I just finished watching James Brown interview (like a principal with a 17 year old boy) Michael Vick. My initial thought is that we needed to see more of this interview. Soon (I guess after 60 minutes airs on the USA west coast), I hope 60 minutes is going to link the whole interview on the website. I hope they will put more of the interview on line.
I spent 16 years in high school work. I have seen the attitudes of young impressionable athletes. I hope EVERY coach will show this to and discuss this with his/her athletes, high school and college.
This interview shows a bit of insight into Vick’s upbringing and how that fed into his decision making. There should be NO sympathy for Vick for what he has done. But I think I saw on my TV screen tonight a man contrite (or perhaps he is simply well coached and CBS is just the first platform).
Sincere or not, let all young men and women see this and be reminded that what we DO does matter. People are watching and being impacted by what we do, and don’t do… like the two cops who Vick saw as a kid… these two came upon a dog fight, saw what was happening and walked away… a HUGE message for a kid. What we let go MATTERS! Let that be heard in hallways, practice fields and principal’s offices. Learn from this! Please, before more student’s lives are ruined through an unwillingness to take action. Hold kids accountable for their actions now so they learn. Don’t enable out of control behavior by inaction.