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Michael Vick Is Back in the NFL

Written by PETA | July 27, 2009
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Michael Vick

So, Michael Vick has been reinstated, although so far, there are no takers.

Vick has served the reduced sentence negotiated by his high-priced team of fancy lawyers, and the law says that he is entitled to walk free. But that doesn’t mean it is acceptable to put him in the position in which children will look up to him as a role model and wear any new jersey that bears his number. For the sake of all the young football fans and all the dogs he electrocuted, drowned, slammed to the ground, and hanged, we will watch carefully to see if he is a newly contrite, kind man these days or still just a lout. Meanwhile, please add your voice to ours in our request to the NFL to add “cruelty to animals” to its personal-conduct policy as an offense that won’t be tolerated. Doing that might reduce the likelihood that such lowlife violent crime will happen again.

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • JANE BAKER says:

    I cannot believe the NFL is allowing that bastard to play football again!!!! He should not have a second chance!!!! He never gave the dogs he so savagely abused a second chance!!! He is not a very good role model for upcoming young fans of the game!! They never proved OJ Simpson murdered his wife but we all know and he was not allowed to play the game again and owed millions of dollars in lawsuits!! I GUESS ANIMALS LIVES DON’T HAVE THE SAME VALUE PLACED ON THEM AS HUMANS!! WELL THINK AGAIN A DOG WILL NOT CHEAT LIE STEAL MURDER HE WILL JUST LOVE AND SPEND EVERY WAKING HOUR PROVING HIS DEVOTION!! SO DO NOT GIVE MICHAEL VICK A SECOND CHANCE!!!!!!!

  • Mike's Brother says:

    Agree with last post! Get a life folks! He did the crime he did the time and paid for it big time in terms of lost income from football endorsements etc. Even if he was working the counter at MickeyD’s I bet some of these haters would still protest. Why don’t you direct your anger towards far worse people getting out of prison everyday!? I’m definitely more concerned with the child molesters out on parole in my neighborhood than with a pro athlete who never killed or raped anyone never molested a child never broke into a house etc. Seriously if you’re concerned about criminals take a look around you in your neighborhood not at a pro QB in Philly!

  • Michael Gallo says:

    Vick haters need to get a life. He served his time and deserves to resume his career as a football player what he did was wrong but he has already served his punishment and he is aloud to play again you can’t do anything about it. What he did off the field shouldn’t affect him on the field anymore atleast.

  • hector alvarez says:

    WE NEED TO UNITE AND BOYCOTT THE EAGLES……………………..

  • alison says:

    Michael Vick should not have a second chance did the dogs that he killed so violently have a second chance NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!Get rid of Vick he and his father are scum and should just rot in jail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tommy says:

    Vick didn’t give any of those dogs a second chance. Not even his own house pets. Instead they got tortured and killed if they could not fight to the death. As for his own pets they just got tortured. Vick a changed man? Hell no! I hope he fails miserably.

  • connie says:

    Everything VICK says sounds like one big long fart!

  • jason says:

    This is to Kathy. 1. Ghandi was a well documented racist and a pedophile 2. Michael Vick is a murderer and a sadist. 3. Michael Vick would not give you or anyone else a SECOND CHANCE. 4. Michael Vick’s apology was the most insincere ridiculous and insulting thing I have heard in a very long time. 5.MICHAEL VICK WILLINGLY PARTICIPATED IN THE BRUTAL TORTURE MURDER and yes RAPE OF UNCOUNTED NUMBERS OF INNOCENT ANIMALS. 6.Michael Vick is illiterate! After 3 years in COLLEGE!! FUCKING ILLITERATE!!! 7. If a Doctor gets convicted of malpractice he doesn’t get his job back neither does a lawyer. So why does a convicted psycopathic killer get not only released from prison but is reinstated at his former high paying job?Because he killed and tortured dogs instead of people! 8. Yes there are other players in the NFL who have been convicted of crimes but none look it up have had the cold calculated premeditation that Michael Vick’s crimes consist of and in my opinion those other players shouldn’t be playing either. 9. Michael Vick went to great lengths to hide his actions from the public and the NFL indicating that he knew full well what he was doing was illegal and the public would lynch his ass for it.

  • Jason says:

    For anyone interested Howard Stern has been on Sirius blasting Michael Vick all week and has called him a creep and a sicko and has publicly stated that he believes Michael Vick should still be in jail for what he did. In addition to Howard Artie Lange also of the Stern show has said he will go to the first EaglesGiants game being a Giant fan not an Eagles fan and he will take a sign printed with the most offensive to Michael Vick message he can come up with and he encouraged all Stern fans in the New York area to come out and do the same. Artie also mentioned that Michael Vick will have a terrible time when he goes to Cleveland being that their craziest fans refer to themselves as The Dog Pound!!

