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Poll: Where Will Vick Be on Opening Day?

Where do you think Michael Vick will be found on opening day 2009?

By Emil Steiner  |  July 20, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  | Category:  Crime , Falcons Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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If the NFL or Goodell truly wants Americans to believe there is such a thing as a 'code of conduct', then Vick should be banned for life. Period.

And all the other criminal athletes too. Ban/Fire every single felon, or anyone convicted of any crime that involves guns, violence, or drugs. Goodell needs to use the same exact standards for all athletes, and if they blow it, then they never get another chance. They lose their privilege of being able to play a game for money.

Posted by: Georgia6 | July 24, 2009 2:48 PM

If I was an owner I'd recognize immediately the value of Vick to my team making it that much more a possible contender, and would welcome him back for that reason. It's smart business. However, I'd bench his ass for this entire season -- for two reasons. First, it's the ethical thing to do and of course good PR, i.e. to appease an angry public and demonstrate the league will abide by a legally binding morals clause. Secondly, he needs to hold the clipboard and practice often and attempt to shake off all that rust in pre-season games (not on the field during regular season) and be ready in the event of injury. Yes, I know some of you will insist the only true way to shake off rust is play in games at game speed and take game hits. But he's not a rookie, and still a young man, so I don't think its required for someone of his abilities, specifically.

Posted by: JimGoldbloom1 | July 21, 2009 2:48 PM

Heck, in the history of America, we have killed and stolen our way too what we call freedom... But instead of harpping on that, we ask to be forgiven.... But this man can't get the same respect....

Posted by: xrendellx | July 21, 2009 2:45 PM

I for one have hired a convicted felon before and it's worked out just fine. Vick is low hanging fruit so it's easy to make an example out of him, but surely you don't believe Vick is the first person to ever run a dog fighting ring? really? If you think Michael Vick is the scum of the earth, then tell me how you feel about the police officers that shot an unarmed man 50 TIMES and are allow to continue to patrol our streets. I guess it's all about perspective.

Posted by: mdade1 | July 21, 2009 2:44 PM

Most of these answers are just hateful... The man made a bad mistake, but he has paid... If he isn't in the NFL by opening day, many people will not like that move... Sure alot of people get on here and say this and that, but he has paid his debt... Plus my family have been season ticket holders for many years and if they don't give him a second chance, we won't be season ticket holders anymore.... Not that i'm a fan of his, i am a fan of America and in America everyone is given a second chance, once their debts is paid.....

Posted by: xrendellx | July 21, 2009 2:43 PM

For those of you who think that Vick should be entitled to play just because he's "paid his debt to society" ask yourself - would you hire a convicted felon to work for your company? Would you be willing to stroke a check to a guy that got a hard on torturing animals just for the sick pleasure of watching a defenseless animal suffer?

I didn't think you would either. Now just STFU. Vick does not belong in the NFL. How many more chances is this worthless P.O.S. thug going to get? Maybe, just maybe, the NFL can sneak him into games by dressing him as Ron Mexico.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | July 21, 2009 11:47 AM

people keep asking "when a person gets out of prison, hasnt he paid his debt to society ?" of course he has, but just because a child molester gets out of prison ( and has paid his debt to society ) doesnt mean that I have to hire him as a babysitter for my kids.

Just because a QB who killed and tortured dogs gets out of prison doesnt mean that a football team owner ( or NFL commissioner ) is going to want them on their team.

Posted by: US-conscience | July 21, 2009 10:59 AM

Whatever happened to the notion that once one is released from prison, the debt to society is paid?

The last time I checked, the NFL is an athletic league, not a church. Although people are much more forgiving to the sins of molesting pastors....

Posted by: eyekey416 | July 21, 2009 10:38 AM

I think Vick should be allowed to play, but as punishment he has to play for the Lions for 2 years at the league minimum salary. Then we'll see how dedicated he is to returning to football.

Posted by: Spartan_Legacy | July 21, 2009 10:24 AM

Vick served his time for the crime he was accused of and he is entitled to earn a living doing what he does, playing professional football.

If someof you are fed up with Vick or professional football I have a suggestion, STOP WATCHING IT , STOP GOING TO THE GAMES I AM SURE THAT YOU WILL BE MISSED...

GET OVER IT HE WILL PLAY THIS YEAR

Posted by: TheBeatDontStop | July 21, 2009 9:33 AM

I guess this seems like a bit of Scarlet Lettering to me, I don't think the NFL really stands much to gain from banning Vick for life.

