A small disclaimer – I am not on the Forbes List of Billionaires and never will be but I can look any dog, or animal for that matter, in the eye and tell them that I have never sold them out for the money.
It was announced by Forbes Magazine in March 2009 that Jeffrey Lurie had joined the list of the 793 billionaires in the world. The man who once said other franchises viewed the Eagles as the NFL’s “gold standard” attempted to rationalize his decision to sign Michael Vick as giving him a second chance. Forget second chances, it is about the money. If Michael Vick wanted to prove his disgust with what he did he would not have hired a team of Public Relation “experts” to train him about giving interviews and only in a controlled setting. Does not Jeffrey Lurie have enough money without allowing the sale of Michael Vick Pet Jerseys with part of the proceeds benefiting the Eagles?
And for even more hype just visit the Eagles’ Job Opportunities page where their Mission Statement for their interns is “Our mission is to recruit and develop the finest individuals in and for the professional sports industry in their respective fields of interest.” Should not the same be said for their players? What will Mr Lurie do if Vick starts to win games but goes back to his old ways outside of football? Will his “soul searching” mean that he will fire Michael Vick?
Michael Vick had plenty of time to stop his animal abuse in the years before he was caught. The dogs did not get a second chance and there are plenty of people that cannot help a football franchise that are not getting second chances so at least be honest Eagles organization and say it is not about second chances but about winning football games and the money that comes with it. Would you give Vick a second chance if you knew your stadium would be half full and you were not getting ticket and merchandise sales?
I do hope that Jeffrey Lurie, Michael Vick and the Eagles organization are making sizable donations to the Humane Society of the United States, Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Best Friends Animal Society (housing many of Vick’s abused dogs) and other Shelters so that dogs can get a second chance as Vick was given.