Augusta football community weighs in on Vick

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 First at Six, July 26, 2007

AUGUSTA, GA---Coach Barney Chavous is head football coach at T.W. Josey High School. As a NFL veteran, he calls football players role models. Coach says, "People look up to football players, let's face it..that's just how it is. And if somebody's looking up to you, you want to conduct yourself in a way that they have something to look up to."

The current issues with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick sets a bad example for young players, coach says. Tywain Brown has dreams of one day playing pro football. And there is one thing he knows for sure. He says, "It sends a message...don't hang with the wrong crowd and do the right thing. Michael Vick is in an unfortunate situation right now."

With this recent federal indictment, Michael Vick's days in the locker room could be numbered. But that's not the extent of Vick's troubles. Animal rights groups are calling for Nike to remove all Vick items from store shelves.

And if Nike fails to comply, they say they'll picket Nike locations as early as next week. Bottomline, rather Vick is found guilty or not Coach Chavous says there is at least one lesson to be learned. He says, "It's not acceptable, it'll never be acceptable because of the kind of money the ballplayers making now and the requirements the league is requiring them to stand up to."

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  • by David Location: Augusta on Jul 27, 2007 at 08:43 AM
    The crimes Vick is accused of are horrendous and go way beyond a mistake of bad associations and poor choices. How many fans and non-fans have been sickened by this story. I think the coach in this feature story has the wrong idea. Anytime we chose athlethes, movie stars or just wealthy people as our "role models and heros" we are in for a letdown. Maybe we should look to our parents, teachers, pastors, community advocates for inspiration. At the very least the minimum requirement to look up to someone should be honesty, integrity, kindness, compassion, love, accountability, loyalty, and basic human decency. Dog fighters, criminals, abusers, bullies, bigots, deadbeats, and thugs don't come close. Lastly, a notice to all dog fighters or their supporters out there...if I even thought I had knowledge of something like this I would turn it in to the police immediately. I will however pray for you.
  • by Todd Location: North Augusta on Jul 27, 2007 at 07:39 AM
    Sheila, You're missing the point by calling people Vick Haters. He was involved in dog fighting and killing innocent animals. Yes, Vick can get back up AFTER he serves his time in prison.
  • by sheila Location: usa on Jul 27, 2007 at 05:33 AM
    He's innocent until PROVEN guilty and when the stores start selling his items cheap I'll be there to buy cause no matter what he's the best quaterback for the falcons.Just remember this Vick Haters we fall down but we can get back up!!!
  • by david Location: Lincolnton on Jul 27, 2007 at 05:32 AM
    the falcons don't have a QB now but they haven't had one for , what?, six years. a good chance to get rid of a overpaid underacheiver who can't throw
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