Michael Vick and The Eagles: Should Vick Be Given a Second Chance
Almost a week has past since Michael Vick was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles to a one year $1.6 million dollar deal with an option for a second year for $5.2 million. The signing has sparked the interest of many people with strong opinions on both side of the debate as to whether Vick deserves a second chance.
While I was listening to NPR radio the other day, the head of the Humane Society came on the radio to talk about the partnership with Vick going forward. Most of the listeners that called in were angry and distraught with the signing and almost wanted to see Vick dead for what he did to dogs. This view I think is ridiculous and completely irrational.
Let’s for a moment think about the most horrific crime one can commit. We’re talking about murders and homicides. If people who comitted those crimes get out of jail, should they be stripped of all their rights in society and never hold a job again when they’re released? Of course not, in fact, it’s the complete opposite. Most prison systems want the newly released to be a conributing member of society and get a job so they don’t end up in jail again. Whether this happens or not is a different story.
Michael Vick plays football and that’s what his profession is. For anyone who wants to say he should be banned from the NFL a.k.a. stupid animal rights activists is simply acting on emotions. The guy made a mistake, did his time and now let him get on with his life. Everyone has skeletons in their own closet and you cannot tell me that animal rights activists are not sometimes hypocrites in their own right.
With Donovan McNabb’s contract up in 2010, there’s no guarantee that he will resign with the Eagles. In addition, the often injured quarterback has only played 4 full seasons with 3 seasons he’s played 10 or less games. Although Vick is a little rusty, he is in good shape from lifting weights and playing football in prison. I think once he takes on field, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll establish himself as the electrifying player he once was for the Falcons.
Finally, if they give Donte Stallworth only 30 days in jail for killing a HUMAN BEING. Shouldn’t the humane society and animal rights activist go bother Goodell about him? Give me a break!