I am not even sure, really, where I want to start with this whole Michael Vick thing.Â I am no expert on football.Â I could not tell you anything about Vickâ€™s football career or about his lifetime averages during play.Â If he has any MVP awards in his name or if he has his own fan club.
What I can tell you is that I think that Goodell made a huge mistake reinstating Vick into the NFL.Â Letting him into the league does nothing more than prove that as a famous sports star, you do not have to be made an example of.Â If you do something monumentally wrong, you will still be allowed to go back to try for your old job, like nothing is wrong.
I know that there are many of you out there that will look at what happened to this person and say, â€œWhatâ€™s the big dealâ€¦ they were only dogs!â€Â And, technically, you would be right.Â They were dogsâ€¦ living, breathing creatures that feel fear, pain, remorse and in some cases are willing to give their own lives to save that of their people.
What Michael Vick did was an atrocity, and do not try to give me that â€œhe served his time, let him be.â€ crap.Â When you torture, maim and kill living creature for the sake of entertainment, you are a sick sick person and need to be treated as such.Â Not allowed to return to play like it was no big deal.
You seeâ€¦ this is the whole Daryl Strawberry thing all over again.Â Grantedâ€¦ Vick in not using drugs, to the best of my knowledge, but the point I am making is that he has been convictedâ€¦ CONVICTEDâ€¦ of a crime that demonstrates intentional acts of cruelty, served a light â€œhand-slapâ€ sentence, has to pay some money, and then, once back out, good ole Roger says â€œCome on back!â€Â In the case of Strawberry and Vickâ€¦ it is not so much about the crime itself, but the effect that the criminal has on the sport itself.
Nowâ€¦ look at what Strawberry and Vick have doneâ€¦ The scope of the crimes themselves.Â Then look at Pete Rose who, as we all know, was handed down a lifetime ban from playing baseball because he was gambling.Â Yes, I know, against his own teamâ€¦ but how many dogs, or animals in general, died because of that?Â Does gambling even come close to the drug issues that Strawberry had or the scope of the crimes that Vick committed?
Seriouslyâ€¦ I have no problem with the fact that Rose was banned from baseball, but as long as the rules apply equally to all sports and all players.Â There needs to be parity in how these people are punished and the punishment should not be based on the popularity of the person being punished.Â If anything, the courts should go HARDER on the celebrities because they are in the public eye and, supposedly, roll models.
Vick did not get the punishment that he deserved.Â In MY opinion, we should have brought back public flogging or caning just for him and this scenario.