Michael Vick Has Paid His Debt to Society, NFL Should Reinstate Him

Sean Crowe@CroweKnowsSenior Writer IMay 29, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27:  Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (R) leaves federal court August 27, 2007 in Richmond, Viriginia. Vick pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting charge.  (Photo by Steve Helber-Pool/Getty Images)

Michael Vick is a despicable human being.

He organized a dog fighting ring, killed dogs for fun, had his pit bulls rip apart house pets, and has very little remorse for anything other than the fact that he got caught.

He’s scum. I wouldn’t want him anywhere near myself, my family, or any of my friends.

I’d sooner spit in his face than shake his hand.

But this talk about continuing his ban from the NFL is ridiculous.

Michael Vick has been out of the NFL for two years. He spent most of that time in prison. He’s millions of dollars in debt. He’s disgraced. He has no more sponsorships. He’s effectively been destroyed for what he did.

I’m not trying to make you feel sorry for the guy, but the situation is what it is.

The federal government says he’s paid his debt to society. What gives the NFL the right to say he’s no longer allowed to make a living?

With all due respect to PETA and their completely insane members, we all need to take a step back here. What Michael Vick did is horrible, inexcusable, terrible…I’m tired, I have no other adjectives. It was bad. One of the worst things ever.

But what do we want to happen here? Suspend him for life? Never allow him to work again? Seriously?

Look, Leonard Little killed a man and was suspended for eight games.

KILLED a man.

Missed eight games.

Michael Vick has missed 32 games, not counting preseason and playoffs. He killed dogs.

I’m not trying to minimize what he did, but most people not in PETA would agree: Man > Dogs.

Kobe Bryant basically admitted to raping a 19 year old girl (paying her off, to me, is an admission of guilt), and was suspended for…wait, he wasn’t suspended. Now he’s being marketed as a great family man who kisses his supportive wife on the way off the court after every victory. It's sickening.

Puke inducing, even.

Nobody killed the Lakers for resigning him. But GOD FORBID an NFL team sign Michael Vick. PETA and the animal crazies will unleash hell upon them like they’ve never seen or imagined.

Because, after all, do what you want to a human….just stay away from their pets.

I bring this up because people (specifically, ESPN's John Clayton) are suggesting that the Patriots might sign Vick to run the Wildcat offense in New England should the commissioner reinstate him.

I’m 99.999% certain this will never happen for a plethora of reasons.

But I’m 100% certain that the NFL should reinstate Vick as soon as his home confinement is up.

He paid his dues. It’s time to let him get on with his life and his career.

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