What team will hire the quarterback and convicted felon to play for them?
loretoguy: This man, Michael Vick, should be ignored ... left to drift alone. He has long ago, proved himself unworthy of our time or concern.
anghiari: Now several weeks ago I thought about Vick...but had no idea his release time was near. I thought about him because this white guy had just ...
DD163: You know he will be head hunted... I hope for his sake he isn't knock unconscious because there will be a standing ovation....Teams will be ...
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Jim Haslett's team, UFL wants him. Tune of 1.2 mill. For a QB who hasn't thrown a down in over 2 years. Good luck with that Jim.
July 27, 2009 5:10 PM | Report Offensive Comments
how soon ya think before vinnie cerrato's making him an offer?
July 27, 2009 5:46 PM | Report Offensive Comments
I can already hear it. In every park where Vick plays, over and over, it will be "Who let the dogs out?" over the PA system.
July 27, 2009 5:56 PM | Report Offensive Comments
There had better not be even a HINT of a rumor that the Redskins would be stupid enough to go for this.
July 27, 2009 6:06 PM | Report Offensive Comments
Of course a team will sign him. Now that he's essentially been given the green light, Vick will play in 2009. I'm not condoning anything that this man has done but he has served the time of his judgment and, depending on future behavior has an opportunity to improve both his image and his bottom line. If his is smart, then he'll choose to keep his nose clean, play the game he knows and move on with his life. I expect many will "boo" him both on and off the field as well as protest against his team and the NFL, and they certainly have that right.
I personally think the man has some deep rooted problems and they may yet surface. We'll all get a chance to find out.
July 27, 2009 6:17 PM | Report Offensive Comments
so he killed a few dogs - big deal. i dont even think he should have gone to jail.
as far as im concerned its personal - and the government has no business in it.
July 27, 2009 6:40 PM | Report Offensive Comments
i pray not, not a good role model for young people. i would boycott any team that signs him.
July 27, 2009 6:59 PM | Report Offensive Comments
i'm not sayin' it wouldn't be stupid for cerrato to make an offer for vick. but this is cerrato we're talkin' about, ya know?
July 27, 2009 7:03 PM | Report Offensive Comments
Whereever the guy plays a lot of idiots will support him and anyone with an IQ will boycott the game.
He's a sick murderer. He didn't just kill dogs; he tortured them.
July 27, 2009 7:09 PM | Report Offensive Comments
The man did the crime, did the time, paid his debt to society. Ex-cons have to have lives outside or what else to do but return to crime? His debt is paid, now it's time to get back to work -- for Vick, that's pro football. No reason in the world why he shouldn't play.
July 27, 2009 7:10 PM | Report Offensive Comments
The Bills would be a good place for him. He & TO would probably get along great.
July 27, 2009 7:14 PM | Report Offensive Comments
He paid 2 yrs of his football life for an offense considered a lesser offense than what paul horning and alex karras did... and they only lost one year...goodall says he needs to be convinced of what is in vick's heart ... He's have to have an a, an o, and 2 l's, taken out of his name to KNOW that...whosoever is without sin should cast the first stone.
ROGER; stop trying to be GOD..vick has already paid a higher price than anyone in the history of football
July 27, 2009 7:28 PM | Report Offensive Comments
I won't support NFL sponsors who advertise during games he plays in if he lands with an NFL team even if it's the playoffs or Super Bowl.
July 27, 2009 7:48 PM | Report Offensive Comments
I personally think Vick deserves more humane treatment than he afforded the helpless animals and a chance to redeem his life. Nonetheless, it is hard to imagine a stadium in which his appearance on the field would not provoke a riot of catcalls, boos, and tasteless mirth, at least initially, and celebration of his every failed pass or error. It's too bad for all concerned, but it is a reminder that actions have consequences, sometimes extremely dire ones.
