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George Hale’s Perspective on: Michael Vick 

FOR FOOTBALL FANS THIS WEEKEND IS THE BEGINNING OF A GREAT TIME.PLAYOFFS ARE UNDERWAY. THE PATS GET A BYE WEEK BUT ALL GAMES ARE IMPORTANT. AS EXCITED AS I GET, FRANKLY SOME THINGS CONFUSE ME. FOR INSTANCE. WHY WOULD THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CALL THE EAGLES OWNER AND CONGRATULATE HIM FOR GIVING THE CONVICTED DOG KILLER, MICHAEL VICK, A SECOND CHANCE AT BEING AN NFL STAR AND PRO BOWLER.NOW I’M NOT GETTING POLITICAL AND DON’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK OF PRESIDENT OBAMA. BUT WHY SHOULD A CONVICTED FELON BE ELEVATED TO SUCH A STATUS BY THE TOP ELECTED OFFICIAL AND THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD.FROM THE BEGINNING I HAVE BEEN UNEASY ABOUT THE N F L DECISION TO RETURN VICK TO THE GAME. YES, HE IS OBVIOUSLY A TALENTED PLAYER, BUT HE IS A CONVICTED THUG. I MEAN, IF YOU ARE A CONVICTED FELON, THERE ARE MANY THINGS YOU CAN’T DO. YOU HAVE A HARD TIME GETTING A VISA, GUN PERMIT, VOTE AND SERVE ON A JURY. FOR MOST OF US WHO LIVE ORDINARY LIVES AND DO OUR JOBS A FIVE MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT IS SIMPLY OUT OF REACH. YET, BECAUSE HE IS TALENTED, THE NFL ALLOWED VICK TO COME BACK AFTER HIS JAIL TERM AND PLAY AGAIN. AND THE PRESIDENT THANKS THE EAGLES FOR SIGNING VICK. I TOTALLY AGREE THAT PEOPLE DESERVE A SECOND CHANCE. REHABILITATION IS THE OBJECTIVE OF SENDING PEOPLE TO JAIL. BUT THERE ARE LIMITS. THE 120 DOGS THAT VICK AND HIS ASSOCIATES KILLED DIDN’T GET A SECOND CHANCE. WHAT VICK DID, AND LIED ABOUT, IS NOT A NORMAL CRIME. I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT A RUN OF THE MILL STORE ROBBERY OR GRABBING AN OLD LADIES PURSE OR DEALING DRUGS. I KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME OF YOU WHO SIMPLY DISAGREE WITH ME ABOUT VICK AND THAT’S OK, BUT FOR THOSE WHO DEFEND HIM I WOULD SIMPLY ASK THAT YOU READ THE LEGAL DOCUMENTS ABOUT HIS CASE. TAKE A LOOK AT THE PICTURES! THEY ARE TOO GRUESOME FOR ME TO REPEAT OR SHOW HERE. VICK WENT TO A ‘CUPCAKE” PRISON FOR 23 MONTHS. HE NOW TOURS AROUND TELLING KIDS IT’S NOT NICE TO TORTURE AND KILL ANIMALS. WELL AND GOOD. TWENTY THREE MONTHS IN THE SLAMMER DIVIDED BY 120 DOGS IS ABOUT 19 DAYS FOR EACH KILLING. BY THE WAY TAX PAYERS ANTED UP FOR HIS INCARCERATION. SO THIS WEEKEND VICK WILL BE ON THE PLAYING FIELD EARNING HIS LIVING AGAIN. ONE OF THE HOTTEST CHRISTMAS GIFTS IN PHILADELPHIA THIS SEASON WAS MICHAEL VICK JERSEYS. WOULD YOU WANT YOUR KID TO WEAR ONE? OH BY THE WAY, VICK RECENTLY SAID THAT HE HOPES THAT SOMEDAY HE CAN OWN A DOG AGAIN. REALLY? THIS WHOLE REHABILITATION OF MICHEAL VICK SMACKS OF A VERY SUCCESSFUL P.R. CAMPAIGN. ONE MORE TIME WE SEND THE MESSAGE THAT IF YOU CAN THROW A BALL, HIT A BALL, CATCH A BALL AND RUN LIKE THE WIND THERE ARE SPECIAL RULES FOR YOU. I MAY BE OUT OF TOUCH AND OLD FASHIONED IN MY VIEWS BUT I SIMPLY REFUSE TO HELP FINANCE THE MICHEAL VICK BANDWAGON. AND HOW THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES EVER ALLOWED HIMSELF TO GET SUCKED INTO THIS CHARADE IS BEYOND ME.THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS