Portis still doesn’t get it, does he? He seems to think the outrage was because people are sensitive to animals and animal abuse. He doesn’t understand it’s not about the humans; it’s about the animals. I don’t give a fig whether or not Portis offended me or any other human. The problem is that his comments showed an unerring lack of understanding that fighting dogs, cockerells, wild boar or any other species is WRONG! This isn’t about whether or not I get my feelings hurt. It’s about right and wrong. And Ports still doesn’t get the wrong part.
Okay Clinton, if you want to show everyone that you get it, then prove it by coming out and making definite statements about the evils of animal fighting. Give some significant money to organizations caring for these abused animals. How about a PSA encouraging kids to do something intelligent and useful, like helping animals? And if you really want to show us all that you’ve grown up and can hold adult considerations, then turn in the other football players who you know are participating in this heinous practice. At the very least, talk to them and encourage them to grow up and learn how to interact with animals like a sentient being. In other words, Clinton, try to undo the harm you’ve already done.
Thanks to the Washington Times for this article.
Portis: Dog fighting comments were ‘inconsiderate’
By Ryan O’Halloran
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
June 5, 2007
In his first comments to local reporters since he defended Michael Vick and cracked jokes about dog fighting last month in Virginia Beach, Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis on Tuesday called his comments “inconsiderate.”
“I didn’t understand the seriousness behind them,” Portis said outside Redskin Park. “I didn’t know it would effect that many people and at the time, I didn’t think what I said was offensive. … After seeing how serious people took them, I shouldn’t have made the comments.”
Portis was interviewed by a Norfolk, Va., television station during the Redskins’ Beach Blitz. Standing alongside Chris Samuels, Portis said Vick had a right to do what he wanted on his property.
The Atlanta Falcons quarterback is being investigated for his involvement in possible dog-fighting on property he owns in Virginia.
“I’m going to leave it alone, hope it dies down and I hope people understand that, at the time, I had no idea the love people have for animals,” Portis said. “I was inconsiderate for making those comments.”