So, last night I was having a pretty heated discussion about the newest Eagles nuisance, Mr. Vick. As a life long Pennsylvanian and Eagles fanatic, I couldn’t believe it when the news came out about the signing of Mr. Dog Killer. I vowed then and there to not spend another dime on Eagles anything and stop watching any game when he walks on the field. Ridiculous? Probably. I mean, it certainly won’t change anything, but that’s my small way of fighting back against the hypocrisy of today’s society.
Back to the argument last night, it brought up good points for and against the NFL reinstatement of Vick. I, of course, and am on the side of keeping him out of the league.
Reasons Vick should be allowed to play:
1. He paid his debt to society based on our agreed upon justice system
2. By joining the league, he can make a reasonable attempt at paying back his many creditors
Reasons against Vick rejoining the league:
1. If the NFL touts itself as a good league for role models, then it’s hypocritical to allow a violent felon to play (not to say there aren’t plenty of others who should also be banned).
2. Baseball banned Pete Rose for life and still refuses his Hall of Fame induction because he bet on his own team to win (a far more minor crime with no jail time).
3. Many other jobs do not allow convicted felons to rejoin their prior profession. This is especially true when children may be influenced.
4. That had he done what he did to even ONE human being, he would be in jail for life.
I have loved sports all of my life and I realize that people make mistakes, I am by no means perfect, but the acts Vick committed against numerous dogs are reprehensible. Had he been a school teacher, he would have lost his job with a single DUI. A teacher only has influence over 30 maybe 40 kids a year in elementary school. Michael Vick is known by almost EVERY school child across the country. Does the NFL reinstatement of Vick take another tear at our already crumbling moral social fabric, YES!
Actions speak louder than words. If the NFL continues to show 100 commercials a game about how many kids they’ve helped, fine. But, how many kids have they hurt even if subliminally with the Vick reinstatement. What message are we sending our children? Whether we want to admit it or not, they look up to these guys. I did as a child.
I guess we won’t know until the next school shooting post mortem note.