Vick-tim of Circumstance

JakerContributor IMay 22, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 31:  Michael Vick #7 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in NFL action December 31, 2006 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won 24-17.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Is Micheal Vick a victim? This article is being prompted by my B/R brethren. I had commented on a couple of articles regarding where Vick might end up in the NFL. When I mentioned that he shouldn't be in the NFL, I was actually told that Vick was the victim in all of this.

I have a serious problem with this. First, I can't believe anybody would want this guy as a part of their organization. Whether it is a B/R writer or a professional writer with one of the national papers, all articles have two things in common: "Vick's crimes were heinous!" and "Would Vick ever fit as a Wildcat?"

Am the only one that sees something wrong with these two statements in the same paragraph?

Yes, he crimes were heinous. Yes, he paid his debt to society. Yes, everyone deserves a second chance. Yes, other NFL players have been charged with crimes and returned to the NFL. I get all that, so you don't need to beat that dead horse as soon as you read the article.

Regardless of where you work, there is certain protocol to follow, whether it's written in your job description or implied. Work hours would be in your job description; duties would be in your job description. Not sexually assaulting the person in the cubicle beside you would be implied; no torturing and killing of defenseless animals would also be implied.

Now, depending on severity of your error in judgement at work, you may be subject to reprimand. This may fall under the rules and regulations of your employer or, on a wider scope, the laws of society.

By employer, if your punishment is dismissal, you pack up your belongings and away you go. Fear not, for you will get another chance to redeem yourself with another company.

Even under the laws of society, you will be punished, pay your debt to society, and  then be free to seek out another opportunity for which you are qualified. The fact that you are debt-free to society, rehabbed, and have learned the error of your ways does not give you the right to go back to your former employer and demand a second chance. In Vick's case, perhaps the CFL or the arena league could be options.

Of course, lots of people have been rehired by there old employers so the door may open a crack. There would need to be a benefit to both parties for this to work. I don't think Micheal Vick can offer his former employer, the NFL, enough upside to balance out the scales. The downside is too much of a risk. Diminished talent alone should be enough to sway the decision, not to mention the PR nightmare and all those PETA people hanging around.

If you think I'm being unfair to Micheal, consider that, if it were up to me, John Elway would have sat out of the NFL until he decided to report to Baltimore Colts. When was the last time you found yourself in a job interview saying, "Yeah, I can work for you, but the Baltimore office doesn't really work for me. I'll probably just set up shop down at the Denver office. You good with that?"

Before you run to Micheal Vick's defense, consider one thing. You're fresh out of college, you've just been told, "Over the course of the next several years, you will make millions and millions of dollars and, in the end, will never have to work. Just play this fun game. All we ask in return is that you don't break the law and embarrass the organization." Do you fall in line, or celebrate by smoking a joint?

All professional athletes live charmed lives, a dream for most of us. The smart ones grasp the opportunity; the stupid ones grasp the opportunity and choke it to death.

I, for one, don't feel Micheal Vick deserves to play another down in the NFL. The NFL owes him nothing and should turn their backs and walk away.

Micheal Vick is a victim, but of his own stupidity