As you may or may not know, Michael Vick has just been released from prison. He plead to excessive cruelty to animals, after being charged with running a high-stakes dog fighting ring. Included in his indictment were acts such as shooting a dog in the face; drowning, fatally electrocuting and hanging dogs for not performing up to his standards.Â Not only is there still a hall dedicated in his honor at Virginia Tech, but he may be welcomed back into the NFL, with open arms, as early as July of this year.
While certainly the decision to let him play again is the NFL’s to make. They have to weigh the pros and cons of letting him back in.
But then you might want to consider the case of Pete Rose, a man accused of gambling on his own baseball team. He was never charged or convicted of illegal gambling. Although he holds the record for the most hits in MLB history, he will never be allowed into the Hall of Fame. He has been permanently banned from baseball.
Mark McGwire used steroids to improve his game. Cheating or not, back in 1998 he and Sammy Sosa put on a great show that had America enamored with baseball again. But because of steroid use, he will likely never make the Hall of Fame either. The mere mention of his name is likely to be received with an eyeroll and a headshake. There is very little love for McGwire these days.
Not to say that the name Michael Vick doesn’t evoke strong emotion, but how are gambling and steroids worse for a person’s career than what Michael Vick did?
Do you believe Michael Vick should be allowed to play in the NFL again? Do you believe that a double standard for athletes and celebrity entertainers exists? Does thata double standard apply more to football players?