When NFL player Michael Vick leaves prison, we have an opportunity to make an important choice as a society. We can keep a favorite player because we like to watch him play, or we can reject criminal behavior and kick Vick, and other felons, out of the limelight for good.
Seems straightforward to me. And perhaps some of these world class athletes will shape up more than their abs.
It seems I’m not alone. This wildly popular petition urges signers to demand that the NFL ban Michael Vick – permanently.
Vick admitted to the fighting, torture, and murder of many pitbulls on his land in Virginia. Yet, Vick was only sentenced to 23 months in prison. Worse, once he’s free, nothing will stop him from returning to the NFL, where fans will shriek his name in support and cheer for his team.
It’s rather disgusting; someone publicly convicted of a heinous crime taking no more than a siesta from his career – a career that depends on fans who love and support him. As a society, it’s awfully hard to expect some people to tow that legal line when others get away with murder – literally.
Not only should we ban Michael Vick from professional sports, but any professional athlete who has committed a felony.
If fact, Jeff Benedict, author of “Pros and Cons”, claims that 21 percent of NFL players get in trouble with the law. And millions of kids idolize them, maybe even in part BECAUSE of their irreverence for the laws that hold our society together.
If we want a society that follows the rules and cares for one another, sports fans and athletic institutions must put an end to it now by banning any athlete with a serious criminal record.