July 27, 2009 8:02 PM | Report Offensive Comments
i'm tired of reading "i will boycott this" or "i won't support that" just because mike vick is a part of it. it's amazing how those same people are unwilling to forgive him even after he paid his debt to society.
where is the outcry over donte stallworth getting a paltry 30 days in jail for a hit and run which resulted in the death of man?
where is the outcry over leonard little killing a woman while driving drunk and receiving only 90 days in jail? or getting arrested a SECOND time for DUI?
where is the outcry over athletes involved in domestic violence? sexual assault? drugs? or those that cheat the system by using steroids/hgh/etc?
i'm a dog lover myself (grown up with dogs all my life) and can't understand how some won't or can't forgive him. it's amazing to me how some people will condemn him for life for abusing/killing/fighting dogs, but where is the outcry for someone taking another's life or abusing their spouse?
people need to keep things in perspective. taking the life of dogs is a despicable act, but taking the life of another human is far more heinous a crime...i would even go so far as to say that beating your wife or forcing yourself on a woman is far worse. but then again, you all probably don't care that chris henry, with his history of off-the-field problems, is back in the league...
July 27, 2009 8:38 PM | Report Offensive Comments
Whichever team may be stupid and insensitive enough to hire Vicks will be boycotted by the fans.
July 27, 2009 8:39 PM | Report Offensive Comments
Dear (in a polite but not sincere sort of way) Mr. Vick:
DROP DEAD! You have forfeited any chance to be anything other than penitent for the rest of your life. You will NEVER be trusted nor will your "remorse" ever be credible.
Any team that hires you will be identified for the loser that it is and will be punished for its stupidity.
The fact that you spent some time in jail does NOT redeem you--only a life lived which convinces people, including your family and people who trusted you, that you are not just like the animals you conveniently killed, will make a difference.
Football? NO EFFING WAY!
July 27, 2009 8:46 PM | Report Offensive Comments
--I can already hear it. In every park where Vick plays, over and over, it will be "Who let the dogs out?" over the PA system.--
How much is that doggie in the window?
Puppy Love (Osmands)
Hound Dog (of course)
July 27, 2009 9:03 PM | Report Offensive Comments
Unfortunately under U.S. Law dogs are considered to be property, not human lives, so he was charged with funding the destruction of property and paid a steep price for it. New England, Buffalo, Seattle and the Skins have been in contact with his agent.
July 27, 2009 9:08 PM | Report Offensive Comments
Although Minnesota would be the logical choice. They have everything except a QB. He's much better than Farve.
July 27, 2009 9:11 PM | Report Offensive Comments
I don't think Atlanta cutting him outright was stupid. I don't really see any team actually picking him up this year. NFL teams aren't stupid about damaging their brands, and what owner really wants to associate their team with this story and have PETA etc. protesting at every home game. If he were a guaranteed lock to improve a team greatly, that would be one thing - but Vick was frankly never equal to his hype even in his prime. He hasn't played a down in 2 years, so what are the chances he still has it?
I figure he will end up in the UFL or something, play for a year and show people he still has it before they are willing to take him on. Nobody wants to touch that toxic PR unless it is virtually guaranteed to improve their team's record dramatically.
Vick wrecked his life, and it is likely to stay wrecked. What he did was so immoral and horrific that he isn't going to get the "celebrity pass" we give to a lot of other famous people who do nasty things.
July 27, 2009 9:30 PM | Report Offensive Comments
I sure hope he will drop dead on the field on DAY ONE. He deserves no less.
July 27, 2009 9:50 PM | Report Offensive Comments
Doggone it. Mike's first assignment should be to teach discipline to the team mascot.
July 27, 2009 10:42 PM | Report Offensive Comments
He should be playing spades in Levanworth for the next 8 yrs. I will boycott any sponser or team he is associated with.
July 27, 2009 11:28 PM | Report Offensive Comments
I totally agree that some of the crimes against other human beings are worse, but dogs are so innocent and dependent on our care that I feel more heartbroken for them.
July 27, 2009 11:49 PM | Report Offensive Comments
To the person who said s/he hoped Vick dropped dead on his first day of play: You took the words right out of my keyboard. Somebody should do to him what he did to those poor dogs. THAT is the only way he would possibly repay his debt to society.
July 28, 2009 12:05 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Hello out there! Has anyone ever heard of the Oakland Raiders? They will hire Vick before the end of the week. As a receiver.
And, unfortunately, he will be the uber star of the NFL. So, get over it!
July 28, 2009 12:33 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Don't want to make this a race fight or cultural but.. There are some people objecting to Vick's return who I know couldn't give a crap about some dogs. So where does the vitriolic hatred of Vick come from?
