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James Brown asks key questions, Michael Vick answers

New Philadelphia Eagles quarteback Michael Vick looks toward

New Philadelphia Eagles quarteback Michael Vick looks toward his mentor former NFL coach Tony Dungy during a news conference as he is introduced in Philadelphia, on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009. Vick was introduced a day after signing a one-year deal with an option for a second year with the football team. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Credit: AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

I thought James Brown mostly did a good job in interviewing Michael Vick on "60 Minutes" Sunday night.

And I thought Vick did a good job answering his questions, even if it was the result of intense coaching by his p.r. team.

But through now fault of Brown, Vick or CBS, the interview lost much of its juice after Vick spoke at length in a news conference in Philadelphia Friday.

Brown's interview might have been the "first" with Vick, as CBS kept telling us all day, in that it was recorded Monday. But it was not the first time we heard from Mr. Vick.

Anyway, we've heard enough from him now. It's time to see him run and throw on a football field.

(Interesting stuff from Carl Banks on Vick on Sirius XM Satellite Radio last week: 

“I’m going to go ahead and say it: I think the outrage is phony.  I think the outrage is blatantly phony.  When you have a guy who has done more time than probably anyone who has been convicted of the exact same thing, most people don’t even get convicted of this mess.  He’s been made an example of.  He’s lost everything.  And if he wants to come back and make right, let him.  Let him do that.

"Don’t deny him of that because he has paid his debt to society.  He has not only paid his debt to society, he has partnered with the very people who were responsible for bringing light to the situation and making sure he got prosecuted.  So if they are willing to work with him, why, as a fan, why not allow him that opportunity to prove to you that he’s been reformed?  If the Humane Society finds it appropriate to allow him to partner with them to do good in an area that he’s been so bad, why not?  Why not, as fans, let him have that opportunity to do the same thing?”)


Photo: AP

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