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Suspension Smension, Vick Lucky Just to be Back in the League

Vick might be a free man, but he's not out of the clear yet

Vick might be a free man, but he's not out of the clear yet

If you would’ve asked me two weeks ago, I would’ve said “of course not.”

If you would’ve asked me two months ago, I would’ve said “for what, what’s the point?”

If you would’ve asked me two years ago, I would’ve said “no way, what else do they want from him?”

But if you would’ve asked me two minutes ago, I would’ve said “yeah, probably, I don’t see why not.”

So i’m driving to work Tuesday morning listening to one of those morning talk shows. Although I like to substitute a little pep music into my system instead of French Roast before I step foot into the office, I do enjoy a rousing conversation every now and then.

So the biggest topic of the morning is the reinstatement or partial reinstatement or whatever it is of Michael Vick.

The biggest question of the morning is should he or shouldn’t he serve a six game suspension to start the season?

If you would’ve asked me a short while ago, I probably would’ve given you one of the first three aforementioned answers.

Many a voices have spoken out on this from the always enjoyable Terrell Owens to the guys and gals at your local barbershop and salon and the majority of people seem to agree that Vick has “served his time.”

So as I’m turning the corner on the main street of my job, a female caller chimes in to give her response and it’s a pretty good one.

Her rebuttal: if Vick was employed with any company in Corporate America, we wouldn’t be talking about a suspension and it wouldn’t even be a discussion if Vick should get reinstated, it would be a clear-cut, loud and emphatic NO!

Good point. So good it got me to thinking: if I got locked up for a federal charge for two years, could I just waltz out of a jail cell and expect to be slapping fives and cracking jokes with my old coworkers around the water cooler a couple months later?

The answer: YEAH RIGHT!

Only in the entertainment world can a multimillionaire professional go away for a big house bid and get out and start making millions again months later.

For the average taxpayer, one federal stint upstate and we’d probably be regulated to picking up trash or sprinkling salt over deep fried french fries (not that there’s anything wrong with that) once we got out.

For the average songwriter, actor or professional athlete, one federal stint upstate and America would be counting the days down waiting upon the release of their favorite icon.

Although I still believe to this day he never committed the act, Mike Tyson was tried and convicted on a rape charge and sentenced to six years, only serving three of his bid.

He was released in March of 1995 and went on to fight in August later that year, setting a record in pay-per-view sales along the way. After a three-year hiatus, we couldn’t wait to see Tyson climb back into the ring and pummel some bold innocent soul.

Let some keyboard pushing high-profile accountant get locked away for a three-year rape charge and let’s see how fast it takes for them to step foot back into some top notch corporate firm.

Then there’s the “but he already served his time” excuse.

To that I pose this scenario to anyone not too far removed from the clinched fist and waist belt treatment we used to receive as children whenever we acted up.

Let’s say you’re an adolescent going to school everyday. You’re in class talking back and forth to your friend while the teacher is trying to give their lesson. The teacher overhears you talking and asks you to be quiet. You respond by calling the teacher a name (whichever you prefer) loud enough for him/her to hear it. The teacher hands you after-school detention and then proceeds to call your parents.

After you serve your afternoon discipline, you head home towards your usual no-play, no-nonsense parents. You open the door to your house and see your raging mad guardian standing in the foyer with a clinch fist and ripped waist belt upon the sight you respond with a “haven’t I already served enough punishment?” before they abruptly raise their arm and you then proceed to blank out.

See what I’m getting at?

No matter what punishment an institution hands you for your crime, there’s always the further punishment you’re going to have to face from society or some other entity whether it be your job or your mom.

Vick being conditionally reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t a plot to teach Vick a further lesson. It’s more of a plot to keep the millions of people who don’t think Vick should even be reinstated from climbing further up the commissioner’s back.

I consider Vick lucky. Although there’s some other cases pending in the league that I think should definitely be handled by Goodell, the fact of the matter is that Vick has already been tried and found guilty of his crime, thus forcing Goodell’s hand in the matter of a suspension.

I’m nowhere near a Vick hater. I thought he was dynamite while displaying his super hero abilities at Virginia Tech and I applauded him for his one-man show efforts in Atlanta.

Even with a college degree and years of watching CNN, I had no idea you could go to prison for dog fighting up until it caught up with Vick.

I was just as stunned and disappointed as the rest of you seeing Vick walking in and out of a courtroom everyday fighting against a case that maybe millions of others should be on trial for right now.

But when it comes to Vick serving a possible six-game suspension to kick start the 2009 season, I just can’t see that as a serious problem.

Having any job in America isn’t a right, it’s a privilege. No matter if you’re chucking a spiral 80 yards downfield or chucking debris into the back of a trash truck, just receiving a tax eaten pay check is a joy nowadays.

Vick’s lucky to be in the position to reclaim his role as a professional athlete. He’s also extremely fortunate to be in the position to start providing for his family again as the primary caretaker.