July 28, 2009 12:37 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Mr. Vick deserves to die in the same cruel manner that his victims did, helpless dogs who were more human than he is. May the NFL fade away.
July 28, 2009 1:07 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Why would anyone want to have Vick as their quaterback.... he sucks. Oh I forgot, he's a natural athlete. In my book, if your QB is the rushing leader on your team, your offensive coord should be fired. It's offensive that Vick is being allowed back into professional football. Players like him made the term "professional athlete" an oxymoron
July 28, 2009 2:07 AM | Report Offensive Comments
American comedy at its best
The human torturer and civilian killer Cheney is being re-instated into "elite" DC think tanks and doing the morning show circles. War criminal GWB is enjoying retirement in Texas, while Ameircan families have lost their sons and daughters in a corporate war and innocent Iraqis and Afghanis have lost their lives and livelihoods. Somehow the only criminal deserving public outrage is Michael Vick. It could be funny if it were not so tragic.
July 28, 2009 3:42 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Hey peaceful, we Americans love our dogs and our football almost as much as our guns. If you don't like it move to France or at least comment on political threads about politics this is a sports thread.
July 28, 2009 4:18 AM | Report Offensive Comments
try the oakland raiders they hire thugs.
July 28, 2009 4:20 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Vick is no different from a long list of other football players who committed a crime or some wrong-doing. I could see where he might have been banned for life but Vick also has a chance to truly set a great example for kids who blindly admire and mirror their favorite ball players. If Vick indeed has rehabilitated himself, he is a prominent statement that football players should not feel above the law and instead should recognize thier gift and opportunity, not squander millions on illegal behaviour.
Of course his first few games will be brutal. Fans will bo, and throw out stuffed dogs and whatnot. But if he weathers that gracefully and succeeds, then he could be a better role model to kids as compared to T.O., Tank Williams or some Cincy Bengals.
July 28, 2009 5:28 AM | Report Offensive Comments
The NFL needs to clean house of more thugs, not bring one back. If he is hired at all, his pay shouldn't be more than the losest paid rookie.
July 28, 2009 5:39 AM | Report Offensive Comments
A convicted felon getting a million dollar job? Never heard of. If an ordinary American declares on his application that he is was found guilty of a crime in a court and served jail time, would the employer hire him or her? NO.
Decency comes first before sport, no more who the athlete is. In case of Vick, he is a convicted felon FIRST and an athlete NEXT.
Shame on you NFL. What are you saying to millions of young kids out there in schools trying to play football? It is OK to commit a crime, go to jail, come back and we will welcome you?
July 28, 2009 5:48 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Mike should have the opportunity to overcome a bad mistake.
There's too much righteous indignation coming from a fan base of a very violent game in which maiming and death are an incidental part.
If the NFL has something to sell in the way of morality, it ought to include a perspective on human fallibility, ...and forgiveness.
Make it right, Mike.
July 28, 2009 5:52 AM | Report Offensive Comments
July 28, 2009 5:53 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Sorry dogfighting isn't the same as oops I had a little too much too drink and drove and killed someone. It isn't the same as getting in fight in bar. Or tested positive
for weed or started a near riot in a strip club.
Michael Vick is a sociopath with a lot problems. The man enjoyed training his pitbulls to tear each other up and used other none pits as training aids.
Vick is scumbag and punk who if he was white would have a snowballs chance in
getting back into any professional sport.
Beamer his former coach is moron as his his mentor the former NFL coach.
Did the dogs get a second chance no? Vick shouldn't either let him work at Wal Mart.
This wasn't a one time error in judgment or
a result of being young and immature. He hired and spent money to develop a dog fighting training facility.
Vick should be used for dog protection training without any protective gear every weekend until he expires from the wounds then he should be fed to the dogs.
July 28, 2009 6:20 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Michael Vick with his organized criminal activity involving the dog fighting really compared best to an organized crime or drug operation. However, the problem really is with the NFL in not adhering to a rigid discipline system for all of its players who have been involved in everything from spousal abuse, illegal drug use/dependence, crime and Vick's case. They essentially are smacked on the fingers and allowed to again participate in the sport and earn their millions of dollars. Vick, like the others so convicted, should be barred from the NFL for life and join the working crowd as the rest of 'ordinary Americans' are in. Forgiveness is one thing, but rewarding him as Roger Goddall now is wrong to this writer.
