Black News: Roland Martin Offers Support for Michael Vick

May 20, 2009

Roland Martin says Michael Vick has served his sentence and should be allowed back on the field.

Roland Martin says Michael Vick has served his sentence and should be allowed back on the field.

(CNN) — When Michael Vick completes home confinement in July, he will have served the 23-month prison sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges.

After his release from a Kansas prison Wednesday, he headed to his home in Virginia to serve the final two months under home confinement, because all the beds at halfway houses in the area are taken.

But that hasn’t deterred the Vick haters who are still in an uproar over the heinous details of his dogfighting kennel. Yes, reading the details of the treatment of the dogs, including the killing of some of them, could make anyone sick. Yet what’s the point of sentencing someone to jail, then having them serve their time and be released if we still want to imprison them for the rest of their lives?

Frankly, I’m sick of Americans who talk all day about "do the crime, then do the time," then still want to treat a man like a criminal when he gets out of prison.

This doesn’t just apply to Michael Vick. Look at all the individuals who are sent to prison, get out and then can’t find a job. Why? Because they have the Scarlet Letter on their record, which is a big fat "F" for felon. Don’t think I’m looking for any sympathy for someone who goes to jail. I firmly believe that you deserve all that you get for breaking the law. But listening to some of these zealots go on and on and on about Vick needing to continue to be punished is ridiculous!

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