Hard to believe but it's been nearly two years since Michael Vick was sentenced to federal prision for his role in dog fighting in Virginia. Well on Wednesday, Vick will be released from his jail in Leavenworth, Kansas and will serve the final two months of his sentence under house arrest in Hampton, Virginia.
So will he return to the NFL anytime soon? Apparently commissioner Roger Goodell has said Vick must show remorse for his actions before he'll reinstate the embattled quarterback. I'm sorry, did I miss something here? Since when does the NFL and commissioner Goodell feel he's above the law in how long Vick should be punished for? You're telling me two years in jail isn't long enough of a suspension and he needs to show more remorse for his actions before his return? I don't condone what Vick did but I don't think the commissioner has the right to hand out a more harsh penalties for his actions.
A two year jail sentence should be long enough of a football "suspension". And what exactly does Vick have to do to show remorse? Get on his knees in front of the commissioner and beg for his forgiveness and say he's sorry. I think we all know now he is sorry and knows he made a horrible mistake. He's paid the price and in a day and age where we forgive and forget, shouldn't the league move on from this and let Vick resume his playing days?
The league has plenty of other guys playing in it who've done a lot worse then Vick. So to hold him accountable to a higher standard is beyond my understanding.
Is there a team that'll take him and deal with the backlash? Of course there is. I'd be willing to bet there's nearly a dozen teams looking for a marquee quarterback. Remember, Vick turns just 29 later this year and should still be in the prime of his physical career. The Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to mind as a couple of teams that are in dire need of a quarterback. How about the San Francisco 49ers? Sure the animal protesters will be out in force. How long will it last? A few months? A few years? I'd be willing to bet a few months at best. Will it be a public relations nightmare for a while, of course. But if his team wins, that'll be forgotten as quick as you can snap your fingers.
Any thoughts on the situation, feel free to leave a comment.