July 28, 2009 7:02 AM | Report Offensive Comments
When grey hounds are unable to run in races again. They kill those dogs. Whats the difference in what Vick did? We know the difference.
July 28, 2009 7:14 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Micheal Vick did not simply engage in the loathsome, primitive sport of Dogfighting! He slaughtered the animals with his bare hands when they were no longer of use to him. The dead dogs were found hanging on his personal property and he admitted to killing them himself. This man has a Blood lust. Also of note, young children, predominanty males, who have a tendency to torture and kill animals have been asscosiated with severe personality disorders. A psychopath in this case. CUT HIM LOOSE or, better still, keep him in a closely guarded kennel away from sharp objects and Foot Balls!.
July 28, 2009 7:15 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Getting right down to the bare bones of things, Vick is of less danger to society than "driving texters", who know they are a lethal danger to others.
and that`s a fact.
July 28, 2009 7:29 AM | Report Offensive Comments
For starters, Michael Vick's jail time and home confinement were already unreasonable. Probation, fines,community work and donations to the Humane Society would have sufficed. But in a blatant effort to appease the public relations nightmare known as PETA, Goodell has decided to impose an additional mini-suspension. This is utterly ridiculous. Nonetheless Vick will play this year and I believe he will play well, readjust, and learn from his mistake. Where will he play? That question has more variables than the theory of relativity--I just hope he does well, he's done his pennance. Let the man live for goodness sake.
July 28, 2009 7:32 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Vick is of less danger to society than a "driver texter".
I wouldn't want to be Michael Vick trying to play football. I think you could be a wife beater, rapist, child molester or arsonist and the players would shrug your shoulders. But a DOG TORTURER? I think the first game and first play he appears he is going to hear a lot of barking from the defense. Then, just how long do you think he will last? Hmmm?
July 28, 2009 7:35 AM | Report Offensive Comments
While I think that Vick should be reinstated, I personally have no obligation to support him. I don't know how typical I am, but which ever team signs him (including the Redskins) will instantly become my least favorite team and I will not watch any of that team's games.
July 28, 2009 7:42 AM | Report Offensive Comments
The only reason the NFL let Vick's return is because of the Pittsburgh Q.B. issue!
July 28, 2009 8:01 AM | Report Offensive Comments
I hope his ugly black head is crushed. I totally hate that bas*ard
July 28, 2009 8:09 AM | Report Offensive Comments
IF he does play, the supreme punishment would be for his defensive line to "accidentally" let some of the offense through so he could be punished the way he deserves - put him in a world of hurt!
And too many seem to not realize or remember that serial killers and abusers of children and adults usually start abusing and killing animals and then move on to humans.
I personally would not watch any game in which he plays nor would I buy anything from its sponsors and I would write or call and tell them why. NO PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE should be allowed to profit if he/she is convicted of a felony!! Those men and women should not be held up as role models for the children.
July 28, 2009 9:09 AM | Report Offensive Comments
As a dog owner and as a very nonviolent vegetarian, much as I disapprove of his past conduct, I do believe that Michael Vick has paid his debt to the society for his despicable crimes (which got him behind bars and robbed him of his lucrative contract for over 18 months). If our legal system is fair, he should now be able to get rehabilitated. If he is allowed to do so, it will be a travesty of our system of justice.
July 28, 2009 9:10 AM | Report Offensive Comments
As far as I am concerned, he can play by cleaning the public restrooms in one of the League stadiums. The idea that this piece of scum has "paid his price" and is now eligible to again receive millions for some sort of "talent" is beyond comprehension.
The team that picks him might get some ticket sales from those of us who would pay to boo him off the field.
July 28, 2009 9:16 AM | Report Offensive Comments
July 28, 2009 9:19 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Michael Vick sic is a scumbag who has picked on poor defenseless animals. I wonder how many women have been abused by him with overpowering in the past, alot I'd guess. Met one in college who thru my cat acros
July 28, 2009 9:23 AM | Report Offensive Comments
I predict in the next month Vick and Henry Louis Gates do a TV commercial together:
The world will be better off, a happier place without two forms of animals ... dogs and police pigs.
