Michael Vick is back in the news, as he signs a new contract with The Philadelphia Eagles. Vick stated that he wants to be a part of the answer, and not the problem, as he spoke about his attempts at reform, and thanked Eagles coach Andy Reid and team owner Jeffrey Lurie. Vick signed a deal for one year, for 1.6 million dollars with a second year option. The reinstatement of the controversial NFL player has been met with both positive and negative fan reaction. The perception of Vick is mixed, some people are rallying around him and showing support for the former Atlanta Falcon quarterback, reserving any judgment or hard feelings. Some Philly season ticket holders are selling their tickets online in protest, and many people are up in arms and will not forgive the “convicted canine killer” (description belongs to Wolf Blitzer, not mine). I posted the question to my friends on Facebook and got quite a few responses. Read their remarks below, and feel free to post your as well!!
What do you think? Should he be allowed to play again or is it a bad move for Philly and NFL?
“Bill Smith, founder of Main Line Animal Rescue in the Philadelphia suburbs, said the group will be renting three billboards near the Eagles’ stadium blasting the signing of Vick.” – taken from “Vick Looking For Second Chance With Eagles”- NFL On Fox.com
Comments from Facebook
Kasatra Cue- Evans
He served his time and he should be able to do anything he wants too . There are so many people out free for worser crimes. Just yesterday I saw where a man who committed a sexual crime with a young child only got five years of probation. I think the child was like 6 and they gave him the light sentence because the childs story of the incident was not always the same. I have a dog and I do not feel he should continue to be ridiculed for a crime he has been punished for.
Chris T. Joseph
Yes. Just like those other NFL athletes that killed a human life while drinking and driving who only got suspended and they are back playing. A life is a life! However give everyone the same treatment. Vick goes to prison for dogs and other people get a slap on the wrist for killing a human, doesn’t sound fair to me. People saying Vick shouldn’t play should go and holler the same at those NFL players who took a life or lives of a HUMAN BEING!!!
Well, does the NFL have “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” on their application??? I think it depends on what the NFL’s guidelines are for that kind of stuff (which I don’t happen to know). That would determine if he should be playing or not. It shouldn’t be because of his skill or celebrity. He shouldn’t be a special exception. I do not condone what he did and have no sympathy for him being locked up for it BUT I do agree that he has done his time according to the law and should be allowed to play again if it doesn’t conflict with the NFL’s contract rules.
Let him play… I think its an ongoing shame how that team treats McNabb tho…
Kill a person, and it’s OK; kill a dog and America hates you forever regardless of your efforts to reform yourself. I admit, he’s no angel, but who is? Should he be denied the right to earn a living, even after a two-year stint in prison? Yes, he should. America needs to move on and let him earn a living.
I think he should be allowed to play again but he will not be looked at the same…Hell, the Eagles might do something now!!