Three petitions and 1 million signatures later, public outcry against Michael Vick as an honorary captain at the 2020 Pro Bowl shows that in the world of pro sports, second chances are hard to come by.
The news that the NFL has invited former quarterback Michael Vick to be an honorary captain at the 2020 Pro Bowl has sparked outrage. Many people don’t believe he deserves the honor after being convicted of dogfighting in 2007.
We discuss whether the outrage is warranted, as well as the cultural undertones in play that shape how different communities perceive issues such as dogfighting. For more content on pro sports culture, check out previous posts The NFL Pledges $89 Million to Social Justice Reform: Our Reactions, and Odell Beckham & Tom Brady.