Is it OK to cheer for Michael Vick?

Is it OK to cheer for Michael Vick?

There are 722 comments on the CNN story from Jan 8, 2011, titled Is it OK to cheer for Michael Vick?. In it, CNN reports that:

Michael Vick's fall from NFL glory was spectacular, but his redemption story with the Philadelphia Eagles is equally astonishing.

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Since: Jan 11

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#2 Jan 8, 2011
Yes it is ok to cheer for Michael Vick! He has overcome a bad and sad chapter in his life. Can someone rise from the ashes to once again ascend into a normal life? Of course we know the answer. just look at Ted Williams the homeless man of only less than a week ago with as he said "A God Given Voice!" He has already voiced a Kraft foods ad, re-united with his mother, and has been offered numerous jobs in his chosen field-broadcasting. Ten years of his life went by with the last two being sober before he found his way. In a way Michael Vick is no different-he lost it all like Ted Williams and now has been "reborn" in my opinion a better man!
No Mercy

United States

#3 Jan 8, 2011
Michael Vick deserves to live a crummy life. He does't deserve any fame nor any fortune. His cruelty towards animals should speak volumes on his mentality and the kind of monster he is. No mercy for him.
kkf

Jamestown, NY

#4 Jan 8, 2011
I can't do it! Serial Killers start out by killing animals and he did the worst kinds of things. He is an animal. His salary should go to the SPCA!

“Watch out for snakes!”

Since: Mar 08

Over There

#5 Jan 8, 2011
Absolutely!! We cheer him about ever Saturday night. Put a poster of him in all his glory behind the ring where we fight smaller dogs.

Since: Aug 10

Hollis Center, ME

#6 Jan 8, 2011
He is a filthy POS with not one ounce of moral fibre in his body!

But yes, its ok to route for him, its just an f'in game!
nope

Dixon, MO

#7 Jan 8, 2011
no its not ok to cheer for animal abusers
Jack

Easton, PA

#8 Jan 8, 2011
Yes.

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Punisher

Tuckahoe, NY

#10 Jan 8, 2011
Its fine as youre merely cheering for a team to win. Vick is a player on a team, and the team is not the off the field behaviors of the players - but of their actions on the field.

Vick committed a crime, but he served the time and is paying his dues...and thats what he does OFF the field. When he goes on the field he's a player with a gift to play a (silly) game...and his off the field actions are not part of the game.

If this guy was just Joe-Schmoe and reporting back to a regular job we'd leave him alone...but since he's a faux-Celebrity, he is supposed to be denied his means to make a living based on his idiotic predilections.

This nation is nothing if not hypocritical, as we scream about second chances and how we're all entitled to not just one but many, but when it comes down to it, too many act the other way...and say there are exceptions based on nothing more than misplaced anger...and jealousy.

Maybe if Vick had to start his football career all over some would feel better, but its because he makes a fair amount of money that upsets most...
a crook is a crook

Chico, CA

#11 Jan 8, 2011
Michael Vick is a no account worthless bastard.
Punisher

Tuckahoe, NY

#12 Jan 8, 2011
FFS- wrote:
He is a filthy POS with not one ounce of moral fibre in his body!
But yes, its ok to route for him, its just an f'in game!
we root for a team, but we follow a route when traveling...
Tom

East Brunswick, NJ

#13 Jan 8, 2011
Absolutely alright to cheer for him. Just bring us a Super Bowl win and all is forgotten.
Punisher

Tuckahoe, NY

#14 Jan 8, 2011
nope wrote:
no its not ok to cheer for animal abusers
S I guess its wrong for people to root for the Purdue Chicken Abattoir Softball team on Friday nights..? Or the Angus Beef Coalitions Volleyball Team...?

They abuse animals for profit, so they suck as people too...and should be shunned.

wake up.

Since: Jun 07

Allentown Pa

#15 Jan 8, 2011
dodobird1943 wrote:
Yes it is ok to cheer for Michael Vick! He has overcome a bad and sad chapter in his life. Can someone rise from the ashes to once again ascend into a normal life? Of course we know the answer. just look at Ted Williams the homeless man of only less than a week ago with as he said "A God Given Voice!" He has already voiced a Kraft foods ad, re-united with his mother, and has been offered numerous jobs in his chosen field-broadcasting. Ten years of his life went by with the last two being sober before he found his way. In a way Michael Vick is no different-he lost it all like Ted Williams and now has been "reborn" in my opinion a better man!
I'm not sure Ted Williams electrocuted, drowned, shot, hung, allowed other dogs to maul to death, starved, nearly 100 dogs over a period of 5 years, to make a little money on top of millions he was already making.
Ted Williams didn't have the world on a string, he had potential. Michael Vick had it and gave it away for a cheap thrill. A cheap thrill most would have gotten a decade behind bars for. He didn't do this once, he didn't euthanize A dog. He brutalized and tortured nearly 100 dogs over a period of time. That's not a mistake, that is deliberate and deserves disdain.
Punisher

