Michael Vick Isn't Every Man's Best Friend

Kimberley NashSenior Writer ISeptember 30, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Phil and Jenny Taylor, former Philadelphia Eagles season-ticket holders, protest the NFL's re-instatement and the Eagles' sigining of convicted felon Michael Vick to the team before a game against  the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field on September 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Michael Vick killed dogs. Michael Vick tortured and killed dogs. Michael Vick endorsed the torture and killing of dogs. Michael Vick is a despicable human being for having done all of the above...Period.

Today, Nike showed that character means nothing where the business model is concerned by resigning him to an endorsement deal. It is for this reason that there is new uproar over the Eagles quarterback and his right to prosper post-incarceration.

Here's the issue that most who support Vick's right to return to the NFL don't seem to understand: Not everyone embraces or believes that Vick is worthy of a second chance. Some actually feel that he should have been banned from the NFL for life.

They don't care that he "served his time". It doesn't matter that he "apologized". It makes no difference that he "is just trying to make a living". All they see is a man who used his money to support the torture, maiming, and killing of innocent animals.

In my opinion, it is their right to believe that and no one should have any cause to berate them for doing so.

Furthermore, the reason so many people are able to expatiate the idea of "he deserves a second chance" is because most of them don't hold animals in very high regard in the first place. They don't see dogs as having anything close to human value and therefore don't understand why Vick's crime was such a big deal in the first place.

Honestly, though, the majority of the public's inability to empathize with the animal lover's point of view on this is not really the animal lover's problem. That's a Y-O-U, the public's, problem and Y-O-U, the public, don't have to get it because T-H-E-Y, the animal lover, don't get Y-O-U either.

People have a right to their opinion and there exists a large contingency of people who don't buy into the apology tour that Vick gave prior to signing on with the Eagles. They don't wish him well in all his endeavors and they don't feel he deserved a second chance.

He's scum as far as they are concerned and he always will be. They have a right to that opinion. Just like you have the right to yours.

Michael Vick killed dogs. For some people that's the beginning and the end of the story and it's enough to condemn him and anyone who supports him for the rest of their life.

Y-O-U don't have to get it; sometimes it just is what it is.