July 28, 2009 9:31 AM | Report Offensive Comments
the fact that this dirtbag was reinstated is appalling. it reinforces my belief that our society is messed up.
if you're an athlete, or pretty, or stupid enough to show how stupid you are on youtube or a reality show -- you get rewarded and you get a free pass. but those of us who work hard and pay our bills (and, no, the gov't did not modify MY mortgage)? we're screwed.
i hope to god that no team hires this criminal. he deserves to rot, imo.
July 28, 2009 9:33 AM | Report Offensive Comments
You know some of the people on here are dirtbags let the man play i have ran over snakes, dogs, cats, rabbits,and other animals with the car and never been to jail for that and sure you all have to and you still go home and have a good night sleep let the man alone he did his time, but its still alright for Vice Pres. to shoot a man i guess, im just saying...hmmm
July 28, 2009 9:49 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Michael Vick, the ruthless dog killer. Really, that's all that need be said.
July 28, 2009 9:50 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Vick must not be allowed to play - period. The celebration of black murderers because of their sports prowess (ie OJ) ends now.
ANY team that picks up this murderer will be made to suffer where it hurts...economically.
July 28, 2009 9:52 AM | Report Offensive Comments
I believe everyone deserves at least a 2nd chance in life. I hope Michael has learned his lesson and takes those great talents and use them in a positive way. Personally he is a great scrambler, and I hope he improved on his throwing during his vacation. Whoever takes a chance on him, knows the risks. I think he will come through.
July 28, 2009 9:58 AM | Report Offensive Comments
God forbid the Redskins would hire him...the Skins name already offends people of color and compassion, not only Native Americans. Add a dog torturer and the shamelessness of the team will be on front pages everywhere.
July 28, 2009 10:07 AM | Report Offensive Comments
He will play for the neediest NFL team after the team has experineced five poor games.
It's interesting to me that some sports fans say that they would boycott the team that Vick plays for. Yet they feel comfortable with the other accused or convicted criminals who play in professional sports.
I say let him play! If he screws up again, boot him.
July 28, 2009 10:08 AM | Report Offensive Comments
You guys are driving me crazy with this Michael Vick hating, Yes what he did was wrong, but you guys act like you have sex with dogs or something. Ben WorthlessBurger is a Superbowl Hero so His Rape allegations are brushed under the rug, Stallworth gets a cakewalk, Brett Favre= Alchoholic, But you act like Vick is Manson or something. If it was a White player none of you pencil pushers who probably have no athletic ability would care to say anything,you would deny it as they are now with Ben. He will play, he will still have loyal fans, and the NFL will make a huge profit regardless of you nobody's boycotting and I will be so glad to see the hate on your faces, just like when Obama was elected! Stop Whining, Get over it and watch your miserable Redskins suck as they do every year until they can stay out of the clubs and get an owner with a Brain! I hate to make things a race issue but it is clear that they still exist and you people just love to see a black man who was on top fall, and you want him to stay there by any means possible for your own personal feelings. SAD. And for the people who sais he's no Role Model? Get Real and YOU be your own Role model.
July 28, 2009 10:15 AM | Report Offensive Comments
They killed five dogs this past year at the Iditarod race in Alaska. No one gives a rat's a**. Sarah Palin thinks it's cool for people to hunt by hanging out the window of a plane with a high powered rifle. Most people couldn't care less. But turn the subject to Michael Vick and all of the frauds come out of the woodwork with their hypocritical handwringing.
July 28, 2009 10:41 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Oh god. Please not the Redskins. The thought that anyone would hire a vile thug like Vick is...
Oh... Wait... NFL... I forgot. This isn't reality.
My money is on the Cowboys, but I do admit a slight bias haha
July 28, 2009 10:42 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Of course there is a place he will play,,the Miami dolphins and south fla,,the drug and crime graveyard for NFL rejects for the past 38 years,,check the stats ,,he fits perfectly,,in miami dade where animal sacrifce is practised in the name of religous voo doo freedom? vic is a natural,,go home blood
July 28, 2009 10:59 AM | Report Offensive Comments
I think it REPREHENSIBLE that a Man had to have his life totally derailed for some friggin' dogs. This whole ridiculous incident just exemplifies why American's are the laughing stock of the world. There are some very STUPID peope in the country -- mostly the white ones!
