Michael Vick’s release from prison approved

Imprisoned Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick has been approved for release to home confinement and could be released to his Virginia home as early as May 21.

Now the questions regarding his football career come into play? Will NFL commissioner Roger Goddell reinstate him to the league? If he’s reinstated, will he play in 2009? And will the Falcons, who have said they are interested in trading his rights, get fair compensation for the former No. 1 overall pick?

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Doug

February 26th, 2009
1:06 pm

I’ll give this one five minutes before this goes sour…

leland

February 26th, 2009
1:07 pm

Vick should be given the chance to re-build his life as a football player or in any other legal way. There would be no moral point in preventing him from enjoying all the privileges of American citizens.

Joe

February 26th, 2009
1:08 pm

Despite his troubles, there is still a place for Michael Vick in the NFL. The Falcons will be able to make a trade.

michael

February 26th, 2009
1:09 pm

actually, no he should not be given all the rights of ‘citizens’. Convicted felons loose many rights. I can’t think of how any of those lost rights translate into football, but still your argument it not justified.

blake

February 26th, 2009
1:10 pm

although i do not like vick for what he did to the falcons, i still believe he deserves a 2nd chance. he has served enough and should not receive a suspension from the league.

Winston Wolf

February 26th, 2009
1:10 pm

For all of his supporters who think he should be reinstated, ask yourself in what other professions/places of employment are convicted federal felons allowed to come back like nothing happened?

Do you think your industry would welcome you back with open arms?

Is this the type of person who should be in the limelight for your children to idolize? What kind of example does this send?

Paying for your crimes and going on with your life is one thing, but being allowed the priviledge of the NFL is something other.

Joe

February 26th, 2009
1:11 pm

The Falcons should try to deal him to Kansas City or San Francisco for a tight end.

Mark

February 26th, 2009
1:12 pm

Why would anyone care?

michael

February 26th, 2009
1:12 pm

, and no the falcons will not get “fair compensation” based solely on his athletic ability. Contrary to what may seem intuitive, football players get paid based on how much money they bring the franchise. There is a high correlation with physical ability and money making potential, but part of an athletes potential is from being a role model also.

mike

February 26th, 2009
1:14 pm

gary delabate

February 26th, 2009
1:14 pm

Oakland, look out! Hope ATL gets something in exchange…

And a Baba Booey to y’all!

FalconUGAFan

February 26th, 2009
1:15 pm

Agreed. Served his time, now he should be afforded the chance to integrate himself back into society.

However, I’m afraid the Falcons will simply have to release him. He should be reinstated in the NFL.

TAMMY BAILEY

February 26th, 2009
1:16 pm

I think that vick should not come be to the falcons.Because they did him so unfairly.some of his teammates turned him in.so he still should want to go some where like the cowboys trade romo

Alicia

February 26th, 2009
1:16 pm

Well, if you are going to allow your children to idolize an NFL player, then, yes, I think this is the perfect example of someone who has paid the price for his mistake and is able to not use that mistake as an excuse not to live life to the fullest while striving to be a better individual. It is the perfect lesson of “actions and consequences”. Perhaps, my opinion is clouded by the fact that I don’t believe his punishment fit his crime and was extremely harsh when held in comparison with other crimes..but that wasn’t the question here so I won’t digress.

paul

February 26th, 2009
1:16 pm

You are all just jealous of him and his God given talents. Yes he should be allowed to play. He didnt rape, murder or molest anyone.. He who is without sin cast the first stone.

Vick Supporter

February 26th, 2009
1:17 pm

Bout damn time. He deserves the right to rebuild his life. It’s really going to be great to watch. The biggest comeback in recent times.

Obama 09
Vick 09
A-Rod 09

geezeeman

February 26th, 2009
1:18 pm

Reinstate him and let him compete for a backup spot to Matt Ryan. He should still have the skills to secure a position and if he does he can learn how to handle his being a representative of the NFL from MR.

Net

February 26th, 2009
1:19 pm

Forgive his faults and allow him the opportunity to play in the NFL. (I can guarantee that many teams who need a quarterback are just waiting to grab his talent.)

Michael was a young man, from the projects, who was thrust into a life of money and fame. He made bad choices. I’m sure he has had plenty of time to think about where he wants his life to go now. His sins were played before the nation. What if our faults were exposed before millions? I have seen many people come out of jail, for worst reasons, and turned their lives completely around.

