Vick's dog-fighting past not so easy to forget
Is it me or is anyone else bothered by Michael Vick’s past dog-fighting felony conviction?
Let’s get one thing out of the way. I’m a dog lover. That’s Casey, my 14-year-old Golden Retriever, in the photo. He’s mostly deaf, a little goofy, quite gaseous and I love him dearly.
On Sunday at Ford Field, Philadelphia’s Vick will get his first NFL start since Dec. 31, 2006. That’s because in August of 2007, he pleaded guilty to federal felony charges involving an interstate dog-fighting ring that operated for five years. Got that? Five years.
Vick served 21 months in prison, followed by two months in home confinement.
The Atlanta Falcons didn’t want him back after that. No one could blame them. The Eagles signed him for the 2009 season.
Now he’s got the start against the Lions and it seems not much has been made of the dog-fighting conviction.
I find that bothersome.
His comeback is drawing national interest. The Ford Field press box will be full on Sunday and it’s not to see Shaun Hill (a dog lover) get his first start for the Lions.
image-conscious NFL kicked Vick out for a while. Was it long enough?
"Michael is excited to step in and play," Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said. "As we all know, he was one of the great quarterbacks in the league before he was incarcerated.’’
Maybe some can look past Vick’s involvement with dog fighting. I’m having trouble doing so.
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