The NFL Needs To Stay Far Away From Mike Vick

By Brian Harrington

The National Football League will have to make a very important decision in July of 2009 when it pertains to the release of Michael Vick from Federal prison. The league will have to decide what the right thing to do for themselves and for the fans. In my opinion it is to stay far away from Mr. Vick. The people Mr. Vick decided to surround himself with and the decisions that he chose to make, put the NFL in a very bad light, disappointed every single one of his fans and also caused a huge setback to the Atlanta Falcons franchise in which they are finally rebounding after having to pay another quarterback $72 million dollars in his first NFL contract. 

The acts in which Vick participated in are indeed heinous but what about the flat out lying that occurred right after the charges happened??  Check out this quote on July 26 of 2007 right after the charges were presented in court “”I take these charges very seriously and look forward to clearing my good name,” Vick said in a statement read outside court by Billy Martin, his lawyer.  “I respectfully ask all of you to hold your judgment until all of the facts are shown.”  Take a look at this smug picture of the former number 1 overall pick on this day and you tell me if he thought he could get away with this due to his “celebrity status”

About a month later the evidence grew, the accomplices started to talk and Mr. Vick plead guilty to murdering dogs and training at least 53 of them to fight other dogs in order for his entertainment. Vick pleaded guilty to bankrolling a dog fighting venture run from a Virginia estate he owned. The 27-year-old lied to both National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell and to Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank, denying his involvement in the operation that ran for six years. Officials discovered the operation after Vick’s cousin was arrested on drug charges, using the estate’s address.

He also in court denied ever gambling on fights which in my opinion is a flat out lie because his own house was the place that the fights occurred and the report was “friends around him gambled but not him” my question is with all the money that he had compared to his “friends” do we honestly think that he didn’t look for a profit out of this at all? Shortly after his guilty plea it was revealed that Mr. Vick was smoking marijuana on a daily basis and blamed that on his dad “bashing him in the media”. Gee does it sound like he just keeps making excuses? I think so.

The question remains can this league and its fans trust someone who has denied responsibility for pretty much every crime that has committed? Can prison change someone? In a “normal” situation I would say maybe but in this case, Vick states that dog fighting was just a “way of life” and that he has been doing it since he was a child and was raised on it. But that contradicts his statements he made before the evidence arose that he had “nothing to do with dog fighting”?

The bottom line is Commissioner Goddell should learn from the Adam Jones case and that is once certain players have all this money they do stupid things with it and when the opportunity presents itself  to give Mr. Vick a second chance and millions more? Why doesn’t Mr. Vick do what the rest of the good people do when they get second chances and succeed at it and that’s work a tough 9-5 job and pay your dues and work hard for this country?

The NFL needs to think about the young fans who if he is reinstated they will want to buy his jersey again and wear it around. Then the parents will have to explain what he has done in the past and do you think this may just inspire young kids and adults to dog fight?? Lets just save all this trouble and keep him suspended for life because if this league does indeed reinstate him this will put a huge black eye on this sport and they will look very selfish for doing so because why would they resinstate him? For the money but to be honest he is not worth the money nor the trouble.