Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: dcsportsbog and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Redskins and Sports  |  RSS

Humane Society Responds to Clinton Portis

Look, I have no [blank] in this fight, but I'll say it again, Clinton Portis's "statement" from yesterday was just ludicrous. If you don't think dogfighting is a big deal, you don't think it's a big deal. But don't do a television interview saying you don't think it's a big deal, and then, through your employer, issue a statement saying that you don't actually believe what you just said 48 hours previously:

In the recent interview I gave concerning dogfighting, I want to make it clear I do not take part in dogfighting or condone dogfighting in any manner.

I mean, who in the world will believe that? We just saw and heard you say, with our own eyes and ears, that you don't think it's a big deal. Anyhow, The Humane Society of the United States has issued a statement about Portis's comments. It's long. Here's an excerpt:

The NFL should demand an explanation and hold the star running back accountable for endorsing an activity that is a felony in 48 states....

Portis' statement is not only insulting to law enforcement and humane societies nationwide working to protect animals and communities from the violence of dog fighting. It is also a highly troubling indication that some professional football players see nothing wrong with the activity. The flippant way in which Portis dismissed the cruelty of dog fighting, and the allegations against Vick, are a sign that the subculture has taken root within the NFL ranks and is not being seriously addressed by the league....

Portis, a talented athlete and star running back, is a role model for many young men in the Washington , D.C. area and beyond. His recent comments may serve to encourage young men and boys to become involved in this violent crime. The running back, who has blithely dismissed animal cruelty at best, and endorsed a felony crime at worst, should be held accountable for his comments, and the NFL should issue a zero-tolerance policy against this activity.

Most Redskins fans seem pretty uncomfortable with Portis's remarks. Some, of course, do not:

I think its hypocritical to pile on Portis for his remarks ... he (and Vick) have been nurtured in a system that worships violence and physicality for the enjoyment and appetite of millions of "football fans." So whadda you expect? The sanctimonius "holier than though" BS from the media is as sickening and predictable as Portis's sick remarks.

So rather than be "sanctimonius or holier than though," I'm gonna head back to writing about D.C. United and breakfast cereals.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 22, 2007; 3:21 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Top Five Breakfast Cereals
Next: Troy Perkins's Olde English Bulldogge

Comments

Hey, I'm with Angry Forumposter. I totally see the connection between football and canine Kumite.

In fact, I think if you're a boxer, you should be allowed to punch any dog you want right in the face, because that's just how you make your living.

It's the SYSTEM, maaaan! Fight the SYSTEM!

Posted by: MDT | May 22, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"The sanctimonius "holier than though" BS from the media is as sickening and predictable as Portis's sick remarks."


what are you, a [bad word] [bad word]? You're comparing a game of sports to the brutality of dog fighting? If Ray Lewis would be allowed to lock his jaws on Portis' neck after making a tackle, then yeah, we shouldn't complain about his dumb comments. Running a football and letting dogs fight to the death are not even comparable, you stupid [bad word] [bad word] !!! I wish pitbulls would rip your face off someday!!!! [bad word]!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2007 6:21 PM | Report abuse

The Humane Society could not be more right. There is obviously a rampant culture of dog fighting in the NFL, and the league needs to address it head on. Vick's apparent role in the busted operation was sickening, but Portis and Samuel have fully illuminated how widespread this issue is in the league. These people are role models that I admired until I learned of their recent actions/comments regarding animal cruelty. The NFL needs to take a very heavy hand with these players, or will also be seen to endorse these heinous crimes.

Posted by: Ian Dixon | May 22, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I hope you're happy Bogman. I'm only here because I saw Vick and DC United. Admittedly, seeing "United" in "Humane Society of the United States" also through me off when I scanned the page.

Posted by: sitruc | May 22, 2007 9:04 PM | Report abuse

What a total loser. Thanks for the ballsy write up, Dan.

