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May 20th, 2009
09:14 AM ET

Michael Vick’s future: What do you think?

Michael Vick is out of prison, after serving time on dogfighting charges. Should he be reinstated into the NFL?

What do you think?

Post your comments.

Filed under: Anchors • Heidi Collins
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Camrobin

    Yes he should be reinstated, if the NFL would have him. He has paid his debt to society now let him go on with his life and career.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  2. Holli

    As someone who runs an animal rescue, I see the horrors of abuse and neglect every day.
    I believe that Vick will play again in the NFL. I think he'll apologize repeatedly, do some volunteer work and people will forgive him.
    The audience of the NFL and the animal rights activists are not the same demographic, although they do overlap. I don't think animal rights people boycotting football will make a big difference.
    With professional sports it all comes down to money. If a team thinks he can help them financially, I think he'll get a shot.
    Personally, I hope that he never plays again.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  3. Vicki A from Canada

    No, Nadda, Nay, Nope, Not a chance!

    May 20, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  4. mel

    yes, reinstate him.the NFL is full of players who have done worse then Michael Vick so.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  5. sleepless in Cincinnati

    Of course they should give him the opportunity to play.
    He went to jail to "pay his debt to society".
    Why should society continue to punish him?
    ...but maybe I have a bias.

    I still feel that if he were Payton Manning or Brett Farve...... this woul have never happened!

    May 20, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  6. John R

    He still needs to convince the fans he is really sorry, not just sorry he got caught. I would wait a few months and see how he does with the home confinement and then probation. If he stays clean, re-instate him then

    May 20, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  7. mark

    NO he shouldnt play at all in any nfl team, Not for what he did no pity for thee who hve no pity on animals. im a big dog lover for me to see what he did dsnt deserve to play in any sport period.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  8. rakesh

    heidi heidi heidi he shouldn't be allowed to play ball again.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  9. Dottie K

    No, he is helping dogs to get in good graces to play football! Keep him out...that'll send the right message. A person's heart doesn't change.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  10. chris

    He served his punishment in jail. Now its seems he wants to support others in stopping dog fighting. Seems that the justice system did its job and rehabilitated him.

    I would enjoy watching him play. I think others would enjoy seeing him play also.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  11. dano

    i think he did his time and should be able to get reinstated!!!

    May 20, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  12. Willie

    Yes, Micheal Vick has paid his debt to society although some would disagree, he must be able to work and if football is the job he gets so be it.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  13. pj

    yes, he should be reinstated. We 'forgive' politicians more gross behavior every day!

    May 20, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  14. anne harrigan

    I absolutely do not think he should be reinstated. I firmly believe that how a person acts is truly who he is, and I don't believe a person ever really changes who they are on the inside. He has total disregard for the lives of any living creatures. Do we want this as another example of how to behave in society? The young are so impressionable and will be impressed by their heroes, MV is not a good example to anyone.........................

    May 20, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  15. Cindy Sizemore

    Absolutly not! He should continue to be used as an example to other young people that crime can and will affect your entire life.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  16. Terry

    Yes, he should be reinstated, because at every game, the commentators won't be able to resist bringing it up again, and again.
    This way, people will constantly be reminded of what he did and it will keep the issue alive in the public conscience. And a condition of his reinstatement should be that portion of his salary be donated to a good program about/ against such barbarism.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  17. k/9

    Only if he's been rehabilitated,action speaks louder than words!

    May 20, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  18. trevor

    absoluteley he deserves a second chance in the nfl he is a great talent and desereves to be there mmciheal phelps was caught smokin pot that was quickly downplayed dont crucify the guy because of the colour of his skin he has talent and should re-instated.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  19. JoAnna

    Vick should be allowed his carrer back. That is the problem with our criminal system, prisoners are released from prison and our society makes it impossible for them to adjust to normal life. They are unable to seek work and even housing, this causes them to have unequal access to resources. As a result they are forced back to the same criminal activity that landed them in prison in the first place. This is not just a "vick issue" this is a issue for thousands that are released and this is why for many prison will be a revolving door. Vick has payed his debt to society. Let him live!

