs off Vick comments