So I’m watching Monday Night Football tonight, and they just won’t shut up about Michael Vick. For the 3 of you that have been living under a rock and don’t know, Vick, the Quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, has been indicted for dogfighting charges, and will plead guilty on Monday. The charges could put him behind bars for as many as 5 years, though they’re saying on TV that he will serve up to 18 months.
Aside from the charges, which disgust me in ways that I can’t even express, the thing that pisses me off about this is that some of these TV commentators are talking about Vick’s eventual return to the NFL in essentially 2 years. I call bull. This is not some perpetual “being in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people” like Pac-Man. This was a willful act of supreme inhumanity, perpetrated by an individual who not only should have known better, but had more to lose than I can really measure.
Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the NFL has the opportunity to shape the future image of the league. If Pac-Man has to stay out a year for being a dumb-ass with dumb-assed friends, then surely Vick should be banned for life for being involved in a willfully vicious and illegal activity that has taken the life of some 50 animals. Talent be damned, Vick should be banned. If not, all of Goodell’s attempts to clean up the image of the league will be in vain.