Patman

February 26th, 2009
1:19 pm

As long as he’s served his time, why not? I don’t think it should necessarily be the Falcons but there’s reallyno grounds for banning him from the NFl forever. I find it amazing that so many of htose who want to persecute him for life for what he did (which I’m not defending) believe in forgiving and forgetting about others for things even worse things that other athletes have done. I have no respect for hypocrisy or double standards.

Vick Supporter

February 26th, 2009
1:25 pm

For the people that pick dogs over humans: You should be ashamed of yourselves. I don’t condone what he did, but it wasn’t people that he hurt. I’m sure it’s tough to come from the projects and become a millionaire in a short time. I believe he will be a better person and make better decisions. Free Vick

sportswoman

February 26th, 2009
1:28 pm

He has served his time and he has lost enough of what had. He should be allowed to go to work just as anyone else. He will have no problem finding another team. He will be able to fill the stands for any team.

For all the “perfect people” out there, you might want to look in the mirror to be reminded of a second chance you have been given in your lifetime.

Live Life

February 26th, 2009
1:28 pm

For Winston Wolf,

My kids realize that sports are sports!!!! You should be the role model for your kids. Mike Vick should get another chance.

Concerned

February 26th, 2009
1:28 pm

Sure, let him play football. He can get back into shape by putting him out there on the field and letting loose all of the dogs that he mistreated and letting him see if he can scramble his way from them. Some people say he’s paid his debt to society and now his slate is wiped clean. Well, not as far as I’m concerned. I think he got off WAY to easy. It scares me to death to think that he may become a role model to our (mainly) black youth. What is that telling our kids? I’ll tell you what it’s telling our kids. It’s telling them that if you have enough money, you can get away with anything….. and you can’t tell me that he didn’t “get away” with it. If I had done what he did, I’d still be in jail 5 years from now. I will do everything in my power to discourage my boys from idolizing him.

gdg73

February 26th, 2009
1:29 pm

Winston Wolf, wasn’t Martha Stewart welcomed back? I forgot, differrent shade.

Anyway, didn’t you hear that Goodell took a pay cut? The NFL is hurting financially just like everyone else. The NFL (owners) are about filling stadiums and making money. The owners hired Goodell. Why on earth would you suspend one of the top draws in the league’s history (Vick) in these economic times when he generates so much money? Some of you people need to look at the big picture. Like Lil Kim used to say, it’s time to “Get Money”!!!

Russ

February 26th, 2009
1:29 pm

This is what I think will happen: Goodell will suspend him for one year, the Falcons will release him, some team will take a chance on him, but he will have lost a lot of speed by then and will be worthless since his speed was the only reason for any of his success. Oh, and the Falcons win a Superbowl within four years.

Chad

February 26th, 2009
1:31 pm

What he did was horrible. He did infact murder and molest animals.

That said, he has been punished, he has paid for his crime, and should be allowed the chance work for anyone who will hire a convicted felon. To be more clear, the NFL is not exactly corporate America. He is not applying for a job at Morgan Stanley or running for Ms America. And the person who used this line of reasoning should be careful given what may turn out to be the truth about corporate America. The damages done to America by the heads of our most respected companies will probalby have much longer and more dire consequences than what Vick did.

If a company (the KC Chiefs for example) wants to give him a chance to make the team, there is no reason this should not be allowed. If no team wants him, then he is done in the NFL. Its one of the few places where your ability and actions will actually determine if you are hired and able to keep a job.

reggie

February 26th, 2009
1:34 pm

Come on people smell the coffee. Our economy is turmoil ,yet we allow pediphiles to move in our neighborhoods and live normal lives, some even become repeat offenders. As an Iraq war veteran I fought for everyones’ rights(good or bad). If a man is given a debt, to pay society & it is paid in full, it is beyond me why any red-blooded american would still hold prejudices.This football not life or death

Tyger

February 26th, 2009
1:34 pm

Great News!!! Now, Goodell has to be a man of conviction and not swayed by celebrity in his deliberations. We’ve seen too many examples lately of celebrity justice, good and bad. Seemingly, depending on who you are, the scales of justice swing wildly.

Most notably, Mayor Bloomberg of NY has a press conference promising to punish Plaxico Burress to the full extent of the law for shooting himself. While Madoff steals $50 billion right in front of his face and he says nothing…go figure. Did Plaxico’s celebrity cause this highly thought of Mayor to go rabid? Why else would he do that?

