It’s become a popular jingle for the National Football League. We’ve heard it over and over again. “It’s a privilege to play in the National Football League.” So if it’s a privilege to play in the NFL, then too, isn’t it a privilege to be the commissioner of the NFL? Isn’t it a privilege to be an owner in the NFL? And isn’t it a privilege to be a coach in the NFL? What about it being a privilege for those corporations doing billions of dollars worth of business with the NFL? Shouldn’t that also be a privilege? What about ME! and the thousands of media members across the world who cover the NFL. Shouldn’t we be privileged to do our jobs covering the NFL?

Why should it be a privilege for Michael Vick to have played and attempt to be reinstated to play again? Why? Vick has served his time and served it well. He was incarcerated for 23 months. How much more time does Commissioner Goodell need to decide if Vick is PRIVILEDGED enough to return to the NFL?

Yes! Vick, admittedly so, broke the law. He broke a written law of society regarding the unethical treatment of dogs. NOT THE UNETHICAL TREATMENT OF HUMAN BEINGS! He didn’t drug or alcohol himself up and kill a human being while driving, as have some professional athletes. He didn’t gamble on the outcome of NFL games, as have other players in the league who were reinstated for what was a far worse crime. He didn’t abuse women.

Dog fighting is a terrible thing, but a very popular one around the world. Thousands and thousands of people around the country are involved in dog fighting. But none are Michael Vick, who is taking the weight for every single one of those involved in dog fighting. Why over the years, hasn’t PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) raised their collective voices in protest? They knew about dog fighting. Their silence until Michael Vick came along is deafening.

Michael Vick, according to the laws of this nation, has served his time. We ask Com- missioner Goodell to do the right thing and not be influenced by those HATING MEDIA members who seriously believe that they are the judge and the jury. And lastly, are we to assume the National Football League is a higher authority than the courts of this nation?