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Time to Forgive

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To all the Michael Vick haters, it's time to move on, to forgive and to come to grips with the fact he's going to play in the NFL again. Whether it's a four-game suspension, which seems about right, or longer, Vick has the right to go back to work after fulfilling his debt to society.

You might say playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. That may be true, but it isn't for us to decide. That's up to Commissioner Roger Goodell, and apparently he's going to allow Vick back in the league.

The next question becomes which team is going to want Vick. Although we haven't heard much on that front, just wait until the Goodell makes his ruling. No one is going to invite Vick for a tryout until they know for sure how many games he's going to miss. Once that's established, he'll start getting offers.

This is not to say we should forget why Vick was out of football in the first place. His abuse of dogs was deplorable on every level. His dishonesty after the fact further damaged Vick's fragile public image.

But even animal lovers -- and I consider myself in that group -- have to be able to let go of the hate. Forgiveness really isn't for the offender, after all, but for you. The longer you hold on to that negativity, the more it will dull your ability to see the best in others.

By Gene Wang  |  July 24, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  | Category:  Atlanta Falcons , Crime , Gene Wang , Michael Vick , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Forgive - Certainly but first I want to see evidence that Mr Vick is positively aware that what he did was wrong and that he is sorry for doing it. NOT sorry that he got caught.

Frankly I think PETA stands for People Eating Tasty Animals but setting their ideas of 'right' aside this is about the attitude and mind set of the man Micheal Vick. Before his conviction we never saw a shred of any humility or admission of wrong doing. He dodged and dived and refused to admit his crime until he was clearly going to go down for his crimes.
So for now - until Mr Vick demostrates that he admits his behavior was wrong - he should sit out at least one season. Forgiving doesn't mean that there isn't punishment involved. And the courts punishement was just that - the court system punishment isn't all that there is in terms of punishment the public deserves better than this. Our kids deserve better examples than Mr Vick and his current conduct.

Posted by: AmzgGrce | July 25, 2009 10:54 AM

Gene, your comments are incredibly ignorant of the pain and suffering forced upon innocent creatures. If it were children and not dogs, you wouldn't be saying what you're saying.

You should probably go spend a few days in an animal shelter and then revise your stance.

Posted by: TommyD5 | July 25, 2009 2:28 PM

Vick apologists always start off with something like Gene's opening : ".... and I consider myself in that group (animal lovers) ..." Why? Is it the fact that you haven't lately kicked a dog lying in pain on the ground that qualifies you to consider yourself an animal lover?

"Forgiveness really isn't for the offender, after all, but for you." -- What beautiful words! Unfortunately, we're not in the business of forgiveness, Only God, in whatever form, is.

I can't understand why it's so hard for people to accept the fact that it's better for an animal (human included) NOT to be born at all than to be born into a life whose only purpose is to helplessly suffer fear and pain from being tortured. That's what Vick has subjected the dogs to.

Posted by: KT11 | July 25, 2009 4:26 PM

If Vick plays any games for ANY team in the NFL?

No matter what the NFL says; I will personally boycott every advertiser both locally and nationally.

Posted by: camberry30 | July 26, 2009 10:34 AM

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