Clinton Portis made some unfortunate, uninformed comments regarding dog fighting when he said, "It's [Vick's] property; it's his dogs. If that's what he wants to do, do it." Later Portis issued a press statement apologizing. There's really no point spinning or parsing what Portis said.
But not Drew Rosenhaus, Portis' agent. Rosenhaus stands ready to defend any client no matter what the alleged infraction even if it is caught on tape.
"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."
But to Rosenhaus' credit, he admitted that his love for dogs made it more difficult to defend a commission-paying NFL client. "It was awkward for me, because it was one of my clients and I'm a real dog lover myself," Rosenhaus said.
Note to Rosenhaus: Pay attention to NFL press releases. When Roger Goodell expresses that he is "extremely disappointed and embarrassed for Clinton Portis," understand it's all over but the yelling.