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5/22/2007 09:13:00 AM

Portis is the dog-fighting man's best friend

Today's 10 Spot word of the day is "condone." Webster's defines it as "to forgive, pardon or overlook (an offense)."

That would apparently be news to Redskins running back Clinton Portis, he of the wacky costumes and personas such as Coach Janky Spanky and Dolomite Jenkins. Late Monday, the team issued a statement "from" Portis which read: "In the recent interview I gave concerning dog fighting, I want to make it clear I do not take part in dog fighting or condone dog fighting in any manner."

Except -- just to make it clear -- Portis' earlier comments to WAVY-TV had specifically condoned dog fighting in defending Mike Vick. Said Portis: "I don't know if he was fighting dogs or not. But it's his property; it's his dogs. If that's what he wants to do, do it."

Yes, that's a powerful argument for personal freedom and the removal of governmental intrusion into the sacred relationship between man and dog. He should probably run for office.

Portis' first priority if elected, it seems, would be to strike down the Virginia law that makes dog fighting a felony. If Vick does get charged and convicted, Portis said, "Then I think he got cheated ... You're putting him behind bars for no reason -- over a dog fight."

Not that we should ridicule Portis for his comments. That's something I just can't condone.
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Comments:

Posted: May 22, 2007 9:41 AM   by Anonymous
Maybe there is something in the water at "The U" that makes a player stick his foot in his mouth.
Posted: May 22, 2007 10:30 AM   by Anonymous
I did not hear or see the full transcript of the interview. Perhaps, since Portis was doing a character, the opinions he gave were not his own.
If not, he has to be one of the most amoral people in the NFL and one of the stupidest for not knowing people would be upset by it. My guess is he was trying to be funny and was actually mocking dogfighting.
Posted: May 22, 2007 10:35 AM   by Anonymous
Oh snap! Someone is gonna get run over by PETA people soon.
Posted: May 22, 2007 10:43 AM   by Anonymous
Clinton Portis is a moron. I think that sums it up pretty well.
Posted: May 22, 2007 10:51 AM   by Pete
Anon, 10:30, Portis gave the interview as himself, not as one of his wacky "characters." I changed the wording of my post a bit so as not to give that impression. From everything I read, his comments did indeed express his views, as in he really doesn't think dogfighting is a big deal and remarked that where he's from (in Mississippi), "I know a lot of back roads that got a dog fight if you want to go see it ... I'm sure there's some police got some dogs that are fighting them, some judges got dogs and everything else." -- Thanks, Pete
Posted: May 22, 2007 10:55 AM   by Anonymous
Well, what do expect from a team called "the Redskins"?

I suspect that nothing will happen to Portis because of his comments. I have a feeling that there are a fair number of pro football players attend dog fights.

Of course, the link between people who are cruel to animals and people who abuse/kill humans is well established. Welcome to the NFL, Roger Goodell. Here is another mess you need to clean up. Let's see if you have the guts to do so.
Posted: May 22, 2007 10:55 AM   by Anonymous
"I'm sure there's some police got some dogs that are fighting them, some judges got dogs and everything else."

Does anyone REALLY need to hear more than this statement to form an opinion? I think "moron" pretty much sums it up.
Posted: May 22, 2007 11:14 AM   by Anonymous
is this a "south" thing? the "dukes of hazzard" are now starting to look intelligent. what would "forrest gump" do? Going to "The U" means he has no idea what the meaning of "condone" is.
Posted: May 22, 2007 11:25 AM   by Anonymous
Let's put Portis covered in meat in a ring with 5 hungry dogs and see what happens (joking) he's an idiot
Posted: May 22, 2007 11:58 AM   by Anonymous
From Merriam-Webster Online (http://www.m-w.com/):

One entry found for condone.
Main Entry: con┬Ědone

: to regard or treat (something bad or blameworthy) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless (a government accused of condoning racism) (condone corruption in politics)

The word was used correctly. His original comments were idiotic enough, without Pete having to go the extra mile (incorrectly) to be cute.

Lazy journalism . . . .
Posted: May 22, 2007 12:00 PM   by Anonymous
Dogfighting is a sad, vicious bloodsport spawned by the worst kind of garbage alive. This guy is a public symbol and we give him a microphone and camera-time? Pathetic. We're going to be the laughing-stock country sooner than ever.
Posted: May 22, 2007 12:30 PM   by Anonymous
Well, it appears that Clinton Portis is just another person who was "cheated" in school. Teachers probably "condoned" his ignorance in the best interest of the school's football team.