Goodell has to be mindful of this and not pander to special interests. This young man has more than paid his debt to society. PETA is placing animal life above human life and that is wrong.

Marcia

February 26th, 2009
1:35 pm

Let the man play football in the NFL!Forgive just as you have been forgiven isn’t that in the bible somewhere.

Vanessa

February 26th, 2009
1:35 pm

If Michael Vick is reinstated to play I will no longer be an NFL fan. We will no longer pay for direct ticket, etc. The NFL among other sports has become so out of hand with the players thinking they are not limited by the same laws we are. The only thing Michael Vick is sorry for is that he got caught and is bankrupt. Otherwise, he thinks what he did was perfectly okay, if he didn’t then he would not have continued to do it. He is a dispicable human being and as far as I am concerned he should be left to rott in jail. Although, two good things have come out of his behavior, one that dogfighting is now a federal crime and two, it was brought into the spotlight of public view. For that, many dogs have been spared the same horrific deaths that Vick’s dogs experienced.

Dennis

February 26th, 2009
1:35 pm

Hey Alicia – what about the white guy serving forty years in a South Carolina prison for the same offense? Still think Vick got too much jail time?

Reality Time

February 26th, 2009
1:36 pm

People tend to forget that dog fighting was not the only problem Michael Vick had with the NFL. In addition to lying to the Commissioner’s face on draft day, Michael Vick engaged in gambling practices, something that is frowned upon by the NFL, and he also had a drug issue. I don’t know that Commissioner Goodell will suspend him for an additional year, but wouldn’t be surprised, since Michael Vick has not yet proved that he has attained the wisdom or the willpower to comport himself properly outside of a prison setting. I think the Commissioner may want to evaluate his behavior outside of prison, especially since Michael Vick failed a drug test while he was out on bond. We’ll all just have to wait and see.

TJ

February 26th, 2009
1:36 pm

Let’s face it. We all know the NFL has a soft spot for minority criminal thugs. They put these people who don’t have the intellectual capacity to be bag boys at the local grocery store as someone to be respected and idolized. Vick will be welcomed back with open arms and wind up with some really big contract and guess what, he’s right back with the same low class trash that got him in trouble in the first place.

Net

February 26th, 2009
1:39 pm

AMEN gdg73.

It would be so funny if Michael Vick joined an NFL team and ended up in a future SuperBowl. Wow! How much money would that generate. I would be the first one in line to get a ticket.

And as far as being a model for the young black kids. They would see someone who made a huge mistake; paid for it; given another chance; and came out better than when he went in.

We fall down, But WE GET UP!!!!!!!!

Reality Time

February 26th, 2009
1:42 pm

To Vick Supporter: Apparently there are a lot of people coming from the projects and making millions in sports and entertainment fields. Their problem is they can’t hang on to it because of repeated bad actions, be it drugs, guns, or not being able to pay child support for the multitude of children created with a multitude of different women.

Coastal

February 26th, 2009
1:42 pm

Whats next for Vick??

1) He will claim that he found God.
2) He will blame the White Man for holding him down.

Net

February 26th, 2009
1:45 pm

RT, Maybe someone should begin an organization to mentor these talented, but irresponsible people. It’s like a lottery winner. Whatever you were before you won the money, you are just a bigger one, with money.

Chad

February 26th, 2009
1:47 pm

Reality Time, you make a great point. While I think he has served his time, and should be allowed back in this year, the commish may want to see how he handles himself back in the “real world”.

Vanessa, are you a vegetarian? Do you wear or use leather? Do you visit the Zoo? What Vick did was wrong. He paid by serving time in prison, and loosing about $100,000,000 dollars in salary and endorsements. If he gets out of prison and shows that he has changed, that he is sorry, and tries to behave in rational way, he should be allowed to go forward with his life, the same way any other ex con is allowed to move forward with thier lives.

Personally, if I were his attorney or PR person, I would advise him to contact PETA and shoot a pro animal commercial to be run on prime time TV, contact the NAACP or some org that works with young people in the inner cities and do a similar public service announcment communicating sorrow and humilty, and then I would advise him to announce that he is donating 1/4 of whatever he makes from his next contract to the Humane Society.

White collar criminals are destroying our country and you are worried about your kids growing up to idolize Mike Vick. I am more worried about my kids growing up wanting to be like Mark Cuban, Martha Stewart, or Bernie Madoff.

