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Michael Vick: Should Raiders or Niners sign this man?

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:

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:

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No Responses to “Michael Vick: Should Raiders or Niners sign this man?”

  1. Jewell Says:

    I think the Raiders should sign Michael. The man has paid for the crime. Now is the time to let him earn a living.

  2. JustAFan7 Says:

    Michael Vick had opportunities for higher education, wealth,and fame. Instead, he chose, emphasize chose because no one put a gun to his head, to behave in a cruel, inhuman, and absolutely criminal way He had had plenty of chances; he doesn’t deserve another. He should be the poster boy for what happens when you think you are bigger than you are. Ban him now, ban him tommorow, ban him forever.

  3. Pat in Antioch Says:

    I have to agree with JustAFan7. This poor excuse for a man didn’t give those dogs a chance at a good life (or any life at all for that matter!) Give him another chance? NEVER!

  4. Barbara Says:

    More often than not, the best teachers are those whom have had firsthand experience. They know exactly what to look for in their students, when to step in, and how to help them change.

    To this point, the majority of animal abuse is considered a misdemeanor charge. Our legislators–our “representatives”–are doing little to nothing to make animal abuse a felony conviction.

    Maybe, just maybe, Vicks is the glimmer of hope that society needs to trigger the change in legislation, which, in turn, could eventually result in a change in human behavior.

    I believe that I am willing to give Vicks that chance to set himself as an example of what can go wrong when one does not do things right.

  5. ROBERT LEE Says:

    Barbara, Well stated. In addition to your thoughts, perhaps punitive assessments of a stinging percentage of his future earnings should me mandated by the courts or the NFL to be utilized to provide support for the passage of felony legislation for those convicted of animal abuse. The magnitude of his crime warrants this. This should come from Mr. Vicks himself, without any mandate.

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