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    49 Comments     Thursday, February 19th, 2009

    The Return of Vick

    Michael Vick is almost a free man, but will any NFL team want to sign him?

    San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary opened up the floodgates to what will inevitably be a deluge of Michael Vick-related news over the coming months.

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last two years, you know that Vick was charged and sentenced to 23 months in prison for being the money man behind a dog-fighting organization—Bad Newz Kennelz (what an awful name).

    He’s set for release sometime between today and July and, depending on what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decides to do, could suit up for a team this fall.

    Singletary told reporters on Tuesday that the 49ers would consider signing Vick if his NFL suspension was lifted shortly after he is released.

    Of course, one day later a 49ers spokesman said, “We have no interest in signing Michael Vick.”

    That’s what’s tricky about this situation—even if San Francisco does have interest in Vick, they can’t let that cat out of the bag just yet.

    The team would have a storm of media, protestors and animal rights activists at its headquarters telling them that signing Vick is wrong.

    Vick joining the team might even dissuade customers from attending their games.

    In these tough financial times, the bottom line is the only thing that matters.

    Public relations and marketing are far more important than championships and notoriety.

    So, I don’t see anyone inking Vick to a contract—despite his phenomenal, yet diminishing athletic prowess.

    Which brings us to the ultimate question.

    Would you want your favorite team to welcome Vick to training camp come July?

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    49 Responses to “The Return of Vick”

    02.19.09 at 1:37 pm

    J. Fella says:
    Hell yes. The media has been tougher on him then they’ve been on these white-collar crooks who’ve stolen hundreds of millions of dollars. I still don’t see how the punishment fits the crime.

    02.19.09 at 1:41 pm

    EINSTEIN says:
    Tyson boxed again and he raped a woman forgodsakes.

    02.19.09 at 6:21 pm

    partyandbs says:
    Yea i wouldnt have a problem with it, I mean the man did his time and no one should be punished further in life if they already did their jail time. If R.Kelly can piss on chicks and still make records, If all these baseball players can take steroids and still be signed to hundred million dollar contracts then why cant Vick play again?

    02.19.09 at 7:34 pm

    Nick Brown says:
    We need him in Detroit.

    02.19.09 at 7:40 pm

    Ghost of Johnnie Cochran says:
    If he can still play, they will pay.

    02.19.09 at 9:45 pm

    Hater Man says:
    If Vick can still play I’d even let him babysit my dog

    02.19.09 at 11:05 pm

    Breeze Summrs says:
    I’m African American and I could careless that the media has been hard on Micheal Vick. He deserves everything he got, like O.J. this goofball worked hard to get to jail. Animals are voiceless creatures. They depend on us; I have a problem with Black people always crying racial foul, how long are we are going to keep using this excuse. Man/Woman up, except responsibility and drop kick these faux black male images. Vick, shouldn’t be allowed to throw another football again…. Dog fighting is a cruel and let’s face it, the most ghetto form of entertainment. As for you silly, silly Michael Vick supporters, you’re just as ghetto as he is….

    02.19.09 at 11:59 pm

    Chad((((the real Chad)))) says:
    If Michael Vick can still play…yes he deserves another shot. The Detroit Lions should give him a contract a.s.a.p. because they need all the help that they can get. I wish Mr. Vick all the best.

    02.20.09 at 9:10 am

    ToneKapone says:
    @ Breeze…yes Michael Vick pleaded guilty to a crime so of course he deserved to go to jail…but to say that the man doesn’t deserve to play in the NFL again is crazy…when a person does his/her time in accordance with the law…they deserve every right to continue on with their lives when they are released from prison…Michael Vick is no different…and for you to totally dismiss the racial implications of this case is totally irresponsible…you have to live under a rock to not realize that blacks are treated differently than whites in cases like this…here we have these white bankers who’ve messed up billions of dollars in taxpayers money…only to be given more of it…you have the white WR for the Jaguars Matt Jones who was busted for felony cocaine possession and was only suspended for one game…these punishments seem a lil disproportionate dont they?…I’m not making any excuses for Michael Vick…he did the crime and he’s doing the time…but to suggest that we deny this man the right to make a living for the rest of his life…just cause you feel some sort of compassion for some damn dogs…just isn’t right…especially when there are places all over the world where people eat dogs…in restaraunts…are you standing up for therm too?

