25 October 2013
An apology is made to admit and show remorse over past actions that affected other people. It is meant to repair a negative image. The confession and owning up to the mistakes reinstalls trust back to the person. Apologies are seen every day in the media, news, and online etc. Most apologies in the public eye are made by senators, comedians, or athletes aiming to gain trust and support back from their fans. Two famous athletes Michael Vick and Mike Tyson made public apologies after encountering physical and federal scandals. Michael Vick’s apology was rhetorically effective because he appealed to emotions, religion, and credibility. While Mike Tyson’s apology was not rhetorically effective because of his arrogant tone, use of fallacies, and contradiction with statements.
In early 2001, Michael Vick and his three associates Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips, and Tony Taylor started to invest in pitbull dog fighting competitions. Later on that year they went on to establish the “Bad News Kennel” where they trained and breed pitbulls; the Bad News Kennel was said to house 50 pit bulls. Michael Vick became a registered dog breeder, so he can breed stronger and more fight efficient pit bulls. Vick and his associates began to sponsor and house fighting competitions in Virginia and at their facility. The men tested their pitbulls with regular dogs and other pitbulls. If the pitbulls did not perform well, they shot, electrocuted, hanged, and drowned the inefficient dogs. When Michael Vick’s cousin, Davon Boddie, was arrested on drug charges, the state started to investigate the property for animal cruelty because Boddie gave Vick’s address as his own. At first Michael Vick denied and blamed the dogfighting operation on the family members who lived on the property, and stated he never visited the property. It was not until later, when the other 3 associates pled guilty to the case, Michael Vick...
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