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May 20th, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Let Michael Vick play football

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/05/20/michael.vick/art.02.vick.gi.jpg caption="Michael Vick, left, arrives at federal court with attorney Billy Martin in Richmond, Viriginia, in 2007."]

Roland S. Martin
CNN Contributor

When Michael Vick completes home confinement in July, he will have served the 23-month prison sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges.

After his release from a Kansas prison Wednesday, he headed to his home in Virginia to serve the final two months under home confinement, because all the beds at halfway houses in the area are taken.

But that hasn't deterred the Vick haters who are still in an uproar over the heinous details of his dogfighting kennel. Yes, reading the details of the treatment of the dogs, including the killing of some of them, could make anyone sick. Yet what's the point of sentencing someone to jail, then having them serve their time and be released if we still want to imprison them for the rest of their lives?

Frankly, I'm sick of Americans who talk all day about "do the crime, then do the time," then still want to treat a man like a criminal when he gets out of prison.

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  1. jeff norman

    Michael Vick went to college at Virginia Tech a school known for engineering and science. He gets out of jail and the only job he qualifies for is a job working construction making ten dollars an hour!!

    That's the real tragedy. We need to ensure that our young athletes are being taught useful skills at these colleges that exploit their physical skills. If he had not made the pros he would still get out of school and work construction, except we would not have heard about him.

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:45 pm |
  2. Rosanna Vargas

    Roland,
    Shame on you!!! Michael Vick should just disappear from the face of the earth!!!! He is just a horrible person, I hope he will get back to him all the cruelty that he did to the poor dogs!!!!!! If you support Michael Vick is because you're cruel too!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:07 pm |