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ESPN Uses Controversial, Doctored Image Of Michael Vick

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ESPN The Magazine published this doctored image alongside an column titled "What if Michael Vick were white?" ESPN The Magazine published this doctored image alongside an column titled "What if Michael Vick were white?"

ESPN is under heavy fire for a picture it ran alongside a column on ESPN The Magazine titled, "What if Michael Vick were white?" The picture, obviously doctored, showed a rendering of Michael Vick with white skin.

Editors at ESPN quickly called a mulligan and replaced it with a regular pick of Vick, but then restored the white-faced image around midday on Thursday.

The column, by Toure, asks whether Vick would have been punished so severely for dogfighting if he were white, and then renders the question meaningless.

"Whiteness comes with great advantages, but it's not a get-out-of-every-crime-free card. Killing dogs is a heinous crime that disgusts and frightens many Americans. I'm certain white privilege would not be enough to rescue a white NFL star caught killing dogs."

Toure, through Twitter, said he asked editors not to use the title, "What if Michael Vick were white?" He also said he wasn't consulted about the use of the doctored image.

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