It’s not often that I use this blog to write an opinion piece. In fact, this is the first time. But something has been bothering me. As most of you have probably heard, Michael Vick is being released from prison today, and being taken home where he will spend the last 2 months of his sentence under house arrest. This has brought the topic of his crimes back into the limelight, and as such it has also brought the bleeding hearts back out full force, demanding that he be punished further for his crimes, some even calling to have him executed, etc. etc., and, the one that bothers me the most, that he be barred from playing in the NFL. My question to these people is, what is the purpose and point of our justice system? The justice systems hands down a punishment that effectively counteracts (or ‘fits’) the crime. Once someone has served their sentence, as handed to them, they have been punished for what they have done and should be treated like it. I understand if the judge says that he can never own a dog. That has a direct correlation to the crime he committed. But his crimes had absolutely nothing to do with his professional career, so leave that out of it. I understand that the chances of any NFL team picking up Michael Vick after this are miniscule, but don’t make it impossible by law.
That’s my 2 cents.