Honestly, his commnets are not that surprising. Look at Michael Vick and other young athletes who have no respect for anything but the ridiculous dollars that are paid to them for playing a game. They respect nothing but money that gets them tacky flashiness and a posse of wannabees. You can't buy taste, tact or common sense.

Well, maybe now Vick will finally get to serve some time (remember him getting off scott free with the "pot-bottle incident"? Let's just hope that every dog has his day - and this dog (Michael Vick) is long overdue for his day in the Virginia State Penal system.
Posted: May 22, 2007 12:46 PM   by Pete
Anon. 11:58, I'm not sure what you mean. In Portis' statement issued through the team, he said that in his earlier comments he had *NOT* condoned dog fighting, but his earlier comments had in fact done precisely that. Thus the word was not used correctly in the latter statement, even if you prefer to cite Merriam-Webster Online rather than Webster's New World Dictionary, Third College Edition, as I did.

Though I don't doubt that I am, in fact, quite lazy. -- Thanks, Pete
Posted: May 22, 2007 12:57 PM   by Anonymous
Who is the "anonymous" person arguing the use of the word condone? Nobody said it was used incorrectly, but rather his post-interview statement contradicted the term "condone."

Here is another thing that bothers me in addition to Portis' views -- when did people get away from actually using complete sentences and proper forms of the words?

You can always tell when the PR wrote the statement because it's grammatically correct.

Example: "I'm sure there's some police got some dogs that are fighting them, some judges got dogs and everything else."

Now compare that to the statement released. Just ridiculous.
Posted: May 22, 2007 1:15 PM   by Anonymous
here is something i don't understand, the one thing that should be brought up by someone in this matter, but never is. what is the purpose of dogfighting? when you get down to it, the only reason dogfighting exsists is the same single reason that boxing & horse racing exsist: gambling. people bet on these fights. that's why other people breed fighting dogs. they aren't doing it just for the fun of it.

with all the noise that is being made about the humane aspect of this story and nothing being said about the possibilty that illegal gambling is taking place in a house that, at the very least, one of the most recognizeable nfl stars owns, it makes me wonder if vick's spin doctors aren't winning this match. keeping the focus on the dogs themselves, that pits (no pun, of course) vick against whacko animal rights groups. but if the focus shifts and questions are asked about a high profile athlete committing the deadliest of sports sins, it's vick against the world.
Posted: May 22, 2007 1:20 PM   by Anonymous
Lazy or not, Portis is despicable for uttering such comments. Perhaps the SPCA ought to come calling and have Portis take them down some of those roads he mentioned.
Posted: May 22, 2007 1:45 PM   by Anonymous
And speaking of overlooking the offense, how 'bout those Redskins
Posted: May 22, 2007 1:54 PM   by Jason
Somewhere Marcus Vick must be shaking his head. I'm sure people here remember his numerous run-in's with the law. At least Mike can throw a football, so he'll get off.
Posted: May 22, 2007 4:05 PM   by Anonymous
When did Mick Vick learn to throw a football? I live in Atlanta, and have yet to see anything resembling an ability to pass. - Doc
Posted: May 22, 2007 4:39 PM   by Anonymous
Why is that every time a high profile black athlete is in the news people make such a big deal out of it? Nowhere has anyone mentioned that Mr. Vick is a registered breeder of these dogs, explaining why there was s many found on his property. Furthermore the media has mislead people by also not stating that there was no current harm visible to any of the dogs just "old scars". And if anyone has ever been to a dog fight you would understand how loud it can get and his neighbors have stated they have not heard anything remotely close to sounding like a dog fight. If the media is gonna tell a story both sides need to be given!
Posted: May 22, 2007 5:02 PM   by eric
Hey Anon 4:39 - when did this become a race thing? And if only black athletes get in the news - when did Floyd Landis become black?
Posted: May 22, 2007 9:29 PM   by Anonymous
The Vick apologists always resort to the race card when defending him. In the words of Jaws talking about Vick "When all is said and done, more is said than done"
Portis is a low class dirty thug! How ANYONE can condone such a disgusting inhumane act speaks voulmes on their character. Portis needs to get his uneducated a** beat! Fithy Pig that he is!

he should go back to doing what he does best. Dressing up like a complete idiot and making a fool of himself. I have no respect for that pig!!!
Posted: May 23, 2007 11:08 AM   by Anonymous
Portis is a low class thug! Anyone who condones such a disgusting act should be taken behind a wood shed and beaten! I would save an animals life over CLINTON's anyday of the week and twice on Sunday!!!
Posted: May 24, 2007 12:28 PM   by Anonymous
Everyone is giving Portis too much credit. He thought Vick was actually fighting with a dog!!! Take that you beeeatch!!! Woof!!!
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