ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)—The owner of a minor league football team that offered Michael Vick a contract told a newspaper he didn’t know about the publicity stunt and would not have approved it.
“I’m a dog lover and I don’t want anything to do with (Vick),” Albany Firebirds owner Walter Robb told The Times Union.
Earlier in the day, the team an arenafootball2 franchise, announced it had offered the 28-year-old quarterback a one-year contract at the league standard: $200 a week plus a $50 bonus for a win.
“That’s a joke,” Robb said. “Can you imagine him playing for $200 a week? I think (the offer) was a big mistake.”
The announcement was later pulled from the team’s Web site.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has not said if he will lift Vick’s suspension after he completes a 23-month prison sentence. Vick goes from federal prison to home confinement next month.
The Firebirds’ contract offer also required Vick donate $100,000 to a local humane society.
I think that this may be what Vick runs into quite a bit. He will be the butt of bad jokes and continue to be portrayed as the idiot he is. Part of the problem is his publicity team and his own attitude. He has never shown genuine remorse or complete understanding of his actions, therefore, forgiveness is a challenge for many people who love animals. If he is genuinely remorseful, it will take some serious effort on his part for people to believe him. Just as a recovering alcoholic must make amends, so must a criminal, especially for a crime that tugs at the heart strings of America the way this one has. People who breed dogs for fighting are fortunately in the minority, but they are out there, Vick is only the most notable offender of this behavior and because of that, he has the biggest burden to attempt to make right all of his wrongs.