Another Reporter Tries The "Vick > Rape" Argument

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Look, I get what these people are trying to do. The public outcry for this Vick thing is amazing and out of control at the same time. You then try to compare it to some other arrests that have been made in the league. Yada, Yada, Yada.

Again, guys....all guys....never compare anything to rape. It's classless and it's never going to fly. Especially with Nancy Grace, CNN Sports Anchor Larry Smith...

Out to Larry Smith, CNN sports correspondent and CNN anchor. What`s Vick afraid of? Come on. He`s been in front of the camera a million times. What`s so hard about declaring your innocence?

LARRY SMITH, CORRESPONDENT: Yes, well, that`s -- he`s been in a lot of trouble lately, when you think about all the other incidents, and this is just the worst one of all. Keep in mind, too, that while Kobe Bryant is a situation we can sort of compare this to, this really is much worse. Not only can you argue that the crimes are much worse in terms of, you know, killing dogs and that kind of thing, but as an NFL starting quarterback, you are the most visible face in that city. I`ve said all along, in fact, you know, if you go through and, you know, very quickly name 10 mayors of major cities in the country...

GRACE: Larry Smith, did I just hear you say...

SMITH: ... you could have a harder time doing that...

GRACE: ... mistreatment of...

SMITH: ... than naming 10 NFL starting quarterbacks.

GRACE: Did I just hear Larry Smith, CNN sports correspondent and anchor, state that crimes on a dog are much worse than crimes on a woman? Did I hear that?

SMITH: I`m sorry. You -- I`m saying they could be. I`m not arguing for which is worse, which one is worse. I`m just saying that in terms of his visibility is much worse. His visibility is much worse than what Kobe Bryant`s is. Kobe Bryant is a superstar in the NBA, but at the same time, he plays in Los Angeles, which is a city full of stars. Michael Vick is the most visible person in the city of Atlanta, maybe ever in the history of Atlanta sports.
Hey....when Nancy Grace wants the "Rape Stats"....she GETS the rape stats! But in all seriousness.....just stop men. You'll never win any argument, let alone a rape comparison. Especially when it's idiotic to begin with.

CNN Anchor Suggests Killing Dogs Worse Than Rape, Where’s the Outrage?
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Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:24 PM


as a female...lets put it this way why doesn't larry smith make that statement to a guy in prison who has to bend over every night to some nasty guy in jail cell and see what he tells you...this vick stuff is bad enough but how can anyone make such a comparison

Anonymous said...
Aug 1, 2007, 11:03:00 PM  

You have to wonder just what the hell is going through the minds of these morons when they say this shit and whether or not they can really hear themselves.

Bruce said...
Aug 1, 2007, 11:17:00 PM  

my thoughts exactly. why don't these morons just shut up for good!

Anonymous said...
Aug 2, 2007, 12:08:00 AM  

as a female...i never thought kobe ever raped that woman in colo. why because (guys don't take this personally) a bunch of other women would have come forward with some sort of story of simular behavior...kobe was just dumb didn't have his personal assistant screening the groupies that day and thats the story. no comparison...i work with a lot of guys and when the kobe story happened they asked me do you think he did that i said no.... and that was my reason so mr. smith should not even brought that up either

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Anonymous said...
Aug 2, 2007, 7:39:00 AM  

I agree that this feels worse than the Kobe thing. Not because of the severity of the crime but because like the lady above said, I never really thought Kobe actually did it. A federal indictment carries a much higher likelyhood of actual guilt with it than the Kobe case that looked like a moneygrab out of the gate. That said, this guy needs to choose his words more carefully.

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Anonymous said...
Aug 2, 2007, 8:54:00 AM  

Putting aside the stupid comments about the crimes for a second.

Why does he devote so much time to Michael Vick's popularity compared to Kobe Bryants? It's not like it's Vick vs. Steve Kerr....Bryant was a huge star and the Lakers were winning championships. I would have bet that more Americans could identify him in a lineup, or recognize his name, than Vick anyway.

Stupid on all fronts.

Jeff said...
Aug 2, 2007, 9:47:00 AM  

I'm surprised Nancy Grace devoted a portion of her show to the Vick case. I guess there weren't enough white girl kidnappings to fill the hour that day.

iggy said...
Aug 2, 2007, 10:12:00 AM  

That show is a gigantic train wreck. Totally insane.

She is all over the place, guests sort of pop in from the ether uninvited.

Reminds me of some kind of fucked up performance video art from the 80's.

And why isn't this little douchenozzle shitcanned from his big job at CNN?

hollywood wags said...
Aug 2, 2007, 10:26:00 AM  

Wait a minute AA. Didn't that Pittsburgh journalist get kicked off the show for saying rape was WORSE than what Mike Vick did?

Anonymous said...
Aug 2, 2007, 11:59:00 AM  

Well he was a guest on the weekly show. It rotated through different writers every week. So yes, but he wasn't exactly kicked off....he just won't be invited back.

Aug 2, 2007, 12:02:00 PM  

I said it before and I'll say it again--there's absolutely no need to comapre one heinous act to another. They're all terrible in their own way, and anyone with half a fucking brain can figure out how bad something is without having to compare it to something

Just stop, people, and go away!

J Rose said...
Aug 2, 2007, 12:05:00 PM  

More Vick News!

Robs said...
Aug 2, 2007, 3:12:00 PM  

What's interesting to me are two quotes from his first statement, and then his second...

"this really is much worse."

and then

"I`m not arguing for which is worse, which one is worse."

So...why are you talking, then?

Brian said...
Aug 2, 2007, 3:27:00 PM  

Jesus, at least I had the common courtesy to write that Vick would've been better off murdering someone.

The thing about Larry Smith's comments is that he was almost right. He fucked up when he said, "Not only can you argue that the crimes are much worse..."

The crimes aren't comparable. Obviously, raping a woman is worse than making dogs fight each other. I don't think any of us can really argue otherwise with a straight face.

However, from a public relations standpoint, the dogfighting is clearly worse. Professional athletes are accused of misconduct toward females all the time. I mean, all the time. Rape, lesser sexual crimes, domestic abuse, unwanted pregnancies. It's a shame, but we're practically desensitized to it by now.

Dogfighting? That's a new one. The dogs are helpless (not saying the women aren't, but we're distinguishing between animals and humans here). Oh, and America loves its dogs. There's no "he said, she said" angle for sympathizers to play, outside of a few NAACP douchebags in Atlanta (seriously, political black community, if you want to be taken seriously, cut that shit out).

Also, as stated above, Vick does not equal Kobe. Maybe if Peyton Manning was accused of rape, sure. Kobe Bryant was a marketing firm's dream before The Colorado Thing. Michael Vick? Not so much.

Aug 3, 2007, 11:19:00 AM  


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