For the most part, I think Redskins running back Clinton Portis has been kind of refreshing. Dressing up in the funny outfits, speaking his mind, not taking himself too seriously and being an extraordinarily productive runner until he got banged up last year.
But yesterday, Portis showed his mouth can hit the hole while his brain is still in his ... backfield. In an an interview in Virgina, Portis came to the defense of Falcons QB Michael Vick, whose role in an alleged dog-fighting operation at a Virginia property Vick used to own is being investigated. Portis said that if Vick were punished by authorities for such involvement they would be "putting him behind bars for no reason." Washington offensive lineman Chris Samuels laughed at some of Portis' comments and later said Vick is being pilloried before being found guilty.
Here's the original interview. Video is choppy but audio fine.
Later in the day, obviously after the Redskins got a hold of him, Portis issued a statement backing off the earlier comments.