A group of people, presumably students have started a petition on Change.org to ban Michael Vick from the Jets training camp in Cortland. According to the petition they’re still upset about his involvement with dog fighting in 2007 and they don’t want him on their campus.
“If we welcome Vick onto our campus, we are complicit in his crimes,” the petition says. “We are sending the message that, for money and publicity, we will turn a blind eye to the horrors of dogfighting.”
I think this is absurd. Yes, they have a right to do it, but rights aren’t the issue here. Following their logic, NO NFL or pro-sports team would be allowed on their campus. Every NFL team has or has had at least one player involved in illegal activity. Furthermore, I would suggest that they have illegal activities on their own campus, so are they kicking those students off campus too? Their logic, if they agree, would mean they won’t “turn a blind eye to the horrors of dog fighting”, but are OK with all the other illegal activity.
I think these people want attention, and OK, with 2,500 signatures they go it. But let’s move on. Their targeted move on Vick is just not going to work.
Michael Vick has served his time. He’s paid his debt. They would do better focusing on their lack of forgiveness. Certainly we don’t condone or support dog fighting. It’s vicious and cruel, but let’s move on! People who are still angry should channel that into something more productive.
Maybe join a support group.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
*thanks to CBSSports.com for this story