What Will Happen To Michael Vick?

What Will Happen To Michael Vick?

 

 

     Michael Vick is an amazing athlete with remarkable talents.  Unfortunately,

 

his involvement in the dog fighting world will probably cause him to serve some

 

time in prison.  He will also probably be out of the National Football League for

 

a year or two.

 

      I am a dog lover, and like a lot of pet enthusiasts,  and I was quite disturbed by the

 

 charges  included in the lengthy indictment.   Some the behaviors that were mentioned

 

were quite barbaric.

 

        To his credit,  Michael Vick seems to be accepting responsibility for his actions. 

 

Prison is not a pleasant place and it  won’t be fun or easy for him.  He will have to

 

spend time, money and energy to repair his image.  I suspect he will donate

 

money to charities and organizations that look after animals.

 

      However,  if we look down the road a bit, it is likely that Michael Vick will return

 

to professional football and that he will be given a second chance by the sport,

 

by the media and by the general public after he “pays his debt to society.”

 

      

America is a very forgiving country.  We forgave Richard Nixon for his Watergate

 

antics.  Convicted murderers are paroled all the time and given the opportunity to

 

start their lives over. 

 

        Many athletes who have had trouble with the law and been involved in

 

scandals including sex, violence and substance abuse have been reinstated in

 

their respective thoughts.  While some become repeat offenders; others seem to

 

learn their lesson after one mishap.

 

         There was a time when some people thought Marv Albert would never broadcast

 

 another sporting event due to his sexual indiscretions.  Now those behaviors are

 

ancient history.

 

         Now, some people don’t like the idea of forgiveness.  They view it as being too soft

 

or as being weak and they feel that people in the limelight get special treatment by the

 

criminal justice system. 

 

          While there is probably some truth to this idea, since wealthy people can afford

 

top legal representation when they get into trouble with the law.  Consequently, they

 

may get a lighter sentence than a poorer person is apt to receive when convicted of the

 

same crime.

 

          Nevertheless, I think forgiveness is a useful and admirable value for a

 

democratic society.  All of us, if we are honest, have made some mistakes in our

 

lives.  This is part of being human. 

 

       In my view, Michael Vick will be deserving of forgiveness when he emerges from

 

prison and he should be given an opportunity to reclaim his life.

 

Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist in River Edge, NJ.  He frequently writes on

sports and sport psychology and he has counseled many athletes.  He is the founder of

www.stayinthezone.com

 

 

Phone Number: 201 342-3663

 

Address:

1060 Main Street, Suite 307

, River

Edge, NJ

07661

Dr. Granat

About Dr. Granat

Since 1978, Dr. Granat has counseled thousands of highly competitive athletes from many different sports. His clients have included golfers, tennis players, bowlers, runners, boxers, baseball players, basketball players, pool players, hockey players, ice skaters, wrestlers, fencers and martial artists. (Satisfied Clients) on this site. Now athletes who are struggling with choking, nervousness, lack of confidence, negative thoughts, self-doubt, lack of energy or concentration problems can get the help they need to excel in their respective sport by phone.
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