News 4 Investigates: Forgiving Michael Vick -

News 4 Investigates: Forgiving Michael Vick

Michael Vick was a violent, evil man who tortured and killed dogs for pleasure and profit as part of a dogfighting ring.

I forgive him.

More on that in a minute. First, let's revisit his horrible crimes.

According to a federal indictment, Vick bought property in Virginia in 2001 and started his dog fighting operation. He called it Bad Newz Kennels, eventually buying shirts and headbands with the kennel logo. He ran Bad Newz for several years.

The fights attracted thugs from as far away as Texas and New York. The purses for the fights reached as high as $26,000. Dogs were tortured and killed.

Now, after serving time in prison and losing millions of dollars in salary, convicted felon Vick is back in the NFL with a chance to get rich again doing something he loves.

It doesn't seem fair. Shouldn't he continue to suffer? I've had people tell me he should suffer like his dogs.

I understand the anger toward Vick and his brutal actions. Frankly, he was a monster. I hated what he did and I want him to feel the pain and shame that should follow genuine remorse.

However, as a Christian, I am taught to forgive. It is something I need to do, even when I don't want to do it. Christians don't have the market cornered on forgiveness. We should all be willing to forgive. The act of forgiveness demonstrates unselfishness, humility and a gentle spirit that is often accompanied by a sense of relief and peace.

I have held grudges and I always regret it. I have never felt worse after forgiving someone.

It always feels better to let it go.

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