Don't be surprised if you see Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank roaming the aisles of your local Home Depot mumbling, "I can't quit you, Ron" while huffing glue like a Brazilian street kid. What other reason could he have for talking about the redemption of Michael Vick?
Blank spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Steve Wyche in an interview about the state of the Falcons. He admitted that he has been in touch with Vick and that they have written each other several times.
Q: Have you been in touch with Michael Vick?Of course Vick should get another chance in the NFL once he's served his sentence however one has to question the possibility of Vick returning to the Falcons. The Falcons' acceptance of him would almost be equivalent to the battered wife taking back the abusive husband. He had plenty of chances and burned the team at every turn. The team is a wreck in large part because of him. Let's also give Bobby Petrino his props.
A: Michael has written a couple times. I've written him back. We have that kind of relationship. Despite the mixture of frustration, anger and disappointment in him, I believe in second chances and redemption. I would love to see Michael pay his debt to society and come out and play again in the NFL. I think he could also be a big help to ... speak to people about some of his choices.
Q: Would you welcome him back to the Falcons?
A: I would not say yes. I would not say no. At this point, Michael is in a federal penitentiary [on a dogfighting conviction] and is suspended from football. We have to move forward. We are moving forward. We have to assume he's not coming back. I do wish him well. I'd love to see him play again. It would be good for the NFL.
The Falcons need to make a clean break and start fresh. Let some other team like the Bengals make Vick their redemption project. We can't imagine Blank would seriously consider taking him back but someone might want to check the glue stock in case.