The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) president of the Atlanta chapter said Michael Vick should be allowed to return to the NFL, preferably the Atlanta Falcons, after serving time for his involvement in a dog fighting operation.
“As a society, we should aid in his rehabilitation and welcome a new Michael Vick back into the community without a permanent loss of his career in football,” said R.L. White, president of NAACP’s Atlanta chapter. “We further ask the NFL, Falcons, and the sponsors not to permanently ban Mr. Vick from his ability to bring hours of enjoyment to fans all over this country.”
White (pictured here) added that Vick made a mistake and he should be allowed to show the public that he has learned from his mistakes.
In July, NAACP leaders asked the public not to rush to judgment in Vick’s case. They said animal rights activists, radio shows, and news media were vilifying Vick, and that his team and corporate sponsors were punishing Vick prematurely.
White supports Vick’s decision to take a plea bargain, but he questioned the credibility of his three co-defendants. He said a guilty plea may be more about cutting losses than telling the truth.
“At this point, you’re not looking at guilt or innocence,” White said. “You’re thinking, ‘What I better do is cut my losses and take a plea.’ But if he saw this as the best thing to do at this point for his future, then I think he made the correct choice.”
He added that since Vick has accepted the plea deal, the facts of the case may never be known. He said Vick has received more negative press than if he had murdered a human.
White said he does not support dog fighting and considers it as bad as hunting.
“His crime is, it was a dog,” White said.
Source: Yahoo News
Photo: Associated Press
(Thanks Jen and Dave’s mom)