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May 20th, 2009
09:29 AM ET

Michael Vick- To Play or Not to Play?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=""]Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will spend the last two months of his 23-month sentence in home confinement. Vick, 28, pleaded guilty in August 2007 to a federal charge of bankrolling a dogfighting operation at a home he owned in Virginia. He is expected to be released from federal custody July 20, but he will be on probation for three years. Vick hopes to persuade NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to reinstate him. What do you think? Should Michael Vick be allowed to play? Leave us a comment. Does Vick deserve a second chance? Check out this assignment.

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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Brandon T.

    Yeah, Vick should be reinstated! He served his time which paid his debt to society. It's amazing that a convicted felon gets less time for having automatic weapons than Vick did for funded a dog fighting ring. Makes you whats the jail time for all the gerbils slayers will be.

    May 20, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  2. Mike

    Yeah he deserves a second. In this world of law breakers Vicks charges are only icing on the cake compared to tons of others out there that has destroyed more lives and stolen way more $$$ this guy could ever get away with. If given a second, I'm almost confident you will see a dedicated and perhaps top 3 QB of the game.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  3. michael armstrong sr.

    mr. vick is shurly aware of his mistake and has been punished enough and should be left alone what he did will stay with him for the rest of his life all creathures great and small have feelings and personalitys but they also all make mistakes.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  4. Amber

    Absolutely, although what he did was terrible the man served his time and paid his debt to society. If they let Teddy Keneddy into politics they should let Vick back into the NFL.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  5. some old guy

    If Vick is reinstated to the NFL then Pete Rose ought to be reinstated to Major League Baseball. What Pete did pales in comparison to Vick, A-roid, and Manny.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  6. yatta

    Yes. Reinstate Vick. Let him go back to work like any other person or celebrity that has served their time.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  7. Joe

    Why not? Professional sports has long been safe harbor for criminals and thugs. Why should it be any different for a dog killer?

    May 20, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  8. Pat, Atlanta

    Definitely yes. He has paid his debt to society and should be reinstated to play football immediately.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  9. Susan Webster, Perryton, Tx

    I personally think that under no circumstances should he be allowed to play!....NFL players should be role models for our youth, not degenerates. If they allow him to play again, I think that would sending the wrong message to young people.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  10. Segaro

    Deserves is such a difficult word, but Mike Vick does deserve a 2nd shot. He is a 1st time offender, though his offense was gruesome. His 2nd shot should come with strings attached including making a sincere apology and turn-around in his personal life. He doesn't have to display wholesome values, but he must honor the law of the land.

    I refute arguments that the regular working guy makes about athletes. If you were a top talent in any field, someone will always be willing to take a chance if you can help them.

    So in the end, he deserves a chance to prove that he deserves a chance.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  11. Whatever

    I feel that he should be given a second chance, but not back into the NFL... Whoever thought he was worth millions needs their heads examined....

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

    No.He shouldnt be allowed to play in the NFL ever again.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  13. Ron

    If Michael Vick plays football again, my NFL watching days are over. I'll bet that the only thing that he is truly sorry about is that he got caught.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  14. E Joyce

    Michael Vicks made a mistake. He spent time in prison for that mistake. He should be able to play football again, We need to get things into perspective. I am sure society will be the better for what he has learned and is willing to teach others.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  15. Mel

    I know people deserve a second chance, but I also believe that people should have to deal with the consequences of their actions. I realize Vick served time in jail, but that doesn't mean that now everything should just be forgotten concerning what he did. Dogs lost their lives because of Vick...they don't get a second chance! NO, I don't think he should be reinstated in the NFL!!
    I'm interested to see if he has truly learned his lesson to this point.
    I am thrilled, however, to see that those poor abused dogs have found good homes and are started to recover from the abuse Vick put them through. No one, person or animal, deserves to be abused!!

    May 20, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  16. Ms. J

    Absolutely! Martha Steward did it, why can't he?

    May 20, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  17. Stephen

    Yeah! Give him a second chance but warn him of what the consequence will be if he should abuse such an opportunity. To err is human but to forgive is divine.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  18. Kris Boston

    Absolutely not. End of story.

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

    Vick should rot in jail for the atrocities he committed. He should NOT be allowed back in to professional sports, or even the human race for that matter. Hey Vick, if you are reading this, we're never going to forget what you and if you somehow worm your way back into sports, I hope that the inevitable masses or protestors constantly remind you that you are filth.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  20. Shelley

    ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! The NFL has high standards that they need to stand by. Giving Vick a 2nd chance wouldnot only disgrace the NFL but would also let the fans down as well. What he did was illegal – he knew it & DID IT ANYWAYS!! The NFL players are role models for many young people & he is definitely not one that I would want my son or daughter to look up to. I will be severely disappointed if he is allowed back into the NFL realm.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  21. scott stodden

    Yes Michael Vick should be allowed to play again, he is very talented and has served his time and paid his debt to society. If they do let him play again he should be warned by the NFL commissioner that if he commits this same crime again he will never be allowed to play for the NFL ever again. I beleive he has learned his lesson in a major way and I dont condone what he did, but he has learned his lesson in a mighty, embarrassing way probably in way that he didnt want to learn.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,,IL)

    May 20, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  22. Kenneth Walton

    Why is this even a question? Do we have lifelong punishment in America now? There is another element to this story. Think about this, in watching the news it seems that those who speak against the President also speak against Mike Vick. The reverse is also true. Let he who has no sin make the closed! Keep up the great work CNN!

    May 20, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  23. T. Savidge

    ABSOLUTELY NOT! He should not be above the law just because he was an NFL player. What he did was disgusting and cruel. NFL players are role models to our kids and if he is allowed back into the NFL we are telling our children that you can do whatever you want no matter how bad it is or how illegal it is and once you get your slap on the hand you can go back to your normal life. The NFL needs to uphold the morals and values that this country has been severely lacking in recent years.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  24. Bryan Stone

    This bad excuse for a human IS A CRIMINAL,so he can throw a football and run real fast from the other criminals on the field...SO WHAT! It would be like reinstating Hitler as Chancelor of Germany after WWII...this man mercilessly tortured innocent dogs and lied to investigators until he knew that his scumbag friends would rat him out...a real class act.If ANY team let's that SLIMEBALL play football again...I will NEVER,EVER watch a pro football game again.He had better be finished,so go directly to your next career...selling used cars.You Lowlife LOSER!I have many other names to call this idiot that cannot be mentioned.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  25. Kenneth Walton

    I see the problem....if people are willing to believe that mankind came from a lizard, then we are dealing with a problem far bigger than if Mike Vick plays football or not. I can't even believe that CNN can report this with a straight face:)

    May 20, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  26. linda a.e.f.

    What Michael Vick did was reprehensible and I don't feel he should be reinstated to anything, let alone a life of fame and riches. Animal cruelty, especially for profit, is indicative of pure evil and, statistically speaking, often the precurser of more dangerous and violent behavior toward humans. In my view, he didn't get what he deserved and my dog, rescued from a shelter, agrees. How we treat those who can not defend themselves is the mirror of our moral character or lack of it.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  27. Patti Kunz

    Michael Vick should not be allowed to have animals or work with animals, just like a convicted child sex offender, he should be registered as an animal abuser. I'm afraid his proposed work with humane shelters is a public relations ploy to get him accepted back into football as being rehabilitated.

    Personally, I wouldn't respect anyone or team that reinstated him, and wouldn't watch any games of a team that hired him.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  28. shereen

    People of such cruelty should never be given another chance.Can u imagine that he actually appear in a dog food commercial.Thats disgusting.What a role model micheal vick is.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  29. Colin

    Absolutely he should play. Organized dog fighting, like horse racing and bullfighting (to a lesser extent) is brutal to the animals. I don't approve of any, but I understand the appeal. As a kid my pet dogs scuffled at feeding time, and it evokes a certain fare and thrill. He took it way too far, paid the price in jail and millions. What should we hate him now?

    May 20, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  30. Tom Porter

    Having experience with making a mistake and paying for it, his employment should not be jepordized no matter how public it is. Americans should reevalute whom our childrens hereoes are (is teachers).I am an animal lover and think he should still be required reform his thoughtt process as it pertains to animals.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  31. Nikki Greene

    Michael Vick is a public figure who is observed and in some cases, idolized by children. He has been found guilty of committing horrendous and cruel acts on innocent dogs. No, he absolutely should not be allowed the privilege of playing pro ball again. He is a disgrace.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  32. kmop

    absolutely not,he needs to be used as an example.I can't believe what little regard people have for animals , this kind of cruelty needs to stop..some people just don't get it..

    May 20, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  33. Frank Ramsey

    No, Vick does not deserve another chance in the NFL. He is not truly remorseful and is volunteering to work with humane societies only because his high-priced attorneys see this as a way to dupe the public into believing that he's a great guy. He's a thug; always has been; always will be. I wonder how he treats his wife/girlfriends and children???

    The time has come to stop worshipping sports stars, movie stars, music stars, and politicians. Most of them are scumbags who can't manage their own personal affairs, let alone be role models for the rest of us.


    May 20, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  34. brandon

    I believe that he knew he was wrong paid his debt to society, and should not be pu
    nished further that's just throwing salt on and open wound. Let the man play.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  35. Patricia

    Yes Michael Vick should be reinstated. He made a stupid mistake, was punished and served his time now let the man have his job back.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  36. Renia Jones

    Yes...he has served his time and should be able to pursue his life again.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  37. CW

    Yes, Vick should be allowed to play again.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  38. rob dove

    I have been a life long Eagles fan. My yellow lab Chester and I watch the games together. If Vick is allowed to play in the NFL I will no longer watch.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  39. Sheila

    Yes I think he should get another chance. I remember when they reinstated another NFL player and he killed someone. So yes give him another chance. He has paid is debt to society.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  40. Demarcus Jackson, from Columbia, TN

    I think what Michael Vick did was reprehensible and shameful. He was criminally punished and served his time. I think that if he shows remorse and is able to demonstrate this to the NFL commissioner, then he should be reinstated into the NFL. Some crimes do indeed warrant a second-chance and I believe Vick's crime is one that warrants a second chance.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  41. Chuck

    Ray Lewis didn't let a murder trial derail his NFL career, so I'm sure the correspondence between Vick and Arthur Blank while he was incarcerated is meaningful in some way. Let him play. Why continue to punish him after his sentence?

    May 20, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  42. Bryan

    I wish him all the best, and hope his time behind bars has changed him. The state of the U.S. Legal system does concern me, high profile people get out early all the time, while many Americans are in prison for years and years for relatively minor crimes.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:13 am |

    He absolutely should not be reinstated into the NFL. Once a criminal always a criminal. Once an insensitive, abusive person, always an insensitive, abusive person.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  44. Linda P

    Sorry, I disagree. Do the electrocuted dogs get a second chance? Do the family pets thrown into the pit for Mike's entertainment get a second chance? Experience the laughter and merriment as the dogs swung from electrical cords and were submerged in water yelping and crying out in pain. Visualize the burn marks . Inhale a whiff of the smoke of burning dog flesh. Try to comprehend what is going on in the mind and soul of a person who finds this entertaining. Understand how the brain must be wired enjoy such a spectacle. Now picture a a steadfast German Sheperd by the side of a blind person, a therapy dog standing at the side of a patient in a mental ward, a police dog sacrificing his life for his handler. Imagine each of these magnificent helpers of the human race swinging from electrical cords and ripped apart by other dogs because they were "weak" fighters.) Put your dog (or cat, or rabbit, or very young puppy of the type used to instill a taste for blood) in the center of Vick's fighting pits and then explain to me how he will ever transform himself into anything resembling a fit member of this planet. Ironically, only the love of a good dog could pull his soul out of the hell it has plunged itself into. And this will never happen for Vick as a wise judge has ordered he never own another dog again. Linda

    May 20, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  45. Augusta Hubbard Jr

    Yes,I think Mr. Vick should be reinstated into the NFL. I don't think he should even had to go to prison for fighting dogs who in some states are worth less than chattel. I don't understand why some put an animals worth more than that of a persons,than I do it has to do with an age old problem of America. We raise animals to eat ,and to do with as we please,now you ask should he be able to work at the craft that provides his lively hood? I say yes to that also, under the cover of law he has had so much taken away from him that he is the one that should be shown true remorse and repentance.Whom else has the Federal Government has tried and convicted and took their liberty and livelihood away since?

    May 20, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  46. Tom Gresham

    CNN, please stop saying that Vick will be working with "the Humane Society."

    The organization which works with shelters is the American Humane Society.

    The radical group that Vick is working with is the "Humane Society of the United States," a very different group dedicated to banning hunting, stopping medical research with animals, and fighting the use of animals for food.

    In other words, the HSUS is more like PETA than it is the American Humane Society.

    HSUS depends on the confusion between the two groups. Don't help them further their radical agenda.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  47. J Johnson

    Yes, reinstate Michael Vick to the NFL. He paid the price for the crime. Forgive him so your father in heaven can forgive you.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  48. Darrell Wayne

    I think Michael Vick should show some remorse for his crimes. If he wasn't caught, nothing would have changed. i think he should be allowed back into the NFL but should be forced to spend time with the Humane Society and should give a huge portion of his salary to the Humane Society an SPCA for the next five years.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  49. Monique

    The dogs that were killed, maimed and traumatized did not get a second chance. But I suppose there is a place for redemption in the world. Maybe Michael Vick can pledge a certain percentage of his earnings to the fight against all manner of cruelty to animals so from now on, he can give them another chance at a decent life.

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

    Absolutly not!! First the man finances for the fights, and now he wants to help the Humane Society to stop the abuse.......Thats like saying that im going to fraud the IRS out of millions of dollars, get caught and then work for them to stop fraud that i performed. Absolutly rediculous.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  51. Anne Williams in Louisiana

    Why not? It may be legal, but Football is just another blood sport using bigger animals. At least the football players participate willingly, let him play.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  52. Tommy

    I dont think Mr Vick should already out of prison. A human that can commit such violence for entertainment should not know rest or freedom so soon. I cant see how the SPCA could align its self with such an eval human being.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  53. Sharon O

    I think if he can still play well enough to make the team, then ok, give him a chance like anyone else who has paid their debt, however he should be absolutely BANNED from ever owning an animal or working around them!

    Don't let him work at the Humane society! That is BS! Keep him away from ANY animals, EVER!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  54. Tommy in Palo Alto

    Vick is the poster child of low-lifes. He says he now wants to help stop dog fighting? Does anyone really buy that? If so, let me know as I have a bridge I'd like to sell.

    What should be done with him? I'd say grind him up for dog food but dogs wouldn't want the bad taste he'd leave in their mouths. I'd say keep him in prison, but why should taxpayers pay for his room and board? I'd say let him rot the rest of his life in a run-down trailer park out in the desert and reflect on his pathetic life...but even that's too kind.

    I about underground, unlicensed cage fighting!!! That would be the ulitmate justice!

    Please excuse the bitterness, but insecure, empty souls like him shouldn't be breathing our air!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  55. Tim in Texas

    In addition to being illegal, his behavior publicly embarrassed his employer and cost them money. He has paid his debt to society and deserves a 2nd chance in SOCIETY. Whether or not his employer wants to forgive him, and risk more public embarrassment by hiring him back is a separate issue, and is completely up to them. My opinion: He's proven he's willing to lie to the NFL when his job was on the line. He looked Goodell in the eye and lied like a dog (no pun intended). Why shouldn't they think that he'd lie again now when he makes his case for reinstatement? The boy who cried wolf comes to mind.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  56. Steve in NC

    I grew up in Newport News, Va. where Michael Vick distinguished himself playing high school football. He disgraced himself by funding animal cruelty. I can't imagine any organization wanting to have its name connected to Vick's.

    NFL, JUST SAY NO! You don't need sick people like Michael Vick dragging the league down.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  57. Jennifer

    Ghandi once said that “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated”

    Wealthy NFL player Vick harmed something that has no voice and is utterly defensless for amusment. It's autrocious, and a far different cry from players who have been arrested for drug and alochol abuse when the only intent in harm was to themselves. And while he has paid his debt HE SHOULD NOT be allowed to play pro football again. Getting a second chance at life for Vick doesn't have to mean playing in the NFL again. All of his remorsefull paybacks, while commendable, can all be argued that he is ONLY doing it to be allowed to play football again – its like a child quickly apologizing to a reprimending adult to be allowed to watch tv again.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  58. fred

    would be interesting to see how many of these dog freaks arguing against his reinstatement have ever made any mistake .lets all look in the mirror. The same people who are readily willing to forgive and forget the most outrageous crimes in the history of this country if you know what I mean.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  59. theo

    I think Vick, should be allowed to play football again. There are child molesters that have received less time than Michael Vick did for dog fighting. Not to mention there are football players playing right now who has killed someone in a DUI.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  60. Shonda

    No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Michael Vick should not be reinstated. What he did he could never be reversed. The physical and emotional damage he has done to those helpless animals is absoultly disturbing. The amount of dogs that have lost their lives for his enjoyment and profit in unforgivable. What kind of role model is he? That's what he is being a public figure, right? Michael Vick is a dispicable human being! Nobody that is that sick and twisted should ever be able to be given a second chance.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  61. freddie reyes

    I think that micheal vick shood not play anymore after wa he did he should stay in jail longer because I'm a animal lover. He should atleast not play.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  62. obie-hymns

    I don't know much about Vick's life outside of the NFL but this man has bills like the rest of us and should be allowed to go back to work like everyone else who's broken laws. Don't make the man have to figure out alternatives to earn a living – that doesn't always work best for tax payers, neighbors, the economy etc.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  63. frederick ogodo

    Some times people are envious about people's success. Michel Vick is one of them. Fine, he committed a grusome crime which is absolutely wrong. He was convicted and served time in prison. I feel he has paid his price and should be giving a second chance and the opportunity to play foot ball again. If men were God?

    May 20, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  64. marc murat

    Of course! he can come back to the field and play the game .He made a mistake, he served the time, after all he's a nice guy.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  65. Trent

    Heck NO. This guy is a vicious felon, and has the entitled attitude that many athletes have since high school. Just because he got caught doesn't change who and what he is. He will be more careful about where and when and to who he will show himself to be a vicious monster, but not because he is now a better person. At a minimum, making millions of dollars and having all the perks that come with being a professional athlete should be contingent on good behavior and being a positive role model. This guy literally kills puppies.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  66. Arcardio Lynn

    The people who dont like Mike Vick and want him in jail, I feel are racist! Why else would u want to take away someones career for a mistake. People in this country are jealous of athletes anyway because they feel they make "easy money". Stop being racist and jealous people and let the man have a second chance!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  67. Anthony

    I feel he has served his time and if inprisonmnt was the end of his contract the stipulalations should have been there in the contract.
    I feeel if each athlete or employee of anyen he w field can be banned then he will get unemploymenould atleast be allowt based on his last income so he should be allowed to work in his field.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  68. lee

    I'm from virginia.It"s a mistake to ruin mister vick's life over an animal.Don imus is employed after his mistake.Dog the bounty hunter is employed after his mistake as well.I am a black male.Thank you.

    Any comment by me is an opinion until proven.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  69. LeoB

    If the eyes, and face are the window to our soul, Vick's only shows anger, and sorry he got caught. My DOG has a better expression of " I'm So Sorry" than his does. His carreer as a sports star needs to end.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  70. Carole

    I've been reading the CNN blogs and notice a lot of comments about Michael Vick having paid his debt to society with his prison sentence and should be reinstated to the NFL. What about all the convicted felons in the US who have also paid their debt to society? Ask any one of them about trying to find a job, it's virtually impossible. No wonder they often times revert back to crime or drugs. Why should Vick be treated any differently and be welcomed back with open arms. To me, people who abuse children, the elderly and in his case abusing and TORTURING animals are all a waste of space. How can he live with himself?

