Should Michael Vick Play?
There are many reasons why Michael Vick shouldn’t be allowed to play football again.
I understand that we should all be forgiving and forget about things in
the past if a person truly apologizes and repents. However there is
more to it.
People in the public eye,be they sports figures,
politicians, teachers, police, fireman, etc, have a certain image to
project. People,especially kids look up to them. Everyone of them
should try to lead a life of high moral values and ethics. Like it or
not,they are leaders in our communities, and as such are role models.
None of us are perfect,and although it is probably unattainable in this life
time, we should all strive for perfection and lead the best life we can
according to our abilities and present knowledge.
I know it probably sounds old fashioned in this day and age , however, when I
played high school sports in a small school in the mid west, the
athletes were held to a higher standard and more was expected of them.
If one of us messed up, such as staying out after curfew or smoking we
were off the team,if our grades weren’t good enough that was also cause
for suspension, regardless of how good an athlete we were.
What resulted as a consequence of bad behavior, was a feeling we had let the
school and community down,we were humiliated because the school was
depending on us and we let them down. The worst critics were our own
team mates, they wouldn’t let up about how we had messed up and ruined
the chances of winning the “big” game. As a result, those instances
didn’t happen very often. I’m not saying that once you were off the
team one stayed off, unless it was a really bad offense or the kid was
a repeat offender, the suspension was only for a game or two.
This is all well and good and is how it should be.
The case with Michael Vick is extreme in many ways, these days professional
and some college teams have to call the local jail before they can make
out the starting team for a particular game. Many players only get a
slap on the hand, are forgiven, and then go on to commit more and more
serious crimes until they finally wind up in jail for good. That does
the sport and the player no good whatsoever.
If society and professional sports would clamp down on this type of unacceptable
behavior, it would soon end and everyone would be the better for it.
Like it or not, Michael Vick and others like him are still role models and
have a responsibility to society to act as such. Letting them play
again serves no useful purpose rather than fill the stands, create photo ops, and create controversy to sell newspapers.
Vick has or should have plenty of money, he doesn’t have to work, what would be
more beneficial than anything if he would become an example of what can
happen when one doesn’t follow the rules. Let him lecture on making
proper choices in life, he would be a great benefit to society and as a
side benefit would make more money than he could ever make playing
The more people and especially kids were to realize
there are serious consequences to bad behavior, the more likely people
would learn to make better choices.
Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com
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