Michael Vick is good. He’s a good football player. Is he a good person? I don’t know. Vick killed dogs and now he speaks about how sorry he is while speaking out against killing dogs. So what is Vick sorry for?
Let me explain.
If somebody drinks and drives, they probably know it’s wrong. They know it’s not a good idea but they think that they will probably get away with it. Sometimes, when people drink and drive they get into wrecks hurting or killing somebody. This is a bad conclusion for a bad decision that can be very sobering. That person may go on to speak about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Drugs are bad. Some people do drugs and get along just fine. Some people get addicted, sell their mama’s sofa and ruin their lives while hurting the ones they love. That person might go to rehab and become a drug counselor or a sponsor for somebody to help others get off drugs.
My son loves to watch the movie Cars. More than once while he’s watching it, he likes to get on the coffee table. I’ll catch him and tell to sit on the couch. “Sorry,” he’ll say. But he does this all the time. Is he sorry he got on the coffee table or sorry he got caught?
Michael Vick killed dogs. He killed dogs and he got caught. So what’s he sorry about? Someone didn’t give him a puppy for the weekend and they played on the floor. He didn’t rent Marley and Me. The Eagles didn’t sign Air Bud. He owned dogs and he bred them to fight. He either committed the following acts or knew about them: electrocuted, drowned and bashed dogs on the ground killing them. Do I need to explain what a “rape stand” is?
Michael Vick got caught and now he’s got a message. Dog fighting and torturing dogs is bad. Thanks. What happened for him to find that out? He got caught.
I’m not saying what he did is worse than Ben Roethlisberger or Dante Stallworth or Plaxico Burris. This has nothing to do with ranking crimes or even ranking football ability. This is about being sincerely sorry for reasons other than getting caught.
Vick is having an outstanding season. At this point, he is probably the front runner for MVP. He was good before he went to jail and now he’s better after he got out. The true test now will be to see if he can improve himself off the field as much as he has on it. That will be more difficult to prove.
Can people be rehabilitated? Sure. Was Vick? I don’t know. Maybe he was. I hope he was. He went to jail, he’s paid his debt. I believe in second chances. But spare me the speeches.
To read more about Michael Vick and how America gives second chances read John Creighton’s article here.
Jason Black is a regular sports contributor on America’s Morning News and coincidently, or not, does movie reviews for KJ103 and102.1 Kissin’ Country. You can also follow Jason on Twitter @jasonblack23.
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