New York Jets’ Michael Vick Has Paid His Penance, Judge Him On The Field Only

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Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) looks on as quarterback Nick Foles (9) warms up before the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets signed Michael Vick to a one year, $5 million contract to compete with/backup Geno Smith on Friday immediately after cutting Mark Sanchez. Vick has a familiarity with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s offense while they were both in Philadelphia together, and he has a similar skill set to Geno Smith, so the offense would not have to change no matter the quarterback. He has durability concerns as well as being prone to turnovers but nothing compared to Sanchez’s final two years. If you want to read a good article on the football reasons against bringing in Vick, here is one from our own Alan Schechter which you can read here.

Football reasons are not why the fan base is fractured on the signing of Vick. In 2007, Michael Vick was found guilty of federal dogfighting charges for his bankrolling and involvement with Bad News Kennels, which included the dogfighting itself as well as horrific accounts of killing underperforming dogs by extraordinary means such as electrocution and drowning. He was sentenced to 23 months in a federal prison which was above the sentencing guidelines included in his plea deal. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution estimated that Vick had lost $142 million dollars as a result of his crimes including $72 million in salary, $50 million in endorsements and $20 million of bonuses he had to pay back to the Falcons. Vick had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2008. All information gathered from an ESPN.com article entitled “Apologetic Vick gets 23-month sentence on dogfighting charges” from December 11, 2007.

The Senate Congressional Record from February 14, 2002 says this about felons released from prison after serving their sentence:

Whatever the procedure is, however the person has been adjudicated by the criminal justice system, once that person has served the sentence and is out of jail, once that person has served probation or parole, as far as the criminal justice system that individual has paid their debt to society. (United States of America Congressional Record, February 14, 2002)

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  • matr dontelli iii

    Nice job, Craig

  • Frank Antonelli

    Right on Craig. Of course, there will always be hypocrites that will never give him a break. I guess they have never done anything wrong in their pathetic lives, and have to feel better about themselves by pointing a finger at other people.

  • Giants Fan

    He is a murdering scumbag that tortured and killed innocent animals. I don’t care how much time he did or debt he paid, there is something inherently wrong with any human being that can inflict such pain on another living thing for entertainment or money or any other self serving reason. He may have fooled the Jets and the NFL, but I’m not buying his reformed citizen, good-guy act. It’s apparently easy to forget that sweet faces like these were his victims.

    • Craig Hoffman

      What does the face of the victim of Donte Stallworth’s vehicular manslaughter look like? How about the woman Leonard Little killed during a DWI? Are they not as important because they are human? Where is your moral outrage that these people were given a 2nd chance?

      What Vick did was reprehensible, horrific, illegal and immoral. However, that was 7 years ago and people should be given a chance to change after they pay their debt to society.

      • Giants Fan

        Manslaughter, by definition, involves a lack of intent to injure or kill the victim. I find it hard to believe that Vick didn’t intend to injure or kill the dogs that he slammed, repeatedly, on the ground. If Vick’s victim’s were human, we wouldn’t be having this discussion because he would never see the light of day again. An accident is just that – his crimes were no accident.

        • Craig Hoffman

          An accident is backing into another car in a parking lot. Their actions, drinking to excess, not handing their keys over to someone else and driving recklessly were all choices and actions they made and were held accountable for not an accident..

  • d wags60

    He bought property in Virginia for the sole purpose of killing dogs for his personal enjoyment (he certainly didn’t need the money). some were shot, some hung, some drowned, and some were hosed down and then electrocuted. This is besides the ones that just got their throats torn out while fighting. they found a booth called the rape cage, or something like that, where females were tied up so males could repeatedly get at them without any resistance. Screw Vick, shame on the Humane Society for whoring themselves out for this publicity stunt, and F*** the Jets, I and many others are done with them. Go Giants!!

  • Bill

    What about Zimmerman who gunned down an unarmed African-American teenager who he stalked? Where is your outrage about that. To many of you a dogs life is more valuable to you than a human life. What about Michael Dunn who also murdered an unarmed African-American teenager. These teenagers were innocent, they had not committed any crimes. Where is you outrage? A dogs life is more important than that of an African-American teenager? How many skeletons do you have in your closet? Would people forgive you for some of the secret things that you have done? We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. We all need a second chance at some point in our life.
    He that has no sin let him cast the first stone. He that doesn’t forgive will not be forgiven.
    Great Article!

    • Giants Fan

      Zimmerman was acquitted (big word, I know – not guilty, cleared of any wrongdoing…) by a jury of his peers. Vick was CONVICTED. There’s a huge difference there. One man is a convicted felon, the other is not. It’s difficult to get an entry level job at most companies as a convicted felon. Why shouldn’t people be outraged that Vick is being handed a multi-million dollar contract?