Michael Vick Released From Prison

May 20, 2009
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Michael Vick is now a free man.  Well, not exactly.  He is on house arrest, but he is out of his cell.  He will be on probation for three years and it sounds like he wants to get his life in order before he worries about a return to the NFL.  Yesterday his agent said he was going to “place football on the back burner”.  He then will attempt to repair his tarnished image.  There are those who feel he should not be given a second chance in the NFL, but I am not one of them.  He paid his dues to society and he should be able to seek employment.  I do not feel teams are obligated to sign him because of the baggage he brings, but I think that should be up to the owners and not the commissioner.  There are plenty of players in the league who have committed felonies and I’m not about singling out people.  As long as Leonard Little and Pacman Jones are allowed to play in the league, so should Vick.  Little killed somebody driving drunk, and it obviously didn’t sink in because he got a second DWI.  Pacman Jones was in an altercation that left somebody paralyzed.  That was just one of his run-ins with the law.  If you wanted to ban all felons from the league, I suppose I would be OK with that, but to single out one guy isn’t right. America has an always will be a place where you can get a second chance if you go through the right channels after screwing up.  If you can admit that what you did was wrong, correct the problem, and educate others why it is wrong, what more can you do?  He can’t take back the past, but it shouldn’t follow him the rest of his life.  I believe in forgiveness, but at the same time I will never forget.

For a great read on the subject, check out the ESPN report by Kelly Naqi and Chris Mortensen.
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8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Brad
    May 20th, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    I agree with you Lester … Vick deserves a second chance. But, to me he has to show true remorse … after that he should be forgiven … and as long as he doesn’t end up in Charlotte I don’t care where he goes in the NFL lol.

  2. LestersLegends
    May 20th, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    LOL. Yeah, he should show true remorse.

  3. get over it
    May 20th, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    how much remorse can he show, I’m quite sure he spent alot of time in his cell showing remorse. He dosen’t owe you or anyone else anything. He has done his time that’s good enough for me.

  4. LestersLegends
    May 20th, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    If he’s sorry for his action, rather than for getting caught, is all I ask. As a member of society, yes he owes that to all of us.

  5. David Funk
    May 20th, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    Well said Lester. This is what Rad talked about yesterday, too. Brad’s point about remorse is well put, too.

    Also, he does indeed owe a lot considering he was the highest paid player as well as focal point and face of the league with all those endorsements he had.

    No one will forget what he did, but I believe in forgiveness as well. He does need to be sorry for what he did instead of sorry for being caught as you pointed out.

    At least there is zero chance the Bears sign him now with Cutler there, lol.

    Nicely done.

  6. LestersLegends
    May 20th, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    Thanks. LOL, yeah Bears fans have no worries.

  7. bpritch
    May 25th, 2009 at 12:14 pm #

    Imagine what Michael’s life has been since his arrest; he’s gone from a multi-million dollar lifestyle to federal prison and beyond as he battles other legal issues still facing him. He must be devestated and it must be frightening of what will come. These experiences must be enough to humble the hardest of hearts and I truly believe he has learned from this horrific circumstance. I also believe the American public can forgive him, as they have forgiven many other famous people for all kinds of crimes, but it will be up to Michael to show us he has changed and is remorseful by his future actions. I am one of his biggest fans and am hoping he will redeem himself and come out of this an even better person within himself and then maybe on the playing field one day too!

  8. LestersLegends
    May 25th, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    Very well said

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