Phil Hoffmann writes on philly.com:
WHAT DO YOU say we make a deal? If Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is convicted or pleads guilty to the charges contained in a federal indictment – charges of sponsoring a dogfighting operation so heinous that losing dogs who didn’t die in the ring were sometimes shot, drowned, hanged or electrocuted – then his National Football League career should be over.Until that time, though, why don’t we let the prosecutor do his work?
I disagree, and said so in an e-mail I sent to Mr. Hoffman, copied here:I have a difficult time worrying about “justice” for something as trivial as whether a man can play a football game. Granted passions run deep – perhaps not as deep as the NFL’s pockets – but still: it’s just a game.
I have an especially difficult time worrying about denying him an opportunity to make a living, as thousands of people sit and sit in jail, unable to make bail, for (alleged) offenses far less egregious than this. I would gladly credit him for time served, should he be proved guilty and sentenced to prison.
But I sure as hell don’t want to see him play in an NFL game until this matter is settled. I can’t imagine any sponsor standing for it. I can’t imagine the Falcons letting that happen. They have to let Vick go. Too bad they traded away their best quarterback.
There used to be a time when, if you found yourself entangled in some embarrassing imbroglio, you’d lay low for a while. Nowadays, you make a video with your cell phone, post it on YouTube, and you become Paris Hilton.
Bill Conlin argues in a related column that Vick will need protection from Vigilante Justice. Interesting point; not sure I would use that as Argument One for shuttling Vick of the Public Eye for a while.
Bob Ford calls the case “Grisly and Shocking.” He quotes the indictment itself:
[W]hen you get to Page 17, you find Charge No. 83: “In or about April 2007, PEACE, PHILLIPS, and VICK executed approximately 8 dogs that did not perform well in ‘testing’ sessions at 1915 Moonlight Road by various methods, including hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.”
What a public relations nightmare for the NFL.
I’m glad I have the Eagles and Donovan McNabb. The worst thing you can say about our quarterback situation is that 5 is coming off surgery, and his heir apparent is a rookie.
Here’s the report from CBS:
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