In the court of public opinion, Michael Vick is as good as done in the National Football League.
Petitions abound calling for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend Vick from the league for eternity. Websites and message boards light up with negative commentary on the Atlanta Falcons’ signal-caller. PETA is demonstrating outside the NFL offices in New York and threatening to protest outside Falcons training camp.
This is completely ridiculous.
Vick has not been convicted in the court of law, but activists are advocating suspending the guy from the NFL for life. Not even Pacman Jones deserves that kind of action … at least not yet.
Vick is being blasted from all sides, and it may turn out to be rightfully so in the end, but until the legal process is complete and he is convicted of something he should not have to endure such persecution. And he certainly should not be suspended from the NFL for life unless he is proven guilty in the court of law.
I know the things he is accused of doing are terrible and should be admonished in society, but how in the world are they going to find a non-biased jury in this case? It seems everyone has an opinion about Vick and his allegations these days, and most of the opinions are negative (rightfully so).
But if the public had its way, Vick would not even stand trial. PETA would gladly lock him up and throw away the key, regardless of his innocence or guilt.
Let the courts decide Vick’s future in the NFL, not some silly vendetta-driven petition.