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Michael Vick has been released from prison to serve the final two months of his dogfighting sentence at home. Do you think NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should lift Vick's suspension?

Yes, he has been punished enough 19% 196 votes
Yes, but only after he shows 'genuine remorse,' as Goodell has stated 17% 174 votes
No, he should be banned for life 63% 638 votes
Total Votes: 1008

Note: This is not a scientific poll.


May 22, 2009
10:56 a.m.

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Dr_Chim_Richolds ( Dr_Chim_Richolds ) says...

This is a tough one. From a business standpoint, Goodell absolutely has to let him play again. Vick's return will bring A LOT of attention (money) to the NFL. I just think it would be a poor business decision not to reinstate him.

That being said, I think dog-fighting is heinous. I believe you'd have to have something seriously wrong with you to take part such an activity. So I'm split down the middle with this one. I'm glad I don't have to make the decision.


May 23, 2009
7:16 a.m.

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fltom ( fltom ) says...

This guy has payed more than any person ever convicted of cruelty to Animals. I find the crime is heinous,that being said, Vick didnt get away with it. He has lost over 100 million dolars and spent the last 2 yrs in prison, not to mention his life being turned upside down. The peta people have gotten more press for their cause than in any case in history. Sure the guys a jerk, but he has payed his debt to society ten fold and should be allowed to return to work. Wether he makes it or not is up to him.

May 23, 2009
10:12 a.m.

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fyrefly65 ( fyrefly65 ) says...

He killed a lot of dogs, so what if he went to prison and "lost" 100 million dollars. The way I see it, he didn't lose the money, all he did was pay them to give him less time. No this guy has NOT paid his debt to society. This man is heartless and is doing what he is told to do. You really think he's doing anything out of the goodness of his heart? If someone can kill one dog or more, what else are they capable of doing or killing? This guy revolts me and anytime I see him on TV, I get so disgusted that anyone would bother with someone of his nature. What if one of those dogs had been yours?

May 23, 2009
12:13 p.m.

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Deceived ( Deceived ) says...

Where's the goodness in YOUR heart? This guy was engaged in a 'sport' that is legal in many other countries and served his time. He never hurt anyone and they didn't use people's pets.

Home town boy Raucci faces life in jail and never hurt anyone either, not even a dog.

If you are so concerned about dogs, don't patronize any store that sells Chinese products - they kill dogs and EAT them. And if watching TV revolts you, read a book instead.

May 23, 2009
1:38 p.m.

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wmarincic ( wmarincic ) says...


You say you are not a Raucci supporter but yet you use any platform available here to support him.. Hmmm

May 23, 2009
10:14 p.m.

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Tommy ( Tommy ) says...

Hey, selling your 7 year old daughter for sex with strange old men "is legal in many other countries" too.

I'd like to think we're better than that.

May 23, 2009
10:45 p.m.

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medic_sean426 ( medic_sean426 ) says...

Vick should be banned. Too many pro athletes think they're above the law, and someone needs to set a precedent here. Yes, he served his time (well, most of it), and should be granted his freedom. But playing a sport is a privilege, not a right, and quite frankly, if you commit a felony, you should lose that privilege. Pro athletes should be role models, not criminals. Let Vick go play his "sport" in those other countries where it's legal, then. It's still barbaric, but we're better off without him in our country anyway. Some other countries allow you to shoot your wife for not covering her face - should we let Vick do that, too, since it's "legal in [some] other countries"? As to Raucci, he should go to jail for life. What, it's not a crime if you don't physically harm anyone? What planet do you live on? Better not call the police if someone ever burglarizes your house - after all, according to you, if they don't hurt you, it's not a crime. FYI, Raucci hurt several people. Maybe not physically, but financially and emotionally (and if you don't believe that, you apparently also support terrorism, because that's what he did). He also put the lives of the firemen and EMS workers at risk. He didn't ascertain whether anyone was in the buildings he set ablaze, nor does he seem to care. Your inane tangent about the Chinese shows only your prejudices. It has nothing to do with dog-fighting, and btw, few Chinese restaurants - if any - in America use dog in their menus. Watching TV doesn't revolt me. People who think it's okay to pit innocent animals against each other do. You think it's so "cool"? How about we pit you against another person who's been bred to do nothing but fight to the death and place bets on how many seconds before your entrails are splattered all over the carpet. My guess? Less than two. But I guess it's cooler to watch. Dog may be man's best friend, but you and Vick clearly aren't dog's best friend. Nice loyalty - choosing a killer over a dog.

May 24, 2009
6:25 a.m.

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annarondac ( annarondac ) says...

Amen. Medic.

May 25, 2009
12:48 p.m.

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nygirl61 ( nygirl61 ) says...

Double amen Medic! Excellent response! For awhile I thought maybe I should side with Michael Vick because he served his time and should be allowed to return to football. I have since changed my mind because of Medic's response. This morning I was watching some of the Memorial Day coverage at Arlington National Cemetery. One of the commentators stated that the soldiers who guard the Tomb of the Unknowns loose that privilege if it is found they have any blemish on their service record. They have to lead an exemplary life in and out of the service. In other words, it's a privilege... just like playing football is a privilege. Vick violated that privilege and he should not be allowed to return to the playing field. All sports should have a high standard for their players. For every one of them who does not live up to that standard, kick them out, because there are a dozen anxious players waiting in the wings for their chance at stardom. Why keep putting these losers back on the field?!

May 27, 2009
2:56 a.m.

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crystalce ( crystalce ) says...

In response to "Tommy": It doesn't matter if it is legal in other countries--it shouldn't be, but that's besides the point--it isn't legal here. And it isn't a SPORT--it is cruel and inhumane. Pets or not, he DID hurt helpless animals...yes, helpless, because no matter how vicious they may have been trained to be, the dogs were still helpless when faced with the weapons that Vick and his cohorts held.

As for the suggestion that he didn't hurt anyone, I suggest that you watch the episode of Dogtown that shows the rehabilitation of some of those poor animals. Better yet, visit a Pit Bull rescue group and see the pictures and hear the stories.

And by the way, are you familiar with the statistics linking animal torture to homicides? Serial killing? If not, look them up. I am NOT saying that Vick is a homicidal maniac, but just that it is a short step from animal abuse to abusing humans.

And finally, what message do we give children if Vick is reinstated? It doesn't matter what you do, if you have talent we'll excuse you?

May 27, 2009
2:58 a.m.

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crystalce ( crystalce ) says...

I comment was to "deceived" not Tommy...Tommy has a great point!

May 27, 2009
9:41 a.m.

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schdygrl ( schdygrl ) says...

So, are any of you guys throwing stones vegetarians or vegans (no animal by products what so ever)? Or does your animal cruelty and inhumane talk apply only to dogs?


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