Welcome Back to the NFL, Michael Vick


Michael Vicks

Michael Vick

 This is a joke, right? No… Sorry, I just wish it were.

As unbelievable as it might seem, Michael Vick, the former NFL quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons will soon be back playing in the NFL.  You know, the same Michael Vick who was convicted of sponsoring a dog-fighting league and of the brutal torture and death of dogs that didn’t win their fights. Yeah, him. It seems to be only a matter of which team will outbid others for his services.

Take a moment, America, to think about what this says about us as a society: It doesn’t matter how vile you are or how horrible a crime you commit. If you can connect with your tight end on third down, “Hey, bud, it’s all good!”

I’m sure many of you are dog lovers. I will purposely avoid rubbing your faces in the details of what horrors and atrocities Vick plied on these poor dogs whose one shot at life was spent in abject terror and horror at the hands of an absolute sadist who saw their suffering as a way of making money while establishing his “thug credentials.”

Note: Take heart, there is a happy ending for the vast majority of dogs recovered from Vicks. More on that in a minute.

If you want, you can read about Vick’s meteoric rise from the streets of “Bad Newz” (Newport News, VA) to the NFL in a Sports Illustrated article. I have absolutely no interest in doing so.

Incredibly, after years of funding and participating in the brutalizing, torturing, and killing of dogs, all Vick got was a slap on the wrist; he was sentenced to 23 months in Federal Prison, but served only 18 months. There’s a reason why they call it the criminal justice system, folks. He spent less time in prison than the amount of time he spent torturing and killing who knows how many dogs? In a perfect world, Vick would be too old to do anything but drool on a football by the time he would be released.

Even more incredible: Now that he is out of prison, Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL (which apparently stands for National Felon’s League), has reinstated Vick, which means Vick is eligible to look for a team that has no conscience or sense of moral outrage. And according to the NY Times, there are several teams talking to him now, including the Green Bay Packers.  Welcome to professional sports, USA style. 18 months later, all Vick has really lost (assuming an NFL team is sick enough to welcome him back), is a year and a half at the money trough. Possibly before this week is out, he’ll be back to making more money in one season than many of us will make in our lifetime.

Next Sunday, 60 Minutes will pander to Vick, giving him his big “comeback” spot where he will get to recite talking points provided by his lawyer to show us how remorseful he is… (Say, does anyone remember when 60 Minutes had some journalistic integrity? Oh wait… Me neither).

I was discussing the inevitable Vick come-back the other day with a friend who had studied psychology. He mentioned, “The kind of brutal cruelty displayed by Vick is the kind that can only be attributed to a true sadist. And you don’t rehabilitate a sadist. It’s only a matter of time before something else happens.”

Oh, goody.

He suggested that somewhere out there in the NFL there is a 340-pound tackle who also happens to be a dog lover. When given the opportunity to sack Vicks for a loss, said tackle may just “accidentally” land all 340 pounds on Vick’s knee, bending it in a direction knees normally don’t bend. With his career gone (along with the millions of dollars in income), imagine what such a sadist might do to make ends meet.

You know, if only Ted Bundy had been a little quicker off the line of scrimmage…

Vick-tims of a sadist

Vick-tims of a sadist

I’ve saved the best for last, however:  Click here for a heart-warming story about the rescue of Vick’s dogs, the unprecedented progress they’ve made, and the things some of them are doing today. One of them is now actually a therapy dog working with the elderly.

Fortunately, pit bulls can be rehabilitated with love and treatment over time.  As for Vick, don’t bet the farm on it.

I understand he’s waiting for an invite to the White House for a beer. If an injury does end his career, maybe President Obama will hire Vick to train his ACORN thugs how to keep order at Town Meetings.

Oh…gooooody.

Gerry Ashley

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13 Responses to Welcome Back to the NFL, Michael Vick

  1. [...] Original post:  Welcome Back to the NFL, Michael Vick [...]

  2. Jason says:

    I have to disagree with you. Everyone deserves a second chance. Vick paid his debt to society and deserves a second chance in the NFL. I’m tired of people who insist on punishing criminal even after they served their time. Vick is free and he’s getting another chance to make a living. Get over it.

  3. Gerry Ashley says:

    Jason, thanks for your reply. In most cases, I would agree with you. And since he IS coming back, I sincerely hope he makes the most of the opportunity. I’m not as concerned about his on-field activities as I am his off-field. And I’m sure he will behave for awhile. But here’s where you and I will have to agree to disagree.

    You take the more liberal approach of saying, ‘He paid his debt to society, he should be allowed a chance to rebuild his life” or words to that effect. If he had accidentally killed someone in drunk driving episode, I’d agree. If someone picked a fight with him and he accidentally killed the person… I’d agree.

