I say we stop writing speeding tickets because drunk driving is much worse. But then again, drunk driving with no fatalities involved isn’t as bad as rape, so let’s stop punishing drunk drivers.
This has been the argument from the Vick supporters, and it just doesn’t wash. He operated a dog-fighting ring, personally tortured and killed dogs, and to top it all off, lied about it.
Many of his supporters (not on this board) would have you believe that the people that gathered at these blood-baths were innocent little homies just gettin’ together to shoot the shizzle and watch a couple of dog-fights. Much more was going on...
He’ll do his time. He’ll get out of jail. He’ll rejoin the Falcons. He’ll play in the league a few years and make millions of dollars. He’ll make millions less than he could have, but he will never be an average American with average net worth.
In that context, the sentence is nothing. It did not reduce his life level of net worth.
Think this means nothing? Ask him. Ask him if he’d trade 23 months in prison and go free, but know he will never play in the NFL again at NFL level salaries but rather spend his life talking in high schools about the evils of dog fighting (for $35,000 per year).
I guarantee you he will leap to do that 23 months of jail time. In two years he’ll be out and finishing up an NFL career as a multimillionaire.