Mike Barthel of Fantasy Football Oasis wrote the following piece he wanted to share with our readers about Michael Vick, and how he should NOT be allowed to ever play in the NFL again. Check it out below:
Michael Vick should not be allowed in the league again, period.
I’m not a dog person and my blog is not sponsored by PETA. With that being said, I feel as though I kind of feel like I am. In a unanimous decision, EVERY person that responded to a poll at the Oasis forums believes Vick should be allowed to play in the NFL this season. I have three reasons why I believe otherwise.
First, let’s look at Vick’s crime. Michael Vick served 23 months in prison for one count of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. For these legal actions, the United States encourages a 12-18 month sentence with the possibility of up to 60 months of incarceration. The time Vick was legally forced to serve, however, had nothing to do with the multiple meetings Vick had with Arthur Blank and Roger Goodell in which he repeatedly lied about his involvement. From my perspective, Vick could be allowed for immediate reinstatement had he been forward with the NFL. However, even after FBI investigations had begun, Vick lied to Goodell and Blank attempting to sustain his luxurious lifestyle. The NFL has every right to maintain a desired image. Does adding Vick to the organization project that desired image? For some unknown reason though, Vick supporters assume that the 23 months spent in his minimum-security penitentiary provided the ample perspective for Vick to be remorseful of his pre-meditated, years-long sociopathic behavior.
In addition to committing the crime he was convicted of, Vick also was investigated for a second crime which was dropped as a part of his plea bargain: Gambling. I will admit; the gambling being investigated was in coordination with the dog fighting that occurred on Vick’s property. However, professional sports leagues have a very hard hand against gambling. Look no further than Pete Rose. Gambling is an aspect of sports that leagues attempt to squelch immediately and forcefully.
Look at it this way: Vick gets into the habit of betting on which dog will kill the other. One day, a friend approaches him and says, “Hey Mike, I bet you ten grand you can’t rush for 50 yards against the Vikings next week.” It’s that simple. Surround yourself with people who enjoy the ‘activities’ Vick was supporting, and you are asking for trouble.
Finally, if reinstated, NFL teams will be hesitant of adding Vick to their roster. With Vick, for every 20-yard run that made it onto Sportscenter, there were a handful of third-and-somethings that Vick failed to convert. Here is a comparison between Vick’s last Pro Bowl season (2006) and 2008’s quarterback rankings.
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