Tuckahoe, NY

#16 Jan 8, 2011
kkf wrote:
I can't do it! Serial Killers start out by killing animals and he did the worst kinds of things. He is an animal. His salary should go to the SPCA!
another idiot. if you took the time to investigate the psychology of serial killers, when they do start out killing/torturing animals they do it secretly...they dont invest thousands of dollars in the venture...

Vick and those who fight animals do it in the open...or relative open if its illegal.
Vick Hater

Rockville, MD

#17 Jan 8, 2011
I think Vick should have been thrown to a group of dogs and suffered the cruel, drawn out death that he loved watching those dogs die from! He's the lowest form of human and an all around P.O.S.!

Since: Oct 10

Douglasville, GA

#18 Jan 8, 2011
I don't think it's wrong to cheer for him. You are cheering for him as an athlete. I believe in second chances, he deserves one as much as the next guy.

In the back of my mind, I still doubt he is fully reformed. He and his brother are pretty stubborn and arrogant.

If you want to make this a race issue or animal issue, there are tons of white people that participate in cock fighting and dog fighting.

Not to mention, there are people that like to use hunting dogs that attack bears, badgers, and cougars. Many times the wild animal as well as the dogs are hurt or killed.

Vick isn't the only person that is cruel to animals. Anybody ever ride by a house and see 3 horses in a 1 acre field? See a malnourished dog tied on a chain in the summer sun, with no water, and never is paid any attention to?

Remember, what he did was horrible, but if he is honest, it can be a great asset to animal cruelty groups. The downside however, he may bring dog fighting to light in places nobody ever thought of doing it before.
seriously

United States

#19 Jan 8, 2011
Punisher wrote:
Its fine as youre merely cheering for a team to win. Vick is a player on a team, and the team is not the off the field behaviors of the players - but of their actions on the field.
Vick committed a crime, but he served the time and is paying his dues...and thats what he does OFF the field. When he goes on the field he's a player with a gift to play a (silly) game...and his off the field actions are not part of the game.
If this guy was just Joe-Schmoe and reporting back to a regular job we'd leave him alone...but since he's a faux-Celebrity, he is supposed to be denied his means to make a living based on his idiotic predilections.
This nation is nothing if not hypocritical, as we scream about second chances and how we're all entitled to not just one but many, but when it comes down to it, too many act the other way...and say there are exceptions based on nothing more than misplaced anger...and jealousy.
Maybe if Vick had to start his football career all over some would feel better, but its because he makes a fair amount of money that upsets most..

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Of COURSE it's OK! He's a football player, and a good one - that makes the torture of animals completely excusable.

"His face is a mass of deep cuts, as are his shoulders and neck. Both of his front legs have been broken, but Billy Bear isn’t ready to quit. At the referee’s signal, his master releases him, and unable to support himself on his front legs, he slides on his chest across the blood and urine stained carpet, propelled by his good hind legs, toward the opponent who rushes to meet him...Less than 20 minutes later, rendered useless by the other dog, Billy Bear lies spent beside his master, his stomach constricted with pain. He turns his head back toward the ring, his eyes glazed (sic) searching for a last look at the other dog as (sic) receives a bullet in his brain"
- C.M. Brown, Pit, Atlanta Magazine, 1982:
New York

Brooklyn, NY

#20 Jan 8, 2011
Punisher wrote:
<quoted text>another idiot. if you took the time to investigate the psychology of serial killers, when they do start out killing/torturing animals they do it secretly...they dont invest thousands of dollars in the venture...
Vick and those who fight animals do it in the open...or relative open if its illegal.
No they don't. You can't partake in an illegal enterprise out in the open. He hid it, lied about his involvement, blamed everyone and their brother and cry like a little sissy when he got caught. And he's been doing this for most of his life according to him. When are you people going to stop trying to make criminals appear normal? It's not normal to go to jail. Something is very wrong with that concept. We have laws for a reason and no one is special enough to be above them.
michael vick is my idol

Haverhill, MA

#22 Jan 8, 2011
It's ok to cheer for him. I hope when I have kids, they grow up to be just like Mike Vick. Wealthy and successful.

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