Today, on First Take a TV show on ESPN there was a debate over a report that Michael Vick’s presence was being protested for training camp with his new team the New York Jets.
The fact that these things are still happening in America blows my mind.
And this is coming from a guy that absolutely slammed Vick in a column nearly eight years ago.
As a diehard Atlanta sports fan and dog lover (my parents have four, yes four), the Falcons have always been dear to my heart and I was completely distraught over Vick’s actions from 2001-2006, ultimately pleading guilty in 2007 and serving 19 months in prison.
Did you miss that people? Prison.
Vick paid his debt to society.
Did we forget that’s how it works in our country?
Yes, he was essentially responsible for killing countless dogs either directly or indirectly.
Yes, he left a franchise (the Falcons) in shambles and embarrassed an owner (Arthur Blank) that made him the richest player in pro football at that time with a contract north of $100 million.
However, however, however, Vick has made good.
We are over five years removed from his prison sentence ending and even further past any acts he committed.
And not only did he serve a prison sentence essentially “paying his debt to society” his wallet paid as well.
Upon returning to the NFL, Vick’s first contract with the Philadelphia Eagles while certainly generous, went to multiple places at much higher percentages than anything Vick would see.
Vick owed approximately $19 million to creditors and whilst over the life of that contract only earned between 10 percent and 30 percent of the actual contract.
Most went to the Atlanta Falcons, various creditors, agents and other bankruptcy concerns.
After you’ve been through all of that would you hope people would forgive?
I have. He’s good in my book.
Can we get back on board with forgiving others especially after they have done their part?