When Will Michael Vick “Finally Be Free”?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
I was going to do a story on Michael Vick and the release of his new autobiography “Finally Free: The Power of a Second Chance”. But I learned that Vick canceled his book tour because of death threats to him, his family and some of the staff of some of the bookstores. REALLY?!
I was going to write about Vick getting yet another chance to be great this season and perhaps lead the Eagles to a winning and memorable year under new coach Chip Kelly… but NO!
Five years later people still are allowing the bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness to rot their souls like a cancer. Is there no hope for a man’s future because of his past? People have put themselves under arrest in the midst of their plight to put this man back in bondage. Who is losing in the whole matter? Vick is the one still playing football (and with a new contract). Vick is the one writing books. Vick is the one moving on with his life.
People would rather see someone down than rehabilitated. Why is that? It’s not normal to feel that way toward any person. Michael Vick is not being celebrated for being a dog killer but for what he’s been able to do beyond that. Would he get quicker forgiveness if he had been a repentant drug dealer selling poison to kids instead? Regardless of how you feel, Vick like anyone else has the “right” to the pursuit of happiness. It’s not anyone’s call.
As a former drug addict, I’ve seen lots of death in the streets. I’ve seen dead dogs – killed in fights – their bodies dumped in wooded areas, discarded like yesterday’s trash. I’ve also seen dead people. After 25 years of drug abuse and in and out of the streets I know almost two dozen people personally who have lost their lives because of drugs and alcohol be it through overdose, alcohol poisoning or suicide. I know you love your dogs but which is worst?
We celebrate and romanticize gangsters we see in life and in the movies (many of your own kids aspire to be like them) the same ones made famous for being murderers, kidnappers and rapists. But people are saying that they want and wish it was in their power to “kill” Michael Vick. What is wrong with our society?
Some say that Michael Vick titled his book improperly. Instead of “Finally Free” it should have been titled “Never Free”. That is the sentence too many ignorant and misguided people have given him. But I say it is so properly named because Mike Vick is free. His freedom doesn’t depend on what people think or say or feel. He is free because he has accepted the freedom and forgiveness given to him by someone a whole lot bigger than any of us. He is free of the lifestyle that plagued his life for too long. Free of the guilt and the shame that comes along with the dastardly deeds committed by his own hand.
If we as a society refuse to examine our own lives, we will continue to perpetuate our own dastardly habits and behaviors and pass them on to our kids and then you’ll be asking, needing, begging someone to forgive them. What then? Who is the man or woman in the mirror?
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