Vick Charges Shouldn’t Result in NFL Lifetime Ban, NAACP Says

By Aaron Kuriloff
Last Updated: August 22, 2007 16:20 EDT
Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) — Federal conspiracy charges brought against Michael Vick for dogfighting shouldn’t result in a lifetime ban from the National Football League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said.

“We should join hands as a team and recognize the fact that Mr. Vick is human, humans make mistakes, but we maintain that he is a redeemable human,” said R.L. White, president of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP. “And as a society, we should aid in his rehabilitation.” [Full Story]

[And I say…The words “Vick is human and humans make mistakes……..and “as a society, we should aid in his rehabilitation”, are words that are simply nothing but mockery.  How can you say buying dogs training them to fight to kill, promoting dogfighting for gambling and then killing the dogs that don’t perform is a mistake? 

Definition of the word “mistake” -noun

  1. an incorrect, unwise, or unfortunate act or decision caused by bad judgment or a lack of information or care;  It’s an easy mistake to make
  2. error – something in a piece of work that is incorrect, for example, a misspelling or a misprint
  3. misunderstanding – a misunderstanding of something

The definition does not include intentionally doing something when you know it’s illegal.  And “as a society we should aid in his rehab” I don’t think so.  Why should we, the tax payers pay for his rehab.  I think every day that he spends in jail/prison should come out of his monies.  He has enough money to pay and there is no reason why the tax payers should carry the burden while his big bank roll sits and earns interest…. That’s my 2 cents …..flagranny2  ] 

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4 Responses to “Vick Charges Shouldn’t Result in NFL Lifetime Ban, NAACP Says”

  1. びっくり Says:

    I don’t understand the connection between the NFL and dogfighting. He should be punished by the law for his crimes. The NFL shouldn’t ban him at all. Unless, of course, his legal punishment infringes on his ability to do his job. That’s my two yen

  2. flagranny2 Says:

    In a way I can see what you are saying and agree but then doing it that way we are setting up two standards aren’t we, one for a citizen John Doe and one for an athlete when shouldn’t there be just one. I tried to find rules and regulations for the NFL players and did find this http://www.nflpa.org/RulesAndRegs/ConductPolicy.aspx#1 and if you read the section “Persons Charged With Criminal Activity” it pretty much covers the outcome of players found and charged of committing a crime.
    It still remains our society is very forgiving of our so called sports heroes and celebrities and from all that I’ve heard on commentaries they are all saying that Vick will be back playing football in the NFL, maybe not with the Falcons but will be back none the less.
    It’s our society that has set the double standards; one for citizen John/Jane Doe like you and me and one for celebrities and sports heroes, etc. Vick without a doubt will be back.

  3. びっくり Says:

    I wasn’t suggesting a different standard for athletes: if the average Joe commits a crime, he generally keeps his job unless the punishment prevents him from performing his duties. In a sense, athletes are held to a higher standard because public perception effects their team and sponsors. Nike dropped Vick like hot rocks.

    That said: we all know that a lot of traffic stops, sexual assaults, drug violations, etc., get overlooked. I haven’t followed football in several years, but if Vick is as good as some folks say, he will certainly be playing somewhere unless he is incarcerated.

    I’ve never been terribly impressed with the morals of superstar athletes, but maybe for your next post you can write up some of our esteemed congressmen or senators. Quite a few of them get away with “mistakes” as well. 🙂

  4. animalchaplain Says:

    Isn’t a mistake something like sending a birthday card a week late, forgetting to wake up on time, putting a letter in the mail without a stamp? I don’t usually think of a lifetime of torturing and killing innocent animals a “mistake”, personally.

    If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. There is so much anger about this issue. If we channel it into a positive direction, hopefully, something good can come of it. However…

    I watched Vick’s public apology with my little son who USED TO wear Michael Vick jerseys to school. It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick’s “enlightenment” carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job. I hope I am wrong.

    I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

    Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings – they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

    Dogfighting pits one dog against another until one of them dies. The survivor gets his flesh torn off, ears ripped off, eyes pulled out, etc., and the reward for being “a winner” is to writhe in pain until the next fight. Enough said. The pictures make my flesh crawl. The losers are tortured, beaten, starved, electrocuted or drowned. For what? Because these poor creatures were unlucky enough to be born a dog!

    Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk
    Founder, http://www.AnimalChaplains.com


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