Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Should He or Shouldn't He?
Image from the Humane Society of the United States website.
The debate rages on whether Michael Vick, recently released from prison after a conviction related to masterminding a dog fighting ring, should be allowed to return to NFL football. Some are passionately opposed. Some say give him another chance.
There is no doubt that the crime he committed reflects a complete lack of concern for other living creatures. And what he casually did to dogs who were deemed unfit to fight is beyond horrific. It's very difficult to get past that.
However, I believe in our legal system. Vick was tried, convicted, and served his time. He will continue to be monitored closely through a parole arrangement, and it's been announced that as part of his effort to make amends, he will be working with the Humane Society of the United States in order to get out the word to urban youth that dog fighting is wrong.
Is Michael Vick truly remorseful for what he's done? Is this only an elaborate ruse to revive a damaged career?
Only time will tell.
Michael Vick is getting the opportunity to redeem himself, so I'm ready to demonstrate some compassion.
I hope he's sincere about doing the same.