Stop the NFL-Is Michael Vick sorry for his crimes or sorry he was caught?

Stop the NFL-Is Michael Vick sorry for his crimes or sorry he was caught?

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Melanie Fleming started this petition to NFL and

When you support the organizations and corporations that allow convicted athletes to carry on their careers things will never change. Michael Vick is an amazing athlete, everyone knows this. Michael Vick says he paid his debts to society, but that does not mean he deserves the honor he has been nominated for. This is a man who took his children’s pets and tossed them in a ring helpless against starving fighting dogs. I’m not asking to not forgive the man for his horrific crimes, I am asking to not idolize him. He will have to carry his crimes for the rest of his life. Part of his punishment should include never carrying top honors bestowed upon the most talented, record breaking athletes.  

My story of a rescued “aggressive breed”...
I rescued my first “pitbull type” breed 7 years ago. Mia, my American Staffordshire Terrier (estimated at 1-1.5 years old), has been the most loving, obedient, and innocent dog I have ever had the honor of having. I was nervous when I took her in my home because of the story that came with her and the breed restriction legislation that I would have to fight for the rest of her life.  Cat killer, child biter, and unruly, were just a few phrases used.  Although I do not allow her around small children, I have never witnessed any of those characteristics in her.  She now has a cat brother and sister. 


When I arrived to pick up Mia, we went to my veterinarian to get a full wellness check, updated shots, spayed, and micro-chipped. She had BB pellets embedded under her skin, poor coat, and bad teeth. Her ears had been cropped as a puppy. 


Dogs like my sweet Mia were used by Michael Vick in his dogfighting sport/business. The dogs he killed inhumanly for not performing. The dogs he trained to be killers. These dogs are not born killers, they have to be trained and it is a brutal/torturous training they are forced to endure. 

I was an avid football fan. I purchased jerseys of my favorite star athletes and other memorabilia to show my pride in my favorite NFL team and purchased tickets to their games. I have stopped purchasing NFL merchandise, Nike merchandise, and any other company’s merchandise that supports the athletes because Michael Vick is being distinguished as an honorable and admirable man. I am aware it is unfair to the athletes who are actually honorable, but until we stop supporting all of them, nothing will change. We have the power to change their thought process. 

Please join me in the fight to stop powerful organizations, like the NFL, from allowing people to continue their careers because of their talent, despite the immoral acts they have committed. 

 

 

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