    May 20, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  71. Susan Webster, Perryton, Tx

    Why should Vic be reinstated for the awful things he did to living creatures, but all Pete Rose did was BET!!!!....and he is banned for life....I don't think that Vic spent enough time in prison and now that he is out, the thought of him working with the humane society makes me sick!!!!!!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  72. marc murat

    I hope that M. Vick has learned well his lessons from prison for the mistake that he made " Dogfighting" which is a crime ,but M. Vick is not the only one doing so .Yes !he should be allowed to be reinstated in the NFL and play . Everybody deserves a second chance.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  73. Bryan

    How many of these people that say let him play would allow a convicted PEDOPHILE move next door to them and their children?After all they served their time.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  74. Ryan

    Absolutely Not!! Yes he did serve out his sentence. However it is obivous as plain day that he has zero remorce for what he did. His news conferences that had him appologizing were amusing. You could tell he was lying through his teeth.
    He did not make a mistake, mistake are a one time deal. He repeatedly financed the fighting rings and personally abused the dogs.
    Now his actions are geared towards fooling the NFL commisioner and public that he is truly sorry for his actions. What a crock! He is only sorry that he got caught! He would still be doing it otherwise.
    If the NFL Commissioner reinstates him and a team signs him, that would be a trajedy!
    I believe the general public is sick and tired of seeing the professional athletes abuse and break the law and to be treated like children and have their hand held. Professional athletes are highly overpaid and think of themselves as above the law. They are our childrens role models and should live their lives more carefully than the average person due to the fame, spotlight, etc.
    Its about time the professional athletes are punished for their "boneheaded decisions" and not be granted to play in a privilieged occupation instead of being dealt hand slaps.
    Michael Vick does not deserve to be play ever again in the NFL and neither does any athlete that commits crimes and gets caught doing so.
    When you play you gotta pay!

    May 20, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  75. Chris from Ohio

    Vick should easily be allowed back into the NFL...He did not break any NFL rules (Drug policy, harassment, violence towards NFL players, coaches, officials) He served his time, now let him back in

    May 20, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  76. Diane

    If he waits an appropriate time and does work with Animal Protection and The Human Society to change the way these things are viewed and bring about a sincere change to that horror....then yes, but he has to work his way back up to where he was.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  77. Ryan

    No one is Perfect, Despite what he did. Everyone always gets a second chance.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  78. cindy

    VIck paid his dues. He should play. I hate what he did, I hope he does now as well. But he should play.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  79. James

    Vick made a mistake, he paid his dues, and now he is trying to get on with his life. I think the NFL should let him play!

    May 20, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  80. Chameca

    yes I do think the NFL should take him back because everyone deserves a second chance!!!

    May 20, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  81. Dustin

    Why should he be banned. He broke the law. Many players do it every year, from drug abuse convictions, DUI, firearms and weapons violations, not to mention steroid abuse. They take their slap on the wrist and are back at it. He should be treated no different than the rest.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  82. Leo

    Michael Vick has done his time. There are players right now in the NFL who have done other crimes some worse than Vick and are still playing. I'm a Raider fan, but think Vick should keep playing...stay up Vick.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  83. Molly P.

    If the NFL is willing to take him back, then he should be able to play. It is the NFL's decision. Vick has paid for his crime and now needs to be able to make a living. Someone is going to have to hire him.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  84. Sam

    Although I am an animal sympathizer, and what Vick did was monstrously inhuman, his treatment of animals and his professional football career are unrelated; he should be allowed to play. Preventing Michael Vick from playing football because of his cruel acts towards animals is like preventing Tiger Woods from playing golf because he beat his wife.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  85. D.J.

    Yes he should be able to play again if he still has the tools. Anyone who says no is just hating because they can't earn millions of dollars to play football!!!!


    Houston, Texas

    May 20, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  86. Scott S.

    NO! The NFL has certain decency standards that players are expected to uphold. Killing innocent dogs for sport doesn't constitute a second chance. The only reason he wants back in is because it's the easiest money he will ever make. Who's going to buy his book "Dog Fighting for Dummies?"

    May 20, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  87. NJB

    Heck No!

    Let him get a job as a shelter worker, cleaning out kennels....

    May 20, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  88. Jennifer Dunn

    I say no he shouldn't be allowed to play football but if by some chance he is allowed then any money he gets from it should automatically go towards dog shelters and/or humane societies.

    Grants Pass, Oregon

    May 20, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  89. Andrei Savu

    No. When an individual reaches a social and in his case entertainment level of spotlight he/she has a responsibility to refrain and abstain from activities that are character tarnishing and illegal. Some mistakes may be "paid" for but not forgiven.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  90. Cliff Duncan

    No, Michael Vick should not ever step foot on an NFL field again. People say that he was "just dog fighting", they seem to forget that he hung, drowned and electrocuted dogs for his and his friends amusement. This points to a sick and twisted individual that has psychopathic tendencies. He claims he is sorry. I think he is just sorry he got caught. Anyone who would do such cruel and inhumane things to any animal has serious mental issues, and prison does not and will not help with them

    May 20, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  91. blacksheep

    A white boy is convicted on rape, does his time and upon release from prison is getting a scholarship from UT to play football.

    Mike Vick is convicted on dog-fighting and killing dogs and America, mostly white America want his career to be over forever. THIS IS RACIAL!!

    If Mike Vick was white, would people still feel the same way or would they say let boys be boys? High moral character of many Americans is always in question.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  92. rich

    If the nfl lets Vick come back, then Mr Vick should give no less then 20% of his pay to the animals he was hurting. But his 20% goes for no less then ten years.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  93. Max

    No, not only is he an embarrassment to athletes he's an embarrassment to the NFL. They let those fakes in MLB get away with juicing and tarnish the sport,, can we please not let the NFL to down the path...

    May 20, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  94. Jammie

    I really think he has paid his dues to society. I'm not saying what he did was right but it's other things in this country that happen everyday that is far more worst then this. Give the man back his dignity and JOB back.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  95. Derrick

    Of course he should! I'm tired of hearing these animal rights activists campaign for Vick to have a life sentence, in effect. No one really believes that he will become an animal lover all of a sudden. But he has served his time, and I'm sure he has learned his lesson. This was a pretty severe punishment compared to what the ordinary Joe would receive for dog fighting.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  96. Top Dawg

    Mike should be allowed to play again, if a team gives him a fair shot at a position. NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, Golfer, etc, are not and should not be viewed as role models. This notion that Mike is viewed as a role model by children is false. Children view him as a "star" sport figure...that's it! Parents, teachers, and other professionals are viewed as role models because their reallities of obtaining those positions are plausible. Professional Sport Players are mere entertainers...aside from a view who have gone into politics, they serve no other function in society besides revenue for state and local governments.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  97. Jeremy - VA

    I think Michael Vick deserves a chance to play in the NFL if a team is willing to give him a shot. I do not condone dog fighting but the general public is acting as if he shot someone or killed a family while driving drunk. Dogs mean a lot to people but when did they become more important than people? They are animals, we keep them as pets, we train them, we rub their faces into the carpet when they mess in the house. Have you ever seen someone do that to a child? I surely haven't. So let's give Mike a chance to earn a living doing what he is good at and get off of the guys back!

    May 20, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  98. Donn

    Of course he should be allow to return to his field of employment. It's just as if you were arrested for drunk driving, should you not be allowed to return to your job after you were released from jail? His crime had nothing to do with football and I see no reason for him to be banished for the league. He has payed his debt.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  99. David

    I really don't understand all of the noise about Michael Vick. His activity with the dogs was terrible.

    However, I think the NFL is inconsistent. They have many players who have been arrested for other crimes including criminal domestic violence (CDV). They are not publically chastized like Vick.

    While the animal rights groups have screamed about the dogs. Where is the same outrage over the dispictable behavior by NFL players. Why are we so outraged about the dogs, but, almost no outrage about beating a significant other?

    May 20, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  100. KT

    ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! He has disgraced and disrespected the NFL, his teammates, his fans, his family, and most of all himself. Countless young people looked up to him as a role model and he made repeated foolish decisions. He is not deserving of an opportunity to go back to the lavish and excessive life he once lived. One year of the salary he formerly made could support SO many veterans, scientists, and humanitarians who actually make the United States a better place.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  101. ACG

    I think that Mike should get a chance to play again. He has payed for a crime that to me is not that serious. Dogfighting has been around for a long time, now all of a sudden they wanna put an end to it? How convenient to charge a ball player and make him an example. A person of his stature should not be involved with dogfighting and he payed the price for it. I think he has genuinely been reformed.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  102. Sylvia Ann Wenman

    Speaking as a canine rescuer, I think Vick should be banned from the NFL for life. He will never be forgiven by the animal community for the heinous and cruel act of dog fighting! Thousands of animal lovers think he should still be in jail and he should certainly not be allowed to be around animals for the rest of his life!

    May 20, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  103. Jay

    Michael Vick deserves another chance he has payed his dued to society if god can forgive him for his mistakes then everyone else should forgive him he was in jail for about 2 years now If Rapper T.I. could get only a year for having illegal guns and possibly could have killed some one then michael vick deserves another chance i think having illegal guns and possbily killing a human is way more worst then killing dogs

    May 20, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  104. Marina

    It is hard to say whether he deserves a "2nd chance." This crime is beyond gruesome and disgusting. He will have to do more than bringing a team to the Super Bowl to regain the respect of a human being; I would like to see him return to playing football, under the stipulation that at least a 1/3rd of his salary goes to the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, and/or other animal rights groups AND that he do more community service specifically related to caring for animals, so that he may gain a respect for animals. That would be great!

    May 20, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  105. chris cusack

    i think vick should play again
    he leart a lesson keep in shape

    May 20, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  106. Renonia

    After 23 months in prison and having paid for his crime, it's time for Michael Vick to reform his life and he should not be denied the opportunity to do so. He showed genuine regret and a willingness to reform at his trial. The NFL should not have to lose a talented professional football quarterback who is not only sorry for his misdeeds, but has paid the penalty for his crime in our judicial system, one in which people are not only to be punished for crimes but reformed from crime. Reform and getting second chances are successes that should be realized and shown in our society, too. So, I say "Yes", Michael Vick should get a second chance.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  107. Glenn

    He should play again, but he should devote part of his earnings to dog fighting prevention.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  108. 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 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 11:46 am |
  109. Richard in tn

    Mr Vick should give no less then 25%, of his pay for the next ten years. Toward the animals he hurt.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  110. oreporter

    Michael Vick deserves a 2nd Chance.

    In this country, one whom pays their debt to society deserves a 2nd chance. Vick should not be judged by public opinion nor banned from the NFL. We should accept his aplogy and support his efforts to rehabilitate his reputation and career. We all can learn from his regrettable experience without judgement.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  111. Denise

    Michael Vick payed his debt to society. He lost his dignity, respect and millions of dollars. He should be reinstated. It is funny how this society has more concern for the well being of a dog, than concern of a child. A priest can molest a child, and keep his job.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  112. A.Pegues

    Of course Vick should be allowed to play football. He has served his time and paid his dues with being locked up and losing his home and job.

    Why is there a need to punish him more?

    May 20, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  113. Sam

    The man has served his time and should be given a second chance, but the RACIST MEDIA will not allow that to happen. They seem to hold African men to a higher standard then whites. All of this over a bunch of pit bulls that in most towns, in Arkansas, have been banned because of their voilent tendacy. The media should be focusing on more important issues.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  114. Allen

    I don't agree with what happened. He's paid his debt. Use common sense. He's not going to head the Humane Society. It's the NFL.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  115. Mo

    All I know is this...Mr Vick has done his time for what he was guilty of and should be allowed to get as much of his life back. It sounds to me that some people just want him to be locked up for the rest of his life...but that is not what the law says, It is also easy to see that there is a race divide about this issue (I can't help but to notice that). Vick has done his time!!! It's as simple as that.
    For any who want to condemn him for life, I hope you never make a mistake in your life.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  116. Hornet

    I think that he should be allowed to play ,and that people should teach there children that doctors, teacher,policemen and even there parent
    should be their role models.It seems that the parents put these people on a pedistal.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  117. Dianne Jewett

    I think Michael Vick, after serving the remainder of his sentence, should be allowed back into the NFL, but starting back at the bottom and reproving himself as a changed man. I'm a white female from Hampton, VA.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  118. oreporter

    In this country, one whom pays their debt to society deserves a 2nd chance. Vick should not be judged by public opinion nor banned from the NFL. We should accept his aplogy and support his efforts to rehabilitate his reputation and career. We all can learn from his experience without judgement.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  119. Brandon LeDoux

    Hell Yes he should be allowed to play again!
    I love animals just as much as the next guy. But the fact is,
    Michael Vick made a mistake, he paid dearly for it, and now he deserves a second chance. Vick was one of the most talented, well rounded Quarterbacks in NFL history and America needs to see him finish out his career on the field.

    Brandon LeDoux
    Elk Grove, CA

    May 20, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  120. cindy laughlin

    yes,we should forgive

    May 20, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  121. Fabian

    Hey 'EVERONE' makes mistake's.I do NOT condone what he was part of.I had a Pitbull and she was not mean and was a very loving pet.Teanna my baby pitbull had the compassion to for give me for my mistakes so i feel we should for give Michael Vick .Let him back in the NFL and let him do something positive in his new life.How do we not know that one person/child he could help in the future just may help you...



    May 20, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  122. Kelli

    He should still be in jail and NO he should NEVER be allowed to return to the NFL or any other spot. Dog fighting is an extremely violent, cruel and disgusting act. It's time these people are help responsible for their actions. If the NFL really wants to clean up its image, then Vick should be sent to the pound and his career in the NFL should be put down.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  123. Ronald J Kriel

    When Michael Vick finishes serving his sentence he should be free to pursue any career he chooses, other than those prohibitions imposed on all conviced felons. Since he is a very talented pro-football quarterback, he should resume his career. Whether the NFL will take him back may be another question, but unless the NFL bars all players who have legal problems, it should not discriminate against Vick. He paid for his crimes.

    Ron K.
    Auburn Alabama

    May 20, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  124. ladyjj - VA

    Please, forgive the man! You must forgive others (including Vick) if you want to be forgiven.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  125. Ronnie Ryan

    Sarah Palin can shoot wolves from a helicopter, She Becomes Republican Vice Presidential Candidate. Michael Vick spends two years in the slammer for his family member running a business that revolved around dog-fighting and harming our furry friends. Sarah Palin is still Alaska Gov and is considered a front runner for 2012, Mike is a victim of hypocrites

    May 20, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  126. T.A

    What Vick did was horrible & shameful but he went to jail to pay his debt to society. Don't people deserve a second chance? What's the use of letting people out of jail if they can't contribute to society? Vick should be suspended for a year & work with the Humane Society during his suspension.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  127. richard

    before we are too quick to judge, you have to ask yourself; if i screwed up that bad, shouldn't i be allowed to go back to work and earn a living after doing my time? if the answer's no, then let's throw the whole legal system out the window. why have rehabilitation programs, if there's no hope for the offender?
    toronto, ontario

    May 20, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  128. Mike Lyles

    Of course Michael Vick should be given a second chance! We forgive everyone else from President Obama's ILLEGAL use of drugs during his "selfish" experimental years to wall streets bad boy blunders. What are we becoming when fighting pit bulls is a greater "sin" than aborting babies, greed on wall street and the monstrosities that have occurred with home mortgages. As long as Vick moves forward in a positive direction, I'm all for him returning to football. His talent should not be wasted.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  129. Lorenzo Childress

    Absolutely! Yes! Yes! Yes! The man killed dogs! This is a crime that does not and should not carry a life sentence. He did his time and deserves a chance at resuming his career.

    If the NFL does not allow him back I will no longer be a fan and will give up my season tickets!

    To the clown that compared Vick to Hitler…That is insulting to Jews everywhere. It is simple People > Dogs !

    May 20, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  130. Tera G

    Mr. Vick should not be given the opportunity to yet again become a role model to America's children.

    The work that he will be doing with the Humane Society should have been done BEFORE he 'got caught'.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  131. Kevin Bender Sr

    I think allowing Michael Vick to return to the NFL is a very bad idea, I have a son that is 17 yrs. old and he is very passionate about entering the NFL. What kind of message will the NFL send to the young athletes shooting for their chance to do what they love, playing in the NFL is a privilege not a right, as a professional athlete you are held to a higher standard and what he did is unacceptable, just because he went to jail that does not wipe his slate clean.
    Ask yourself this, if a police officer was caught doing the same thing, would he be allowed to return to law enforcement ?

    May 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  132. James Hendricks

    Michael Vick is a fine ballplayer. What he did was criminal. He's done his time. He's paid dearly already. Everyone who is not a continuing danger to society deserves a second chance. this includes Mr. Vick.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  133. James

    yesterday,President Obama to speak the new norm,on the consumer petrol, for the car.All the country, are applaud the leadership the President Obama.good job again, my president.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  134. Ryan

    Lets not make this a racial issue. It's far from a racial issue. And this is not "hating on someone" issue. People that think that need to re-evaluate themselves. Lets get a couple things straight.
    A mistake is a one time occurence. Not a repeated planned thought out action.
    Getting a dui is a mistake, buying a illegal gun is a mistake. Hope to god no one got hurt or shot by doing that but those are mistakes.
    People make mistake all the time where there is no loss of life to people or animals.
    How can someone state that I made a mistake when they repeatedly tortured the animals, killed the animals, bred the animals and financed the whole thing? Absolutely not a mistake on his behavior and past actions.
    I agree that Michael Vick is a truly amazing talent on the football field. I enjoyed watching him in years past. And yes if he did get signed and reinstated he would bring in more revenue for the NFL.
    But it comes down to this. Does the American Public believe he is truly sorry for his actions? And does the Commissioner believe he is truly sorry? And are teams worried about the negative press and boycotts that are sure to come if he is allowed to play?
    He probably will be reinstated and signed because of the potential profit and pr that he will bring in.
    I just will turn the channel if he is playing.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  135. pearl

    I love my two year old boxer, but would never place a dog over a man. Grow up America!

    May 20, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  136. Jamie

    What Michael Vick did is disgusting, but he has paid his debt to society. The NFL has many players who could be considered career criminals, yet they continue to play. Ray Lewis was accused of murder, Pacman Jones has been accused of too many crimes to list, Ricky Williams has numerous drug issues, and yet the NFL allows them to continue playing. If Michael Vick wants to return to the sport, then it should be up to the fans to decide if they can support as team who condones this behavior. From what we've seen before, the sad answer is probably yes.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  137. Dan McLaughlin

    If Vick is allowed back in the NFL then Pete Rose should be allowed in the hall of fame. Vick is a disgrace to professional sports and not an emulatory role model in the least.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  138. Lisa Small

    It doesn't matter what any of us think. The NFL wants him for his star power and his ability to sell tickets.

    When he got arrested, I predicted he'd be playing again in time for the 2009 season, before he gets too old to be valuable.

    I stand by that prediction. He'll be on the field this fall.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  139. Jason, Navarre, FL

    I believe Michael Vick should be allowed to return to the NFL. He has made his mistake and paid the price, we have all made mistakes in the past and should be able to forgive him for his mistake.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  140. Joe Hetzel

    Yes Mike Vick should have every opportunity to play again. Why shouldnt he??? Yes he made a mistake, he did the crime and did the time. In a world where we give murderers and sex offenders another chnce why shouldnt he. He made a mistake, a mistake that may have cost him his career, but he has paid for it and is trying to do right. LET THE MAN PLAY

    May 20, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  141. Dana

    Hi Tony,

    I think what Michael Vick did to those dogs was horrific, but he's paid the price for it. I don't think his ability to reconstruct his life should be taken from him. I think it would almost be a fitting end if the NFL took him back-aren't there other examples of professional athletes who've made mistakes of similar magnitude and been allowed to return?