Eldee

February 26th, 2009
1:47 pm

He has done his time and he should be given a chance to reintergrate back into society. That is how it works. Don’t like him? Don’t watch. I think that the vast majority of fans will not let his past misdeeds prevent him from enjoying their game.

Joe Washington

February 26th, 2009
1:47 pm

I am truly still amazed at the American Value system. A man can own a Peanut Factory that is responsible for killing people and get aaway with it, or he can be the corporate CEO of a company that robs from the US Taxpayers and its all good. But we can see past the mistakes of a young man who has paid his debts to society. Clearly we can see that in this country where everything is free and equal, the fact still remains that the life of a Black man is worth less than the life of a white man.

The Real Georgia Prohet

February 26th, 2009
1:49 pm

As I “prophesied” In September 2008, Mr. Michael Vick will play in the NFL in 2009…He will become the QB for the Carolina Panthers. Mr. Vick will make the Carolina Panthers Super Bowl Champs in 2009. Invest your money in Mr. Vick Stock…your earnings will be 4-folded. In his First game against the Falcon…the score will be: Panthers 32; Falcons 3.

midnite

February 26th, 2009
1:52 pm

The Commish Goodell is not going to lift his NFL suspension this year. Look for one more year of the league suspension after Vicks release from the federal prison system. So 2010 is the year of his return to the NFL, if any team wants to take a flier on out of shape, out of the game for three years, convicted felon. Good luck Vick, you will have payed a hefty price for your brutal hobby.

Michael

February 26th, 2009
1:53 pm

To Leland: He will not be afforded the privileges of all American citizens because he’s a convicted felon. He forfeited his right when he murdered the animals.

Reality Time

February 26th, 2009
1:53 pm

Net, I would suggest there is already an organization to mentor these talented, but irresponsible, people. It is called their parents. As to your other post, Michael Vick committed a horrible crime (not just a mistake) and will have served his time, but we have not yet seen that he is coming out better than he went in, other than his supply of weed might have been more limited.

Patman

February 26th, 2009
1:53 pm

Concerned,

You sanctimonious hypocrite. Don’t you dare try to play the race card here. Many of your persuasion vehemently defended Pete rose when he bet on baseball yet are still clamoring for him to be in the hall of fame although the rules forbid it. I have yet to hear any outcry against Bobby Cox for beating his wife or against Dany Heatley for getting drunk and killing his friend. How much significant time did either of those men get? Once again, I’m not defending Vick’s actions but he’s served his time so I say let him get on with his life.

And remember, YOU’RE the one who brought up race without provocation. I think your little piece told more about yourself than it did about Michael Vick.

L-Dawg

February 26th, 2009
1:55 pm

We learned well before MV was even born that if you have $$ you are going to be given more chances than the next man. Last time I checked there is a man in Manhattan right now, living in a multimillion dollar penthouse purchased by stealing billions from people worldwide, yet he’s simply on House arrest.

But unlike Mike Vick, he has the complexion for the protection. Plaxico Burress is public enemy #1 yet Ponzai schemes have single-handily devastated families and businesses overnight….yet we still are mad about Mike Vick. If the crime was as offensive as some of you feel, then why with all of the evidence and confession did he only get 23 months? And whatever happened to has paid his/her debt to society? Looks like another case of Right America Feeling Wronged….

virgil leonard

February 26th, 2009
1:57 pm

“Winston Wolf” what other professional is like the NFL. you can’t justify your argument because none of us will ever make millions for a corporation like the NFL. he should be given a second chance because he still has a chance to entertain. Im not saying I agree/disagree with the whole ordeal but who are we to tell a man what he can’t do with his life. And just FYI there are hundreds of felons who went to jail/prison doing a job and was able to return to that job. maybe not with the same company but doing the same work

Julie Michigan

February 26th, 2009
1:59 pm

He did the crime, which was horrific and cruel, he should serve the time sentenced and not be “let off.” He is a lowlife convicted criminal!

Net

February 26th, 2009
2:02 pm

Reality Time, I agree that the mentors should be the parents, but unfortunately, many parents are not there for the children as they should be. As for Michael coming out a better person, we will hope for the best.

zackly

February 26th, 2009
2:03 pm

Once Vick completes his sentencing, he should be allowed to return to the NFL. He paid his debt, right? We’ve got to be able to forgive and forget, and let ex-cons rebuild their lives….Vick deserves another chance.