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Where Will Michael Vick Play in 2009?

What team will hire the quarterback and convicted felon to play for them?

Posted by Emil Steiner on July 27, 2009 4:06 PM
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loretoguy: This man, Michael Vick, should be ignored ... left to drift alone. He has long ago, proved himself unworthy of our time or concern. pleas...

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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ck0712 Author Profile Page :

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.

natty-bumppo Author Profile Page :

how soon ya think before vinnie cerrato's making him an offer?

donnolo Author Profile Page :

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.

messykat Author Profile Page :

There had better not be even a HINT of a rumor that the Redskins would be stupid enough to go for this.

stonenco Author Profile Page :

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.

infantry11b4faus Author Profile Page :

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.

ninnafaye Author Profile Page :

i pray not, not a good role model for young people. i would boycott any team that signs him.

natty-bumppo Author Profile Page :

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?

hacksaw Author Profile Page :

Brilliant Comment.
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.

jmoses1 Author Profile Page :

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.

will_ga Author Profile Page :

The Bills would be a good place for him. He & TO would probably get along great.

gregoryhhh Author Profile Page :

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

RichardinPasadena Author Profile Page :

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.

wcurmudgeon Author Profile Page :

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.

nhizzat Author Profile Page :

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...

squarf Author Profile Page :

Whichever team may be stupid and insensitive enough to hire Vicks will be boycotted by the fans.

jshaver001 Author Profile Page :

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!

meadowlark3 Author Profile Page :

--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.--

Don't forget:

How much is that doggie in the window?

Puppy Love (Osmands)

Hound Dog (of course)

madstamina Author Profile Page :

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.

madstamina Author Profile Page :

Although Minnesota would be the logical choice. They have everything except a QB. He's much better than Farve.

teamw23 Author Profile Page :

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.

dogsbestfriend Author Profile Page :

I sure hope he will drop dead on the field on DAY ONE. He deserves no less.

Rin-tin-tin2 Author Profile Page :

Doggone it. Mike's first assignment should be to teach discipline to the team mascot.

augustiswest Author Profile Page :

He should be playing spades in Levanworth for the next 8 yrs. I will boycott any sponser or team he is associated with.

lnbee Author Profile Page :

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.

barnabytwist Author Profile Page :

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.

dyas666 Author Profile Page :

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!

case3 Author Profile Page :

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?

stonecarver Author Profile Page :

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.

nosuchluck Author Profile Page :

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

peaceful2008 Author Profile Page :

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.

augustiswest Author Profile Page :

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.

krj1944cableonenet Author Profile Page :

try the oakland raiders they hire thugs.

vballboy60 Author Profile Page :

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.

dmahon Author Profile Page :

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.

csekhar Author Profile Page :

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?

ralphodavis Author Profile Page :

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.

ralphodavis Author Profile Page :

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.

sheepherder Author Profile Page :

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.

davidmswyahoocom Author Profile Page :

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.

fcrowderjr Author Profile Page :

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.

anonpost1 Author Profile Page :

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!.

nanonano1 Author Profile Page :

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.

DCScribe1 Author Profile Page :

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.

nanonano1 Author Profile Page :

Vick is of less danger to society than a "driver texter".

and that`s a fact.

PJTramdack Author Profile Page :

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?

spidey103 Author Profile Page :

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.

dallas888 Author Profile Page :

The only reason the NFL let Vick's return is because of the Pittsburgh Q.B. issue!

marylbailey Author Profile Page :

I hope his ugly black head is crushed. I totally hate that bas*ard

Utahreb Author Profile Page :

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.

sairam1 Author Profile Page :

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.

jvoran Author Profile Page :

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.

jvoran Author Profile Page :

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.

recruitlaw Author Profile Page :

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

good4prose Author Profile Page :

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.

heresmare Author Profile Page :

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.

debraxton Author Profile Page :

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

tifoso1 Author Profile Page :

Michael Vick, the ruthless dog killer. Really, that's all that need be said.

deathtoislam Author Profile Page :

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.

jakesfriend1 Author Profile Page :

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.

AdventurerVA Author Profile Page :

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.

waldheim10 Author Profile Page :

He will play for the neediest NFL team after the team has experineced five poor games.

postfan1 Author Profile Page :

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.

jahree1 Author Profile Page :

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.

sonny2 Author Profile Page :

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.

Candrew3 Author Profile Page :

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

gonville1 Author Profile Page :

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

guisher Author Profile Page :

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!

washpost27 Author Profile Page :

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.

djfly1323 Author Profile Page :

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.

WindSong Author Profile Page :

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...

gonville1 Author Profile Page :

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

NobleDog Author Profile Page :

How about the back of a garbage truck. That is where he would be best fit!!!!!!!!!!!

bobdog3 Author Profile Page :

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.

rb-freedom-for-all Author Profile Page :

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!!!!!

sandnsmith Author Profile Page :

infantry11b4faus :


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.

sandnsmith Author Profile Page :

infantry11b4faus :


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.

Rubiconski Author Profile Page :

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?

twosons1 Author Profile Page :

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.

Utahreb Author Profile Page :

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.

ChrisFord1 Author Profile Page :

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.

loretoguy Author Profile Page :

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 .......................

anghiari Author Profile Page :

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.

DD163 Author Profile Page :

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.

 
 
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