    May 20, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  142. Rhonda Edom

    I feel that none of us are perfect. We have all done something in our lifetime, even though this was a cruel act he could have done a OJ Simpson thing. He should be allowed to play football. He has awesome talent and he should be allowed to use it.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  143. Denise

    NO, he should not be reinstated into the NFL? He's VERY lucky that someone is willing to hire him in the construction business.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  144. scott

    vick is a horrible human being and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near normal society. what he did was just horrible and unforgivable.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  145. Todd

    I liked the piece on Vick's dogs. The place where they were rehabbed, Dogtown in UT, is a great example of what can be done with dogs that have special needs.

    As far as Michael Vick, Kathleen is much more forgiving than I am. I think he should have had a longer jail sentence in harsher conditions. I am a complete sports junkie but if Michael Vick gets back in to the NFL, I will NOT watch the NFL until he leaves the NFL for good. There is no tolerance from em for a person who treats defenseless animals with that sort of maliciousness and disdain.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  146. Carol Alexander

    Vick definitely deserves a second chance. I believe he has learned a lesson. Let's help him get reinstated and move on. Thanks.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  147. Linda Bishop

    Let him play in the NFL. He's paid his price to society. Let it go! Don't tell me he has to set a better example than the rest of us need to set. He has sat before a judge and jury. That's not our job anymore.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  148. Matt


    In response to whether or not Michael Vick should be allowed to play football again?
    Simple answer: NO!

    Athletes are role models. If Pete Rose can get banned from baseball for gambling, Michael Vick should be banned from football for the MULTIPLE FELONIES he committed.

    Thanks for your time,

    May 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  149. Tess Monet

    I am very against what Michael Vick did and he deserved to serve jail time. However, HE SERVED HIS TIME, and he should be able to go on with his life and not be penalized further. Even a discussion of not letting him play in the NFL is horrifying. Just because he is famous and successful he has to be punished more than others? The law did it's job, now let the man go on with his life.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  150. Max

    I love how a felon can do his time, get out, and people will stand there and tell you that that person should never be allowed to vote but when we say Vick shouldn't be reinstated they tell us WE are out of line, typical double standard for the rich and famous...

    May 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  151. Joe

    Give Vick another shot in the NFL, he should be able to earn a living, if he mess's up, just like everyone else, he should pay the penalties

    May 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  152. Sam Raf

    I do not think that Vic should be allowed to go back to the NFL. This is like catching a criminal in the act but then when he is caught he "repents" and is allowed to stay free. Vic is lucky that he is being set free, but going back to NFL is a bit too much.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  153. Brandon Richmon - Tucson, AZ

    Yes, he deserves a second chance in the NFL. The question to you is "what does a dog fighting ring have to do with football?" Honestly, it matters very little, or nothing, if he continues playing the sport.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  154. jim

    He did the crime, he has done the time. But, that does not mean he is accepted back into our good graces. It is about acceptance. Sometimes you just don't get a 2nd chance. The NFL should have positive role models. Vick is not a role model – then or now.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  155. Bridget Dean

    I believe in second chances, but I think it was the power and money that got Michael Vick into trouble in the first place, so I think the best thing for him would be to take that construction job, work with the Humane Society and do his best to make the necessary changes in his life. Just saying he has changed is not enough...he needs to SHOW that he has really made changes in his life.The NFL should stay far away from him.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  156. Ken Jongeneel

    Like the dogs who where abused are getting second chances Michael Vick should as well. He has paid his debt for his crimes and should be given a second chance in the NFL. However, he should continue his involvement in educating people against dog fighting and should use his popularity to do something good for the community. It should be a requirement for his return to the NFL.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  157. Peter

    I don't believe Vick needs a 2nd chance to go back to the NFL. I myself have been victim to an addiction that cause me to go to jail, and because of my past felonies due to this addiction, I am not being given a 2nd chance to work in the field I used to. My career was my life as well, and now I have to find other ways to survive and earn less money. My reputation was tarnished and although I was forgiven by God and some family members, I am not allowed to go back to the work I loved. Vick now needs to learn how to live without something he loves, since he made choices to risk that as did I. He doesn't belong back in the NFL because of who he is, or his superstar status or how much money he has.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  158. Al Jensen

    Over 5 million pets are euthanized in America every year. What Vick did was very wrong, but jail was not the proper punishment. He could have been rehabilitated and remain an asset to society. I hope the NFL will take him back.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  159. Debbie Knackstedt

    Hi, I do not think Vick should be allowed to play football ever again. Maybe, if he works & just makes average wages instead of millions it will not be so much of a temptation for him to do illegal & nasty things with his money. I was so glad to see the article about the dogs new homes. My daughter owns 3 pit bulls & they are big babies. A pit bulls outcome in life is definitely due to the home life that they have. A pit bull gets such a bad rap. thanks, Debbie

    May 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  160. Joe

    I hope he is given a second chance. He has paid his debt for what he did. I think this is wy we have the justice system in place.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  161. Tina in IL

    I agree with Linda P, who said,

    "Sorry, I disagree. Do the electrocuted dogs get a second chance? Do the family pets thrown into the pit for Vick’s entertainment get a second chance?

    Experience the laughter and merriment as the dogs swung from electrical cords and were submerged in water yelping and crying out in pain. Visualize the burn marks . Inhale a whiff of the smoke of burning dog flesh.

    Try to comprehend what is going on in the mind and soul of a person who finds this entertaining. Understand how the brain must be wired to enjoy such a spectacle.

    Now picture a a steadfast German Sheperd by the side of a blind person, a therapy dog standing at the side of a patient in a mental ward, a police dog sacrificing his life for his handler.

    Imagine each of these magnificent helpers of the human race swinging from electrical cords and ripped apart by other dogs because they were “weak” fighters.) Put your dog (or cat, or rabbit, or very young puppy of the type used to instill a taste for blood) in the center of Vick’s fighting pits and then explain to me how he will ever transform himself into anything resembling a fit member of this planet. "

    May 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  162. momof2

    Vick is bankrupt and in foreclosure because of this. The punishment did not fit the crime. The Falcons organization, Godell, and federal government should be ashamed of themselves for breaking this man when there are real criminals to be dealt with, like Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  163. Shawn

    Sure I believe Vick should be given the opportunity to play again. I believe their should be some conditions prior to his reinstatement to the NFL. He should have to agree to a campaign promoting the Humane Society. He can be a positive role model for kids he just might need some direction. I am sure prison has had a profound impact on his life.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  164. Sam

    YES!!!! But only after he shows that he can change, give him a year or two to show the adults that he has changed. This way he can be a role model for the KIDS, it might take a while but everyone deserves a second chance. Lets just hope he can do it cause everyone is watching!!!!!

    May 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  165. Peg

    Vick should not be re-instated with the NFL. Major League sports figures are role models for the youth and young adults of our country. Whether they choose this status or not, it is our culture. Cruelty to animals on a level such as Vick's offense, should be sufficient cause for a lifetime ban from any professional sport in the US.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  166. diana lytwyn

    Are you kidding me? Good he has a job and good he's going to help at the Humane Society and all those good things, but hiring him back and having people cheering him? Once again, "Are you kidding me?"

    May 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  167. Neal in Alabama

    Yes Michael should be allowed to play again.. Is that not what we stand for in this country? He has paid for his mistake and let's allow him to move on with his life. Is that not the way you would want to be treated?

    May 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  168. Stephen

    Yes, Michael Vick should play in the NFL again. He can raise more money and raise more awareness to the cause of animal rights as an NFL player than he ever could as a construction worker. Why waste his god-given talent if it can be put to good use? He has already paid his debt to society, and deserves a second chance.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  169. koji

    let him play... but I hope all the professional athletes remember what payback is....

    May 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  170. Sadie

    NO, NO, NO, Michael Vick should never be allowed to play pro. football again!! What a terrible example for youth that would be, it is so shameful what he did to those dogs. Things like what he was involved in with the dog fighting thing cannot be tolerated in our society and there should be no second chance for such a person.
    Thank you, Sadie

    May 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  171. marriam park

    Vick does not deserve to ever play on the NFL again.
    this is about what he is, not what he did.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  172. Ellen G.

    Michael Vick will always be a degenerate!.

    Your kidding he is getting a job while millions of law abiding citizens can't even find work.

    The world is coming to an end!

    May 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  173. Michael

    Let me get the question straight in my hearing.Can an animal (many consider a purposefully designed viscious breed) be rehabilitated & put in a loving environment, while we question whether a human being who having served his time (in the country with the worlds highest incarceration rate in history, especially for non violent offenses against other human beings) should "be allowed" to excercise his constitutionally given right to make a living, pursue happiness, despite mistakes that he has made, admitted, and paid for in a way that most will never have to endure? Hmmmm The question reminds me of a comment a character Gordon Gekko made in the movie Wall Street....[some people] animals and hate people. So let me ask you what is wrong with that?

    May 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  174. John

    Vick should never be allowed to play professional sports again. He is a convicted felon – why should we reward him for his past. The U.S. is too hung up with these "pro" players with no ethics. There is no person out there in sports that is worth the millions in salaries that they receive. If you're caught taking steroids – you're out forever, no slap on the back of the hand, no go stand in the corner, you're a bad boy!!

    May 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  175. The Juice Yo!

    Yes Vick should play again if he still has the tools. Why does it seem like there is a willingness to invest in animals, but when it comes to people some would like to close doors? We all know what happened to O.J. when society wouldn't allow him to participate. Vick has paid or is paying society back. Vick is not Pac Man Jones or any other former NFL player who has only been slapped on the wrist. Vick has paid his dues and has earned his right to atleast try out for a NFL team.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  176. Jose

    Yes, he deserver a chance, not giving him a chance, is like saying he does not diserver to have a job. Being in the NFL is not privelage, if you a qualified and is not a criminal, then you should get your shot. There have been people playing in the NFL who I think are worst than Vick. The man deverve a job and his profession is Quater back.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  177. Gerard SGIB Magazine


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  178. Elijah

    what about cock fighting? nobody gives a @($^# about that...its legal in some us states...its the same thing...but as soon as its a black dude with money into lock him up.

    what is the difference between cock fighting and dog fighting?

