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Reading Past The Headline In Vick Reports

Several fans have re-posted links to several stories that are titled with various versions of “Prosecutor: Vick was in altercation before shooting.” The responses to the title have been what you might expect.

But did anyone read what the prosecutor said? Not only did the guy exonerate Vick, he played down any “altercation,” and actually ended by complimenting him.

First, here was what he said about the confrontation.

Bryant would not go into detail about the confrontation, but said there was no evidence that Vick was involved in “anything that would amount to aggressive or assaultive conduct.”

Here’s the rest of what he had to say about Vick.

“He’s an athlete and an entertainer, but he’s also a human being, and things that would tick you and I off would tick him off,” Bryant said. “But he extricated himself from those things and left with the help and encouragement of some of his friends and supporters.”

That sounds fairly positive to me…

Police have said Vick was not the shooter. Bryant said the investigation also showed that Vick “was not aware of whether or not anyone was going to be shot, was threatened to be shot, or anything to do with any of that business.”

IIn other words, the prosecutor just completely exonerated Vick. I’m no Vick lover, I still don’t fully understand his role on the team from a football perspective… but it really seems like people are stretching to make him a villain here. The prosecutor in this case literally had nothing but positive and supportive things to say about Vick… but that’s not the headline. If anything, what this prosecutor told the AP was the best piece of news from Vick’s perspective to come out yet.

I’m not going to compliment Vick for not shooting someone or congratulate him for doing what pretty much any normal person would in that situation(which is just leave)… but I’m not going to slam him or call for his head either. He just hasn’t done anything to deserve that.