I'm not saying what he did was acceptable, or even that I think he paid fully for his crime, but I would like to think that 18months in prison is a pretty big lesson, and over the rest of his career he shows real remorse. (If that is possible). But if he so much as blinks at controversy again, he should be out on his @$$.

Posted by: gconrads | July 21, 2009 9:32 AM

they shouldn't sign Vick.....not so much because of dog-fighting, but because he's a below-average quarterback.

Posted by: Durham2 | July 21, 2009 9:27 AM

For all those who say they will boycott the NFL because of Vick or Stallworth, all I'm going to say is bye. We NFL fans will not miss you or shed a tear for your departure. You boycotting will not hurt the league, it will not hurt the owners. Do people realize how much money these owners are making? In terms of money they really don't need people to come to the games. The networks pay the owners billions of dollars every year and the attendance at the games is gravy to owners. The general public won't think twice if PETA or any other organization pickets at stadiums, they are there to watch the game and cheer on their teams. They are not thinking about you boycotters.

Posted by: armorgan2 | July 21, 2009 8:46 AM

Dallas would like to get Vick but they can not because his terms of parole are that he can't associate with convicted felons.

Posted by: 1812A | July 21, 2009 7:17 AM

Most reputable companies will not hire felons. It makes no sense to ever let Vick back on the feild. If he is allowed back millions of fans will be incensed except for those who can excuse anything [ie, OJ, Pacman, etc]. He served his time but that doesn't mean he should be allowed back; EVER!

If he does play again, me and the NFL are done!

Posted by: donmac1 | July 21, 2009 6:24 AM

The Time in prison that Vick was incarcerated will have made no difference to a flawed personality - to change his, would require a return to corporal punishment - unfortunately this is not possible. An option would be to treat his aberration with a weed killer.

Posted by: rhda | July 21, 2009 5:23 AM

Who cares? The NFL long ago lost any credible claim to the moral high ground that they posture about. They're in the business of pitting skilled, violent men against each other for the amusement of millions of fans glued to TVs each week. That's their purpose and anyone who perceives differently is painfully naive. As one poster said, your boycott will make you feel better, but will have zero effect on the league and its sponsors. For every 100 fans who walk away (temporarily, at least) in disgust, there are 200 more rabid enough to miss work on Monday if their teams lose.

Posted by: salescoach | July 21, 2009 2:25 AM

for every supporter of vick 10.000 hate his killer azz

Posted by: Rubiconski | July 20, 2009 10:44 PM

For every 1 person that says they are mad that Vick is reinstated there is 5 people out there excited to watch him play.

Posted by: robbj24 | July 20, 2009 9:09 PM

Playing for the National Felons League? Why, certainly: those already convicted, those who have "paid their debts", the not yet convicted, those not yet caught and charged, and those youngsters ripening toward their big moment. We have replaced a culture of sports heroes with a culture of thugs.

Posted by: alfisher1 | July 20, 2009 6:51 PM

If vick is ever allowed to play again I will boycott the NFL, but I will also boycott the NFL sponsors.

Posted by: Mytwosense | July 20, 2009 6:51 PM

Let's say you worked for a company with 60 employees. On the average, about how many of these 60 do you think would be convicted of violent felonies each year?

I hope Goodell is serious about ending the reign of criminals in the league. But I'll guess Vick will be on the field opening day.

Posted by: dcc1968 | July 20, 2009 6:16 PM

This poll ought to be called: "what should mike vick be doing when the regular season starts?"

i despise the guy as much as anyone else, but who will be out there boycotting the NFL when Donte Stallworth gets back into the league, although i hope he doesn't. Worse yet, where were you when Leonard Little killed someone?

Posted by: temunley | July 20, 2009 5:34 PM

to: michaelkpilgrim: thus you will miss one heck of a season.

Hope you enjoy watching the lifetime channel.

Posted by: richdj25 | July 20, 2009 5:05 PM

Dear michaelkpilgrim | July 20, 2009 4:53 PM:

Who cares if you boycott the NFL? The NFL will not lose a dime over your boycott, but will reap million$ from re-instating Michael Vick.

Which choice do you think they'll make: risk losing a few fans or take the chance on rehabing a flawed, fallen but beloved former NFL star? Which may better theatre?

Posted by: paraines1 | July 20, 2009 5:04 PM

If he ever puts on an NFL uniform I will forever boycott the NFL !

Posted by: michaelkpilgrim | July 20, 2009 4:53 PM

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