    But to intentionally brutalize any living animal or person over a 5 year period is not a momentary lapse of judgement. It’s a behavior pattern that has been thoroughly established. In this case, as my friend pointed out, he has proven himself to be a sadistic killer. Whether it’s animals or humans, doesn’t matter. A sadist cannot be cured (certainly not in a mere 18 months). This is simply who Michael Vick IS. If you don’t understand or have a solid working knowledge of Psychiatry, then you simply will not understand what we’re dealing with here. Let me be the first to acknowledge that I DON’T either. So I have to go by what a trained person in this field says.

    I would no more trust Michael Vick in society than I would Ted Bundy, The Boston Strangler or John Wayne Gacy.

    But there are two sides to every issue and I appreciate you offering yours. And now that Vick has been given the chance to show us he CAN change, I will be rooting for him to really PROVE it every day of his life. And if he can, we will all be better for it. But merely saying “he’s paid his debt to society” doesn’t cut it. He’s merely been REMOVED from society for 18 months. Whether or not he’s actually changed remains to be seen. For his sake (and ours), I hope he HAS.

    Thanks.

  4. Tom says:

    Football is entertainment. If there’s no audience then there’s no football. Michael Vick’s career rests not in the hands of the NFL or of the owners, but in the hands of the fans. If a team discusses an offer with Vick then the fans can let the owners know what they think. If a team signs Vick then fans can choose not to support that team and can let sponsors know of their choice. In the end the fans will decide.

  5. Gerry Ashley says:

    Hi Tom.

    Thank you for your reply. You’re absolutely right… up to a point.

    There are owners currently in talks with Vick’s agent. And I can tell you for certain, not ONE of those owners has bothered to consult with the fans. So while you are right about the fans having a voice in the matter, it won’t be heard until AFTER Vick has signed a monstrous contract.

    One other point: While fans are important, it’s not as imporant as we like to think. It USED to be. But now there are many MANY other sources of income for owners. There’s the TV rights which are sold to multiple sources Broadcast TV, Cable, Game of the week coverage etc. Those contracts are more lucrative than ticket sales. Then there’s the corporate tie-ins. Any business that wants to link their name or product to a team’s logo, they pay dearly for it. There are other endorsements (most go to players, but a portion of them go to the team (i.e. owners).

    All that has reduced the importance of the fans. However, that’s not to suggest the fans don’t have power. They can write letters to sponsors saying they will boycott their product until Vick is gone. I’m not sure how many NFL fans actually take the time to write letters, but it’s a known fact that it works in the entertainment (TV specifically) business as I have personally been involved with an organization that accomplished a lot through write-in campaigns.

    In the end, I would hope that club owners would come to the realization that there are a lot of young(er) quarterbacks out there that deserve the chance that Vick squandered, and bring no baggage to the table with them.

    It will be interesting to see what kind of backfire PR problem lies ahead for whichever team hires him. I honestly hope NONE of them do.

    Thank you, again.

    GA

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    • Gerry Ashley says:

      Thanks for your post. I wish you success with your film. I look forward to learning more about your project as I’m sure many others will as well. Thank you again for taking the time to post here.

      Gerry

  7. [...] Signs with NFL’s Eagles Gerry was right. The Philadelphia Eagles lost sight of their moral compass enough to sign Michael Vick yesterday. [...]

  8. jazz316 says:

    He fought and killed dogs, not humans. It was wrong, and he paid a big price and served a longer prison term and paid a larger price (millions of dollars) than someone out of the spotlight ever would for dog fighting.

    He did his time, he should now be able to make a living. What do you suggest? That he become a beggar living off the government tit?

  9. Stoutcat says:

    Jazz, no I don’t want him living off my tax dollars. See my comment on our follow-up post for what I would suggest he do.

  10. dog art says:

    dog art…

    Nice post man I’ve been here a couple of times and really enjoy reading your stuff…

  11. Gerry Ashley says:

    Thank you for your kind comment. Glad to have you here. We cover a wide range of topics from politics to United Airline’s inability to handle a guitar… and everything in between. Please check in often and if you find you disagree with our position, don’t be afraid to let us know. Also, we appreciate it when folks like yourself recommend us to their friends.

    If you’re a dog lover, check out my article “The Simple Power Of Now” and you can see my Catahoula Leopard Dog “Cooper.” 100 pounds of tough love.

  12. [...] a quick refresher for you; a signed admission of guilt by Michael Vick and an article I did on Michael Vick when the Philadelphia Eagles welcomed him [...]

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