Posted by: What A Loser | May 23, 2007 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Everyone deserves second chances...look at Caron. Arrested 15 times and now look at him. Maybe Portis saw dog fighting as a youngster, as he said he did. Where were the adults telling them it was wrong and inhumane. Make an example out of him, whatever. Clinton will bounce back even if the public rips him. He made a PR mistake, but many do. Character this and character that in the NFL. If that *&^% mattered in the first place Art Monk would be in Canton and Michael Irving would in a parking lot sniffing glue and causing offensive pass inteferences.

Posted by: Come on | May 23, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I think it is time to steer everyone, especially our children, away from the notion that these athletes are roles models. Real role models in the NFL and eslewhere in sports are few and far between. Don't make an assumption that just because a person is a good athlete he or she is also a good human being.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 24, 2007 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations for making the most innane anaolgy of the decade! Let's see, two animals tearing each other's faces off is the equivalent of professional athletes
voluntarily choosing to "play" a tough sports for millions of dollars. People who find "amusement" in dogfighting are scary, despicable people. Ah, duh, it is also ILLEGAL.

Posted by: Outraged | May 28, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

To the first and second commenters on this blog, I have this to say: IT'S because of uneducated (blanks) like you that these PRECIOUS MAMMALS- yes,mammals like us -are used and abused. Maybe someone should rip your face off as you stated in your blog and or punch you/fight you until your dead. I suggest you both do a HUMAN/HUMANE check on yourselves and go visit your local shelters to volunteer and SEE first hand what thes animals suffer and how many of them are murdered because of their breed -due in most part dogfighting and stereo typing.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

To the first and second commenters on this blog, I have this to say: IT'S because of uneducated (blanks) like you that these PRECIOUS MAMMALS- yes,mammals like us -are used and abused. Maybe someone should rip your face off as you stated in your blog and or punch you/fight you until your dead. I suggest you both do a HUMAN/HUMANE check on yourselves and go visit your local shelters to volunteer and SEE first hand what thes animals suffer and how many of them are murdered because of their breed -due in most part dogfighting and stereo typing.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse


To the first and second commenters on this blog, I have this to say: IT'S because of uneducated (blanks) like you that these PRECIOUS MAMMALS- yes,mammals like us -are used and abused. Maybe someone should rip your face off as you stated in your blog and or punch you/fight you until your dead. I suggest you both do a HUMAN/HUMANE check on yourselves and go visit your local shelters to volunteer and SEE first hand what thes animals suffer and how many of them are murdered because of their breed -due in most part dogfighting and stereo typing.

Posted by: humane being | May 30, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse


To the first and second commenters on this blog, I have this to say: IT'S because of uneducated (blanks) like you that these PRECIOUS MAMMALS- yes,mammals like us -are used and abused. Maybe someone should rip your face off as you stated in your blog and or punch you/fight you until your dead. I suggest you both do a HUMAN/HUMANE check on yourselves and go visit your local shelters to volunteer and SEE first hand what thes animals suffer and how many of them are murdered because of their breed -due in most part dogfighting and stereo typing.

Posted by: humane being | May 30, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse


To the first and second commenters on this blog, I have this to say: IT'S because of uneducated (blanks) like you that these PRECIOUS MAMMALS- yes,mammals like us -are used and abused. Maybe someone should rip your face off as you stated in your blog and or punch you/fight you until your dead. I suggest you both do a HUMAN/HUMANE check on yourselves and go visit your local shelters to volunteer and SEE first hand what thes animals suffer and how many of them are murdered because of their breed -due in most part dogfighting and stereo typing.

Posted by: humane being | May 30, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse


To the first and second commenters on this blog, I have this to say: IT'S because of uneducated (blanks) like you that these PRECIOUS MAMMALS- yes,mammals like us -are used and abused. Maybe someone should rip your face off as you stated in your blog and or punch you/fight you until your dead. I suggest you both do a HUMAN/HUMANE check on yourselves and go visit your local shelters to volunteer and SEE first hand what thes animals suffer and how many of them are murdered because of their breed -due in most part dogfighting and stereo typing.

Posted by: humane being | May 30, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company