Posted by: animalvoice | September 22, 2009

NFL Comm. needs psych evaluation

(Originally submitted July 30, 2009)

     Again my blog about Riley is getting pushed off due to the urgency of this subject.  As I’ve said before, this blog is for animal lovers and as an attorney for animals I have to comment on the whole Michael Vick situation. For those of you who feel that he should be allowed to play in the NFL let’s agree to disagree. I’m climbing on my soap box again but I promise to look at it from both sides.

     On the one hand, there are those who think that Michael Vick could never finish ‘repaying his debt’ to society. What he did and let be done, to those dogs was nothing short of a massacre. No amount of money or prison time is going to make up for those dogs lost lives. People say that ’well he killed animals not people…there’s a difference.’ No IT ISN”T different. A life is a life. If he had killed that number of people instead of  dogs he would still be in jail for a long time. And he definitely wouldn’t ever be playing football again.

Others say ‘he paid his debt to society’ leave him alone and let him live his life…his livelihood is football…reinstate him. To those people I want to say ’speaking without thinking about the impact on animals and just responding to that’ this is what I say… 

    To those of you who haven’t heard, Vick has been conditionally reinstated – he can’t play for the first 6 games of the season. Now he just has to find a team that will take him. Think a second about that team – say for example it was the NY Giants — (my favorite team) I’d kick Tom Coughlin’s ass myself. But I digress. You’re a parent and your 6 year old son looks up to Vick and wants to wear his jersey and be just like him when he grows up…do you really want him to be just like Vick?? No matter how much time goes by Vick is never going to get rid of this bad publicity… is he really the best role model??? A convicted felon. I think that whatever team takes him is going to suffer some severely bad publicity and lose fans over it.

     I’ve never been a fan of the Atlanta Falcons but I am now and you know why?? The owner Arthur Blank tried to trade Vick (that’s like trying to get a job for someone from Enron) to no avail so he let him go. Vick’s contract with the Falcons wasn’t suppose to expire until 2013. Blank actually is fighting Vick to get some of the signing bonus money back. The point is that Blank wanted absolutely nothing to do with Michael Vick.  Blank earned himself a fan just by those actions – I am now a Falcon fan.

     As for my men in blue – I’ve loved the Giants since the late 1980s and they are starting training camp on Monday in Albany at SUNY Albany and I already have my season pass for it. I love them playing this close to me, where I’m 50 ft away from them as they practice. But I have to admit even with this love, I’d have to serious consider my loyalty if they considered Michael Vick. Thankfully I think that Coughlin and the higher ups are sufficiently happy with Eli Manning so it shouldn’t effect me. But I don’t know if I could get past it.

     I’ve heard some people say they are going to boycott the NFL all together. I can’t do that because I love football too much.   

    Another very good point that I’ve heard is that Pete Rose did a hell of a lot less and he’s still banned from baseball. Which gets me back to my title

“What the hell was NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thinking????”

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Responses

  1. Submitted on 2009/07/30 at 12:09pm

    Michael Vick is a monster. The bottom line is… if the NFL let’s him back in, then I’m done with the NFL.

  2. Submitted on 2009/08/01 at 9:42am

    He’s definitely a monster and NO role model for children. I’m definitely going to root against any team that signs him. Thankfully my NY Giants have already said NO WAY. I think the UFL is calling him.

    Thank you for reading and come back soon. My goal it to have this blog be a sounding board for animal welfare and animal rights issues. I thought Vick was timely and a good choice to begin with. Check back for other issues that may interest you.

    He’s definitely a monster and NO role model for children. I’m definitely going to root against any team that signs him. Thankfully my NY Giants have already said NO WAY. I think the UFL is calling him.

    Thank you for reading and come back soon. My goal it to have this blog be a sounding board for animal welfare and animal rights issues. I thought Vick was timely and a good choice to begin with. Check back for other issues that may interest you.


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