Dungy says Vick learned lesson with birthday incident

It’s not that I don’t believe in Tony Dungy and his mentoring skills. I just don’t believe that Michael Vick has been scared straight after his birthday bash gone wrong. You remember. The one that they sold tickets to the public for back in June.

Yet Dungy contends, in a story by the Associated Press, that Vick it proved to be a lesson for Vick. Really? The guy served 18 months in federal prison for dogfighting. Shouldn’t that have been the ultimate lesson? The one that set him down a path toward reasonable decisions?

“The first thing people have to realize is that probation officers detail everything, and if he is off track even a little, they're going to come down," Dungy said. "They reviewed the situation that went on and moved forward. The NFL did and moved forward. Michael would like to have all the negative publicity back, but it really wasn't the type of thing that people have blown it into. But that's the lesson for him.

“Tony Dungy can go somewhere and if something happens, I'm not going to get singled out. Michael Vick goes some place and the same thing happens, and you're the center of attention. You're the focus. Now is it fair? Who knows?

“But that's the bed you've made and you've got to sleep in it and be prepared for that. That's the lesson he's learned.”

Fortunately, Vick didn’t violate his parole during the Virginia Beach, Va., incident when Quanis Phillips was shot in the leg by an unknown assailant. Police have cleared Vick of any wrongdoing as has the NFL. But Vick is no question guilty of bad judgment. If he has another lapse, will he avoid trouble? If he has another lapse, will Dungy be able to call it a lesson?

The real hope is that Vick has learned and does prevent himself from getting in potentially harmful situations, ones that could damage his reputation. But it's difficult to really take stock in anything anyone says. Only time will tell.

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