(Merkin Tweeted quotes before MLB.com deleted them from piece)
As part of the story, Chicago White Sox Pitcher Buerhle said of notorious past dog abuser Michael Vick:
“He had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where we watched the game and I know it’s bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt. Everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys.”
Buerhle’s raw, unfiltered feelings about Vick no doubt offended many who read it.
Buerhle’s raw, unfiltered feelings about Vick no doubt offended many who read it before MLB.com editors deleted the entire quote from the story.
After the censorship, MLB.com added the following line to the bottom of the story: “This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.”
I’m a dog lover myself, but would like to think that the majority of the population would agree that wishing harm on someone in that circumstance is wholly inappropriate.
For two people who have dedicated themselves to such a positive cause, ironic they’d go out of their way to convey such a harsh, negative message about a man who paid a heavy financial and societal price for his abuse of animals.
Thanks to Buerhle’s detestable comments about Vick, the entire point of the piece - advocacy for animal rescue - was drowned out and ultimately defeated.
Perhaps Buerhle will remember that next time he chooses to publicize what is otherwise an extremely worthy cause.
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