Will Michael Vick Get Back into the NFL?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Michael Vick, the NFL star convicted of running a dog fighting ring, is released today from two months of house arrest, after an 18-month stint behind federal prison bars. Is he heading back to the NFL or will he be shut out? To talk about what is in store for Vick is The Takeaway Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin.


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j d sallen

I just ran across your reply today and had to comment. You miss the point. Nowhere did I say MV is a good or a bad person. Neither did I say if he should or should not be forgiven. Read my comment. It's about YOUR dismissing drowning, strangulation, and electrocution of dogs, done for ENTERTAINMENT no less, as a as “bad decision making.” That's what I said I have a problem with. If MV has changed, god bless him. What he did never will. It's barbarism.

Mar. 16 2010 01:05 PM

J D - however barbaric his actions were, i still maintain them as bad decision-making and also maintain that he is not a bad person, he is simply a person, like any other, that did a bad thing. Lets not forget, here is a guy who did wrong and has been penalized for the crimes and then agree to work with PETa and others to make sure that others do not repeat the same bad decision making as him. I understand the barbaric nature of the offense but i do think that somethings: like in your words, my " unforgivable meathead euphemism" actually are forgiveable. perhaps we can all try and forgive someone and see how far that takes us as a society so focused on blame and on people paying lifetimes for bad decisions.

Jul. 27 2009 10:11 AM

I personally agree whole heartedly with ibrahim's comments on Michael Vick. Every other media outlet portrayed Vick as the barbarian he was referred to by Senator Byrd. I applaud the Takeaway for bringing a different perspective into the mix. NPR is exactly the forum where you can have Byrd's opinion juxtaposed with Abdul-Matin's. If you're not interested in critical thinking, please go watch Fox News. I hope the NFL gives Vick the second chance he deserves...this country sure believes in second chances for other "barbarians," including: Gescard Isnora, Michael Oliver, Marc Cooper, Edward McMellon, Sean Carroll, Kenneth Boss, Richard Murphy, Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno, and Rolando Solan.

Jul. 22 2009 12:49 AM
J D Sallen

I usually find your show’s standards to be far higher than the ones in effect today. It was nothing short of disgusting when your sports commentator, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, called Michael Vick’s drowning, strangulation, and electrocution of dogs “bad decision making.” It made me physically ill. It was particularly astonishing since Abdul-Matin’s unforgivable meatheaded euphemism came literally moments after a tape of Senator Robert Byrd rightly and reasonably demanding Vick’s acts be universally condemned as “barbarism.”

To compound matters, Abdul-Matin’s remark went unchallenged. Shame on The Takeaway. Is anyone on your show even listening? Anyone who betrays such ignorant and churlish attitudes should not be given air time, much less on NPR. And any show that does not apologize for airing them and then fails to distance themselves with a publicly apology for same becomes complicit, and a sorry joke. I sincerely hope you will do the right thing loudly and forthwith.

Jul. 20 2009 12:02 PM

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