Former NFL Superstar Michael Vick was released from federal prison in Kansas Wednesday morning around 5 am and will be headed for confinement at his home in Virginia. 

Vick was serving a 23-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to federal conspiracy and dog fighting charges. 

Vick faced anger and outrage after he admitted to killing 8 dogs and training as many as 60 to fight.

It angered his fans and animal rights activists. 

A roundtable discussion on CNN – focused on whether Vick deserves a second chance with the NFL.

“Absolutely not, this was a massive criminal enterprise that went on for years. dogs were electrocuted, slammed to the ground, drowned, hanged. This is sadism with a capital S. And you don’t stop being a sadist just because you served time in jail.  He needs therapy, he needs to understand why he had these violent impulses.”

One commentator on ESPN took the opposite view – saying that Vick has suffered enough.

“Its hard to imagine a guy being punished any more than Michael Vick has. He’s washed pots and pans for 12 cents an hour.  He’s been in prison for 18 months.  He’s lost upwards of 50 million dollars.  There is no question that he has paid his debt to society.”

Also on ESPN.com, a poll gives the perspective of the American people: 80% of Americans believe Michael Vick deserves a second chance in the NFL.

One more note from ESPN.com. Columnist Jamelle Hill looks at how the case has affected African American fans in particular.

“Vick certainly had his share of white fans in Atlanta, but it's no secret his fall was especially personal and painful for Black Atlanta. Atlanta has the seventh-largest black population in America.” 

The Richmond Times Dispatch brings this positive note...

 “The public outcry over Vick's crimes galvanized the General Assembly to act on animal cruelty bills instead of burying legislation in committee.  Virginia now has some of the strongest animal fighting laws in the country.”

One more note – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has yet to pick up the story on the PETA.org website...

As for Michael Vick – he says he just wants to focus on family – and the NFL is on the back burner for now.

 

 

 

 

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Michael Vick was released from Leavenworth prison Wednesday morning.  Newsy.com is tracking perspectives on the story and his possible return to the NFL.

 

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Vicks release sparks debate

Vick's Release Sparks Debate

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May 20, 2009

Vick's Release Sparks Debate

Former NFL Superstar Michael Vick was released from federal prison in Kansas Wednesday morning around 5 am and will be headed for confinement at his home in Virginia. 

Vick was serving a 23-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to federal conspiracy and dog fighting charges. 

Vick faced anger and outrage after he admitted to killing 8 dogs and training as many as 60 to fight.

It angered his fans and animal rights activists. 

A roundtable discussion on CNN – focused on whether Vick deserves a second chance with the NFL.

“Absolutely not, this was a massive criminal enterprise that went on for years. dogs were electrocuted, slammed to the ground, drowned, hanged. This is sadism with a capital S. And you don’t stop being a sadist just because you served time in jail.  He needs therapy, he needs to understand why he had these violent impulses.”

One commentator on ESPN took the opposite view – saying that Vick has suffered enough.

“Its hard to imagine a guy being punished any more than Michael Vick has. He’s washed pots and pans for 12 cents an hour.  He’s been in prison for 18 months.  He’s lost upwards of 50 million dollars.  There is no question that he has paid his debt to society.”

Also on ESPN.com, a poll gives the perspective of the American people: 80% of Americans believe Michael Vick deserves a second chance in the NFL.

One more note from ESPN.com. Columnist Jamelle Hill looks at how the case has affected African American fans in particular.

“Vick certainly had his share of white fans in Atlanta, but it's no secret his fall was especially personal and painful for Black Atlanta. Atlanta has the seventh-largest black population in America.” 

The Richmond Times Dispatch brings this positive note...

 “The public outcry over Vick's crimes galvanized the General Assembly to act on animal cruelty bills instead of burying legislation in committee.  Virginia now has some of the strongest animal fighting laws in the country.”

One more note – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has yet to pick up the story on the PETA.org website...

As for Michael Vick – he says he just wants to focus on family – and the NFL is on the back burner for now.

 

 

 

 

Tags

NFL, Michael Vick, Football, PETA, Dog fighting, prison,

 

Summary

Michael Vick was released from Leavenworth prison Wednesday morning.  Newsy.com is tracking perspectives on the story and his possible return to the NFL.

 

Headline

Vicks release sparks debate

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