Michael Vick is everywhere today. I figured I would put my 2 cents in.
A relative of mine posted the following in the middle of a facebook conversation:
That pretty much seems to sum up the primary argument for letting Vick play in the NFL.
I responded with an edited down version of the following:
“The judgment that was passed down on him was fulfilled. Nobody is disputing that he “paid his debt to society” (although many may argue that the debt should have been more). But the NFL and NFL teams are not “society” they are private businesses that have an obligation to their fans and their fans’ sense of moral character. Every job that I have ever applied for asks the question: “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” and it is within the employer’s discretion whether they will or will not hire the applicant. And the employer must consider many different facets before deciding yes or no.
Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL wrote to Donte Stallworth that “The NFL and NFL players must live with the stain that you have placed on their reputations.” and denied his reinstatement to play in the NFL (after being convicted of killing someone while DUI). Yet somehow what Vick did (“hung dogs from trees. He electrocuted them with jumper cables and held them under water” among other things in case you weren’t sure) is not a stain on the NFL?
Sure Vick has every right to get on with his life, but the NFL and NFL teams have an obligation to their fans to not associate with criminals, abusers and thugs. Whether they like it or not they are role models.
Let’s not forget what these men do. They play a game! Michael Vick’s job isn’t so important that he has a right to it no matter how he conducts himself and he isn’t so great at it that nobody else can do it. So why are Goodell and the Philadelphia Eagles organization so willing to go out on a limb?
Is Vick reformed? I certainly hope so.”