E Street Band Member Nils Lofgren Doesn’t Like That You Like Michael Vick

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Oh, did we mention he's a Redskins fan?

Late yesterday, ESPN.com ran a story from musician and E Street Band Member Nils Lofgren. Why? We're not sure.  But during the lengthy screed, Lofgren blasted society, the NFL, and the media for being so forgiving of Michael Vick.

An open letter to the men and women of the sports reporting community,

I am so disheartened and disappointed by your collective, lopsided praise of Michael Vick due to his recent spectacular on-field performance.

Jemele Hill stated on ESPN's "The Sports Reporters" that if Josh Hamilton could win one of baseball's MVP awards after recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, why couldn't Vick win the award in the NFL? Well, for one thing, Hamilton has neither tortured dozens of dogs nor murdered defenseless animals. 

 

We understand, Nils, many people won't forgive nor forget Vick's henous acts.  That is fair.  But what do you propose writers and fans do?  Harping on the events of three years ago will serve no purpose other than to distract us from the very distraction we seek in sports.

There are some bad guys in the sporting world.  Some not as bad as Vick, some likely worse.  We watch, read, and write about sports because it is, in it's purest form, entertainment.  Do we still enjoy Braveheart and Two and a Half Men, despite the fact that Mel Gibson is a bigot and Charlie Sheen goes on whore terrorizing, drug induced hotel room rampages?  Sure we do.

Sports should be no different.  At some point you have to separate the actor from the act.  

For the NFL to be that forgiving of evil, vicious behavior is a terribly inappropriate act of forgiveness and has brought a sick, sad, dirty feeling to many of us fans who have loved the game for so long.

And to you reporters, whom I enjoy and respect, the sentiments in this letter are suspiciously absent in your hundreds of hours of Vick coverage.

 

Don't like what Vick did?  Fine, neither do I.  But as I wrote here, at some point we have to make a choice to move on and talk about the game.  And what point do endless columns and bloviations about dog fighting, morals, and forgiveness become tiresome and begin to lose their message? Probably about three months ago.  Drop it.

It probably doesn't help that Vick and the Eagles beat up on Lofgren's beloved Redskins, but hey, that's just speculation.

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27 Responses

  1. I cannot like Vick as a person for what he did. I will never wear a Vick jersey. But as a player, I really enjoy watching him, and he’s an asset and leader to the team. I can separate his personal life from his professional life. I cannot forgive what he did, but I can respect his efforts on the field. Is there a problem with this?

  2. I have a problem with all the scumbags that play football and how nobody cares what these guys have done to human beings and animals and the NFL doesn’t care as long as they make money off of them. None of them especially Vick should not be allowed to play. I hope karma comes and finds him quick.

  3. Does he have a problem that a player on his team equated booing NFL players to booing soldiers? And said that they’re soldier so they should be shown the same respect?
    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/news/story?id=5876258
    Fact is if they are going to chastise Vick for the crimes he committed(which is completed understandable to do)you also have to give him credit that, since he has returned, he has made numerous appearances at the Humane society and spoke to children about the terrors of dogfighting. Not to mention this whole incident has brought the subject of dogfighting to the national spotlight. people who either didn’t give a damn about it before or didn’t know what it was or what went on now know about it. Just asking for unbiased opinions. I guess I am asking too much from a Giants fan.

  4. Stallworth killed a guy, no outrage there.
    He paid his debt. the fact that no one here can forgive him for what he;s done is shameful.
    He wasn’t part of the killings, he allowed it on his property and financed is. Is that as bad as killing them? yea, but it’s not the same.
    It’s a past event that he has paid for. The payment judged by a jury of his PEERS
    To wish “karma”(aka harmful events) just shows how much of a hypocrite you are. I love all my animals I have at my home and treat them with love, but the day I choose an animals life over a fellow human is the day I deem the world dead.
    Please move on and get over it.

  5. I’m going off of what Fran said..my thinking is that just how no one seems to remember that ray lewis killed a man, in time people will stop thinking about mike vick as much..maybe not as much as ray lewis b/c Vick’s story had the most media coverage, but people will eventually fully focus on his on the field actions if it keeps going strong.

  6. Vick was accused, tried and convicted of his crimes, and then served his sentence under the law, which was the last time I checked a higher authority than even the collective members of the E St Band.