  • DD says:

    i HEARD IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE ROUGH FOR MIKE IN PHILIA GET IT ROUGH

  • Mike says:

    I agree that Michael Vick has served his time and payed his dues for what he did and he said he was sorry which maybe a kinda believe him but what i don’t understand is why is he allowed back in the NFL and given a million dollar contract? let him go out in the real world and struggle just like millions of americans are doing right now who have lost their jobs without any fault of their own why should he be given a free ride that’s B.S the real reason he is allowed back in the NFL is because he makes money for the NFL and for all the other Greedy endorsement companies.

  • Mike says:

    I agree that Michael Vick has served his time and payed his dues for what he did and he said he was sorry which maybe a kinda believe him but what i don’t understand is why is he allowed back in the NFL and given a million dollar contract? let him go out in the real world and struggle just like millions of americans are doing right now who have lost their jobs without any fault of their own why should he be given a free ride that’s B.S the real reason he is allowed back in the NFL is because he makes him for the NFL and for all the other Greedy endorsement companies.

  • Sophie Washington says:

    I wish Vick would get the same treatment that he gave those poor dogs. What kind of role model is this piece of shit for children!!! Hopefully This shit of signing Vick will bite the Eagles in the ass.

  • Lyla says:

    Michael Vick’s cruel victimization of the animals in his care has been amply rewarded by the NFL whose audacious greed far surpasses creating athletes for children to emulate. Fire Goodell!

  • kales says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mohandas Gandhi If you listen to Michael Vick speak in some recent interviews he does not show sincere remorse for his heinous acts but rather resentment for now being questioned as to whether suitable to play football again. He is quoted as saying “I understand TO A CERTAIN DEGREE why some people might be upset about the things I did but I spent time in jail so I deserve to play again” To speak in that way says he clearly does not understand what he has done but rather resentful he got caught. He financed and participated in this illegal operation for years which including maiming and killing innocent animals through viscous violent acts gambling illegally and lying to authorities when first questioned about his actions. Violence cruelty murder illegal liar repeat offender Don’t these words have meaning to anyone? How many reasons do they need to banish Vick forever. The NFL commissioners team owners and anyone else who support this person is just as guilty. If Michael Vick had a shred of decency he would rededicate his heart and energies in to actions and another line of work that perhaps over time would rehabilitate his sick ways. He did not become this monster overnight and 23 months in jail negotiating a profootball comeback when he is released smacks of fraud. I would hope the NFL city of Philadelphia fans of the Eagles and the public at large will come to their senses and object with outrage until this decision is reversed forever….

  • Kathy says:

    I’m pretty sure that if I were a convicted felon that my employer would not give me back my job nor would any other employer with any integrity moral and ethical sense. Michael Vick should not be allowed to play in the NFL or any other professional sport. This baloney that he paid his debt and should be allowed back is just thatbaloney! He is an entry level psychopath as is well documented that psychopaths begin with animals. What are we telling our young people who idolize these sports icons? That it is okay to commit a crime do the time and that all is forgiven and you are a hero again?! What can we do to stop this outrage?

  • A. Torres says:

    I understand Michael Vick committed a horrible horrible crime. BUT who are we to condemn him for the rest of his life. As children we are taught to give others a second chance. Prisons spend millions of dollars in an effort to educate and reform their inmates. They spend even more money trying to convince “good upstanding adults” to give these people a second chance. However most of the good adults are unwilling to forgive. I’m not saying forget the crime he committed but the man did pay the price and completed all phases of his punishment. Some may believe it wasn’t enough but once again who are we to argue wthe experts that were privy to information the public did not have. Furthermore everyone has committed a crime and yes its still a crime even if you weren’t caught. Exceeding the speed limit by 5mph may seem “like no big deal” to most but tell that to the mom who’s child was killed by a driver traveling 5 mph over the speed limit in a school zone. We want justice for the animals because they are living creatures wfeelings. Michael Vick is a living creature with feelings as well. In additin it is true that many dogs were killed and had no second chance many more went through a rehabilition program and the successful ones were “released”. Why is it possible for an animal to be rehabilitated but not a person. Some will argue the dogs were taught to be that way by Michael Vick and their environment so its not their fault. Hmmm wonder what environmental factors and people shaped Michael Vick before he was analyzed counseled and educated as part of a rehabilitaion program That by the way he successfully completed according to many experts.

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