|Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick (#7) in September 2009.|
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I understand the contempt many people, especially dog lovers, still hold for Michael Vick. I, too, am a dog lover and was shocked and dismayed by Vick’s crime. Vick was convicted, served time, has come out of prison and done volunteer work- beyond what the court ordered- to educate young people about his mistakes so they could avoid them. In my book, he has– and is– paying his debt.
In a recent interview with NBC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo, Vick-- when asked-- admitted that he would like to one day own a dog again. He told Schiavocampo that he felt it would be good for his rehabilitation. (Watch the interview.)
His response appeared spontaneous and sincere. Despite that, many people--including popular commentator Roland Martin-- feel Vick should keep those thoughts to himself. "This is NOT the time for @MikeVick to talk about wanting a dog," Martin wrote to me on Twitter. "When you're walking a fine line, don't open a door for your critics. Keep it moving forward."