Should Vick be reinstated back into the National Football League? In my opinion, yes.

Should Vick serve a six-game suspension on top of the prison sentence he just completed? Well…… try asking Vick what he thinks and i’m sure he’ll tell you he’s fortunate to even be able to serve a temporary suspension with a chance to play professional football again.

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July 29, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

10 Comments »

  1. Ok, Ok so…. I do agree with the points made here. Vick is lucky to be reinstated AT ALL. A six game suspension on top of the “time served” already wouldn’t hurt, being that the $$$’s are going to start rolling back in anyway. He really can’t, or shouldn’t, be the one to complain.

    But you know what pushes my buttons? You know what really ticks me off? No?!? I’ll tell you.

    Its the fact that people have this idea that celebrities, whether it be a professional sportsman or the president, are to suffer the same consequences as the “average Joe.” Actually, this is true. It’s a fair and ethical statement. But lets be real…. IT’S NOT REALITY!

    Celebrities are in the spotlight 24/7. They are persecuted by the media and society for small (or large) mistakes that ordinarily wouldn’t be that big of a problem when someone else commits the same offense. These guys are judged according to a whole different set of standards, which may not be right, but its true.

    I personally feel like, with Michael Vick’s situation, he got the book thrown at him simply BECAUSE he’s an NFL player, a celebrity, an icon or whatever and they wanted to make an example out of him. Dog fighting has been going on for years and unfortunately, because of his social status, Vick was persecuted by EVERYONE for this mistake.

    Another example…. the situation with Dallas Cowboy, Martellus Bennett. This 22-23yr old NFL player was fined $22,000 for an “offensive” video put on utube. In my opinion, this is another instance where his status had something to do with determining a punishment for this mistake. If this same “offense” would have been committed by a 22yr old college student (average Joe), what would the outcome have been? A different one, correct?!? Not that he’d broken any laws or anything but would the media have looked at the situation the same? I don’t think so.

    So to the people who say “If that was a blue collar or white collar citizen (an average joe), it wouldn’t go down like that. He’d be out the door permenantly,” I say “Duuuhhhhhh!!!” But the fact remains that he’s not considered average! He’s a friggin’ NFL star and judged on a-whole-nother level so whether he’s suspended for another six games or not, I say roll with it. What’s the big deal?!? If the punishments are harsher for these guys, what’s wrong with a small “pass” every now and again?

    Comment by TeeMarie | July 30, 2009 | Reply

    • “with Michael Vick’s situation, he got the book thrown at him simply BECAUSE he’s an NFL player, a celebrity, an icon or whatever and they wanted to make an example out of him. Dog fighting has been going on for years and unfortunately, because of his social status, Vick was persecuted by EVERYONE for this mistake”

      thats a good point, i didnt look at it like that at all

      Comment by stevedwriter | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  2. By the way, great job Steve. I always enjoy your work!

    Comment by TeeMarie | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  3. Excellent article Steve D! You bring up many points I didn’t even think about. If I went and committed a felony, I coulnt expect to do a year in jail and come back to my good government job like nothing happened. However, I wouldn’t receive the public thrashing that Mike Vick received from the court of public opiniom either. Yes, that man messed up. But he did his time, has paid the price for it $112 million times over, and I think its time we move on and let him try to rebuild his life/career. Its been over a year and we still talking about it. Ole boy in Miami ran over and killed a man, gets 30 days in jail and its in the news for 5 minutes..wth!?

    Comment by charlene | August 2, 2009 | Reply

    • “Ole boy in Miami ran over and killed a man, gets 30 days in jail and its in the news for 5 minutes..wth!?”

      excellent point Charlene, plus he was drunk at the time as well

      America is very selective on who they prosecute under the public eye i think, i guess the more money you make, the more scrutiny you receive

      Comment by stevedwriter | August 2, 2009 | Reply

      • Biggie said it the best “more money more problems

        Comment by Chief | August 3, 2009

  4. good article stephen and i definately agree with you that vick is lucky if hes reinstated but i dont think that he should be for the simple fact that his illegal dog betting operation that brought on cruel and painful deaths to hundreds of innocent dogs. i don’t understand how anyone with a since of moral can say he served his time (witch wasnt much) and so he deserves another chance.
    Personally i think he had his chance and his crime shouldnt be overlooked. im not a huge sports fan but i definately wont be supporting him or any team that endorses em.

    Comment by antoinette | August 1, 2009 | Reply

    • thank you for your comment antoinette, i can certainly understand where you’re coming from.

      Comment by stevedwriter | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  5. Weather it is the NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL playing a professional sport is a privilege. I believe all professional athletes should hold this honor in high esteem. They have been blessed with the honor of doing what they love to do and get paid for it. How many of us can say that? That being said there is only one rule of conduct for a professional athlete…. Don’t do any thing to embarrass yourself, family, teammates, the organization, and last but now least the fans.

    Comment by Chief | August 3, 2009 | Reply


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