In the opening of "Law and Order," you hear about the two integral parts of, well, law and order... the police, who chase down the bad guys, and the prosecutors, who take them to court. This is a system we have had in place since the early days of the American Experience.
So we all need to get on board and say that the courts do their thing and we need to do ours. I'm speaking of Michael Vick here. The controversy that still dogs him at every turn...is it fair?
He was caught by the cops and tried by the DA or whatever they call them in old Virginia. He went to jail for almost 2 years. 21 months! He paid heavy fines, and one can only imagine the true expense of the loss of his commercial potential. He is not now, nor will he ever be, someone who will be paid for endorsement deals and commercial spokepersoning, to coin a phrase. His great days of gridiron glory are long gone and he sits in the backup quarterback role for the Eagles.
Now. What he did was heinous and mean and inhumane. No one questions that. But the man did his time, paid his fine, and has expressed his remorse. He is doing community service time with the Humane Society.
Vick was in B'more the other night, as his team's nominee for the Ed Block Courage Award. This is a prize given in honor of the late trainer of the late Baltimore Colts, a man who did all sorts of great things for challenged children. A player from each NFL team is chosen for overcoming adversity, voted upon by their teammates. Vick did not win, but he was voted as the Eagles' representative by the Eagles, and he came to Baltimore for the gala awards dinner, facing as many as 100 irate protesters on the grounds of the banquet hall.
They have their right to protest, and the police were there, and things stayed orderly. But I like this quote from a lady who attended the event (from The SUN):
"He has paid his debt and it's time to put this behind us," said Libby Westendorf, 72, of Linthicum.
A professed animal lover, she said she owns two poodles "that I treat better than my kids." But Westendorf said she's still willing to put Vick's transgressions to rest.
"You can't hold onto bad things forever or you'll never get anywhere in life," she said.
I say we listen to Libby more.