Monday, August 17, 2009

Michael Vick -- Don't call it a comeback

By now everyone has heard the latest news on Michael Vick and how he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. I'm glad that the NFL is going to give him a second chance to make his comeback.

Truthfully, all along I never saw why Michael Vick was sentenced to jail for his "involvement" in illegal dog fighting among other charges. For the life of me, I still don't think it's that serious.

What about all of the athletes and celebrities who've gotten into accidents and wound up killing or severely injuring others? In most cases, they've got off with a slap on the wrist and at the most had to pay a settlement to the family. Vick financed a so-called dog-fighting operation and it causes a huge scandal.

Sure some dogs were injured from the fighting, but how is that any different from bull-fighting in Spain, cockfighting in Mexico, or even dog racing in the US? Those dogs sole purpose is to be a source of entertainment for people to gamble on. Once these dogs have raced for so long or they're injured, they often have to be put down. Yet dog racing is legal.

I can't fathom why a judge would sentence Michael Vick to nearly TWO years in jail plus three years of probation for something so trivial. Yes, I consider it trivial, because clearly I'm not a PETA supporter. Why was he chosen to be made an example of? Was it because he's a talented athlete? Was it because he was at the peak of his career? Not to pull the race card but...maybe it's because he's Black? Who knows, who cares. He has to realize that people are always watching and waiting for him to mess up. Hope he uses his second chance wisely.


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  2. I don't think it is appropriate for athletes/celebrities commiting more "serious" crimes to go scott free. Nevertheless, whether the term he served was neccessary or not (that is another debate), what he did was still said illegal; therefore, some form of punishment was deserved. And with that being said, maybe the rest of the animal fighting industry should be punished as well.