Now, Vick will get the nod at quarterback in Week 2 against the Lions, his first start since he went to prison for his involvement in an illegal dogfighting ring.
America has already made clear its feelings toward Vick — he was voted the most-hated athlete in the country.
Some say that time heals all wounds.
Vick, for all intents and purposes, did his time — in prison. Theoretically, Vick is now a rehabilitated man in America and should be forgiven for his past actions. After all, even hard-nosed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell let him back in the league.
But should America ever truly forgive Vick for what he did? Should the sentence always wash out the crime?
The answer is no. Vick may be doing everything he can to clear his image, but it will never be enough. He’ll always be the guy who traded in a life of riches so he could engage in inappropriate, indecent and downright inhumane activities.
A person may change his actions, but his character will always remain the same. Vick learned one lesson when he went to prison: Getting caught is a bad thing.
Forgiving Vick would be like forgiving any other cold-blooded murderer. If he weren’t one of the most gifted athletes the world has ever seen, this wouldn’t even be an issue.
So while Eagles fans watch Vick take the snap next week, they’ll be cheering for the football player who plays for their football team. But Vick, as a human being, should never be cheered.
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