    May 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  179. Charles Johnson

    Tony I have to admit that Michael Vick was wrong but you have to know that there is worse events going on in the US. There was another incident in the NFL where a player killed a human and spent no time in jail. Michael was not the only one fighting dogs but he was the only one that went to jail. I do not feel he should have ever been put in jail for the crime and like I said I am not saying he was not wrong.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  180. Dana

    Listen, Mr. Vick certainly did something that was unnecessary and cruel to torture and kill those animals in the manner that was done. But GIVE ME A BREAK! How can a person have more compassion for an animal than a human being?

    What does that say about your logic and level of compassion as a human being when you're more concerned about the life and compassion of a dog than the rehabilitated life of a human being that can contribute good to society? Can you call yourself a compassionate human being, but have no place in your heart for forgiveness to another person that has served and accepted their punishment?

    The man admitted to his wrong doing, and has served his punishment for his crime in full. Again, I really think something is very twisted and absurd to put the life of a DOG on the same level and quality of life as a human being. I wonder if everyone would have been as up in arms if Vick had committed these acts to pet burmese pythons, or white rats, or pet tarantulas?

    May 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  181. Matt

    Sorry addition to my last post,

    If the NFL wants to improve its image, they need to start truly penalizing these athletes that get charged with felonies. Football is one of the most popular sports in high school and lower grades, what are we teaching our kids?

    Commit felonies, fire guns in public and you get a slap on the wrist.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  182. Sean Hancock

    I feel that just like anyone who messes up in life that Vick should be considered forgiven by the NFL community as well as the American or worldwide community who've been fans or have not been fans of Michael Vick prior to his Dog-fighting charges. Vick should be allowed back in the NFL simply because he is a human being and makes mistakes (intentional or accidental) just like we do. The NFL community should forget the past and move on with the issue done and gone which is the common notion of what we ALL ( as human beings) should emmulate.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  183. Ms. J

    I don't understand some of these comments about Vic....You so called "animal lovers" are too extreme....To think that a man has spent more time in prison than a rapist is just ridiculous! How on earth can one say that the NFL shouldn't take him back??....I am concerned about people that have extreme opinions that want to crucify a man and give him a life sentence on a debt he has paid to society....If these animal lovers had the same compassion and drive for humankind boy, this would be a wonderful place on earth!

    May 20, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  184. Albert DeAugustine

    Absolutely NOT!!!!! This man is not sorry for what he did to those beautiful animals. He is only sorry for being caught. The NFL should ban him from football for life. The only job that he should get is a job in the city of Atlanta picking up dog Poop. I'll buy him a shovel.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  185. Mick

    While for so many decades our legal system and in particular the media, did not pursue nor punish (with maximum prison time), and I can only surmise that it was/is because of the perpetrators' "Star Power" or Elitism that curtailed this, it is past time to be leniant on all of these people, regardless of their position in society; be it a CEO, the President of the USA or anyone else. The law and the media shoud pursue and punish these people to the fullest.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  186. Lorenzo Childress

    Vick should be allowed to play. A role model is chosen. Perhaps those people who are concerned about Vick becoming a role model should consider helping their children with their choice of role model. Playing in the NFL does not obligate children to make him their role model. Perhaps the children prefer one of the murderers or drug addicts currently playing! Now how is that better?

    May 20, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  187. Chase

    Vick allowed to play again? What a joke. What he did should never be forgotten. Only a monster could do what he did. He's lucky enough to not be in jail. Since he's out I think flipping burgers the rest of his life is too good a job for him. He didn't get a speeding ticket; he tortured helpless dogs, helpless animals people. This isn't just some minor crime. If the NFL lets him play again this will set a horrible precedent for future cases.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  188. Art

    Rehabilitated or not....what Michael Vick did was absolutely heinous and almost unforgivable. Giving him a second chance at life and earning a living yes, but NFL….Stardom…millions of fan dollars and the opportunity to be a role model again. I really can’t agree with it. Then again it’s all about $$$ and his worth to the NFL….that’s the bottom line.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  189. Cli

    I wonder how many that is screaming no (for a variety of reasons), is squeaky clean in life no matter the degree. I believe that Michael Vick deserves another chance not so much because he paid his debt which he did, but none of can judge what is in his heart. Some say he not remorseful . How do you know? In AMERICA, there are civil ways to repay, which he has. Also in AMERICA, we have the right to earn a living. His is just high profile which he trained a lot of years for even with his God given gifts. What he did is definitely wrong & not to my liking, give the man a break here and let him start a new beginning.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  190. Jamila Malluf

    Great Show Tony!!

    Absolutely NOT, this is not about making a mistake this is about having the honor of holding a position that many young men seek and having ZERO respect for that postion.

    How many guys were passed by so Vick could have that place on the NFL.???

    If he did what he did for money out desperation I could hold my nose and forgive him but in my opinion he did it out of sadistic cruelity

    Stop considering Vick for anything other than fiting back into society at the new level he has placed HIMSELF his and start considering the other young men who will do anything to have his place in the NFL including honoring it !!!!

    I totally agree with the Pete Rose cry

    May 20, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  191. momof2

    Parents should be a child's role model. Don't depend on people you have never met to be a good influence for your children. When you take away a person like Vick's only viable career option you make deviant behavior like Dog Fighting more appealing. If he does it again after being denied reinstatement, people will say he's a menace to society right? That's Sociology in action.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  192. Epiphany

    Some people on this blog are soooo self rightgeous and extremed that they fail to understand that we all as children of God have the right to be forgiven. Jesus even asked for his persecutors/killers be forgiven by God when he was hanging on the cross.

    {Negative bloggers} you too have the right to be forgiven.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  193. Duane D

    Vick has partially paid his debt to society for his cruel behavior. Once he is out, he has the opportunity to prove to society that he truly has changed through his actions and choices. His efforts to help the Humane Society to put an end to the awful "sport" of dog fighting will be another chance for Vick to work for a nobler society that honors all of it's members, including dogs.

    Once he proves over time that he truly is reformed then he should have the opportunity to play in the NFL.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  194. ojos

    Does'nt it amount to double jepordy when someone who serves their time, is then punished again by being baned from their trade? Let him play and continue to earn his living.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  195. Kevin

    Vick has down the time based on our Judicial System, but that is all. I thnk he needs to actually show that he has been reformed/changed before any NFL Ruling on his possible return. Vick should have to spend his time working with the Humane Society working with rehabilitating "fighting" dogs. Then actually take in to his own home at least one of them. After periodic checking on the status of the dog(s) provided all are are safe, healthy and loving pets then Vick will have proven he is ready for society and the status of the NFL. Until then Vick is just a conficted felon looking for money by playing football. Vick needs to prove he is a Reformed conficted felon with a new path on life.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  196. Ms Gillian Hatch Carlsen

    As a long-time volunteer at a local animal shelter, I have personally seen the results of dog fighting – the bleeding, scarred, terrified poor creatures who were the target of horrendous cruelty by rotten inhumane men. We cared for them pending court proceedings, gave them the only kindness they had ever known – and had to euthanise them when we "won" the case. So sad that the best (temporary) home they had was on death row in a shelter. Dog fighting is not only animal abuse – it brings young people up to think this is the right way to make a lot of money, and to participate in the illegal sale of drugs, which is almost always involved.

    Michael Vick has never apologised for killing pitbull terriers by electricity, beating and any other way he found enjoyable. Whatever community service he is participating in is only for one reason – to get back on the football field and make more millions of dollars. This will never happen – there are too many hundreds of thousands of people who love dogs who will picket, protest, boycott and put pressure on the NFL and sports equipment manufacturers... I am a senior citizen, and I am one of them.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  197. Matt

    Dog Fighting = Organized Crime.

    If the average gang member gets caught running a dog fighting ring – I can guarantee that person will see more than 23 months in jail.

    While part of this statement is speculation, the fact is, dog fighting is very big in gang activity. Guilty by association – what else is Vick doing that he hasn't been caught for?

    These are NOT the type of role models I want my children to look up to.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  198. Stephen Stenberg

    Yes Tony, Michael Vick should definitely be allowed to return to the NFL, but he should be sentenced to 10 years of playing for the Detroit Lions, - what punishment could possibly be worse than that???

    May 20, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  199. Delonte Smith

    Vick when to prison for reasons not having to do with football. He did his time and is now working to help ban the crime of dog fighting. if the Atlanta Falcons dont want him then I know the Redskins can really use him (Jason Campell who?). We all make mistakes look at Nixon, Bill Cliton, Martha Stewart. They were giving a second chance so why not Vick? Dont let a good player go to waste GIVE VICK THE BALL!!

    May 20, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  200. bob h

    I believe Michael Vick should be given another chance by the NFL. I am a retired 67 year old, male, caucasian, former trial lawyer from GA. I handled criminal cases for 30 years, and understand there are some really bad people in our society. If we shut them out and don't allow them the opportunity to work at what will be most motivating for them, what are they to do for the rest of their lives? How will they most likely become the good citizen the holier than thou types would refuse to let them become, by doing what amounts to holding a life long grudge? Don't you think it would best serve society by allowing them at least the chance to do that which gives them the best chance at living a worthwhile life? Wouldn't it be better for society to have more contented, happier, people? And just what choice do you believe would have the greatest chance of producing more happier people?