July 28, 2009 11:18 AM | Report Offensive Comments
It's only fitting that the NFL reinstate Michael Vick. He has a winning arm. A million dollar arm. No, many millions of dollars will be made on his golden arm. Sure, he showed a mean and vicious side of his nature but a heavy fine and community service should have taken care of that. But this is America and black men must have criminal records. There's a silent law about this. Anyway, I hope that the Browns will get him. Let's face it folks, Vick is a class A quarterback and with his trainer he will be in shape in no time. And no, I doubt that any stadium would allow the song 'WHO LET THE DOGS OUT'be played. Serious money is at stake here. I'm glad to see Vick back. A mother and a preacher/paster can work powerful miracles on any man.
July 28, 2009 11:37 AM | Report Offensive Comments
First of all GUISHER you and the rest of the black fans of dogfighting, like whoopi goldberg, just show how uncivilized you are, only scummy, uneducated garbage like you would enjoy something like that. Michael Vick is a scum who should be torn apart alive by wild dogs and then burned! Americans are just more compassionate and decent then the rest of the scum on this earth! Any team who takes on this vile animal will lose face.
July 28, 2009 11:44 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Great His leader ship will help push let's up hold the dictaitor ship OBama..
I can just see the TV Add the only thing is I do not own a tv..
Credit Cards..get our new card..so you can pay for the $200 cost of the shoes that has picture of Pit bulls on them...Next week we will hear on the news local kids killing another for the shoes...
The SHoes cost about what 30.00 dollors and is made over seas in sweat shops with the oil from the Alasken Pipe Line...that are ameriacn jobs...
soicalism leads to Nationalism and police states like Obama is making that scream's in the streets with signs made with oil ink made with oil Stop war for killing babies for oil..but scream Keep Abortion Legal but will pay millions for new astr turff for their foot ball stadiums...
This Man should Go to the Military and sign up...go over sea's and see what The phraise means Through Greed evil smiles through insanity evil sings..
God Bless our troops answering the cry for mercy from a Greedy dictaitor Ship...
July 28, 2009 11:46 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Of course there is a place for vic,,the miami dolphins and the crime -drug capital of north america have been the graveyard of troubled NFL players for 35 years,,animal sacrifice in the name of voo doo religeon is practiced in miami dade,,VIC IS HOME
July 28, 2009 11:59 AM | Report Offensive Comments
How about the back of a garbage truck. That is where he would be best fit!!!!!!!!!!!
July 28, 2009 2:17 PM | Report Offensive Comments
Professional sports have never demonstrated an ounce of integrity, sportmanship or honesty in anything they have ever done, so we shouldn't be surprised they would take back this sick creature - there might be a buck or two to be made. Vick is, after all, a mirror reflection of themselves - a vile, pathetic loser who compensates for his impotent tiny dick by killing defenceless animals. Vick is everything slimy we know the NFL to be. No surprises here.
July 28, 2009 2:22 PM | Report Offensive Comments
Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months. He served about 9. That means he is paroled for about 14 more months. Which means he can be pulled in for questioning at any time by anybody in law enforcement. Only his parole officer has to be notified. Therefore, the day before the big game, he could be questioned by law enforcement and no one would know where he was. He could be AWOL and miss the game and no one would know where he was. Just the kind of employee I want to sign to a big contract. NOT!!!!
So I guess he can be arrested and returned to prison if he is caught associating with known felons. Which means he has to stay away from about half of his friends and family. If he is seen in public with them, he can be picked up and sent back to jail. Just the kind of employee I want to sign to a big contract. NOT!!!!!
July 28, 2009 2:59 PM | Report Offensive Comments
Just a few dogs? Man, I hope if you were in the war, you are now out! you have obviously suffered some mental illness to desensitize yourself to the suffering of animals. Makes me wonder how you feel about the suffering of people in the war Zone. You scare me. go get therapy.
As far as Vick is concerned. Although I will never step into a game where he plays as a protest, I do not begrudge him the ability to work. Public opinion and action will determine if we are willing to spend our dollars to support this guy. Unless he wants and gets therapy, I have no use for him.