    May 20, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  20. Tiffany

    What kind of message will that send to our children who, unfortunately, idolize these professional atheletes? Michael Vick was responsible for the horrific death of countless innocent animals and is only trying to salavage his career by offering to work with the HSA to "mentor" high-risk teens against the evils of dog fighting. I sure wouldn't let anyone I care about spend one moment around this sociopath! He should, though he won't, quietly disappear. He gives football and its players a bad name!

    May 20, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  21. Forgiven

    Yes, he should be reinstated. Fighting is a common sport in our society. We've used dogs, cats, birds and humans to fight and almost destroy each other while placing bets for centuries. He's paid enough for a "crime" millions have gotten away with and even awarded. Reporters should focus more attention on terroristic crimes against people such as child rapists, thieving bankers and CEO's who get off with less penalty.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  22. Ryan

    Absolutely not! Yes he did serve out his sentence. However it is obivous that he truly was not sorry on the crimes he was found guilty for. All his actions that he is currently doing are trying to trick the NFL commissioner and public to admit he was wrong and regretted doing it. Only thing he regrets is being caught or he would still be doing it.A mistake is something you appologize for, not repeatedly finance the fighting rings and personally abuse the animals. Professional athletes are highly overpaid and treated like children when they break the law. Its time someone is denied to participate in a priviliged sport. Athletes need to live their life more carefully than the average person because of the spotlight. If the NFL reinstates him and a team signs him would definitely be a trajedy for the perception that the public has on the NFL and professional sports in general. I personally hope that he never is allowed to play again. Its time the athletes get punished and not given a slap on the wrist when they break the law!!!

    May 20, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  23. Sonia

    Michael Vick should NOT be reinstated.

    If he were some regular guy, he would have a hard time finding a job like the rest of ex-cons. Yes he paid his debt to society, but not he must suffer the consequences of what happens to ex felons after they are released. Why does he get special treatment? Because he was a sports celebrity?

    What he did was not insider trading or tax evasion, but killing of innocent animals. If a person who will do this to an animal, what are they capable of to humans? Playing for the NFL should be the least of our worries.

    If Michael Vick is reinstated, what message does that send to the nation? As a nation we pay entirely too much attention to sports and not enough attention to real issues. Wake up America.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  24. Jim Hosp

    Please, don't think I approve of dog fighting. I do not but prison is not a good place for anyone. To put a man in prison for financing a dog fighting ring is putting a dog before a man and that is wrong. Anyone thinking that Michael Vick should serve more time should be in prison for their stupidity. We need prison reform.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  25. vicki

    No I don't think he should be reinstated. When he was playing football children looked up to him. If he goes back it will teach children that all he had to do after breaking the law was to do a little bit of time in jail and he could go right back and be a supper star. That will teach Michael Vick and his fans very little.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  26. Chuck

    Let him play in the NFL, only after he gets in the ring with some of the dogs he funded to train. Now that's a game I'd put money on!

    May 20, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  27. Larry

    Of course Vick should be reinstated. Last time I checked, he has paid his debt to society, and contrary to what others may think, I believe that he is sincere in his apology. A word to Holli: while I hear what you are saying, to say that he does not deserve another chance to play, everyone has made mistakes in life; whether they knew it or not. I'm sure that YOU, Holli, have either done or said something that you regret and wanted another chance. That is, unless you are not human. What has bothered me about this situation is that human beings commit far worse crimes on each other, and somehow many of those crimes are minimized when compared to a crime committed against animals. Something is wrong with a society when they are more concerned about the plight of animals than they are about people. I love animals just like the next person. However, I believe that our society has its priorities screwed up when it comes to the humans/animals subject. By the way, animals are not a member of any human family. I leave you, Holli, and everyone else with one final question: What if everyone in this world were just like you? What kind of a world do you think this would be? Things that ought to make you go hmmmm!

