There are many players that I find myself rooting for disgrace. Ron Mexi . . . errrr . . . Michael Vick is one of those guys. Please explain to me why He still can play in the NFL? To say he has had a checkered past is putting it lightly. Let’s take a look at some of his transgressions over the past few years:
- In 2007, statements were made by his father, Michael Boddie, about possible dogfighting activities in 2001. Boddie told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that around 2001, Vick was staging dogfights in the garage of the family’s home in Newport News and kept fighting dogs in the family’s backyard, including injured ones which the father nursed back to health. Boddie said his son had been urged to not engage in the activity, but continued. He stated: “This is Mike’s thing. And he knows it.” Within days, Vick’s mother, Brenda Vick Boddie, told theNewport News Daily Press “There was no dogfighting (at our home). There were no cages.”
- In early 2004, two men were arrested in Virginia for distributing marijuana. The truck they were driving was registered to Vick. Falcons coach Dan Reevesrecalled that he lectured Vick at that time on the importance of reputation, on choosing the right friends, and on staying out of trouble for the good of his team.
- On October 10, 2004, Vick and other members of his party, including employee Quanis Phillips, were at Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport on their way to board an AirTran flight. While they were passing through a security checkpoint, a security camera caught Phillips and Todd Harris picking up an expensive-appearing watch which belonged to Alvin Spencer, a security screener. After watching the theft on a video tape, Spencer filed a police report. He claimed that Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, known as the Falcons’ “fixer”, interfered with the investigation. Although Vick representatives declined to make him available for an Atlanta police inquiry, six days later Spencer got the watch back from them.
- In March 2005, Sonya Elliott filed a civil lawsuit against Vick alleging she contracted genital herpes from him in the autumn of 2002 and that he failed to inform her that he had the disease. Elliot further alleged that Vick had visited clinics under the alias “Ron Mexico” to get treatments and thus knew of his condition. On April 24, 2006, Vick’s attorney, Lawrence Woodward, revealed that the lawsuit had been settled out of court under undisclosed terms.Many fans bought custom jerseys from NFL.com with Vick’s number 7 and the name “MEXICO” on the back. The NFL has since banned customizing jerseys with the name Mexico.
- November 26, 2006 – After a loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Georgia Dome, in apparent reaction to fans booing, Vick made anobscene gesture at fans, holding up two middle fingers. He was fined $10,000 by the NFL and agreed to donate another $10,000 tocharity.
- January 17, 2007 – Vick surrendered a water bottle which had a hidden compartment to security personnel at Miami International Airport. “The compartment was hidden by the bottle’s label so that it appeared to be a full bottle of water when held upright,” police said. Test results indicated there were no illegal substances in the water bottle and Vick was cleared of any wrongdoing.Vick announced that the water bottle was a jewelry stash box, and that the substance in question had been jewelry.
- On April 24, 2007, Vick was scheduled to lobby on Capitol Hill, hoping to persuade lawmakers to increase funding for after-school programs. Vick missed a connecting flight in Atlanta on Monday to Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. He later failed to show up for another seat booked for him later that evening. On Tuesday morning, he did not attend his scheduled appearance at the congressional breakfast where he was to be honored for his foundation’s work with after-school projects in Georgia and Virginia.Vick’s mother Brenda accepted the award from the Afterschool Alliance.
That doesn’t even touch the dog fighting issues and now the shooting at his birthday party. Let me remind you that Pac-Man Jones was shoed away from the league for a lot less. There are a lot of people out there that just flat ou don’t like Vick. There are a lot of things I can forgive an athlete for but mass killing of domestic animals.
Here is where the NFL needs to toe a line. If a player does prison time for violent crimes, he ought to be out of a job. If you or I went away for a couple of years, how easy would it be for us to get our jobs back? Not very likely. Instead Vick is offered opportunity after opportunity to continue playing the sport he loves on the highest level. At some point the NFL has to cut ties with the likes of Michael Vick. He clearly has not learned his lesson and is still associating himself with the wrong people.
As a person who has had dogs his entire life, it seems so foreign to me as to how someone could purposely kill a dog. That alone should have had him banned from the NFL for life. The truth is, he is just a problem waiting to happen. If it doesn’t happen this year, it will soon enough. He is just someone that can’t stay on the right side of the law for what ever reason.
You can make excuses for him if you want to, but deep down you know he is just a bad person. It’s one thing to be hated for your skills and what you do on the field for the other team, but he is hated for his lifestyle. Roger Godell needs to make an example out of Vick. He needs to let every athlete that plays in the NFL, if you commit a violent crime you won’t have a job in the NFL.
His autograph which at one point sold for hundreds now barely sells for more than $20. Of course sellers are trying to get top dollar, like the card below which is going for $299 or best offer. The truth is that collectors are sick of him and are afraid to get burned again from his shenanigans. Personally I use his cards to make custom cards, you know try to turn crap into something nice.