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In Response to: Michael Vick, a Pleasant Surprise?


I have read all the posts from animal lovers and dog owners. I have read all the posts from sports fanatics and NFL nuts. However, I have yet to read an insightful post from someone who admits to falling into each category. That said, I don't expect my thoughts to change anyone else's mind, but for some reason I felt compelled to respond.

I truly believe that the acts of which Vick was found guilty are deplorable. I'm not talking about the dog fighting (though I'm not condoning that either), I'm talking about the manner in which the animals were put down. As a dog owner, I cannot find the words that can accurately express how much that mental image disgusts me.

I also, wholeheartedly, believe that the criminal justice system should be more well respected than it is. There are certainly times when someone receives a slap on the wrist when I believe that the punishment does not fit the crime, but here, Vick has paid his debt to society. Consider what he had to pay because of these transgressions. The jail time was probably the smallest part of his payment to society. Vick was a trademark. He was not just an NFL star, he was his own label. He was in his prime. He was the cover-boy for ump-teen ad campaigns. He was one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. His bankruptcy proceedings do not even begin to tell how much he REALLY lost in opportunity costs and future earning potential. HIS LOSSES WERE MONUMENTAL.......THEY ARE ALSO EXACTLY WHAT HE DESERVED!
Here's the kicker. Let the man move on. People are so quick to condemn and so slow to forgive. That is sad to me. It is sad to hear people talk about something being immoral one second and then refuse to forgive the mistakes of another human being the next. If it is your choice to boycott Vick and whatever team gives him a shot, that is your choice alone and I won't argue with you, but let the man move on.
When someone finishes a 2-5 year stint for a felony offense in your local community, do you go down to the warehouse where they catch back on trying to make a legitimate living and picket? Do you write letters and publish articles telling people that the mechanic down the street hires and supports convicted felons? Do you stick your nose into places where it does not belong and volunteer your own personal recommendation for punishment when the person accused is not a famous athlete?

A wise man once said to hate the sin, not the sinner. If you believe that Vick is inhuman and should never be forgiven, what does that really say about you? Be better than those whom you seek to condemn. Find room in your heart to forgive even if you will never forget.

PEOPLE WATCHER | November 26, 2008 3:23 PM

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look, if vick didnt do what he did with dogfighting, then he had a shot at winning a Super Bowl

Posted by: Tommy | November 28, 2008 3:57 PM

Mike Vick fought dogs, or at least let the fights happen on his property. Ray Lewis was directly involved in the taking of a human life. Ray Lewis plays to accolades every week. Mike Vick is reviled.

Does anyone see where I am going with this?

Posted by: Mark Hamblett | November 29, 2008 6:08 PM

Michael Vick should absolutely be allowed to get on with his life, just not in a position as a high-profile role model to impressionable youths. I followed the proceedings pretty closely and I NEVER heard him say he was sorry for the abuse and torture of the dogs, or that it was wrong. He apologized to his family for what he'd put them through, and to his team, teammates and fans for letting them down, but I have not heard him express remorse for the abhorrent cruelty that he inflicted, or allowed to be inflicted, on those dogs. That matters to me. Does he even think he did anything wrong? I honestly don't think so. He's only sorry he got caught.

Mike Hamblett - Ray Lewis should have gone to jail for a long time.

Posted by: jldonovan67 | December 1, 2008 11:42 AM

He did his time so leave him alone. Yes, he did a poor or no show of remorse, but if someone pays their time, we have no right to interfere with them from that point forward.

Posted by: NoName | December 1, 2008 12:33 PM

I didn't agree with the treatment of the dogs Vick and his crew had. However I found it hard to believe that PETA didn't protest the killing of Black Wolves in Alaska by it's govenor. The wolves were so far out ( In their habbitat )you had to hunt them by helicopter. Nobody eats black wolves nor do they use their pelts for anything.... pure sport killing yet not a word out of PETA. When I saw the govenor fire a round from the chopper and the reaction of the wolf favoring his left shoulder and then watching the govenor grin and rock side to side as in euphoria.... my, my, my.

Posted by: R. Harry | December 1, 2008 1:14 PM

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