    02.20.09 at 10:41 am

    Johnny Popcorn says:
    Who the hell cares? LET the man play again.Theres bills n restitution 2 b paid,dammit.

    02.20.09 at 12:46 pm

    biggbamm says:
    I’m a die hard football fan and love the niners and would love to see vick playing there. The funny thing bout it id that it’s folks playing now that’s been in more trouble than him but the leauge look the other way cuz they some white boys. Let the man play!

    02.20.09 at 2:57 pm

    jaykid04 says:
    Im glad somebody has responded to breeze Michael Vick deserves to play he has served his time and needs to become a productive citizen in society everyone deserves a second chance i thought jail was rehabilitation for people to become better when they have paid their debt to society and being a LIONS fan we would welcome him with open arms………………………..

    02.20.09 at 5:52 pm

    elge says:
    Hey Breeze needs to sit down somewhere in here!! Mike Vick deserves a chance to be regular. We give sex offenders another chance to live amongst us and get jobs and do regular things they love. We let murderers of people free to live amongst us and do what they love. We are america the land of the second chance. Vick didn’t invent dog fighting. Its been around for years on top of years. But yet he gets punished and talked bad about and humiliated worst than the people who crucified Jesus!! (yeah i took it there) So how bout people like breeze lay off and stick your head in a hole somewhere because this man has done his time and should be allowed back out here to be free just like you and me. He is sorry he has said it and once he is out give him a chance for his actions to speak louder than his words. I believe they will. And the niners will dominate again!!!!

    02.21.09 at 9:49 am

    poppany75 says:
    if pacman, tank and all these other nfl players get arrested and can back and play so can vick. he did his time. im sure is really sorry for what happened. let him play

    02.21.09 at 5:40 pm

    Breeze Summers says:
    I have to write that comments regarding my assessement of Vick has some merit. However, I still stick to my guns this guy should never play football again. What I’ve failed to see why you are so compassionate for a bozo that abuses defenseless animals. The real victims by the way! There are plenty of black, white,asian,etc sport’s figures who bring honor to their trade. Believe me, Vick isn’t one of them, he needs to be made an example of; and banned for life. Dog fighting is seriously a cruel, vicious, silly and ghetto sport. I put you Vick supporters to the test Chris Rock once stated their are two types of Black people, African Americans and N***s… Those of you who support Mr. Vick are the latter.

    02.21.09 at 6:54 pm

    President Ward says:
    All a can say is welcome back vick.

    02.21.09 at 8:17 pm

    DIMPLES73 says:
    Of course a team will pick him up its all about that $$$$.

    02.23.09 at 3:39 am

    GO-Getta' says:
    The media ‘ld crucify him. He’s a done deal.

    02.23.09 at 2:20 pm

    charlie says:
    Vick did something wrong…But he paid his debt to society. Now, no one can stop him from making a living from what he does best. Detroit should is perfect for Vick. It has the worst team so the media will be happy to crucified and make fun of the Lions and won’t have to worry about him going to the Superbowl. Plus Detroit is 70% black and most off all Black people support Vick, not just N**s.

    02.23.09 at 4:43 pm

    huricane says:
    While Vick’s play can be electric and at times plain exciting, I’m not sure if any except the worst teams would even consider giving him an opportunity to play…..the hurdle would be paying an enormous salary for someone whose skills have probably diminished and possibly risking a backlash at the ticket counter. I’m all for giving ANYONE a second chance, but from a business standpoint this may ONLY be a winning situation for Michael Vick and not for the franchise that might hire him or the fans that might expect him to “show up” with same skill level as 2-3 years ago.

    02.24.09 at 4:27 pm

    noise says:
    NO, I would not want him to play for my team – or any other team for that matter. What he did was cruel and inhumane. What kind of role model will he make for our kids? Not to mention he is an idiot. Come on – he has MILLIONS of dollars yet he can’t find anything more entertaining than to torture and kill defenseless animals??

