Friday, June 12, 2009

Where Should the Line Be Drawn?

Any sports fan can see that the athletes that represent the teams we support, are becoming more and more apt to off-the-field issues. The NFL has had to deal with these issues continually for the past few years as the incidents have seemed to have increased. The most notable athlete to have been involved in off-the-field illegal acts was none other than Michael Vick. I personally have never been a fan of Vick, but he is exciting to watch nonetheless. When Vick was arrested for his involvement in dogfighting, the NFL definately took a hit. Vick was the NFL's "Golden Boy" as well as the Atlanta Falcons' answer to a Super Bowl drought. Unfortunately for Vick, the Falcons, Nike and his countless fans, he was sentenced to 23 months in prison. Thanks for playing Mike, hope you enjoy your life after football.....but wait......he may be back? Yes, Vick may be reinstated into the NFL following a stint at Leavenworth. I agree that everyone should have a second chance (with exceptions) but does he deserve to play professional football again and reap the rewards of multi-million dollar contracts? I don't pretend to know much about the legal system, but I am aware that former felons do have difficulties finding employment when they are released back into society. I think it is laughable that it is harder for former felons to find a job at McDonalds than it is to find a job in the NFL. Let's look at some of the players in the NFL that have had recent run-ins with the law: Plaxico Burress-shot himself in his thigh with a gun he had in the waistband of his sweatpants; Pacman Jones-too many times he has made it "rain" or was a conspirator in a shooting of somekind; and Tank Johnson-was found with an arsenal of illegal weapons, large enough to invade a small country. What owner would want to associate their franchise with these idiots? Winning is great, but is it worth sacrificing the integrity of your franchise and its employees? Some questions seem very easy to answer, I guess the more money you have the harder to use common sense is. Jerry, listen to Nancy.

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