July 29, 2009 12:32 AM | Report Offensive Comments
July 29, 2009 12:35 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Michael Vick is a disgusting thing (I almost used person, but he doesn't qualify). Roger Goodell is a coward. He speaks of standards by which the NFL holds players. These must be pretty low indeed.
What kind of sick person enjoys watching dogs fight to their death?
July 29, 2009 2:11 AM | Report Offensive Comments
I played organized football from jr high through college. I have been a lifelong pro football fan. If the owners don't demand that Vick be banned I don't want to watch any more. I am going to contact NFL sponsors to let them know of my displeasure. If you think the league's decision is only about money, you can let them know you aren't sending yours.
July 29, 2009 6:48 AM | Report Offensive Comments
If he plays, then I hope the defense gets to him and puts him in a world of hurt. Maybe then he will realize what pain means, even to animals.
July 29, 2009 8:49 AM | Report Offensive Comments
I agree with Charles Barkley that athletes are NOT obligated to be role models. That some are is a personal plus - but lots of others have had less than stellar personalities and still been rightfully considered "credits" to the game.
But there is a line. That is when a series of incidents of poor or felonious behavior threatens the image of the whole sport. The NBA faced that in the late 90s, early 2000's as Gangsta behavior, trash talking, gangsta attire, and conduct that can only be called "Entitled Arrogance"...cost the owners, players, media - fan following, badly damaged the brand, and cast the upstanding basketball stars in with the thugs.
The NFL now has an image problem. They know that. It is not just crimes, but preening, prancing egotistical behavior on and off the field of some athletes.
As another poster writes"
"The NFL has a carefully manufactured image that is very valuable to each of the owners in the league. it is the commissioner's job to protect and enhance that image. His job depends on satisfying the owners that he is indeed looking out for their best interests."
And image is cumulative. Vick adds to the shooting controversies, steroids, the disgusting self-adulatory behavior of the likes of Tyrell Owens.
Just as image is something that can build emotional capital by a series of upstanding players in a sport or team that excuse the transgressions of the few. A-Rod cannot tarnish the Yankees because so many others have built up the image over the years.
There is a small body of rabid fans who think winning is everything and who would support having any dysfuctional thug that "makes US a better team"! But major sports do not rely on people living their lives vicariously through "Their Team!", except for a little energy and buzz. The bulk of their audience simply wants a team that is competitive, plays hard, with a style they like and with players they empathize with.
Michael Vick is STILL a high profile risk, whether or not the lawyers and the government are now pleased he has "served his official penance". Many industries have morals clauses over and above whatever is done in courts - for self-protection. Sorry, but if you are a cop who does 2 years for extorting bribes..you will be lucky to pick up again as a private security guard. A TV Star that beats a son into the hospital? After a time in the pen, even if the son forgives him, is a TV Star no more.
July 29, 2009 1:42 PM | Report Offensive Comments
This man, Michael Vick, should be ignored ... left to drift alone. He has long ago, proved himself unworthy of our time or concern.
please, Mr. Criminal and Liar ... just leave .......................
July 29, 2009 4:24 PM | Report Offensive Comments
Now several weeks ago I thought about Vick...but had no idea his release time was near. I thought about him because this white guy had just been arrest for having a dog fighting ring and I heard absolutely nothing about it in the broader media. And, I thought to myself...is what's happening to the dogs in this case any less heinous that the cruelty meted out by Vick and his co-horts? Is this extreme brutal cruelty to dogs the issue and the more we bring it to light the better? Perhaps this time lady justice will be color blind, but clearly the media isn't. Now I did even Know who Vick was/is when I read about his cruelty and stupidity. I am not here to take up his case, but that of the dogs who were injured...Let's keep justice fair. Also the man paid his dime (time in prison) for his crime, he deserves his job back if he fits whatever is required. That doesn't guarantee the fans will want him back..but let be fair.
July 29, 2009 4:40 PM | Report Offensive Comments
You know he will be head hunted... I hope for his sake he isn't knock unconscious because there will be a standing ovation....Teams will be motivated by their fans to crush him..He's going to have it tough.
...yep that poor Fker will have a bounty on his head by every defense.
July 29, 2009 5:14 PM | Report Offensive Comments