Why is it so hard to forgive Michael Vick?
On November 26 it was announced that Terrell Davis, Darrell Green, Bruce Smith, and Michael Vick would be honored and serve as the 2020 Pro Bowl captains. Amongst the others, Michael Vick would act as a mentor to the players while leading a team’s offense or defense. Following the release of this announcement, a petition was signed with now up to 400,000 signatures to remove Vick from serving as an honorary captain. The petition has ignited a fire that was thought to be put out ages ago. Michael Vick was convicted of dogfighting in the year 2008 and served his time for the crime of 18 months. According to the law, his debts have been paid to society. So why won’t society acknowledge this?
While listening to many thoughts on the matter, the one that caught my attention was “Animal lovers are very passionate.” My question toward that would be how could a group of people be so passionate to one, but not the other? How could taunting this man for over 10 years be an act of passion? I suppose since they have such a strong emotional belief that animal lives matter that it overpowers the human emotion of forgiveness. If this passionate group of people allowed forgiveness into their hearts they would intentionally and voluntarily let go of their negative emotions and realize the positive that can come from Michael Vick being a mentor for younger players. They would realize that Vick will have a lot to teach from his past and reveal to the youth that it is possible to overcome even after negatively impacted life choices.
Michael Vick’s story could act as a lesson that can be taught and seen first hand to the younger generation of football players. To not have him as an honorary captain would be sending unrealistic and unforgiving messages from the NFL. The message will state that no one can make mistakes and if you do, we will see that you will pay for them for the rest of your life? Not that the NFL would really care, but for the sake of our youth athletes is that really the message that we want to send? Mistakes are the foundation of our growth as people, in order to become better people. Of course, if we don’t have to make them, we shouldn’t, but if we do, we should be allowed to learn and move on from them.
Michael Vick’s story can inspire and be a tool for our youth to learn from not as a tool to threaten and scare them. Please sign and share the below petition to help spread a more empowering and forgiving message: