Is prison meant to rehabilitate people, or to condemn them as evil people for life?
In my opinion, prison has become for a lot of people not a place where individuals go to learn from their mistakes and become better citizens upon their release, but a place where they go because they're evil, and if they're lucky enough to be released -- they should just keep their head down and be lucky they're breathing outside air again.
Why do people care if Michael Vick doesn't apologize anymore for the dog fighting? He arguably has shown that prison can actually rehabilitate folks and make them better people. So why is he still expected to pay the price for his crimes when he has already served his time?
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I believe Vick's crime is the real issue here. I honestly think if he had killed a human being he would have been allowed to move on from his past by now in the public eye. But, because he was hurting and killing dogs, he falls into the same type of category as a child predator to a lot of people.
I think hurting dogs is awful, and sending Vick to prison was probably the right decision. However, in my eyes, if he served his time, repented for his crimes, and became a better citizen after the fact -- he should certainly be treated normally now.
After all, Tony Dungy doesn't help people if they are lost causes.
Vick has shown repeatedly that he can not only be a huge advocate in stopping dog fighting, but that he can also be a public figure that can help educate black American youth about the proper way to go through life.
You may always despise Vick for what he did, and that's your right. But at least admit that it's pretty amazing how well he has emerged from prison -- considering several other famous athletes can't stay out of handcuffs for more than a month or so.
I'm a big Vick fan again because I believe he has genuinely accepted his crimes and is now a person to showcase how not all black athletes that get into trouble should be stereotyped as life-long criminals.
In my eyes, the Atlanta Michael Vick is buried, and the Philadelphia Mike Vick has emerged anew as a better leader, a better parent, and most importantly, a better man. Maybe he's just pulling the wool over all our eyes, but I'm hoping that isn't the case.
But one thing is clear. From here on out, instead of worrying about the past, Vick only needs to focus on winning the Super Bowl -- and proving that athletic running QBs can win a championship.
And don't any of you say Aaron Rodgers is like Vick either, because he's not even close.
Vick's in a league all his own.