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Q: Should Michael Vick Return To The NFL?

July 24, 2009 | By Modern D. | 18 answers | Expired: 1810 days ago

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?

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Pitbullluvr17
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Jul 25, 2009

NO WAY! if he wants to work so bad he can get a job elsewhere.What about the dogs? all the pain and suffering they endured? he should have to go through pain and suffering too. there are many of the dogs with happy endings but they still went through a lot to get there and it wasn't their fault. he did it so he should have to pay for the consequences.

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Kavykeeper
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Jul 24, 2009

I don't think he should be allowed to play. Of course, most teams would probably want him to play. After all, it's all about money... But, whether or not he shows remorse, I think reinstating him would only serve as an example that you might be able to get away with almost anything without long term consequences.

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Ethel02
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Jul 24, 2009

I think he is a cruel vicious man, cruelty is rampant enough in the athletic world, many of the woman are abused & it is usually kept quite because they have money to keep it quite or the wives stay because they are well set financially, and as studies have shown cruelty to animals usually means danger to humans or other animals, Vick showed no remorse, that is not a good thing, I might be able to forgive him if something happened to a dog or any other animal if he lost his temper cried that he didn't mean it and said he loved animals, what he did was to make money off of unspeakable torture of animals for money, like he needed money, if their are people that are fans & want him back it doesn't say allot for our society, does it?

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Amber
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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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J P.
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Jul 24, 2009

No way!!! Even if he's supposedly changed his ways (which I doubt), do you really think he's the kind of role model most parents would want their kids to follow? Ugh....

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Michele Z.
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Jul 24, 2009

Professional football players are supposed to be just that: Professional. What he did is contrary to the image of a professional and, therefore, he should not be permitted to play in that capacity. Being banned from pro ball would be a collateral consequence of his conviction. "Professional" and "criminal" (or "ex-con") don't mix--unless one is a "professional criminal".

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Debby
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Jul 24, 2009

He did his time (although too short in my opinion) and he has the right to work. Should the NFL take him back I would say no. It is public entertainment and many young kids look up to athletes, actors and musicians. It would do society a great injustice although the justice system has proven many times over that is isn't fair. We don't need any more non-hero's in the spotlight. We don't need kids of today having any more excuses for their behavior or looking at the sentence he got and think that the crime is worth the risk of getting caught. The dogs that were destroyed and killed by his own hands are not able to get that second chance. they don't have the chance to redeem themselves and prove what they could really do if trained properly. I am sorry, I find it hard to believe that someone that could be that heartless could ever really change their ways.

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Pjsurratt
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Jul 24, 2009

NO WAY!

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