Picture Of White Michael Vick Causing Controversy

By: Michael Stevens
Published: Aug 26, 2021

There’s a picture of Michael Vick being distributed on the Internet, but it shows him as a white Caucasian and not as an African-American, and it’s causing a huge controversy.

It appears that ESPN knew what it was doing when it made it’s NFL preview issue centered around Michael Vick. However, did they go too far when they posted a picture? The article attached to the picture was recently taken down by the network, which wrote an article discussing whether or not the backlash he received would have been different if he were white.

The picture, while maybe done in poor taste, is not quite as bad as the Allen Iverson debacle at the beginning of his career, where his tattoos were airbrushed off.

“All of that is why, to me, Vick seems to have a deeply African-American approach to the game. I’m not saying that a black QB who stands in the pocket ain’t playing black. I’m saying Vick’s style is so badass, so artistic, so fluid, so flamboyant, so relentless — so representative of black athletic style — that if there were a stat for swagger points, Vick would be the No. 1 quarterback in the league by far,” the article reads.

In all reality, the white picture was just an attempt to do something clever and different — and maybe drum up a little media attention. Clearly, ESPN must be getting backlash from it, as they have removed the Michael Vick Photoshop image within hours of putting it up. The article also described his playing style.

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