Here is my take on the controversy. Yes, I'm upset that he stands to make millions in endorsements. Here's my opinion about the whole thing. I think I wouldn't have as big of a problem with him if he were going to give his money (or most of it) away. To help kids, animals, something beyond himself. I wouldn't have as much of a problem then. He did serve his time (not enough) and according the Justice System, we should give him as much of a break as the next guy out of jail. Frankly, I think he's getting WAY more of a break than any other convicted felon I've known coming out of the slammer (and I've known a few). They can't get a job and he's making millions. What's up with that?
Here's the deal-breaker for me: He doesn't come off as one bit repentant. He talked to kids because it was good press and I think part of his plea bargain, sentence, his community service, whatever. He's not doing it now (that I know of) nor is he part of a nationwide campaign against dog fighting, animal cruelty, etc.
If he wanted to make a difference, truly make a difference, he'd show it. He doesn't give a rat's a**, and that's the part that pisses people off. He's in a position to really, really help -- to really, really educate, especially the kids, the young adults that are headed down that path. If he was dong PSAs, I think a lot of people might give him a pass. If he came into a shelter or rescue and scutted out kennels once a month, that would be nice too. That would be Nobility, Humility. There is nothing Noble or Humble about this man.
I have noticed that most of the people who are incensed about Vick are women. I am not a Femi-Nazi but gentlemen, where art thou? Most men I've talked to about this say he served his time, etc.
If I were his manager, I'd tell him to divorce himself from his family members, who mostly ran the whole operation. Goes to show: he knew what was going on, he was part of it. He financed it, he's dumb as a box of rocks. You can take the boy outta the environment, but apparently in his case, not the environment outta the boy....and I'd tell him, "You'd better take a good chunk of that change and use it to help."
It sends a bad messge: OK kids, you can be convicted of a felony, serve time in jail, and make a zillion dollars. Shucks, it's the American Dream! It's Bernie Friggin Madoff! It's the Ohio Governor! (Don't get me started on that bozo. I sure as he** didn't vote for him!)
Is he as bad as those Wall Street a**holes who ripped off millions of people? In a way, no. (Don't stone me.) It's badness, greed, stupidity, carelessness in a parallel universe. Peoples' lives, animals' lives. By the way, the Wall Street Jerks should have to serve hard time on a chain gang and not at Club Fed either.
But here is Vick who has a chance to make good and to make a difference! Especially in the lives of animals. He's not and that what's pisses me off.
Michael, pay attention the the Nike motto: JUST DO IT! In the end, you may just grow a heart.