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Michael Vick – Now Sponsored by Haterade

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Wow – the Michael Vick topic has definitely gotten heated this morning.  Let me first admit that I was sluggin’ down some serious haterade about the whole ordeal in the beginning, but as time went on, and Vick started moving forward, went through jail, and got back to his life…things changed.

Michael Vick made a mistake – there’s no question there – a BIG mistake, however, he went through the justice system, paid his debt to society, and yet, he still can’t catch a break from some people.

Michael Vick has been granted a second chance at his career by Roger Goodell.  He’s been put on a conditional reinstatement, of which he will miss 2 preseason games, has already missed a lot of training camp, and will miss 6 games of the regular season.  This is on top of losing every asset he’s acquired, and having to completely start his life over.  The one thing he has going for him…he’s one hell of a football player.

I’ve gotten involved in a few of the conversations this morning, and honestly, no one has created a compelling argument on WHY he shouldn’t be allowed to play football.  Let me give you some “reasons” I’ve been told and my answers to them:

“He’s a role model” – agreed, football players are role models, but I’m fairly certain I didn’t hear Manny Ramirez ever say “I did steroids because of Jose Canseco” – or hear a plea in court by someone arrested for DUI and Manslaughter say, “I got drunk, I drove, and killed a man because of Daute Stallworth”.  Give me a break – children look up to a lot of people, including sport players, and shockingly, their parents, but children can still distinguish right from wrong.

“He shouldn’t be allowed to go back to football” – why?  What if he was a plumber?  Could he get back in to plumbing?  Michael Vick is a highly skilled and trained professional football player.  If you committed a crime outside of work, should you be let back to work in the trade of which you are skilled at?  Should you even be allowed to work at all?  Some people seem to think that he needs to just be unemployed for the rest of his life because he’s a professional football player and that profession happens to come with a “spotlight & money”.  He shouldn’t have to apologize for the skill he’s trained in – he didn’t shoot some one on 3rd & 9 in the fourth quarter for gods sake.

“the Eagles signing him is a bad PR move” – really?  Kind of like when Paris Hilton’s sex tape came out – bad move – right?  WRONG!  I’m pretty sure that all Eagles games will now have the Howard Stern affect – more people that hate Vick will watch simply because they “hate” him.  Guaranteed…

Unfortunately, someone in the spotlight like Michael Vick will be put under far greater scrutiny than “John Smith” the data entry clerk from a call center.  He did something wrong, he admitted he did something wrong, he paid his dues to society under the judicial system’s rule, and he’s having to start his whole life over, yet everyone thinks he “hasn’t paid enough”.

When will it be enough?  At what point do you stop beating him down and let him prove he’s changed?  People will lift up career criminals that are fighting with an addiction to heroin, and keep “giving them a chance”, yet a football player has to be put under further scrutiny and beat down even further because some people over at PETA are a little pissed off?

Boo hoo…bring on football season…

Comments

  1. andrewkfromaz says:

    I completely concur. What Michael Vick did was deplorable, despicable, but after he paid his debt to society, we need good, real reasons why he shouldn’t be allowed to play pro ball. I personally think that the drama the Eagles are bringing on themselves could easily outweigh his contribution to the team, but maybe people will be more graceful than I give them credit for.

    This whole discussion lends itself well to a more broad discussion of what it means to be rehabilitated – look at the label sexual offenders wear for the rest of their lives. If it’s even possible to “get better,” how would we know, when many if not most criminals are so fiercely shunned from normal society?

  2. Britt says:

    I never said he shouldn’t be allowed to play football. I just don’t think he paid the price for the abuse, torture and murder of animals. Maybe it’s an assumption, but he was pretty happy doing it for fun & profit, and I feel that he’s only upset his career was hurt- not the animals. He seemed very upset to have been caught- and I haven’t felt from any press conference that he was truly remorseful. His actions were despicable because animals are innocent- they rely on humans to take care of them and he failed as their caretaker.
    I think he should have served MORE time and have to commit more community service. Perhaps the MCSO need someone to train K-9 units?? Then I might feel better about him returning to a sport I love.
    So again, I’m not saying he shouldn’t be allowed to play football. But I have every right to hate him and any team that employs animal killers.

  3. I don’t disagree with you in saying that you have your opinion – that’s fine – but you don’t realize that you are not the one who decides his punishment. The judicial system and the NFL have punished him – he’s living with his punishment in the NFL, and he’s served his time in jail. He’s also putting in a ton of man hours in community service and being mentored by the great Tony Dungy.

    He’s shown maturity, remorse, and he’s definitely shown he’s committed to making things right. You can’t ask for more from the guy – I think you just want to be mad just to be mad at him. Are you this mad at every criminal, or just those that happen to be in the spotlight that the media likes to spin out of control for ratings?

    He’s done his time…throwing the “animal lover” in you at his case is not valid argument. Just because you like animals and “think” he deserves a greater punishment doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t be able to get on with his life. The judicial system and the NFL make and made those decisions…time to just let it go.

    ;-)

  4. Chris Lee says:

    I agree with you Beau.

    He did his time and I’m surprised he got as much as he did. I’m definitely glad he did btw. So many of the celebrities out there get into trouble and don’t face any consequence. I feel that the legal system is completely jacked. How does Donte Stallworth kill someone while driving drunk and not face any jail time at all. Then I have a friend’s 17 year old son who is serving 20+ years for assaut/firing a gun because it was in CA (and they have super strict gun laws). The guy that killed my uncle in AZ with a gun got like 7 years? How does any of this make sense.

    While I think he’s deplorable, if he did his time, I don’t feel that it is up to the league to enforce morality at the highest level. I am glad that they are taking a stance when people get in trouble and doling out suspensions to discourage certain behaviors. I’m happy Stallworth is at least being affected (league year suspension). I think Goodell is doing a good job. But banning Vick from football altogether when the courts gave him 2 years would be way overboard.

    I’m not saying anybody SHOULD hire Vick, nor that he SHOULD get a chance but if a team wants to take a chance on him based on his skills, that should be allowed.

  5. Todd Austin says:

    ” PETA’s “Animal Record” report for 2008, filed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shows that the animal rights group killed 95 percent of the dogs and cats in its care last year. During all of 2008, PETA found adoptive homes for just seven pets.

    Just seven animals — out of the 2,216 it took in. PETA just broke its own record.”

    Seems to me the killed more animals than Vick did, yet no one raises a fuss about it.

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