Apr 15 2011
Not a lot of you guys know me for my sensitive side. I mean, this is a sports humor website, so why would I want to get all woman-y on you right?
Well a lot of things in sports push my buttons, and drive me crazy, but there is nothing that I have more passion for than animal rights. So, when this whole “Michael Vick dogfighting scandal” came out around four years ago, you all know I did not hesitate to state my opinion about how I felt about that awful excuse for a human being. When he was released from prison a few years ago, and signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, I didn’t hesitate to raise my voice over that matter either.
There were letters written to commissioner Roger Goodell, and there were Mike Vick chew toys bought for my dog. There were many arguments between myself and his supporters, and there was even a planned protest for his first game in Philly. (I didn’t go, only because my dog’s father wouldn’t let him go). People tell me that I let my emotions and my love for animals blind me from seeing Vick’s remorse of his actions. I understand perfectly that I’m a one sided, opinionated person, so what, I never for a second believed that this guy should receive any sort of vindication. But, this article isn’t about how I feel about Vick’s actions, nor is it about how I feel about his reinstatement in the NFL.
This article is about his recent words. “I wouldn’t change anything in my life”… Really Mike? What about the part where you killed all those dogs? You wouldn’t want a “do-over” on your soulless treatment of these innocent animals? I mean, the guy willingly, knowingly and conciousely tortured, brutalized and killed not only his own pit bulls, but also other innocent family pets.
I get what he’s trying to say. I just don’t think that it makes sense. A part of recovery is accepting your actions, and working towards a better future but not living your life regretting the past. I understand it. Hitting rock bottom, losing everything and then fighting your way back to become a better person. The guy didn’t do anything to fight his way back. He sat in a jail cell for two and a half years (should have been a lot more…I know a guy who got a few DUI’s and went to jail for half that time). He got his career handed back to him on a silver platter. Do you realize that most ex-con’s can’t even get a job making french fries at McDonalds for 6.75 an hour, let alone get handed a 6.8 million dollar football contract. Sure, he made public apologies that “seemed remorseful”, apologies that were probably written for him. I didn’t believe it then, and I don’t believe it now that the guys sorry for what he did. I truly and honestly believe that he’s only sorry because he got caught. Punishment does not cause compassion, it only makes you understand the public penalties of your actions.
Perhaps he did need to go to prison to change his ways. But to say that he wouldn’t change anything about his life, shows a considerate lack of remorse for the horrible things that he did do to land himself in prison. ”I think some people will never forget” (yeah that’s me) “Some people will” (Every ignorant Eagles fan out there) “But I think that’s just the reality of the situation I created for myself” he says. Yes Mike, the situation that you wouldn’t change if you could.