Michael Vick + NFL= Bad News

Krystle MessanoContributor IJuly 30, 2009

Sussex, VA - NOVEMBER 25:  Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (R) leaves Surry County Circuit Court after entering a guilty plea on two felony counts connected to dog fighting on November 25, 2008 in Sussex, Virginia. Under a plea agreement, Vick, who is currently serving a term in prison for federal dog fighting charges, will serve one-year of probation for the state charges. He is scheduled to be released on July of 2009.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

I was driving in my car the other day, listening to the radio and I heard that Michael Vick has been reinstated to play in the NFL....really?!?!?
First off, I don’t think most people condone his actions, and those that do should really think about seeing a therapist because something may really be off with them.
The main issue I have is with the NFL. They have chosen to associate themselves with a killer. Michael Vick was involved in taking innocent animals and forcing them to fight each other to the death.
I am a strong believer that companies should have good business morals, and people’s actions outside of the workplace can and does affect the business they are employed by. The NFL is a business, and with that comes an image that they represent to the world. By allowing people that believe in killing animals for pure entertainment into their organization is not a good representation for themselves.
The fact is at the end of the day sports is entertainment, and the NFL being part of that industry means their athletes have celebrity status. It is well known that celebrities have children that look up them, aspiring to one day be just like them. I know that I do not want my son to grow up thinking that it’s ok for animals to die just because people are bored and need something to keep them entertained.
So the question I leave you with is this one

Had Michael Vick been accused of murdering human beings would the NFL have still chosen to reinstate him?