I know this topic has been disgustingly over-talked about ever since the first story broke, but I find it hard to believe the way people are reacting. Yes, Michael Vick did a terrible thing and should be punished for it, but at the same time I think this country might be overreacting. I just was at espn.com and they have a poll up about Vick, and I was amazed at the results that were shown after I took the poll. I realize that everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I guess mine just happens to differ from most. A couple of the results that I was amazed to see were as follows:
4) Would you want Vick to play for your favorite NFL team after he completes his still to be determined jail sentence?
Isn't Vick one of the most talented athletes in the game? After he serves his time, obviously in the eyes of the law he is able to go back and contribute to society, and that many people wouldn't want Vick on their team? I for one, would love Vick on my team, because I think he's one of the most exciting players to watch, not to mention he can make plays. I'm sure before his legal troubles, this poll would have gone in a completely different direction.
5) Will you think negatively of the NFL if it gives Vick a second chance after he completes his jail time?
30.2% It will depend on whether Vick shows remorse for his actions
6) How should the NFL punish Vick in addition to whatever time he might spend in jail?
40.7% Lifetime ban
20.7% One-year suspension
18.7% Two-year suspension
10.4% No additional punishment
9.4% More than two-year suspension
That many people would think negatively of the league for allowing him back in? 40% think he should be banned for life? Where are all these people, did they forget Leonard Little killed a human being while drinking and driving? He served 8 games after pleading guilty, and obviously hasn't shown remorse because he's been pulled over since then for driving under the influence, the same crime he committed that resulted in the death of another person! (Don't forget, Little is still in the league). Where is the outcry for Little to be kicked out of the league? Does Little jeopardize the safety of his teammates by being on the field with them? No, only if they decided to get in a car with him after a night out.
Originally, I think there was a demand for the NFL to boot Little, but I don't quite remember. But anyway, my point is that rarely do you see Little's name mentioned anymore in connection with that incident except for when another NFL player breaks the law. To my knowledge, there aren't thousands of people protesting outside St. Louis before games because Little is still playing, or boycotting the league because he was allowed to come back. Instead he's still in there, contributing, and playing pretty decent. What's to say this won't happen for Vick in a couple years? I just think that after all the media frenzy and publicity dies down in a year or two from now, Vick will still have a lot to offer the league and the NFL shouldn't restrict him after he's served his legal punishment. If Michael Vick wants to come back and play football I think he should be allowed to, and if Brodie hasn't panned out by then, I wouldn't mind seeing Vick running circles around the Broncos wearing Chiefs red...