Bad Taste in My Mouth.
I should be more excited about today than I am. After all, it IS the beginning of NFL training camp. This morning, all I could do is dissect the meaning of my dreams about Kyle Orton as of late – I didn’t think I had a crush on the dude – maybe they’re telling me that I need to give the Broncos a chance this season, I don’t know. That doesn’t matter right now anyways because this evening, I have a bad taste in my mouth.
The NFL reinstated Michael Vick on a conditional basis. He was involved in dogfighting operations and served time for doing so and even though the NFL has cracked down on off-field offenses, they’re letting him back.
That is, if anyone wants Vick back. I have to believe that no matter where he ends up, there will be protests by concerned citizens. I’m feeling pretty confident that both the Bears and the Broncos are stable in their quarterback situations, so at least it won’t be one of my teams allowing him to return to the playing field.
Animal abuse is not different from human abuse. Admittedly, I’m not a card-carrying member of PETA. In fact, I eat meat, though sometimes with a heavy heart. I do cringe every time I hear of someone severely injuring or killing a cat or dog or other animal because they have control over said animal. There’s more and more evidence that animal abuse may lead to child abuse or other violent crimes. Plain and simple, it’s not right. Michael Vick condoned dog-fighting and THAT IS NOT RIGHT.
(Oh, and the part of him doing his community service with Big Brothers/Big Sisters Boys & Girls Club (thanks, Nick, for the correction)? I don’t like that he’s influencing young minds, that these children look at him and think “wow, sports star” and don’t know/don’t care that he was integral to a dog-fighting operation. Michael Vick should have served with an animal shelter, in my opinion.)
Posted on July 27, 2009, in Football and other sports. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
I have to say I wasn’t all that impressed to hear the news either. I also agree that working with young kids isn’t exactly what I would have chosen for him to do….
Oh, do you like football, too, Fiona…?
Oh yeah – All of my football blogs have been talking for MONTHS about who might take Vick. And now I am hearing a rumor that it could be my hometown team (who I don’t like anyways). But I frankly think his career might as well be over. If I were in a hiring position, I would not hire him. But I’m not, so I’m just going to have to see how this plays out. If he does get hired, I hope he gets booed his first game out…
It is NOT OK.
P.S. Yay! Someone I met at BlogHer likes football!
Kim, once football season rolls around, I’ll be posting weekly about the weekend’s games. Also, check out “Hit by a Pitch” – http://www.hitbyapitch.com” – Tracy’s awesome.
Just to be clear, he is volunteering with Boys and Girls Club, not Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s a big difference as B&G Club is a group setting and BBBS would involve him mentoring a child one on one which i would be completely against.
Thank you for the clarification, Nick.