Michael Vick

Will you boycott the NFL if Michael Vick signs with a team?

  • Yes.

    Votes: 5 23.8%
  • No.

    Votes: 15 71.4%
  • Don't know.

    Votes: 1 4.8%

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Jon

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Pretty straightforward question. Will you quit watching NFL Football if Michael Vick is reinstated and signs with a team?
 
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semipenguin

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I will absolutely continue to watch (listen to) NFL games if any team, even my favorite time, signs Michael Vick. The guy has served his time. It's time to let him go back to his job.

If he is qualified to do it on a professional level, then he should be able to :)
 

Aaron

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I will absolutely continue to watch (listen to) NFL games if any team, even my favorite time, signs Michael Vick. The guy has served his time. It's time to let him go back to his job.

If he is qualified to do it on a professional level, then he should be able to :)

I agree completely. It's not like he's going back to a job as a Doctor or Lawyer. He throws a football for a living... he's served his time. I kinda hope it happens.

Besides, I can't imagine any circumstance under which I'd give up watching football! :)
 

Jon

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I'm on the fence here. I think he has served his time, but on the other hand, when you hear of some of the heinous actions that were involved in this operation, electrocuting of dogs that didn't perform well, stealing family pets from people's yards to use as bait. I could go over the whole laundry list, but as a dog lover/owner it's just too disturbing.

Having said that, if Tony Dungy is correct (and I think I trust his judgement) Vick is turning it around personally, and is remorseful for his actions in the past. I would like to hear the same thing from the man himself before I can judge further.

I will likely follow the NFL a lot less as it is, Vick or no Vick. Baseball is still in full swing and by the time the NFL gets Interesting the NBA/NHL will have started up again.
 

AJ_II

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Jon, can I ask why was Mike Vick the straw that broke the camel's back for you?

The NFL has always had questionable figures...Lawrence Taylor with drugs, Randy Moss trying to run over a traffic cop, Ray Lewis who may have even killed two people, Pacman Jones, etc etc etc.
 

Jon

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Jon, can I ask why was Mike Vick the straw that broke the camel's back for you?

The NFL has always had questionable figures...Lawrence Taylor with drugs, Randy Moss trying to run over a traffic cop, Ray Lewis who may have even killed two people, Pacman Jones, etc etc etc.

it's been a culmination of all of the above. Hearing about all the crap that goes down with the players on a regular basis. It's just that hearing the sordid details on the Vick story made me sick to my stomach. I don't expect the players I follow to be angels by any stretch, but I do expect them to abide by the rules of society. The Broncos have their own little problem here with Brandon Marshall.

It's gotten to where I'm close to giving up on sports completely. Not just the NFL. I think one more lockout/strike might do the trick.
 

Steel Cranium

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He did his time, and then some. Left bankrupt and without his "day job", serving his entire sentence. What he did was wrong, but more wrong than Donte Stallworth drinking all night and flashing the lights before running down a pedestrian? He only received a month in jail for drunk driving and killing someone... and he didn't even complete the sentence. I would boycott the league if (when) they look the other way for guys like Stallworth more than the Vick situation.
 
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flap_jackson

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To say you're going to boycot the NFL because of one guy is stupid. Aside from a PETA member, I'd really question your status as a fan anyways... 'Oh, I'm not watching the Super Bowl because the Detroit Lions signed Michael Vick.' Nope, not happening.

If the Panthers signed him and he won, I'd be perfectly fine. If he lost, I'd blame the idiots in management. The guy's done his time, and if he's reformed, he's fine.
 

Aaron

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Michael Vick reinstated by NFL - NFL - Yahoo! Sports

NEW YORK(AP)—Michael Vick was reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday and could play in regular season games as early as October.
Vick can immediately participate in preseason practices, workouts and meetings and can play in the final two preseason games - if he can find a team that will sign him. A number of teams have already said they would not.
 

limegrass69

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I don't approve of Vick's behavior, but the guy did his time. If you are not happy with how he was treated, take it up with the judicial system. It should not inhibit Vick's ability to earn a living for the rest of his life.
 

Jon

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I don't approve of Vick's behavior, but the guy did his time. If you are not happy with how he was treated, take it up with the judicial system. It should not inhibit Vick's ability to earn a living for the rest of his life.

Something like this would if he were on the outside. I have seen people with lengthy criminal records who have essentially given up on ever finding anything meaningful in the business world because of it.

Besides which, any team that signs him would have to put up with PETA, The Humane Society, a likely season-ticket holder revolt. Not to mention bad publicity in the media, so much so that even people who never followed sports a day in their life would know about it.

And what Linebacker or Safety wouldn't relish the chance to put a little more mustard on a hit, so much so that it could permanently disable him? He may have been reinstated, but whether he plays another down in this league is still to be determined. All it takes is the collective opinions of ownership to keep him out permanently. All Barry Bonds did was steroids, and he can't get a job in the Majors, even with teams that need a slugger.
 

AJ_II

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He may have been reinstated, but whether he plays another down in this league is still to be determined.

Believe me, he'll play again.

I doubt he'll ever be a starter again, but he'll catch on with someone. With this new "Wildcat" formation that's so popular, someone will sign him for that specific purpose.

Besides which, any team that signs him would have to put up with...a likely season-ticket holder revolt.

I really doubt that.
 
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limegrass69

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Something like this would if he were on the outside. I have seen people with lengthy criminal records who have essentially given up on ever finding anything meaningful in the business world because of it.

Besides which, any team that signs him would have to put up with PETA, The Humane Society, a likely season-ticket holder revolt. Not to mention bad publicity in the media, so much so that even people who never followed sports a day in their life would know about it.

And what Linebacker or Safety wouldn't relish the chance to put a little more mustard on a hit, so much so that it could permanently disable him? He may have been reinstated, but whether he plays another down in this league is still to be determined. All it takes is the collective opinions of ownership to keep him out permanently. All Barry Bonds did was steroids, and he can't get a job in the Majors, even with teams that need a slugger.

Those are all potential issues that a NFL franchise will need to consider. That's a pitfall of being in a public business. Nevertheless, I am sure that there will be several teams looking to hire him.
 

Ehilbert1

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My Bengals are already used to signing convicts. I'm sure he will fit right in. :ter:

Honestly...... The man has done his time. I love dogs and I think what he did was terrible, but he served his time and deserves a second chance. Mike Vick and the Benglas I can see it now.
 

limegrass69

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Let's hope so. Now that T.O. is gone and the Tony Romo/Jessica Simpson romance is over, we Giants fans are looking for a new sideshow to distract the Cowboy organization.