Just getting started on a new piece of Vick. I’ve always found Mike’s story fascinating. He was one of the best players in the league, and went to prison (dog fighting) in the prime of his career. For most players, their careers would be over. But, after serving his time, Mike returned to the league and once again became one of the best players in the league. No easy feat to accomplish.
But what makes the story truly interesting to me is the idea that “winning solves everything” juxtaposed against the “unforgivable deed.”
On one hand, Mike returned to glory, his team was winning again, and many fans forgot/forgave the dog incident(s). However, on the other side are the fans who still, to this day, say they cannot support him for what he did.
So, at what point do you forgive someone?
He lost everything, filed for bankruptcy, went to prison, and admitted his actions were wrong. Even more recently it was made public that he paid back all of his creditors from his bankruptcy.
Without question, he paid dearly for his mistake but, more importantly, he was accountable and accepted the repercussions.
Mike did the crime, served his time, put forth the effort to make amends… so has he earned a second chance?
What do you think? Do players deserve a second chance if they committed a crime? Does it depend on the severity of the crime? Does it impact your decision if the player is GREAT versus average? 🤔