    02.24.09 at 11:46 pm

    Breeze Summers says:
    Thanks Noise for your insight comments. I was beginning to think I was the only one who thought this Vick guy as a complete moron….

    02.25.09 at 2:19 am

    voice of reason says:
    Although the comments of Breeze Summers have some validity, they are unfortunately tainted with bitterness. The actions of Vick were clearly wrong as most of these comments have conceded to. However, when we start calling each other n****s for voicing are opinion on a sports figure, we have over stepped our boundaries on a subject matter that is intended to be of an entertainment nature. The financial ramifications of the league will determine if Vick throws another pass in the NFL. If he does, MORE POWER TO HIM. Who are we to judge? This is coming from a 4.0 summa cum laude graduate. If that makes me a n*** in the book of “Breeze,” so be it.

    02.25.09 at 12:52 pm

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    02.25.09 at 3:50 pm

    bjack says:
    Man, fuck dem damn dogs, let his ass play. lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    02.25.09 at 4:50 pm

    Hush Up!!! says:
    Breeeze & noise, u 2 can stick ur head up each other. Y’all probably some lonely, kiss ass type of people. Y’all the type that would feed a hungry dog rather than feeding child in africa or somewhere else. With that said,it would best if y’all 2 just shut up & go play peak-a-boo with dogs. Ain’t say I hate dogs, but it’s just sad that there are people like y’all in the world. Then to to be referring to people as N****s, u “breeze” karma is B***h. As far Mr. Vick, “awww, welcome back, our president is —–”. If breeze & noise (haters) can walk the earth, & live amongst us humans, why Vick, y’all make vick look like a saint. Ain’t saying the man is perfect, he apologized from his heart, he had no written speech. Y’all 2 probably did worst S**t in y’all life, probably to a human being, y’all wanna jugde someone, look @ urself 1st. Peace y’all, don’t reply, its a rap for y’all

    02.26.09 at 6:16 am

    Ignorance @ its purest?? says:
    Breeze I read your comment. First you must dont know that the act of dog fighting has been going on for a long time in this country. Mr.Vick made a mistake, he went to jail, served his time and now he is going to get out.He has to work just like you and I.God gave him talent and if he still posses the talent he should be able to play.The man dealt with dogs, some were killed, I hope you feel more passionate about the millions of people and little babies that are killed every day(abortion) should these people not be allowed to work also. I think the Cowboys ought to snatch him up. P.S.
    Dog fighting in this country was once considered a gentleman sport.Just thought I would shoot some facts out there.

    02.26.09 at 8:12 pm

    stl.mo-man says:
    Race shouldn’t matter he did his time and he should be able to play.

    02.27.09 at 1:56 pm

    kurt says:
    bjack- you’re an idiot. michael vick had his chance, and choked. when you’re set financially, FOR LIFE, and yet make decisions like that, then yeah, you’re done. You can’t make an excuse for actions like that, and yeah, he did is time, he’s lucky he didnt get more time, if he didnt have all that money he would’ve. Even after all this, he’ll still have money that he doesnt know what to do with, so as far as going back to the NFL, it would be a very poor decision for any team to make, the media alone would eat em’ alive.

    02.27.09 at 2:04 pm

    John says:
    this just in: A government official says imprisoned NFL star Michael Vick has been approved for release to home confinement. Vick’s lawyers have said they expected him to be moved any day into a halfway house in Newport News, Va. But the official says there’s no bed space, so Vick could be released to his Hampton, Va. home as soon as May 21st.

    02.28.09 at 1:58 pm

    real in St.Louis says:
    whats the problem what vick did to dogs.aint worst than what our ex-president was doing to our americam soldiers. So who’s really fucked up

    03.1.09 at 7:47 pm

    L.PLAIRE says:
    Vick is honestly one of the best young athletes of our time, an to single handedly stop him in his prime fo one mistake would be against every thing in our so called sel riteous cultra.Wen we say people can kill one another and get a second chance,why is he not deserving of one Americans?