    May 20, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  28. Ed

    I've always been a dog owner and currently have two Golden Retreivers. They are like my children. It makes me sick to think about this "sport" and the type of person who could be involved with fighting their dogs. But to oversee an organization of dog fighting that constantly imposes suffering and abuse to the animals is a whole new level of inhumanity. Would a convicted serial killer be allowed back into society? Why should he. These animals are completely innocent and, like many other victims, had no choice but to be placed in this dark and vile world of "survival of the fittest". I believe if he's to ever redeem himself, it would take a lifetime of dedication to stopping the violence. This does not include the high profile, elite stauts of a NFL Player. The ability of this horror does not go away in this type of person and he should be lucky to out of jail.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  29. Will

    So what profession should Michael Vick allowed to be employed in? Should he be a janitor, garbage man or some other menial profession? Most people would say yes. Why is that? He has trained most oif not all his life to be in this profession. I could see banning him from football if he was found to have bet on the sport and had some influence in the outcome of games and profited from it! Where is the forgiveness in the world. Would we rather he be on welfare? If he did that then people would be complaining about another minority living off the government. I don't see any conceiveable reason why he should be banned from pursing the profession for which he is trained and qualified. I am a marketing professional. If I had the same indiscretion and paid my dues to society, should I no longer be allowed to be a marketer? The unforgiving nature in this country is why there is a revolving door in our prison systems and those who have done wrong are forced to live outside mainstream society only to be relegated to a profession we force them into by our shunning them; crime. Let him do what he does best. Play football!

    May 20, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  30. Yvonne

    By all means, Michael Vick should be reinstated.

    His punishment far outweighed the crime. If Vick had been anything other than a successful Black man, he never would received anything more than a monetary fine. In fact, others (white defendants) similarily situated where only fined.

    Enough is enough. Are we ever going to see consistently beyond a person's color? And yeah, the country did it once with the election of President Obama but the real question before us is can we keep it up?

    Vick has suffered enough. Let's move on and allow him to do so as well.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  31. kbjazz

    I feel the sentence was to harsh, but as always African American Men are always made an example of. White American Men are only concerned about making an African American Male a felon at all or any cause necessary. Michael Vick didn't act appropriately by financing the dog fights. However, he shouldn't allow any White American to capitalize on him, his name or image in any shape or form. My advice to Michael is to get the understanding regarding the respect and care for animals so he won't allow White Americans who was behind bringing this idea to him and that coward out when the ish hit the fan. He should be allowed to return to the NFL, however, Mike stay away from people that have these ideas of taking you off your focus. Mike you need to embrace like mind focused African Americans. Stay close to your race of people with productive minds. White Americans will let you shine but be wary they will bring you down and strip you of who you are, recreate you as a felon and then smile and make you think jail is normal for a "Black Man", then return and exploit you all over again. Word to White Men, if you don't have a African American Man on your team you will cease to exist. Word to African American Men, know and embrace how strong and blessed you are to be so envied for centuries. You don't need a White person to validate you. Know it, because they do. Peace

    May 20, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  32. dre

    yes let him in he did the crime and did the time. Let the man work besides, Im my kids hero. Not some swimmer or Qb this guy has a talent and he should be allowed to finish his career. The animal rights groups did a good job but,there is stil alot of work to do.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  33. Larry

    THIS COMMENT IS FOR ALL NON-FORGIVERS OR THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT VICK SHOULD NOT GET ANOTHER CHANCE AT LIFE!!! By the way, for those of you who don't think that Vick deserves another chance, I hope that you all aren't Christians. If so, why not ask God to take back all of the chances that He's given you!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  34. George, Arvada, Colorado

    Hasn't he paid his debt to society? Has Cheney, has Bush, Rove, or Libby? How many billions (trillions!) of dollars that we don't have are we sacrificing from our children and grand children to bail out these corporate scam artist who truly don't appreciate it anyway? Michael Vick is a "roll model" because, unlike your American Dream, corporate scam artist, he's actually willing to give back.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  35. tammy hankins

    Michael Vick has paid his dues.. Ley=t the man earn a living like everybody else.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  36. Ernest Eans Jr

    Let him back in the NFL. He did his time. Let the man work.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  37. Sharita

    Yes, he should. He is a great player and deserves a to get his job back. Maybe Jerry Jones could recruit him for the cowboys!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  38. Ed

    The revolving door of society is fueled by greed. The ex criminals covet the things that hard working people have and do what ever it takes to obtain them. There are plenty of meaningful jobs these people can do, but they don't pay want they want so they revert to crime. We were lucky enough to see Micheal Vics true colors and it would be irresponsible not to use this discovery wisely. Send him to a shelter where he'll make minimum wage and struggle to survive amongst his piers....if he truly feels sorry for what he's done, he would be more than happy to carry this out.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  39. Louis Brown

    I definately think he should be allowed back into the NFL. I know what he did was wrong but we're human. We all make stupid mistakes. That was in the past and we should leave it in the past. His whole career shouldn't be over just because of a dog fight. That would be a lot of talent and potential gone to waste.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  40. Melanie Stiglianese

    I think that Michael Vick should be reinstated to the NFL. All people make mistakes and should be given a second chance. He has lost more than time spent in prison. For him to want to speak out against dog-fighting to try and end it shows a step in the right direction

    May 20, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  41. Tiffany

    Yvonne-Vick HAS NOT "suffered enough". Only when he has experienced what his dogs did will he have "suffered enough" and then he would be dead and we wouldn't be discussing this fool. This has absolutely NOTHING to do with color. What an absurd statement!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  42. Richard Yartz


    I don' believe that a few days in jail changes the SPOTS on a person's tendency to do harm to animals. I would not let this guy within 1000 yards of any animal except other animals like him in jail.

    He should be banned from any professional team sport and, the NFL.

    Woof Woof !!!!!!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  43. Stan

    It is absurd that all this Michael Vick Stuff is still making the news. There are new and more important stories out there. He did his time. If he does his time, then and he is put back into society then he should be treated as everyone else, with the rights of everyone else. So what kind of question is that. If he is still good enough to play, then let him play.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  44. Mike Dunn

    An example needs to be set of Michael Vick. Allowing him to join back up with the NFL would only be showing people that his actions were not so bad, or possibly even worse is that fame and money get people off the hook. This is not what our country needs!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  45. kmop

    Never,I think he should still be in jail,this is actually one of the most horrifying stories I have ever heard,you must truly be a sick person to do what he did..Letting him back in the NFL is unconscionable.It takes a cold heart to let this man off the hook.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  46. linda martin

    I have been a long time football fan. I am praying that the commissioner does not reinstate Michael Vick. He should never be allowed to play again! I hope all animal lovers feel the same!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  47. PM1

    Vick, paid his debt, now let him play. There is no reason for him to keep paying except for people loving animals more than people.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  48. Dan

    Vick should definitely be allowed to play in the NFL again. He has served his time and will be doing charity work. He's an excellent player and will have the opportunity to do a lot more good as a player in the spotlight than otherwise. Plus, as far as I know, numerous other players have been allowed to play again after committing offenses, including drug-related charges.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  49. Angela DiNapoli

    Michael Vick is a despicable human being. The woman who adopted one of these dogs was interviewed, talking about forgiveness? She is completely wrong, her ridiculous comments about forgiveness is directly accepting this awful act. He should be barred from the NFL, imagine a grown man making millions of dollars being involved with animal cruelty.
    It's about time people start being responsible for their actions and suffer the consequences.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  50. steve

    If you read the other comments you will notice that the people that say "no", are mostly females. Why do you think that is? The guy did his time. lets all move on.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  51. Daniel C. Paniagua


    We would gladly welcome him in Dallas. He'ld look pretty sharp with a star on his helmet.****

    May 20, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  52. J Johnson

    Michael Vick paid the price. Reinstate Michael Vick.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  53. Sydney

    110% YES!!! He has paid his unfair debt to the society that values animal lives more than humans, now let him go and get on with his life. Only God knows how many lives were put on hold because he was in jail and don't get me wrong, I don't condone dogfighting but c'mon's a dog! People drive under the influence everyday, endangering the lives of other humans & they get a paltry slap on the palm of going to jail overnight and paying some fine and they are good. This man fights a dog and gets 23 months in prison but a felon; rapper T.I. is in possession of military weapons and gets 1 yr in jail. Two white boys murder a hispanic man in cold blood in Pennsylvania and are acquitted of all charges. What a "wonderful" justice system!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  54. susan jarman

    It is always easy to find religion and change your ways when imprisoned. The actual test is when you are in the real outside world. I would hope he would work with the humane society against his horrendous crime not just because he got caught but because he truely realizes the pain he inflicted on innocent dogs. As far as the NFL I do not think he should be allowed to be reinstated back however; everyone else who commits horrible crimes is allowed back so why shouldn't he. Sports are no longer an honorable occupation. Children look up to athletes as model roles and now they are getting the message its ok to commit a crime just do the time and get back to work. If a non famous person committs a crime and does their time they are ruined for the most part and have to start all over with a new occupation.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  55. Benni Simpson

