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Michael Vick’s Jersey Should be Displayed at Warwick High School

A student movement aimed at getting Michael Vick’s jersey back on display at his high school in Virginia was denied earlier this week. According to the Virginia Pilot, the reason for denying the motion is safety. “Administrators felt that displaying the jersey again could result in vandalism or theft. They also saw it as a distraction for students during the last stretch of classes before the end of the school year,” the paper says.

I can understand the desire to keep things safe and vandalism-free, but would putting Vick’s jersey back on display really create such a disturbance? I’d put it back up and take my chances that the students can behave themselves accordingly.

Michael Vick has already gone to prison and served what I felt was an extremely harsh sentence. Over the summer there were shots fired at his birthday party and then Vick’s name was used to promote a 4th of July party. It was wrong of Vick to be involved in the party scene rather than protect his safety and reputation, but it’s pretty clear he has stayed clean since then.

Vick had an MVP-like season for the Eagles, has participated in charity events and spoken out against cruelty to animals, and he’s tried to become a role model for young children. He has recognized he was wrong for his actions both on and off the field and apologized. He’s used his life story to try and warn youngsters what to avoid and to make it clear what he did was wrong. Vick seems to have turned his life around and dedicated himself towards living a better life and using his popularity towards that end.

Unless he’s a total fraud who has me suckered, I believe in the new person Mike Vick seems to be. Putting his jersey back on display at Warwick High School would not send a message that dogfighting is supported, but rather that they support redemption and second chances. Michael Vick is a different person and I’m buying into the new message he’s imparting. Maybe I’ll be proven to be an idiot for believing in him, but I’ll take my chances by supporting him, and I’d take the chance of putting his jersey back up. It’s time.



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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MMXK2MJEW3ZRQ6AAD2VJDVG6SY jmt

    One of those people at that school probably sold the shirt I would not put it past him. They can hang rebel falggs show kkk sheets and trees that black weree hung from but no jersey on a man that is redeeming himself what a bunch of losers.

  • Anonymous

    A lot of people simply don’t buy into the redemption narrative, especially when a 16 + million dollar contract is on the line, and to them the jersey would be a source of anger and embarrassment. Anyway, with today’s severe budget cuts, selling the jersey would be more beneficial to the school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1001065715 Diane Rittendale Patriaco

    vick is no hero, take it down and leave it down! We’ll continue to protest everything he does, so get over it, we aren’t going any where.

  • Anonymous

    He may be going on the straight and narrow, maybe, but after what he and his friends did to those dogs he lost that privilege to be idolized, especially by kids. Kids don’t know the grisly details of what happened to those dogs and if for some reason they do know the grisly details and still want that jersey up then you should be looking seriously at those kids and get them professional help right away. No one is stopping Vick from a second chance but to idolize him is obscene.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Kids already idolize him, can’t take that away from him

  • Anonymous

    That is the problem. Why are they idolizing him? Because he can run and play or that they think he is a great human being? Or do they think it was cool what he did to those dogs? It is pretty sad that they think he is a hero. He’s a great athlete but that is all he is. He may be trying to redeem himself but he’s got a long ways to go from what he and his friends did to those dogs. To say he has an extreme character flaw is putting it mildly. It is much more serious than that.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    They idolize him because of his playing ability and because let’s face it, Nike’s marketing made him a god. As long as he keeps on the path he’s on, I think he can be a good role model for youngsters.

  • Anonymous

    I hope you are right, for the sake of the kids. I’m sure you have more faith in him and the sports world than I do. What I see is mixed messages being sent to kids. If you have an athletic talent, god bad, go to prison, you can still get back in the game. I understand where you are coming from but I just don’t have as much faith in humans that can be that cruel being able to change dramatically and I don’t believe kids are getting a healthy message from athletes who are felons who are let back in to play sports again and make millions and be built up as a god.

  • Anonymous

    I saw my typos. What I see are mixed messages being sent to kids. If you have an athletic talent, go bad, etc. and the rest of the above post.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    He’s certainly given us plenty of reasons to be skeptical. Good discussion, thanks

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    He’s certainly given us plenty of reasons to be skeptical. Good discussion, thanks