While Michael Vick gets a second chance in the NFL, the debate still rages on as to whether the former Falcon quarterback deserves to play or not. See photos and video below.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell conditionally reinstated Michael Vick on Monday, thus Vick getting a second chance to play the sport he loves.
Goodell spoke to several former and current players to get their two cents in as to whether or not to reinstate the former Falcon, and not surprisingly their reactions were “very mixed”. Goodell said:
“I do recognize that some will never forgive him for what he did. I hope that the public will have a chance to understand his position as I have.”
With Vick’s conditional reinstatement, he can sign with a team, take part in preseason practices and play in the last two preseason games. Goodell will not consider Vick for a full reinstatement until the sixth week of the season – October 18-19.
The 29-year-old quarterback, who was released by the Atlanta Falcons in June, was suspended indefinitely by Goodell in August 2007 after admitting his involvement in a dogfighting operation at his home in Virginia. He spent 23 months in prison. His sentence ended on July 20th.
While many will argue the fact that Vick did his time and paid his debt to society and should be allowed to play in the NFL, others are surprised that Vick gets a second chance. PETA, in particular, finds it unacceptable that he is put “in a position in which children will look up to him as a role model and wear any new jersey that bears his number”.
Okay folks, let’s open this one up for discussion…do you think it’s right that Vick gets a second chance to play in the NFL? Leave me a comment. Meanwhile, check out video of Michael Vick below.
Michael Vick – Video