    Heidi ~

    In the name of JESUS Michael Vick deserves & should be given a second chance. He has apologized, did the time now he should be allow to run like a pitbull on the field. Come on now, I back him with plenty of prayer, let him loose.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  56. Marilyn Hamann

    Our children look up to these athletes as role models. Why should Mr. Vick be reinstated into the NFL after breaking it policies in the first place? He should have smarter than to get involved in a stunt like this in the first place. There are way too many talented young men who don't make it into the NFL who would show their respect and character for it's player policies along with being a great role model for today's youth.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  57. Jerry Bowie

    Michael Vick is one of the best athletes that has been drafted to the NFL. I know for sure that he will play again. I love animals and I have a bull terrier dog, but I have a problem with people that lose their mind over the dog fighting issue with Vick when killers and rapist are even more of a threat to this country. Some even get off easy. I will not say that Michael Vick have learned his lesson, but I will say that he has served his time and is trying to make things right. He will play again regardless of what others feel about him.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  58. Ken Mortillaro

    Heidi, Vick got off way too easy with this little stint in jail. Forget the NFL, this criminal should be picking up dog waste for free until he drops. If you don't agree, ask Mr. Vick to view one of the videos his customers recorded of the horror that these beautiful, innocent dogs were subjected to for their short and cruelty filled lives. Life in prison for dog fighting. Seizure and sale of all assets. This isn't enough, but it will make idiots like Vick think twice.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  59. King Of 3 Wishes

    I certainly believe Michael Vick should be reinstated. I think the punishment was far too harsh for the crime. If, Vick had been Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or maybe Brett Favre, This would have been a very different situation. He's served his time, accepted his punishment and realized his past mistakes. I do believe he definitely deserves a second chance in the NFL and the community.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  60. Max

    Contrary to what was said in the AOL article on Michael Vick, we have not been a nation of "second chances." Millions of Americans (mostly the poor and the minorities) have receive Federal life sentences even after serving their prison terms. We need a Federal expungement law to truly give this class of citizens a "second chance." It is practically impossible for a professional (lawyer, accountant, doctor etc.) to revive her professional career without such a rule. It is even worse for those without skills in demand and leads to recidivism. Some states have such an expungement law and Florida even grants fallen accountants, lawyers and other professionals a "second chance." While the states offer parole and expungement, there is no such "second chance" in the Federal system where prisoners must serve 85% of their sentences along with life stigmatization. When one considers that the poor people and minorities are more likely to be indicted and given longer sentences, it high time for Federal expungement and second chance laws. Biden and Charlie Rangel were fighting for these changes. Maybe, His Excellency – President Obama and the democrats will bring about this kindler and gentler America which many of us mistakenly assume exists.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  61. Ed

    The justice system has it's flaws, no doubt. But we can't keep making the same mistakes just because we make mistakes. These other crimes and penalties are a whole new topic.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  62. Mac Pitrone

    I can't see what purpose would be served to allow Vic or any other sports celebrity to continue a career after that type jail time. Vic and his ilk are pampered in a culture of privilege where the rules often do not apply. Serving his time is simply not enough. It's high time we put an end to the kind of behavior in ( whether they accept it or not) our role models. In my State of Colorado, if a teacher is convicted of something as common as DUI their career is over. Good for the Goose, Good for the Gander, Mac

    May 20, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  63. Augusta Hubbard Jr

    It's a shame that you had poise this question . The only thing he did was to bank roll dog fights. It was said that some in the the Federal Government (S E C) knew of the Madoff debacle three to five years before and did nothing to even question his actions. Martha Stewart goes to Federal Prison (Club Fed) and when she is released nobody ask should she be reinstated to her company, in the same position which aided in her going to prison in the first place. I say yes he should be reinstated into the NFL.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  64. Marcia Zelonis

    I believe he is a sociopath & unable to change his behavior – only modify it. Vick lied to everyone – Arthur Blank, his coaches, the police -I could go on and on. What makes you think he's telling the truth now – to Coach Dungy or the Humane Society, that he wants to stop dog fighting? Lest we forget he took part in killing dogs!

