The hypocrisy in the people who voted to remove Michael Vick would be nauseating on its own even without their sense of entitlement and determination to play unforgiving vengeful little Gods.
There is no need to lay out what Michael Vick was arrested, charged, prosecuted and did his time for.
The article below does that very well, sufficing to say that Micahel Vick paid a terrible price for something which has been done in the geography in which he grew up without any consequence for generations. People have always engaged in the sport of dog and cock-fighting.
Simply put Micahel Vick was prosecuted for a crime that was as cultural as making moonshine. That is not to say that the ghastly practice is not reprehensible and should be stamped out.
At the same time, the rearing and fighting of other animals and birds for the sole purpose of human pleasure persists to this today.
What bothers me is the sense of entitlement certain people seem to have over the lives of God’s creatures and even over the lives of other human beings.
They feel privileged and entitled to do as they please, to kill any amount of animals for sport, or for whatever reason they dream up, but anyone else who does anything remotely close to what they do, has to be severely punished, and forever wear a scarlet letter for their transgression.
There are punishments for committing crimes, punishment is the consequence of actions.
After an offender suffers the consequence for offending there is absolutely no good reason to keep piling on punishment which was not a part of the legally constituted court order.
If the little earth Gods were to have their way in the continued punishment of Michael Vick there would be no need for courts, kangaroo courts of racist ideologues would simply mete out punishment to those they do not like into perpetuity.
While they worry about a man who paid his debt countless more egregious acts are being committed to which they close their eyes.
I no longer watch the NFL after it allowed a racist megalomaniac and a narcissist to dictate how it should treat its employees. Nevertheless, Commissioner Roger Goodell is correct. No change!
By Blue Telusma
Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick will remain an honorary captain at the NFL Pro Bowl next month, despite a very concentrated effort to keep that from happening.
According to CNN, last week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed the decision despite the over half a million signatures collected by a Change.org petition signed by more than 500,000 to bar him from serving as a captain, an honor that would allow him to mentor players and coach from the sidelines.
In 2007 the Vick, who was then quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, was hit with felony charges for running a dogfighting ring, subsequently spending 18 months in federal prison and being suspended from the NFL. He was suspended from the league indefinitely until he was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009, becoming starting quarterback with a six-year $100 million contract. He retired in 2017 after moving to the New York Jets and finally the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But Goodell noted that Vick has turned his life around in the decade since his conviction and deserves a second chance.
“Over the last, what is it, nine years or so, we have supported Michael in his recognition of the mistake he made,” he said at a press conference. “He’s paid a heavy price for that. He’s been accountable for it.”
The commissioner also pointed out how the player turned Fox Sports analyst has become an animal rights advocate since his release from prison and in 2015, even met with Pennsylvania lawmakers to champion a bill that gives police officers the right to break into cars to free dogs and cats.
The Washington Post also reports that a year prior, he also supported a bill later signed into law that made it illegal to attend an organized animal fight.
“I know there are people out there who will never forgive him,” Goodell conceded. “He knows that. But I think this is a young man who’s really taken his life in a positive direction, and we support that, so I don’t anticipate any change, no.”