Q: Should Michael Vick Return To The NFL?
The Barbershop guys from NPR's Tell Me More make an interesting arguement (www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106968834) but what do you guys think?
Jul 24, 2009
i haven't heard NPR's side (can't on this computer), but...i got an email earlier, the HSUS newsletter, with the HSUS's take on it, and what they had to say made a lot of sense. jail time is all well and good, but basically...there's the simple fact that the man has never shown even the least bit of remorse in all of this. his actions weren't an isolated incident, but rather a parrten of behavior over years...a pattern of behavior strongly associated with violent sociopaths who could just as easily destroy human lives. and these people are supposed to be role models.
if the NFL were to renistate him, then yes, they could honestly, in their defense, say that he has "done his time", but until there's some genuine remorse on his part, i couldn't blame them for a second if they didn't reinstate him. seriously, if one of your coworkers were convicted of dog fighting and did jail time for it, can you honestly imagine your boss giving them their job back when they got out? but in the end, i don't know that whether or not the NFL allows him to play again is really the important part. far more important, i think, is how the fans feel. hypothetically, let's say the NFL says that no, Michael Vick can never play again, but the fans are clamoring to have him back. what does that say about these sports fans and their morals, that they would so gladly overlook the crimes of a remorseless, violent sociopath for the sake of entertainment? on the other hand, let's say the NFL let's him play again, and the fans respond badly. they stop buying merchandise, they stop buying tickets to games, and those that do attend the games express their ire against this criminal in any way reasonably possible. THAT would be truly poetic. really, regardless of how the NFL chooses to handle this, i think that what really matters will be how Michael Vick is received by the fans. personally, i'm not a sports fan, but...the man clearly needs extensive psychiatric treatment, anyone would could do such horrible things does. and maybe with enough treatment he just might see his crimes for what they are. maybe he would express some real remorse...maybe work to educate kids about properly caring for animals, to hopefully prevent other kids from following in the shameful footsteps of their reformed role model. maybe a series of Public Service Announcements, or volunteering with a rescue that helps rescued fighting dogs. but as is...i hope the scum bag gets rotten eggs thrown at his head everywhere he goes, including, if reinstated, on the football field.
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