    He should be banned from the NFL and required to find another way to support himself.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  65. annette

    Your comments regarding Adam Lambert are so untrue. The one with no vocal talent is Kris. Adam has been studying voice and theatre since he was a child. You should EDUCATE yourself before you make such stupid comments. Did you know that Adam was in the show The Ten Commandments, Brigadoon. Have you heard him sing any of these songs. I never ever heard vocals such as Adam's. I studied dance, music and theatre. And he aint bad to look at either. He is a super, super star with a unique vocal and theatrical ability. It has been a privilege to watch him perform. You certainly are a very rude individual also. When they were showing Adam's video you were speaking when Kris (who absolutely has no vocals) you then shut up. Kris is a one time pony show. I can see him performing in a Las Vegas lounge. Adam is a unique super, super start already. My daughter, granddaughter and I are going to Adam's party this evening to wait for the results – As far as I am concerned, he is our American Idol, World Idol and Universe Idol. Annette from San Diego

    May 20, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  66. NYMare

    He should be able to play football again if the dead dogs are able to play fetch again.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  67. Bren Bren

    Why Not
    He has done what the criminal justice system says he had to do. His life is not what it takes for him to convince fans/people he is sorry. We forgave the US for how many years of Slavery and all the deaths,abuse (OMG! the ABUSE and DEATHS) and we are talking people who felt Blacks were not equal to their dogs. Come on people you can not have it all.
    Let's talk about retired baseball player McGuire everyone knows he used performance enhancers also, so why are we not investigating him like Bonds and this whole scandal in the sport of baseball, ( are we afraid to tarnish his record as a hero UMMMM). His retirement should not make him exempt,

    May 20, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  68. Regine Baus

    Michael Vick may have served his legal time in jail, but the amount of life he extinguished will never come back. How do we even know he feels remorse? He went with his dog fighting for so long unnoticed, and NOW he feels bad? Personally, I don't think that he should be given an opportunity back in the NFL which is something he loves because he destroyed so much life for no reason.

    I support him working with the HSUS as it will help him garner a greater understanding of what he did wrong. But he shouldn't go back to something that he loves to do because all of those dogs he killed could have been loved and enjoyed by families.

    But honest, I hope he gets crap for it for the rest of his life.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  69. Kendra, Washington, DC

    Yes, he should. He has served his time and everyone deserves an opportunity to be redeemed. Why should he not be able to use his talent to create a livelihood for himself, especially in this economy? I am tired of the hypocrisy surrounding his conviction. Bottom line is that Americans care more about dogs that humans. The atrocity happening to women and children every day should get the same outrage!

    May 20, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  70. Richard in tn

    Yes, the nfl should let him come back. But reduce his pay 25%, and give it to the dogs he hurt. for the next ten years.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  71. Lemal

    We are really quite silly sometimes. Anyone in a "free society" should be allowed to make a living by plying their trade. There was a baseball players (Howe and Strawberry) who were given numerous chances to make a living at baseball. Would a bricklayer be barred from continuing his trade, a baker from baking, a sports broadcaster barred from commentating...? Need I go on? Perhaps it would placate the masses if Vick cleaned stalls at a SPCA kennel. The man plays football for a good living. Are we, as a nation, that vengeful? Maybe Vicks time has rehabilitated him! No?

    May 20, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  72. Karan

    I believe that Vick should definitively have his Probation for several years tied into working @ Animal Humane Shelters, he should go to School's and Speak to young people about his crime, this giving of his Time is how he could show us he has really changed. And he should be able to play again, if a team recruits him?

    May 20, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  73. Jim

    NO! He should be made an example of for others that might think they can do the same without consequence.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  74. B. A. Blackwell

    HECK NO!!! Make an example out of this jerk–if you choose to participate in this despicable activity then you risk losing everything. This should apply to everyone, and the standard of behavior for a professional athlete should be even higher.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  75. Georga Miller

    Definately, 100% yes, Michael Vick should be reinstated into the NFL. He did his crime and he did his time. There are others still playing professional sports that did worse things than Michael Vick and I dont hear anyone talking about them. Leave Michael Vick alone, he is going to suprise us all. GO VICK !!!!!!!