    May 20, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  201. Melissa

    Yes, he should be given the chance to redeem himself. You have people who aren't ridiculed and dragged through the mud this much for killing SOMEONE, sometimes MORE than one person, and once they do their time and get out it's back to living for them. So as far as some dogs... please! I don't feel that dogs are any different than any of the other animals that are killed and eaten. Just like anyone who gets caught, he has done his time so now it's time for him to get back to living. Like others have said this will be with him for the rest of his life, but dog-gone- it, it shouldn't keep him down.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  202. aj new oreans la

    HONESTLY Tony yes i think he should return yeah yeah he committed a crime BUT its not murder ,child porn,drug use or possession its dogs.hes not the first and won't be the last GIVE HIM A CHANCE .ITs his first time

    May 20, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  203. Kathleen Nelson

    Use this oppurtunity to be a blessing in disguise. Give him the oppurtunity to play for the NFL, make his millions, with the stipulation that it goes to the care ( or whatever, shelters) of animals in our country. It is desperately needed. His take home salary should be minimal, enough to live on. Make this a win-win situation.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  204. diana

    He has been given a second chance. He has a job in construction. Isn't that good enough? Others work in that industry and are respected as "labourers" Shouldn't he just go to work, thank his lucky, and I really mean "lucky", stars that he even has a job in this economy? He obviously has pull that most people don't to even have an offer of work. He's just wanting 'way more $$s and "fans". I'm sorry, I agree with Linda P. and the others that will "forgive" when he shows real remorse.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  205. Max

    Michael Vick in my estimation deserves a second chance. Being convicted and going to jail should not mean the end of your life or professional career. Case and point, “Marv Albert faced up to one year in jail under the plea bargain that ended his high-profile forcible sodomy trial in October, 1997, for biting Vanessa Perhach”. He is a great voice and reporter and got a second chance.

    All these individuals that are screaming out in the name of “animal rights” should look at what’s happening here in the US and around the world as far as "human rights" are concerned.

    We all know of some friend, co-worker or extended family member who we feel deserves a second chance. The only difference is they’re not in the news and they’re not making millions.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  206. Lorenzo Childress

    Playing in the NFL is a job, not a privilege! You play based upon your skills/talent. It is not a magical “gift” given to deserving angels. The man is simply resuming his career. No different than a plumber! Just because Vicks talents were applied to a job that is high paying and glamorous does not make it wrong for him to resume that job once he is free. EVERYDAY PEOPLE ARE RELEASED FROM PRISON AND RESUME THEIR CARREERS. Get over it!

    May 20, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  207. Marcus

    Hey folks,

    The young man made a mistake, I wonder if he was a construction worker would you all be upset if you was allowed to return to work after doing his time. I think not, it's only the fear that he will one day make millions of dollars again and you are all jealous. Get a life and learn to FORGIVE.


    May 20, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  208. Marian Campbell

    I believe any and every body can change, he was and/or is one hell of a player, I feel if he is given that chance to show he is a reformed person then he should be given a chance to do what he does best, but keep that open and extra eye for some time.

    May 20, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  209. Ms Gillian Hatch Carlsen

    No. Never.

    May 20, 2009 at 1:13 pm |

    Michael should play football if he want to because what he did had nothing to do with FOOTBALL at all, also Michael has/is paying for what he did unlike people on the lam for years so let the man play it will be a good thing for all its what I call a WIN,WIN.

    May 20, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  211. Aron

    I would like to have a survey in hand to see how many ex-cons are re hired by their former employers after being released from jail. I would also like to know how many of these people get to go home on house arrest for the last two months of their sentence.

    Mr. Vick, 10 dollars an hour is more than what a lot of hard working Americans who have NEVER been convicted of any crime would ever make. We are sorry is this in some way demeaning to you, but you HAVE been given a second chance. Not many people are offered jobs while still doing time in prison.

    Perhaps you should be let back to the NFL and be paid 10 dollars an hour for it.

    May 20, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  212. Bryan

    Hey Lorenzo,Hitler tortured Russians,Americans,Jews,Mentally ill etc etc.You Idiot

    May 20, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  213. Celestine

    He was convicted and sent to jail because he committed a crime. He gets a second chance. He gets a second chance to live among the rest of us and lead a different better life as a citizen.

    How does someone think to even set up a dog fight business where animals are tortured on purpose and for profit ? Was his 123 million dollar contract not enough to live on. This smacks of being unbalanced to me.

    San Diego

    May 20, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  214. Marie

    He should not be reinstated. He showed calloused disregard for humanity when he strangled with his own hands and electrocuted innocent dogs. He can never be a model for our youth.

    May 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  215. Brendan C

    I think Michael Vick should be given a second chance. Although the crime he committed is very offensive, especially to me as a dog owner, he did his time and deserves a chance to show he has been rehabilitated.

    Vick must establish trust within the nation and show he is a changed man before steps can be taken to being allowed to play in the NFL. He must put his words into practice. 2 years in jail has got to do something to your mind, and he's two years older now and with age comes wisdom. Furthermore, to anyone who is christian, St. Augustine did plenty of things of which he was not proud, but is a perfect example of the imperfections of being human. People make mistakes, lets not hold grudges, and hopefully Vick can prove he is a changed man.

    May 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  216. Dee

    The crime of dog fighting was made a felony in the case of Michael Vick. Has anyone else gone to Federal Prison for this type "crime"? Dog fighting, cock fighting, hog dogging (pit bulls fighting hogs), fight clubs, etc. have been going on for quite some time and are still going on, daily, throughout the country, especially in the south and they are still primarily a white man's "sports". Yet, IF arrested, there are no felony charges, or federal prison sentences. Too many people treat their pets as if they are human. I love animals but Mike should not have gone to a federal penitentiary or any prison. Yes, Mike should have another chance to play in the NFL!

    May 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  217. Rhonda Reely

    No he should'nt be
    rewarded for abusing animals.

    He is an Evil Preditor.

    He would also
    abuse children and the elderly .

    He preys
    on the weak and the helpless.
    Our society needs to take stonger ACTION
    against topics like this....and
    not allow such EVIL in this World.

    May 20, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  218. Phil Greer

    I get it, I get it. Finally I get it. In two months Michael Vick will have completed the sentence imposed upon him by the Criminal Justice System. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    If your polls are correct than the majority of Americans don't believe in the Criminal Justice System. Noooo. In addition to the sentence Vick will complete shortly you guys think the sentence was too light so you will impose a "proper" punishment of your own.

    No more NFL for Mr. Vick. There. That'll fix these no good, soft judges we are stuck with. To hell with these too lenient sentences.

    May 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  219. Myron Truelove

    Any psychologist worth their salt will tell you that our actions, when we think noone is looking, reveal who we truely are.
    Michael Vick and his organization beat, electrocuted and drowned pitbulls who would not be vicious enough to rip the throat out of another animal. He committed a crime that resulted in federal charges.He exploited innocent victims for his own sadistic pleasure. What else has he done?
    His actions have encouraged others to pursue and profit from illegal activities. What does this have to do with his job?
    Ricky Watters had his career ended because he liked to smoke marajuana. He had no victims. He did not commit a federal crime. he admitted to this activity (i.e. did not waste tax payers money in court) Why should Mr. Watters be barred for personal consumption of a medicinal, but illegal, plant and Mr Vick be allowed to play. I have an idea of who Ricky is but not Michael, though I know I don't like what I see.

    May 20, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  220. Lori M

    NO WAY should he EVER be reinstated to the NFL, nor was 23 months much of a punishment considering the HIDEOUS pain he inflicted upon these animals. It should have been 23 YEARS and had I been the Judge in this case he NEVER would have seen the light of day again! No doubt he rec'd celebrity treatement during his incarceration and has NOT learned a lesson from this NOR do I believe he is one bit sorry for the SUFFERING he put these dogs thru.
    Of course he is going to make a public apology but that is only to make himself look good. The ONLY thng Vick is truly sorry about is that he was caught.
    It would be a DISGRACE to allow him to play for the NFL again as that is only sending a message that it is OK to do the HENIOUS things he did! No doubt he will be reinstated tho (money talks) and I do feel at the very least, 75% of his income goes to shelters, rescues, etc.
    And after that, he can then kiss this Grandma's sweet a**!

    May 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  221. SK Booker

    Of course Vick should be allowed to resume his life, now that's done his time. People who kill people do less time than Vick did. Of course this is America, where Prosecutors are free to go after peace officers who are defending our borders, while convicted drug dealers get off scott-free. All persons of color are at risk in this countries so-called justice system, and if Vick's life-long ban from his work endures, it will simply be another example of why convicted felons continue to do felonies after they come back into society.

    May 20, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  222. Deb

    Personally I believe that Mr. Vick should never be allowed to play in the NFL again. Many of our youth today look up to those players and I believe it would send a horrible message to them that it is okay to abuse animals or worse yet a human being, do your time and you can play again. We need strong role models for the youth of America and Michael Vick is not one of them.

    May 20, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  223. Jamie

    As an avid football fan and lover of the NFL, I think what Vick did was absolutely disgusting. He should NEVER be allowed to play in the NFL again!! There are way too many athletes out there especially at the college level that are handed a full ride to this college or a many million dollar contract to play for that NFL team and they go and do something like he did. Ridiculous!!! If a team chooses to take him in they're out of their minds! Michael Vick had his chance, he was a role model for many young children, and he SCREWED up! He should have been thinking about his future, his fans, his purpose, before he did what he did. We need to be just as strick with these people that "mess up" as we are with our children, otherwise, the chaos will continue and worsen!!

    May 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  224. Rae Rich

    Michael Vick should not be allowed to play professional football again. He is a disgrace and dispicable human being for what he did to those dogs.

    May 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  225. Zizi

    Re-instated? Are you all nuts? Vick is a socio-path incapable of comprehending what pain and suffering are to helpless creatures. His only "pain" has been the incredibly short sentence he got for committing a felony crime, and was deprived of his many homes, cars, luxurious lifestyle. There are certain mental conditions that cannot be "cured" and this is one of them because he has not the mental and emotional capacity to feel compassion and to understand what another might be experiencing. Trhow him to the dogs in a pit-bull ring! That's the best he deserves and if the NFL re-instates him it will be an indication to the world that they have only one thing in mind....$$$$$$$$$$$!

    May 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  226. Royce

    Mike Vick deserves to be allowed to return to the NFL.

