Originally Posted by Allison Finch
The question is...has he changed? How do you measure? If you talk about his "media blitz" for anti dog fighting....it was condition of his release, I bet. If you talk about his money going toward his abused dog's care....it was condition of release, I bet.
So, how does one measure true rehabilitation? By court mandated behavior? Hardly. Only time will tell. As mentioned, I simply hate that he is now a real role model for our children. Why not pick someone who really IS worthy of being a model to mold oneself after?
It's a difficult issue, because our criminal justice system is not set up to judge rehabilitation or remorse.
Take rapists for example, they would serve their time and be released until they do it again. A condition of their release is not usually based on the likelihood reoffense.
As far as them being role models, and convicted criminals, there would be very footballers left if that was a condition of them being allowed to play. Heck look at Roethlisberger and all of his rape allegations, or in other sports Mike Tyson.
I believe they have their jobs because they are talented and that should not make them role models. We really need to educate our kids better about appropriate role models.
I believe that 2/3 of Vick's income is going to debts and fines - so he is earning a fraction of what he would be earning until 2015. I doubt he would have been fined anywhere near that much if he were just Joe Smow from the hood.