Michael Vick Released From Prison
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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.