Worrying About A Career Shows Lack of Maturity By Vick

By Gregory Moore
Updated: August 15, 2007

Michael Vick SAN ANTONIO — As the end of this week fast approaches, it seems that Michael Vick has a decision to make. According to several news sources, Vick is expected to plead guilty to the dogfighting charges that have been hounding him most of the summer.

When I’ve spoken to several of my own sources, some who live in Atlanta, all of them believe that Vick’s days in Atlanta are officially over no matter what the outcome of this story becomes.

One would think that with such a heavy charge on his head, you would want to believe that Vick is going to make the right decision and come to grips that his playing days are over. However that does not seem to be the case as the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on Wednesday that Vick’s decision is going to be based upon what the NFL decides.

Huh? He’s waiting on what the league will do? Is he serious?

The mere fact that Vick wants to see what the league will do shows the lack of maturity the 27-year-old former Virginia Tech star possesses. It’s the same lack of maturity and foresight that has landed him in this legal caldron to begin with and his lawyers are not understanding just how bad this looks in the court of public opinion.

“I stand by Michael Vick,” one of Vick’s lawyers, Dan Meachum said. “He’s a good kid in a bad situation. I’m a dog owner, a dog lover. I would not be involved in this case if I didn’t believe in him.”

Meachum’s own words solidify why Vick is in the mess he is in. “Kid”, “dog owner” and “dog lover” are not three words I would have ever associated a 27-year-old man with. At the ripe age of 27, you are not a kid anymore. And for Meachum to say he believes in Vick because he is a dog owner and a dog lover brings into question just where does his loyalty stand.

Meachum’s words are those typical of someone who not so much believes in the person he represents inasmuch as it may be who is writing the checks and what the theory is. Whether that is true or not, only Meachum can answer that however he and his lawyers are not helping Vick make a sound decision if this is going to be based upon what the league does.

This attitude is the wrong way for Vick to change his life circumstances. He’s more worried about his NFL career than his well-being and no one can tell me or someone else different.

If Vick was truly remorseful as to what took place, he would make his decision based upon what would be the best way for him to serve his punishment that the government is looking for. One year and a $250,000 fine would be the mature way of making amends.

Yet what we have is Vick and his lawyers trying to stall or prolong what the government will want to do. They are trying to anticipate what the government will do and what the league will do. This is a very foolish strategy on their part.

They are literally playing Russian Roulette on a premise that they are hoping leniency will be in their favour. Who is to say that the government does not go ahead and add the superseding indictment that includes the RICO portion of the case?

Michael Vick needs to hurry up and realize that he has made some very bad decisions in the past and that from those decisions he has made some really horrendous choices. Vick and his lawyers need to quit looking at trying to save his NFL career and focus more about how to best serve a sentence that is surely coming his way.

Vick needs to be mature about this situation and stop looking for legal loopholes that may work in his favour. The only thing in his favour is the fact that right now the government is looking at one year. That’s a far better deal that what he would get if he went to trial. Vick doesn’t want to go to trial. He’ll lose more than what he thinks he’s losing now.

Playing next season should be the least of his concerns.