Michael Vick’s second chance…..How do I feel, how do I feel??
August 14, 2009

Some of the dogs made it, some didnt....

Some of the dogs made it, some didn't....

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about Michael Vick  getting a $1.6 million first year paycheck (not guaranteed),…. now that he’s out of federal prison, of course. The better natured and more forgiving side of Donna says,Hey…MV paid the price required of him by society. He did his time. And far too many people who come out of prison, go back to a life of crime because they can’t make a living in the honest world(not that that was ever a problem for Vick). So….shouldn’t he be allowed to make a living(ok, a fortune), doing what it is he does…a.k.a., throwing a ball and running around on a 100 yard field for big bucks while he’s being chased by really big men? Yes, he probably should. Ok, that’s the nice, fair Donna.

The other me says, NO way should that dog killer be paid over a million dollars this year, and maybe 5 million the next! He just doesn’t deserve it and should be pun-ish-ed forever.Once an animal abuser…well, you get the drift of my bad angel side.  I’m sure many of you have stronger feelings than me on the subject.

My son in NY thinks MV has paid his price and has a lot of good football left in him. Let the man play. My daughter, on the other hand, is horrified about the idea. She is on the “pun-ish-ed forever” side. It must be said she doesn’t forgive easily.

But whether anyone likes it or not, Michael Vick will(quickly) get his second act…his second chance at leading a good life. And by good life, I don’t mean high living… though he will get that chance too. I mean good life, in the context of deciding who he wants to be and what he wants to give back to our society, besides dog-fighting, which really isn’t needed at all.

At a new conference today, Vick had this to say, among other things…”For the life of me, I can’t understand why I was involved in such pointless activity.  Why did I risk so much at the pinnacle of my career?”  That is an excellent question MV, and one to which  you could no doubt use some time in a therapists office to find the answer. Why do people who have it all, do bad things….illegal things, that they don’t need to do? 

I dunno…but the man has made a vow to crusade for animal’s rights in Philly…that one will seem ironic at best, for many people. Perhaps his heart is finally, in the right place. We shall see, we shall see.

Have a good weekend everybody…play nice, give your dog a hug, and come home safe.