    May 20, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  227. Xis B

    I believe he should be allowed to play. Wasn't this country founded by "criminals" to begin with? (think "Constitution"...under British law at the time, the signers of the Constitution would've been considered the lowliest of criminals). This is America. People deserve second chances.

    May 20, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  228. LaCanada

    We don't want another egomaniacal pro sports player in Canada, esp. one with a criminal record. If someone from Canada with a record isn't allowed to enter/work in the US, why do you think it's OK to send Vick up north? Why is this guy being offered so many breaks? The average citizen wouldn't have such choices. Get a grip, NFL, Peta people!

    May 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  229. Henry

    Michael Vick should be allowed back into the NFL. Playing football is his livelihood and no man felon or not should be deprived from making a career for himself and his family. The guy is an exceptional talent and I refuse to believe that there are 64 quarterbacks in the NFL that are better than Vick. He should get another shot.

    May 20, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  230. Ann Howell

    Michael Vick is not the first person to be caught dog fighting. Why is his punishment so severe. He is a great quarterback and I would
    love to see him back in the NFL as would so many others. Politicians, priests, ministers, bankers, entertainers all have been found guilty of breaking laws yet they have been forgiven and often times it seens as if they have been rewarded.

    Give Vick a break!!

    May 20, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  231. Kenneth Walton

    I did not see Jesus post on this page. Who are all of these bitter haters that pass such judgement? The same people who disrespect the President, and want to sweep torture under the rug I bet. There are tares in the wheat and their fruit is starting to bloom. Its getting close to the separation of the tares and the wheat.

    May 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  232. Ellen G.

    To aj new oreans la:

    He killed inocent dogs for not performing.
    What the hell do you mean it's not murder! And what the hell.
    "Oh give him a chance its his first offense".
    Electrocuting, drowning and throwing a dog to the ground isn't a big deal.

    You are freakin kidding me.

    May 20, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  233. VMorris

    The penalties for being involved in dog fighting are way too light relative to the brutality of the practice. Everybody talks of giving the criminals a second chance when it is impossible for the victims to ever get a second chance.

    People who run dog fighting rings are a bunch of deranged barbarians. If I ruled the world and made the laws, the penalty would be to throw these pukes into a pit with a bunch of starved, man-eating lions. Vick and anyone who provides a venue, funds, trains dogs or who participates in any fashion in the evil activity of dog fighting deserve nothing other than the same fate of the dogs they help torture, mutilate and murder.

    May 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  234. Al Jensen

    Wow, I cannot believe the posts I am reading here. Hey, a young man made a mistake. Everyday you can read or hear on the news where some one committed a crime much more serious that his and gets probation. Vick has lot millions of dollars, his home, his job and his freedom. What’s enough? Every year in this country over five million (5,000,000) dog’s and cat’s are euthanized. I do not recall seeing any posts indicting anger over that.

    May 20, 2009 at 7:52 pm |
  235. Shirley Ramgren

    Sure–the NFL should take Vick back. That is, right after Vick is
    tied to a post as a "bait dog" and the attack dogs are brought in
    to practice their fighting skills on him.

    To allow him any shred of acceptance is to send an alarming
    message to our children that no matter how grievous ones actions,
    if you are a sports hero, excuses will be made and all will be

    This man needs to be made accountable for his inhumane
    actions and decisions.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:14 pm |
  236. Xis B

    just wondering...why is the mascot of the University of South Carolina , a "gamecock", also a symbol of an illegal "sport", still a mascot? Is this tacit approval of statewide approval of illegal "sports"?

    May 20, 2009 at 9:44 pm |
  237. Darby Shaw

    Yes the NFL should give him another chance. He made a bad choice.
    I love ALL animals, I was deeply saddened to learn Vick was involved in the dogfighting business. I wanted him punished. Well he was punished. I think we can rest assure Michael Vick will NEVER EVER participate in any type animal abuse. Furthermore, I believe he has learned to be a kinder and gentler young man. I hope he has a bright future ahead of him.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  238. bhandy*ok

    When Michael Phelps got caught smoking that mixing bowl of marijuana, My son and I were both sad. I was mad, he was such a role model for young swimmers.When Michael Vick was caught dogfighting, I was sick to my stomach. I prayed. Then it dawned on me. Atheletes are human and subject to mistakes, some large, some small, I discuss this with my son on a regular basis,as celebrities make mistakes (Media frenzy)I take it as an opportunity to address these bad behaviors. I always start with myself, I learn, I listen, I discuss, then I try to help anyone who wants to listen. So to both Michaels, here's your opportunity! PRAY.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  239. ladyjss

    Being black in America! Who are we to judge whether Michael Vick is changed? Let Michael Vick redeem himself.

    Convicted pedophiles hurt and/or kill children which in no way compares to Michael Vick hurting/killing dogs. This is no comparison. True Michael fans, especially children, love Michael Vick and he loves them.

    For those who say Michael Vick is being rewarded for abusing animals, let me refresh your memory. Michael Vick had a great football career prior to his conviction, unlike a pedophile, and deserves a second chance – reinstatement to the NFL to put that career back on track. Why is it when someone makes a mistake, all the good he/she has done is suddenly forgotten?

    Kudos to Mr. Martin, Mr. Siegel, Michael Vick's financee' and family for standing by Michael and Tony Duggy for visiting Michael Vick.

    Revenge is not ours (yours).

    Northern, Virginia

    May 20, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  240. CarolinaGirl22

    Kudos to Tina in IL! Yes we all deserve second chances and I do hope Mr. Vick has transformed himself and I hope he finds a job where he can make a comfortable decent living....however, this was not a mere mistake or a tiny little "pot" smoking incident where you can learn your lesson and move on. this man is seriously disturbed if he can purposely abuse, electrocute, torture and drown ANY living thing. If he had just fought them, although I DO NOT condone that I may be more forgiving, but he went the route of a sociopath and chose to torture these living animals for no reason other than they weren't as strong as he'd like. Michael Vick has no place in the NFL where he would serve as a role model for our children he is a dispicable human being. FYI many people that can abuse animals in such a horrid way can and will do the same to people, so all of you who are sticking up for the man might want to think twice....would you be so willing to forgive if his next torturous incident is with children?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  241. charles

    Oh Teah he deserves a chance to get in a big cage with a couple of hungry pit bulls

    May 21, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  242. Matt

    Just a suggestion re: Michael Vick

    Research the correalation between severe mental illness, violence crimes, and animal abuse.

    Most sociopath and serial killers also abused animals.

    If anyone thinks that jumping right back into professional sports and having his mind in the game instead of his rehabilitation – you are only waiting for him to commit another similar crime.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  243. Matt


    You are right in one aspect of your arguement re: Michael Vick's crimes vs. child abuse – they are not the same crime.

    But where you are dead wrong is the whole motivation behind two crimes.

    If you break it down to its bare essentials:
    "Abusing an animal is a way for a human to find power/joy/fulfillment through the torture of a victim they know cannot defend itself."

    Now break down a human crime, say rape. If we substitute a few pronouns, it's the SAME THING.
    "Rape is a way for a human to find power/joy/fulfillment through the torture of a victim they know cannot defend themselves."

    Now try it with, say, domestic abuse such as child abuse or spousal abuse:
    "Child abuse is a way for a human to find power/joy/fulfillment through the torture of a victim they know cannot defend themselves."

    Do you see the pattern here?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  244. VMorris

    Spot on, Matt!

    May 22, 2009 at 2:25 am |
  245. Ben Stewart

    He's a prized bull and a criminal.

    He's done his time in prison now so he can go back to being a criminal at his leisure. It's a separate issue and one more likely to arise if he has nothing to do to distract him from it.

    Do we want to watch him do his prized bull thing or not? I think that's really the only consideration here.

    May 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  246. Alexander

    Absolutely NOT. He was only sorry he got caught. the way he and his fanbase acted over this entire event is deplorable. there were people claiming to be his fans who sat dogs on FIRE in Memphis and Atlanta. This is not a Southern thing.

    June 13, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  247. Alexander

    The fanbase who seems to think animal abuse is the same as trying marijuana,etc. is another reason I want him banned. If you think animals are just like jewelry or clothes,please get stuffed animals and leave the real ones alone!

    June 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  248. Alexander

    of course he shoudl not play

    June 21, 2009 at 12:22 am |
  249. Zamboni Dave

    Of course he should be reinstated. He did his time. Some people do less for killing humans. He is one of the most exciting players to ever play in the NFL. The league should get off of it's high horse and give the guy a second chance.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  250. Zamboni Dave

    What he did was wrong but it was a mistake he paid for with 2 years of his life and countless millions in salary, endorsements, etc. I love dogs but it's already been acknowledged the guy made a mistake. The measure of a society includes it's willingness to forgive. Maybe the league could make a provision that would see Vick donate a portion of his salary to animal abuse organizations. In that way everyone would win. I strongly doubt if most of the naysayers on this forum are NFL fans.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  251. Karin Garrett

    What's the rush? So far everything thats come out of Michael Vick's mouth sounds like it came from his PR man. Why not let Vicks prove his remorse by spending one year being an anti-dogfighting advocate for the HSUS. If that esteemed organization deems him truly sorry, then consider his reinstatement into the NFL.

    August 14, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  252. vdickson

    I have seen men that beat their wives get less punishment than Michael Vick, meaning they got to keep their jobs. I love animals but the man has to live. It seems like in this country people revere the lives of animals more than the lives of humans.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  253. josh sefrin

    “I feel as if there are too many sturdy, influential and encouraging people behind him now – people like former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungee – for him to not be truly remorseful for what he did. They wouldn’t be backing him like this if he wasn’t truly sorry. Or, maybe he’s just a really good actor. I doubt it though. In all truth, he has showed us all a complete disregard for humanity in his actions, and for that, he will never be a model for our youth, something the NFL epitomizes. But, he did serve the penalty given and has done everything asked of him by the commissioner of the league. In a country where every person is entitled to a second chance, isn’t Michael Vick worthy of his?”

    December 14, 2009 at 1:21 am |