Michael Vick Writes A Letter To Atlanta

Ten years is a long time. In two weeks, “Icarus” has his tenth anniversary.

It’s with that in mind I enjoyed reading this. It’s a letter from Michael Vick to Atlanta.

I don’t care if you like sports, the Falcons, or if you love or hate Matt Ryan. You need to take the time to read it. It’s long. Make the time.

For now, that’s all I’ll have to say about that. This is the Falcons’ week, and I’m glad Mike Vick has chosen and been chosen to be a part of it. Second chances are awesome things.

Rise up.

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Benevolus
Benevolus

I really hope Michael is rehabilitated and can lead a productive and rewarding life. But he resisted taking responsibility for his actions for so long that I still have to reserve judgement on that. We shall see. I probably have a bigger problem with the NFL as regards Vick. Playing in the NFL is a privilege, and those players are expected- no, required- to act like the role models they are. For the NFL to hire Vick again into the club shows the depravity the pursuit of profit can become. I do not begrudge Vick a second chance in the… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Great link, thanks.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Thanks for the article but I have to agree with B’s point of view. I think there are many who agree with you Charlie, as far as giving him second chance. It’s therapeutic to forgive, they say. I’m glad he’s made his creditors whole. He’s apparently doing and saying and writing all of the right things. However, I’ll never forget what he did to the weakest and most defenseless of creatures. It’s the most sadistic and evil of acts imaginable. I cannot imagine the pain and most of all, the fear those dogs must have felt. And maybe I’m in… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

“It’s the most sadistic and evil of acts imaginable. I cannot imagine the pain and most of all, the fear those dogs must have felt.”. Let’s replace the word dogs in your statement with Syrian refugees. Does that change your mind on anything or do you care more about dogs than women and children? I Disagree with Charlie. You may need a little more churching.

If you are going to wear your self-righteous on your sleeve let’s try to be a little more consistent.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Oh, so I’m self righteous for saying Vick’s crimes were heinous? Got it…
And when ISIS themselves say they’re populating the ranks of the refugees with radical terrorists, I’m inclined to take them at their word and not to let them in. Common sense, really. But maybe they can come live with you, E?

The Eiger
The Eiger

No, you are self righteous for caring more about dogs than human beings. I’ve had dogs my entire life and believe what he did was heinous. He deserved to go to jail.

http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/10/16/60-minutes-takes-on-georgias-syrian-refugee-stance/

Also, the link above it about the church I attend. They aren’t in my home, but every article of baby gear we own has been donated to the Syrian families at our church. I keep waiting for them to blow the place up every Sunday. Still waiting.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Good for you. I’ve done the same with my old clothes to Goodwill and Salvation Army. Are you a better man for your donations? Or do all donations usually find their way to someone in need? Syrian or otherwise? And you’re the one who inserted the human element into my post. I never mentioned people when discussing Vick.

The Eiger
The Eiger

I will simply go back to my original statement about you caring for dogs over human beings. Just be consistent in your self-righteousness.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Keep floundering on this one, E. Like I said, my original post made no mention of humans, only Vick’s horrid treatment of animals.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Of course I can read and of course I can read what you post on other threads. I know I brought the human element into this discussion. I did it on purpose.

I don’t think I’m floundering, but you call it what you want. One of the biggest problems conservatives have is consistency in their opinions. But you keep on hating a man who served his time. I’m sure it make you feel better.

Benevolus
Benevolus

If you’ve had dogs you should understand why people may have more sympathy for them that other humans. Humans, even refugees, are perceived to have at least a little bit of free will. Dogs only want to please you. All they can do is do the best they can to please you. For that to be rewarded with torture is very hard to accept.

xdog
xdog

I’m with Charlie here. Jail doesn’t have to redeem you – I wouldn’t let an embezzler handle the books – but it is supposed to square things with society. Vick did his time and he’s OK with me.

Raleigh
Raleigh

I read his letter and I thought it was a good heartfelt explanation to Atlanta he didn’t have to do. According to our judicial system Michael Vick’s debt is now paid and he is square with the house again. Because our justice system has said that Vick has paid for his transgressions does not mean individuals will forgive him and I’m sure he knows that. Having watched this play out with people who will never forgive him I often wonder if the tables were turned and they ran afoul of the law would they want redemption for themselves? I guess… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

I forgive him but, from the git go, have opined convicted felons be barred from professional athletics. Nothing changes behavior like money or the loss of it. Go find another job.

Raleigh
Raleigh

Salty some of us would be happy if you would just go get a job. 🙂

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Vick went to jail and served his sentence. He has paid his debt to society. That’s the deal our society makes: “if you commit a crime, you can make yourself square with society by performing your sentence.” Further restricting his ability to pursue employment in his chosen field sends a message to our kids that “people can’t really change” and undercuts the goal of our criminal justice system: rehabilitating criminal offenders.

Noway2016
Noway2016

The goal is to punish. And here is a logical question, which I know you’ll hate: If the debt is paid upon completion and release, how come sex offenders, after they’ve completed their sentence, can’t live within certain distances of schools and have to register with the county? Have they paid their debt or not? Apparently, they have to continue to pay after jail. Please be consistent.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Registration and similar restrictions are part of their sentence. Therefore, their debt is not fully paid. If Vick’s sentence said “you can’t play football ever again,” then I would support the earlier position that he shouldn’t have been let back into the NFL. But if he’s completed the terms of his sentence, he’s square in my eyes and square in the eyes of the law.

This is why, not to threadjack too much, I oppose laws which deny the franchise to convicted felons who have completed their sentences.

Benevolus
Benevolus

And he did get out and he did get back into his chosen profession. So no problem with the legal aspect of this. But the NFL is a club and they can make their own rules, and if you break those rules they can decide their own punishment. I think they erred by letting him back in. (Pete Rose should never be in the HOF either.) Disclaimer: I don’t know Mike Vick and have never spoken to him, so it is possible that he really is remorseful and has convinced the NFL and the Phila Eagles and NY Jets of… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I think the NFL cares more about “are you good enough to warrant the PR headache that comes with signing you?” That’s why Ray Rice is no longer in the league and Ben Roethlisberger is. I hesitate to hold out any athlete as a role model and would caution folks against buying into the image an athlete projects in interviews… looking at you Tom Brady.

drjay
drjay

i felt compelled to find out what he was up to when the steelers signed him to be a back up last year…and he really does appear to have made an effort to make amends for what he did, he has worked extensively with the humane society and their anti dogfighting campaign, he has worked in pennsylvania to get other animal welfare laws passed and the way it was explained to me is that he has humbly and without exception done everything that has been asked of him on the road to rehabilitation…he seems legit from everything i have been… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Good to hear.

Bart
Bart

Vick made a big mistake and it cost him millions, a few years in a very tough prison environment and his reputation. But unlike other NFLers who get caught then caught again and again and again doing the same stupid stuff, Vick made serious life changes and came out on the other side a much better human being. For this he should be forgiven and commended. Every job is special whether you are an NFL QB or the guy washing their uniforms after a messy, muddy game. If a person pays his/her debt to society they should be encouraged to… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Bart and I agree on something? Guess the apocolypse really is imminent.

Bart
Bart

I know, I’m going for afternoon ritas as preparation!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Well if the Big Guy/Gal upstairs can hold off til after the Falcons game, I’d appreciate it.

Gregs
Gregs

Great letter that struck all the right notes…….BUT, why would he release it now and steal from the team’s glory? The letter would have gotten the same publicity two weeks ago or even next week.

Redeemed or not, it’s not for me to say. But I will call out a narcissist when I see one.

Narcissist!