Vick “bitten” with more controversy

he Michael Vick saga took another twist as he has been placed on restrictions after testing positive for marijuana early September.

To make matters worst he must now submit to random drug and substance testing, and electronic monitoring will ensure that he does not leave his house between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Vick seems to not be able to get out of the hole he has dug himself into.

The Surry County appointed grand jury indicted Vick for unlawfully killing dogs and promoting dogfights.

After pleading guilty to federal dog fighting conspiracy charges August 27, the state of Virginia slapped Vick with more charges. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 5 years. So, on top of the 18-month federal sentence, Vick is now looking at 10 additional years of state time.

Vick will be sentenced in federal court in December and probably will have to plead guilty to the state charges.

For a defendant to be indicted federally and by the state is almost unheard of.

The authorities are making an example of Vick. Hopefully, he will learn from his mistakes and still be able to live a productive life, and maybe still have a shot at playing in the NFL again if they don’t throw the book at him.

Yes, Vick needs to pay for his actions, but him serving 10 plus years for dog fighting is unjust.

Some of the most violent offenders don’t serve ten years.

Vick is a first time offender so he should receive the lighter portion of any sentence.

Continual support for Vick, especially from the black community, is important for his rehabilitation because whether he plays professional football again or not, he will still have to live his life .

Everybody hasn’t turned their back on Vick, he is human.

Doesn’t everybody make mistakes?

Ray Jenifer for the Editorial Board.