    03.1.09 at 10:30 pm

    uthamanj says:
    Yes Vick should get a second chance. People like Breeze and Noise have no right to say he should be banned, Leonard Little killed a woman in a DUI car accident, manslaughter conviction, killed a humun being, but he is still playing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not condoning what Vick did or Little, but if you let these other thugs play (Pacman) Vick should get a 2nd chance like they did. I wish people would quit bashing him so much and let him get his life together. By the way Breeze, you want to call me a N**** because I’m willing to forgvie Vick and would not mind him playing again? Well buddy, you forgot one more group of Black People, the ones I can’t stand………..House N****s or Uncle Toms which is what you are. Talking bout racism isn’t a factor, open your eyes boy !!!

    03.2.09 at 1:05 am

    bjack says:
    kurt- WHO THE FUCK U CALLIN AN IDIOT!!!! I was thinkin about goin off in yo ass but imma keep my cool!!!! im just sayin that vick shouldnt go to jail for that long period of time over some damn dogs. Shaun bell get killed by dem crackas and they get no time. Everybody deserves a second chance!!!

    03.2.09 at 4:11 am

    Gregg says:
    Come on man! This is a character issue. This is a guy who abused, tortured and killed animals in horrible ways. Drowning dogs alive, electrocuting them, Hanging them, and throwing them to the ground. Just think if you were there when it was happening. The screams of pain from these animals as they electrocuted. The pain these animals felt as they were suffocating in water trying to get their last breath! Come on ANYONE who does this is a cold, vicious person with no value for life. who would want to have a teammate in the locker room with a guy like this. You would want to go to work with a guy like this?????????

    03.2.09 at 12:53 pm

    Greg says:
    We need him in Chicago

    03.2.09 at 4:38 pm

    Hammer Heads says:
    Vick done his time. Time to play ball. All anti-Vick Suckers need to rest. Go on CNN and blog about the White Colloar Criminals who suck like you!

    03.2.09 at 11:58 pm

    Tdtuck says:
    ur a fool if you don’t sign Vick. Top five revenue generator in the league. Don’t get it twisted!

    03.3.09 at 12:56 am

    Yankee says:
    That man is one of the best QB’s ever to play the game, had that been a white men he would have been playing football the next, do you know how many animals kids kill hamsters, fishes, dogs, cats, rats, chickens, pigs, cows, but when a black mans involed they want to end his career and life, even after he goes to jail for that crime, they also want to take his life, the thing he loves most playing football away, and to all animal rights people who eat meat, and have family and friends that eat meat, that come from killed animals, to shut the f-u-c-k up and do something else with there lives instead of trying to live others.

    03.4.09 at 4:05 am

    leonie says:
    Give him a chance people, he should have contracts outside the gate. I just want to see him on the field…made me want to get a dog regardless.

    03.6.09 at 4:59 pm

    JOCK MASTER says:
    Why in the world is Michael Vick in Jail, people have done far worst and nothing happen to them. Would I want M.V. on my favorite team…One word, YES…He may take sometime to learn the playbook but he is a playmaker and any team he is quarterbacking is a playoff contender…

    03.6.09 at 5:07 pm

    JOCK MASTER says:
    To – Mr. Breeze Summrs, Sir if you own any domesticated or wild animal, then your caging them up, and while we as humans want them as pets. Southerner in the 1800′s wanted slaves, but it was inhuman so hopefully you can put this analogy together. Bottom line any animal pet or in a cage would prefer being in there natural environment, not as anyones pet. Michael Vick should not have been put in jail. We kill animals everyday unless you don’t eat meat SHUT THE FUCK UP…

    03.8.09 at 12:37 am

    rob says:
    give the man a break everyone deserves one

    03.8.09 at 1:42 am

    Rob says:
    Luckily, we don’t need him at Lambeau, so it’s not even a question for me.

    03.9.09 at 1:40 am

    B.Russell says:
    Hahahahaha at Breeze at anyone like him or her. lol But Vicks best place might be the Raiders. not to say I’m a fan.

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