By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 8:26 am in Michael Vick.
Monday (July 27), the ASPCA issued a statement from their President and CEO Ed Sayers in response to suspended NFL star and convicted dogfighter Michael Vick’s conditional reinstatement to the National Football League:
“Leaders are challenged to make difficult decisions on a daily basis — often under intense scrutiny and pressure,” said Sayers. “Commissioner Roger Goddell’s decisions surrounding the Michael Vick case are no exception. While his decision to reinstate Mr. Vick undoubtedly will be met with cheers by some and derision by others, it is clear that the Commissioner has been particularly thoughtful and has weighed every factor in his deliberations. The ASPCA can only offer him our gratitude for the gravity to which he has lent the issue of animal cruelty, as well as the provisions that the Commissioner has set forth to insure that Mr. Vick has a positive impact on the NFL and his community.
“Opportunities for redemption are rare — but that is exactly the opportunity that awaits Mr. Vick. We hope that he rises to the occasion and proves worthy of the rare second chance Commissioner Goodell has granted him.”
Ed Sayers, ASPCA President and CEO
Our sports columnist Cam Inman wrote a column Monday explaining why he feels “Vick shouldn’t take up residence in the Bay Area: http://www.contracostatimes.com/search/ci_12926498?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com
How do you feel about it? Should the Raiders or the San Francisco 49ers sign Michael Vick to play for them? You can vote here on our forum. It will be interesting to see what the fans think: