Drew Rosenhaus loves dogs. Drew also loves his clients. So when client Clinton Portis became America's number two supporter of dog fighting, it put Drew in an uncomfortable position.
First, Drew made sure to defend dogs.
"I've had dogs my entire life and I personally find dog fighting cruel, vicious and evil," he said Wednesday.Then Drew started the spin machine, and defended his real dawg Clinton:
"He said, 'Drew, I didn't mean for the way that came out. All I was saying, I wasn't condoning dog fighting. I wasn't condoning Michael Vick's conduct. All I was saying is that people should give him the benefit of the doubt until he's been charged or found guilty," Rosenhaus said.Riiight... I would imagine this to be true if Portis had spoken out about the whole Chris Henry incident earlier in the week. In that case Henry, who already had a bad rap, was wrongly accused of failing a drug test. But come on Drew. Your client was talking crazy-talk on this one.
If you took Bob Sugar's word as gold, you'd think Portis was the model citizen. You might also confuse him for a beltway politician.
"I like the fact that Clinton stood up for another athlete, but I want to clarify that he in no way, shape or form condones dog fighting or any type of illegal activity," Rosenhaus said. "I spent the last day or so with Clinton trying to get that message out."Now I may be having deja vu, but didn't Portis say this just a few days ago? "I know a lot of back roads that got a dog fight if you want to go see it." Oh yeah, he did.
"It was awkward for me, because it was one of my clients and I'm a real dog lover myself," Rosenhaus said. Yeah Drew, it's awkward for a lot of us. We want to take a moral stand against what Portis has said, but goshdarnit, we love football.
Knowing how Rosenhaus works, he'll have Portis starring in a PETA PSA by next week.