NFL LETS THE DOGS OUT AND REINSTATES MICHAEL VICK
July 27 2009
New York, NY – In his masterpiece ‘Crime and Punishment’ Dostoevsky wrote ‘This is the beginning of a new story, though; the story of a man's gradual renewal and rebirth, of his gradual transition from one world to another, of his acquaintance with a new reality of which he had previously been completely ignorant.’ The tale of young
man coming to terms with his murderous intents and justifying his behaviour has come to be known as one of the great works of fiction ever produced both for its craft but also, like most great art, for its universal nature.
Rare is there a person who has not sought some kind of justification for their actions which they very clearly realize are immoral or unethical. For some it is justifying a small misdeed, a white lie or a minor offence. For others though it becomes a part of their very nature, a way for them to sleep at night in the face of tremendous guilt. Though no one will ever truly know what goes on in
the minds of criminals most can rest assured that guilt will weigh heavily on them. It is in redemption though that people can truly shine with the opportunity to restore others opinion of themselves and allow them to live with themselves. With Michael Vick’s reinstatement to the NFL the league has given pardon and opportunity for such redemption.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to commissioner Goodell for allowing me to be readmitted to the National Football League. I fully understand that playing football in the NFL is a privilege, not a right, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity I have been given,” said Vick in a statement. As you can
imagine, the last two years have given me time to re-evaluate my life, mature as an individual and fully understand the terrible mistakes I have made in the past and what type of life I must lead moving forward.”
Vick was indefinitely barred from playing in the league after being convicted of gambling and dog fighting. His release last week and subsequent reinstatement was finally given the player to redeem himself of those actions but also of his thus far unrealized potential as a quarterback.
“Dostoevsky wrote ‘Crime and Punishment’ out of a sound and very personal
experience. He has just returned from seventeen years of exile in Siberia in which he was imprisoned and forced to work in the military. He went to Siberia as a young man and came back as a middle-aged one and in doing so came back a changed man and changed writer. It was that experience which helped define pieces such as ‘Crime and Punishment’, ‘The Idiot’, and ‘Notes from Underground’,” said Scrape TV Literary analyst Samuel Lee. “Not only did he write of his experiences in isolation they bettered him, at least as an author. He matured and developed a new sensibility that very well may not have come from that adversity. Had he not been put into exile we may not have had those great works. Whether that will apply to football or not is a different issue.”
Vick served 23 months in a federal institution in Virginia which is generally consider a harsh sentence, though a far cry from the Siberian Gulags of the 1800’s. Television and regular meals were regular amenities for Vick, something Dostoyevsky could hardly have dreamed of. Further, Vick was not forced to serve in the military.
“Redemption can happen to anyone but one of the first things that needs to happen is that you come to terms with your actions. Dostoevsky, unlike the character in his novel, did just that and it appears so has Vick. Whether he will be regarded in the same breath as someone like Dostoevsky though, well that is something the ages will need to decide,” continued Lee. “Generally speaking as beloved as athletes are they hold little water when compared to legendary authors. The one advantage that Vick does have here is that he is a quarterback. If he had played any other position he would not have a chance but as a quarterback there may come a day when his story of redemption and absolution is a tale that is told for the ages.”
Dostoevsky was imprisoned for being a part of the intellectual organization the Petrashevsky Circle which was outlawed by Tsar Nicholas I. Michael Vick was imprisoned for encouraging dogs to fight.