  7. Vick is taking enough shit 4 what he did as it is. U dont wanna 4give him? Thats your call, but just cuz u cant find it in your heart 2, doesnt give u the right 2 tell us not 2 4give a mans past that he has paid for and is now working 2 fix the damage he has done. If u think that ppl dont deserve 2nd chances u might as well have executed him. Basically i realize that nobody cares about your band, and this is a cheap way 2 get back into the spotlight but nobody cares what u have 2 say. Maybe if bruce had said it some1 would have cared. So instead of talking shit go and record an album. You are a musician. Thats your job. Not a preacher

  8. Vick is taking enough shit 4 what he did as it is. U dont wanna 4give him? Thats your call, but just cuz u cant find it in your heart 2, doesnt give u the right 2 tell us not 2 4give a mans past that he has paid for and is now working 2 fix the damage he has done. If u think that ppl dont deserve 2nd chances u might as well have executed him. Basically i realize that nobody cares about your band, and this is a cheap way 2 get back into the spotlight but nobody cares what u have 2 say. Maybe if bruce had said it some1 would have cared. So instead of talking shit go and record an album. You are a musician. Thats your job. Not a preacher

  9. I’m no fan of Ray Lewis off the field (love him on the field though)…but he didn’t kill anybody. The issue there was he was there and he knew who did. But because they were friends or friends of friends, he wouldn’t give them up. So in Georgia (I think) at that time they had a law where if you were witness to a murder and refused to cooperate w/ police they charged you with the same crime. Eventually I think Lewis pled down to obstruction of justice and that was the end of it.
    Agree with everything else about Vick…another player I don’t really like off the field, but like Seinfeld said we all just cheer the laundry on Sunday. That’s all that matters. For 3 hours a week he’s my favorite QB in the league.

  10. AMEN Nils!!! Finally someone steps forward and says what I’ve been thinking and saying! Even mentioning that it’s because he’s a Giants’ fan is just silly and child-like. Grow up. Vick knew what he was doing those many years. he knew that dogs were suffering and dying painful, horrific deaths at his hands for years and years. He didn’t make a one time mistake, or show a lack of good judgement. He chose to torture defenseless animals and commit multiple counts of premeditated murder. The fact that it was done to dogs and not humans, should make little difference. Should he have received the same sentence he would have gotten if he did this to humans (Death penalty or life sentence)? No…But 18 months?? that disgusting and reflects how our society values animals lives. He should have gotten a minimum of 10 years for what he did, maybe more. And don’t tell me about his “apology” tour he’s gone on…The speeches and everything he’s done is just following his agent’s directions on how to resurrect his career and reputation. And it has paid of quite handsomely for Vick, as he is poised to sign a multi-year mega million dollar contract after this season and will have endorsement opportunities by the truck load. Not bad for a scumbag who tortured and murdered defenseless animals for many years. But hey, the guy can outrun a leopard and throw the ball 80 yards, so all hail Michael Vick!! Nils, I couldn’t agree with you more!!

  11. Eh. I know I’m going to get killed for this but Springsteen and his troupe of clowns suck and always have sucked. I find it embarrassing that this city worships them so much.

  12. Vick exhibited signs of a sociopath. He tortured animals. He didn’t just kill them, he participated in the systematic torture and murder of animals. He’s inhumane.
    Lewis is probably a murderer and may also be a sociopath. Others mentioned, like Stallworth, simply made a mistake (and btw, it was shown in court that the guy jaywalked in front of his car and even a sober person would have probably hit him).
    I can forgive a mistake, I can let go of an accident. But the torture of any living thing is where I draw a line. I no longer watch football. I have renamed the NFL the National Felon League and I’m done.
    Sports Illustrated had an illuminating article about the number of criminals in each sport. Interestingly enough, Football & Basketball have more than their share. I support neither sport anymore.

  13. Wow. There r way 2 many liberal fruitcakes here. Out of all of u that hate Vick how many r vegetarians?

  14. I wonder what Nils’ stance is after years of him cheering on the statutory rapist Lawrence Taylor?

  15. Giants fan? Not! Nils grew up in suburban DC and is a die hard sports fan and the Redskins in particular. How do I know this? I sat with him at a club watching the first half of a Skins game on MNF before one of his shows in New Haven in 1992. You will never meet a more down to earth person. I am a Giants fan and would be glad to claim Nils for our team, but it just ain’t true. He is also a dog lover, has several of his own. I don’t think he is ranting against Vick, but against our culture that glorifies athletes (and rock stars!) and the press that enables their bad behavior.

  16. Nils can suck a d!ck. and so can eric. just cause the eagles are going to win the division with vick doesnt mean you have to make excuses and try to put him and the city down. f@gg0ts

  17. Colleen sounds like a stuck up cunt who’s prob not a sports fan anyway…. get in the kitchen before the belt comes out pig

  18. Nils, fuck you and your liberal-ass bandmates. Overrated scum. Please, everyone, I encourage downloading their music illegally.
    How about Rapelisberger? Motherfucker rapes HUMAN females while his state trooper buddies run interference. Damn shame Ray Lewis didn’t break his motherfucking ankle tonight.

  19. i forgive ’em, god only knows I’ve done some things thought one might have thought were unforgivable. Everyone wants to talk about humanity but fail to find their own compassion for these people. grow up!

  20. Crossing Broad, usually you piss me off. But this time you’re right on the money. This guy is a douche bag!!

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