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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Condemned: Michael Vick

Posted by Tariq al Haydar

by Tariq al Haydar


It goes without saying that dog-fighting is a crime. Michael Vick was guilty of it.

Now, he's nearing the end of his prison sentence. But there is still a stigma attached to him.

I recognize the crime, but I don't like the stigma. After all, NFL players have been involved in setting up cocaine deals, entangled in murder cases, just to name two greater transgressions... but no player I can remember has ever had as much stigma attached to him as Michael Vick.

Roger Goodell recently stated that "I think it's clear he's paid a price, but to a large extent he's going to have to demonstrate to the larger community -- not just to the NFL community and to me -- that he has remorse for what he did and that he recognizes mistakes that he made."

To me, it seems like Goodell is just scared of negative PR. I mean, he admits that the man paid a price. And I thought Vick DID exhibit remorse during that press conference he gave before he went to prison. So I guess what I'm saying is this: Let the man earn a living again and stop demonizing him. I believe he should be given a clean slate. If he screws up again, then by all means, punish him. But don't make it even more humiliating for a man to get on with his life. Don't obliterate every iota of the man's dignity because you're worried about your image. The right thing to do is this: Reinstate Michael Vick and give him a chance to redeem himself.

22 comments:

clubba lang said...

agreed.

TADOne said...

Goodell is scared of PETA. Nothing more, nothing less.

Bielasiak33 said...

word.

very well stated.

Eboy said...

I don't know if the entire league should stop in it's tracks to accept him into the fold again just to give him a second chance. If he makes it and shows himself to not be the loser he was a couple of years ago....fine.....but to put this on Goodell is stupid.....just like Vick's actions of the past.

AR said...

The whole thing was amazingly annoying at the time and I really wish it would die.

Of course he should be allowed back in,but he's still a tool.

And so is everyone else.

Caleb Smith said...

"Entangled in murder cases"

Being entangled is a bit different than being convicted of murder. If Tom Brady goes out and kills someone I'm pretty sure he'll have quite a stigma surrounding him.

And dealing cocaine is a worse crime than torturing animals? I certainly don't think so.

"Let the man earn a living." The guy can earn a living without being in the NFL. I don't think he should be allowed to play again.

I'm sure Vick has remorse for getting caught, but I don't know that he has remorse for his actions.

L33tSauce said...

Jamal Lewis went to jail and came back. Ray Lewis had his whole ordeal. I know it's not football, but Michael Jackson got away with child molestation. Vick did what he did, but paid for it, and so far seems like he's changed. Give him another shot.

Tariq al Hayder said...

Caleb:

Of course being involved in a murder investigation is not the same as being CONVICTED of murder, but it's still something that could tarnish a player's reputation. My point is that even something as damaging as that can be overcome.

And I'm sure you can find a few people who think that dealing coke is a worse crime than dog-fighting.

Eboy:
I'm not saying the "entire league should stop in it's tracks". I'm just saying that people should get over it already. He went to jail for a couple of years. He lost all his money. People hate him. He's suffered enough. I don't like people acting all holier than thou when someone else screws up, like "Oh, he has to convince everyone that he;s remorseful." Screw that. After all he's been through, he doesn't owe anyone anything. And I've never been a Vick fan or anything, but I just hate the way certain celebrities are torn down just to make everyone else feel good.

Moose said...

"Don't judge a man by his mistakes. Judge him by how he handles them."

--Moose, 2009

AR said...

Moose,kinda like when a mass murderer says sorry?

Moose said...

Well . . . more like I'm just saying, give the dude a second chance. But I totally hear what you're saying. And I have hated Vick's actions as well.

Eboy said...

"He lost all his money." Complete fail........where did you dream up that sh*t, T? He's about as broke as Megan Fox is dog ugly. The only thing he suffered from was last income during his jailing/suspension. He's still richer than you and me 1000 times over.

Tariq al Hayder said...

Eboy:

He applied for bankruptcy. Look it up.

Eboy said...

No shit.......but in this country, that just stops your debt from increasing and takes away ridiculous overspending tokens. Bankruptcy does NOT mean all your money is taken away.....you have a mislabeled misconception of the function of it.

TADOne said...

Regardless, I also think he deserves a second chance in the NFL. Not sure he would have much left to offer after sitting out two years, though.

Tariq al Hayder said...

Eboy:

OK, my bad.

the baconator said...

You pose a great point here. I don't remember who said it, but someone commented on this by saying that if Vick had killed a prostitute, it wouldn't have caused nearly the uproar that it did with the dog-fighting thing. How can we judge whether he's truly sorry or not if we never give him a chance? Sir Charles had a DUI, which could've killed someone, yet we (read: most of us) welcomed him back to TNT with open arms. Vick deserves a chance, despite being incredibly stupid in the past

the baconator said...

@Moose: That quote deserves a medal. Good point

Moose said...

Thanks a lot, baconator!

BET said...

tad's comment @11:24 and mine right now should get married. That is what i was thinking. Bastardly thought stealing Detroit people. LMAO @ yall for not being able to take our jobs though! (psst that last part was in extremely poor taste)

Lastknickstanding said...

I don't think he deserves to be handed anything. He has a right to live and work in this country just like other convicted felons, but he isn't entitled to make the choice of who accepts him and who doesn't some people won't forgive him and some people will and he just has to accept the consequences of his actions whatever they may be.

Moose said...

CHECK HIBACHI FOR EPISODE 1/5 OF THE INTERVIEWS.