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Old 07-23-2007, 07:28 AM   #1
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Default Emmitt Smith Plays The Fool On The Vick Mess

If anyone else heard Emmitt Smith's comments on the Vick mess, you might be interested in reading Peter King's response.

"He's the biggest fish in the whole doggone pond right now, so they're putting the squeeze on him [Vick] to get to everyone else. Now, granted he might have been to a dogfight a time or two, maybe five times, maybe 20 times, may have bet some money, but he's not the one you're after. He's just the one who's going to take the fall -- publicly.''
-- All-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith, speaking Saturday at his enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame.


An outraged King responds as follows

Two issues here.

1. Nice to see Emmitt knows so much about the federal government's case. Didn't anyone ever tell him, "When there's an important issue out there, give an educated opinion if you have a good idea what you're talking about. If you're not sure what you're talking about, the only thing you can do by opening your mouth is look like you're 11 years old.''

2. It sounds very much like Smith empathizes with Vick's plight and doesn't find it very objectionable that Vick might have put a few bucks down on dogfights. Is he serious? Is there anything justifiable about Vick going to a single dogfight, or gambling a dime on a dogfight? Should the feds, once they had evidence from four corroborating witnesses that placed Vick in the middle of one dogfight after another, have ignored the evidence and not gone after him?

I have a bad feeling about Smith's tenure at ESPN, and it hasn't even started. His comments on Vick are so idiotic and inappropriate that a few people at the Worldwide Leader have to be thinking, "Uh-oh. What if we've gone and hired someone who's very famous but not very smart?''


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...22/vick/2.html

There are some tough issues to be sorted out regarding the right of an employer to suspend an employee who is a member of a collective bargaining unit when that employee is charged (not convicted) of having committed heinous crimes. Obviously too tough to be the subject of an intelligent comment by the all time leading NFL rusher.

By these comments Emmitt confirms the stereotype that many pro athletes would be getting points in a battle of wits with a box of rocks.
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Old 07-23-2007, 08:13 AM   #2
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Default Re: Emmitt Smith Plays The Fool On The Vick Mess

Ughhhhhh. Maybe he should just stick to moving his feet on Dancing With the Stars. Moving his lips sure isn't his strong suit.
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Betting on dog fights is still a federal offense
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Betting on dog fights is still a federal offense
Yes it is.
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Default Re: Emmitt Smith Plays The Fool On The Vick Mess

One would think that with all the backlash Clinton Portis got for essentially saying the same thing, Smith would have chosen his words a bit more wisely.
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Default Re: Emmitt Smith Plays The Fool On The Vick Mess

Further proof that being a good football player doesn't mean you are going to be good at anything else. ES came across to me as a boorish ex jock who can't talk enough about himself prior to this incident.

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Further proof that being a good football player doesn't mean you are going to be good at anything else. ES came across to me as a borish ex jock who can't talk enough about himself prior to this incident.
Sounds to me like Peter King may have had some less than wonderful dealings with Emmitt in the past - you do not call out someone like that if you believe they are good folks.
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Old 07-23-2007, 10:32 AM   #8
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Sounds to me like Peter King may have had some less than wonderful dealings with Emmitt in the past - you do not call out someone like that if you believe they are good folks.

Interesting point...but nevertheless Emmitt still put his foot in his mouth.
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I would expect wiser words from someone like Emmitt smith, oh well...
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Default Re: Emmitt Smith Plays The Fool On The Vick Mess

What do you expect?He went to Florida and then played for the Cowboys.
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