Michael Vick: There's a time to shut up
Whoever said “All publicity is good publicity” never met Stephon Marbury, the basketball player (I’ll avoid using the term “star”) who defended Michael Vick.
Vick, as you might recall, is in all kinds of hot water because he likes to see dogs fight. That kind of obsession can lead to the cancellation of your football career, lucrative endorsement contracts, fines and jail time.
If any time is the time to keep your mouth shut about defending Michael Vick, this would be a good time.
But Stephon saw this as an opportunity to get his name in print — and did so just as he was promoting his own line of basketball shoes.
I’m sure his sponsor is having his lawyer review the sponsorship contract now.
Lesson learned: Watch what you say, when you say it, and be careful about hitching your wagon to a locomotive going downhill.
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I think this is so true. I recently did a search on a person who I thought highly of on Google and found his name attached to all kinds of unspeakable blogs. Now whether or not what the others were saying was true, the thing that bothered me was how this person that I thought so high of reacted and began to harass people. I really thought he would be above all of that. So yes, I agree, not all publicity is good publicity.
If you’re a gangster rap star, perhaps a little notoriety can help your career, but for the rest of us, it’s all about positive publicity. At least that’s what I think. 🙂