    May 20, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  76. Bill Wilson

    This monster was one of a handful of extraordinarily lucky and privileged individuals in this country who get to make tens of millions of dollars a year for doing nothing more than playing an idiotic children's game. If he chose to throw that privilege away in order to engage in the mindlessly cruel brutalization and murder of animals, then I say he deserves a permanent 'GOOD RIDDANCE!' from the NFL.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  77. gloria brantley


    May 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  78. marshall

    o please we forgive everyone else even crooked government offical. but not this man he did his time that was require. even peta kill over thousand of animal a year no one interested in that. let him live. is this a nation of forgiveness.... heck no!!!! unless you a certain person...

    May 20, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  79. Susan

    There isn't a pit deep enogh to put Vick in for what he has done. Leopards don't change their spots- Neither do people like Vic. He should just hang his head a disappear.

    May 20, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  80. Sydney

    Its real funny how everybody thinks Vick should hold himself to a higher esteem because he's a professional athlete and especially when these comments are coming from a society like America! Y'all should be role models for yourselves and families, stop looking upto other people to dog your basic job for you. And to all ye "so sacred dog lovers" and proponents of jailing HUMANS because of animals out there, what qualifies the life of a chicken, deer, rabbit or cow to be lower than that of a dog or cat that these animals should be slaughtered for your fat & greedy appetite?

    May 20, 2009 at 3:38 pm |

    I live in VA and have owned hunting dogs for many years. When they get too old for hunting I can call animal control which will pick them up and use euthanasia to get rid of them. Horses get injured and are destroyed, grey hounds that can not race and are not adopted are put to death. I am aware of many persons that have been arrested for illegal fights with dogs, roosters, and other animals, but none that I am aware of have received a penalty as severe as Michael Vick. None have paid a fine as great, or been sentenced as much time. Is justice based on the status and ability to pay of the perpetrator? I do not think what Michael did was right; however, I believe justice would demand that all be treated equally for similar crimes.

    May 20, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  82. George Yarbrough

    Yes he should be let back in the nfl but they should reduce his pay by 25% and give the 25% to the humane society for the net 20 years!

    May 20, 2009 at 7:50 pm |
  83. DOG

    NO N O NO.

    BAAAD Michael.

    He should have to scoop poop at the HAMPTON VA SPCA for life!!

    NFL BEWARE of this SOB!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  84. Berry

    Send an email to the NFL from PETA. Peta is asking that Vick be evaluated before returning to the NFL.

    Children tend to look up to sports figures. Do you want Michael Vick to be your child's hero?

    Short time in jail and community service cannot erase the horror that Vick perpetrated on innocent animals/

    May 21, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  85. Sydney

    Be your child/children's role model...stop looking for people to do your job!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  86. lily


    May 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  87. ED

    No he shuoldn't be reinstated because it would give the wrong message to the kids that look up to him, he new what kind of risk he was takeing. Also i think he shouldn't have the construction job makeing 10 dollars anhour when he returned home due to i'm unemployed and millons more could use that job he should do communite service at the spca to work off the rest of his conviction.

    May 29, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  88. Marla

    Vick should NEVER be reinstated in the NFL! His crime is thee most dispicable ever, horrible cruel dog deaths and severe injuries to them for fun and money, teaching loveable dogs to fight, and destroying dogs that lose shows his pure lack of humanity, compassion, and ability to love. So he went to prison for 2 years, think of the many dogs that cruely lost their lives that he did NOT give a second chance to. Vick is NO football hero, a pure absolute disgrace, and certainly NO representative to be admired and respected as an idol to our youngsters. His case is sending the wrong message in being forgiven for the worst crime in the book by just serving an inadequate short prison sentence for such a crime, then back to big bucks and fame as a player again.

    July 28, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  89. Angela DiNapoli

    What do I think? I think he is being rewarded. Big deal he served a sentenced handed down by a judge, which we all would have to accept if given the same or worse. He was making millions of dollars to play a game and with those millions he chose to do something outrageous and horrendous,, I was sick to my stomach. Now he is going back to playing a game for millions of dollars, his sentenced was not served, he should have been barred from playing in the NFL period. Unlike animals people have brains to think with, I wish the commissioner of the NFL had a logical brain to think with, as for Michael Vick I don't think he has one!!!

    July 28, 2009 at 4:05 pm |

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