Chris Brown Commentary: Be Like Mike

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Following Chris Brown's recent rampage in New York, there are fans that still take the side of this singer, typically using three defenses:

  1. Hasn't everyone made a mistake?!?
  2. His incident with Rihanna is two years old.
  3. The media should stop bringing it up.

The first argument is ridiculous. Brown did not push Rihanna, nor did he strike her just once. Have you seen the photos following the attack? Brown pummeled his then-girlfriend. He gave her a fat lip and a black eye. You can stand atop your high horses all you'd like, but, no, not all "mistakes" are equal.

Would supporters continue to echo this non-judgmental sentiment if he sexually assaulted Rihanna? If she died as a result of his temper?

Brown, C.

Chris Brown could learn a lot from Mike Vick.

But the real crux of my argument centers around the second and third points listed above. If Brown truly wants forgiveness from the public and is legitimately sorry for his actions, he should look to Michael Vick as a role model.

Similar to the singer, this football player broke the law in a violent manner years ago. He actually went to jail for it.

Back in the spotlight as the quarterback of the Eagles, in some shape or form, Vick is asked about his dogfighting ring everywhere he goes. What has he learned? Why should we believe he's a changed man? What message does he have for others?

Not once has Vick reacted with anger. He's never complained about the questions, never wondered why it's still an issue for the media, never responded in any way other than as a man grateful for another opportunity to pursue his dream and make millions. This is someone who didn't harm another human being and who actually served time for his behavior.

Are you taking notes, Chris?

Like Vick, you are a public figure who has profited significantly from your image. It took a major hit, for a very good reason, only two years ago. Just because you might want everyone to move on from the Rihanna incident doesn't mean that we have or that we should. Putting out a new album, and insisting that journalists only ask you about it, is clearly not the proper path to atonement.

Vick visited a jail last week and spoke to inmates about how to turn their lives around. Since his incarceration, he has given numerous speeches at schools and on behalf of animal rights organizations. Every Sunday, he walks through PETA protests on the way to his job. Vick cannot go 24 hours without being faced with the fallout of his actions and not once has he thrown a chair through a window overlooking a busy Manhattan street.

Brown followers actually blame Robin Roberts - a veteran, professional reporter on a well-respected news program - for asking questions simply because Brown didn't want to answer them. Sorry, but that's the exact opposite of how journalism works. And how it should work. The goal is to get to the bottom of a story, not to cater to the subject of that story.

Chris Brown wants us to forget what happened with Rihanna. But I ask his most ardent, blindly loyal fans to stop for a moment, take this week's emotional event into consideration and ask yourselves: do you truly believe this is a man incapable of doing such a thing again?

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they need to leave this man alone everybody make mistakes gosh blame some of it on rihanna too she's as guilty as him , yall wasnt der yall dont knw what freakinq happen . !

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I mostly just want to rag him for wearing that Lakers hat. The Rihanna thing is old news. Why don't we just wish the guy would do anger exercises instead of waiting on him to lose it? He's young. Poor guy. He should take a vacation. Get out of this area for a bit.

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NICE ONE

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as a celebrity it is his job to do interviews. I don't care what she asked him or said, throwing a tantrum does not show any improvement on his part. Saying your sorry over & over gets old. Here's a hint, stop acting like a 4 year old, stop getting violent (especially over words) & then maybe people will stop bringing up the Rhianna incident. If you keep acting this way you will be referred to as a violent person.

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I believe that chris is very sorry from what happen 2yrs ago and GMA. He wasnt trying to say that his action was right no! Chris just want people to stop picking on him. Yes chris was wrong for beating a girl, but chris wouldnt be the first or last too. If you all want to help chris, take ur time out to pray for him and others young celebs.

Levi1132

Yes, thank you to all who have said this: I am not comparing crimes. I am comparing the POST-crime actions. Simply put, Vick understands why he'll always be judged based on what he did and is acting accordingly.
Brown doesn't seem to comprehend the level of his beating at all and just wants the world to move on. But that's not his decision to make and his actions this week only make it clear why many believe he'd do something like this again.

Purple

@scorpioBby i agree with and i guess ur right just everyone leave chris alon and i dnt have anything else 2 say 2 u ppl

Scorpiobby

First of all, I believe that those Rihanna pics were edited to look that bad. Yes I believe he beat her but not like that.! To leave both of them Brown & Vick alone. As long as they know they have made a mistake or mistakes, then thats all that matters.! I'm just saying.!

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How would you feel if he beat up your mother or sister like he did Rihanna. He is a public figure. He's needs to stop acting like a little BIT@#... Gosh Chris you were man enough to hit a women, not only one time but quiet a few.. You are man enough to slam and break things like you own them. But you are too emotionally distraught to answer some questions.. He's playing you guys like suckers hahahahhahahahahahaha... I'm a woman and I can see threw this mess.

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Some of these comments that I'm reading sound so terribly ignorant, and I'm referring to the idiotic fans who are blindly taking up for Chris Brown's constant antics. Number one he "PRE-APPROVED" of the interview questions agreeing to go on air and answer them. Another thing is he's famous, he isn't the ONLY celebrity that has had to deal with constant backlash from the media after breaking the law, yet he decides to throw chairs and break stuff acting out in a violent temper and all the moronic fans that support this type of behavior want to blame Robin Roberts for questions she asked that he "APPROVED"!!!!!!! Are you people stupid????

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