Michael Vick Wants to be a PETA Spokesman?

May 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Michael Vick, former quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, now in jail for running an illegal dog-fighting ring, wants to be a spokesman for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA. Vick has kept busy while in prison of late, by putting together a conglomerate of lawyers and PR specialists to repair his image, once he leaves prison later this month. And first on his comeback tour is filming a PSA for PETA to discourage others from dog-fighting.

Repairing the image of a former NFL superstar making millions won’t be an easy task, considering Vic not only used dogs for an illegal gambling-fighting ring, but also killed them by electrocution, drowning and hanging.

Still serving his 23-month jail term, Vick is due out of jail at the end of the month, when he will serve the remaining two months of his sentence in home confinement. He plans to work in construction while home jailed. Perhaps to build up his physique for a possible NFL comeback in 2009?

At just 29-years old, the talented and once revered Falcons quarterback still has a few playing years left, especially as a quarterback. But the million dollar question is what NFL franchise would take the risk of signing such a disgraced player? The Falcons already said thanks, but no thanks. However, some team may take the risk if they are desperate enough for a talented quarterback.

Before any team can even consider hiring VIck, first the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, must reinstate him to the league. Goodell says he is open to reinstating Vick, provided he shows “genuine” remorse for his actions and is prepared to live a different sort of life.

Before PETA closes the deal with Vick, Dan Shannon, director of youth outreach and campaigns for PETA, wants Vick to undergo a psychological evaluation for antisocial personality disorder. Shannon doesn’t want Vick if he doesn’t understand the difference between right and wrong and is merely interested in restoring his image. Vick lied about his involvement in the dog-fighting ring, until the bitter end, which Shanon says is a sure sign of some type of personality disorder.

Whether or not the PETA deal goes through, Vick’s team of PR people have other tricks up their sleeve. Vick is expected to go on a media blitz after his release, appearing on the Today Show, Oprah Winfrey and the like to repair his image in time for the start of football season at the end of the summer.

Vick is a great talent and surely, everyone deserves a second chance. PETA for its part believes in second chances and let’s hope the general public and NFL fans do.

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