Time went by after Vick got out, and I didn't buy his act. I was angry, and he hadn't paid enough. But his actions ever since have been impeccable. This man learned a lesson. He did an awful thing, and he came out of it paid in full and a better man. I believe that, and I had every reason to nurse a grudge.
And then there's this TMZ update:
Michael Vick has finally said squarely ... his family does indeed have a dog.There's been a lot of controversy over whether Vick -- who served hard time for brutally killing multiple dogs, should own one again.Vick says, "I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals."Vick goes on, "I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God's creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family."Vick continues, "This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change."
He is right. He has shown a truly positive change, sustained over a great length of time. He is trying to teach his kids better, and you can't do that until you have a pet. He isn't an ass about the skepticism, he understands it and he speaks frankly about why it's important to break the cycle and do good. I believe he feels he owes animals some karma.
What say you, readers? Do you agree, or think he should forfeit his right to pets forever, even for the sake of his kids?