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Apology Letter to Roger Goodell

Apology Letter to Roger Goodell

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 Novacare Complex1 Novacare WayPhiladelphia, PA 19145USA ("Celebrities Fans.")March 4, 2012Mr. Roger Goodell280 Park Avenue New York, NY 10017-1216USA ("Roger Goodell NFL Commissioner.")Mr. Goodell, as I am sure you are aware, I was recently indicted for a large dog-fightingoperation of which I was a part. I am writing to you to apologize for my actions andconvince you that I am a good person and not the kind of person who runs a dog fightingoperation. I hope after reading this you will consider reinstating me into the NFL.As I stated in the introduction, I am sure you are aware of the dog fighting operation I wasrunning called Bad Newz Kennels.While I cannot change the past and all the horriblethings I have done, I will do as much as I possibly can to help prevent this from occurringanymore. I was and still am extremely ashamed of myself and my actions. This is not thekind of person that I really am. I know I have done some terrible things and have madehorrible mistakes. Now, I want to be a part of the solution, not the problem (Munson).While I sat in jail, I said to myself for the life of me, I can’t understand why I was involvedin such a pointless activity. I asked myself, why did I risk so much at the pinnacle of mycareer (Munson)? These are questions I don’t have the answer to, and may never have theanswer to. The only thing I can say is that I am truly remorseful. Although I have made ahorrible mistake, I think I deserve a second chance, as I believe everyone does.I really would like to be the frontrunner in preventing dog fighting and all animal abuse in bad communities. I have started to work with the Humane Society of America and other organizations as well. While working with the Humane Society, I have been speaking introubled neighborhoods to young men and boys about my story and what they can do tohelp prevent dog fighting from happening("Michael Vick and The HSUS Call on Feds toCrack Down on Animal Fighting Spectators : The Humane Society of the United States.").At a young age, boys get taken to dog-fighting houses by people they look up to. It is a sadfact that many kids get involved in dog fighting at an older age, and it’s time to break thiscycle. When I talk to the children, I tell them that they should talk to someone they trust,when this happens. Animal fighting is a dead-end road for young men that leads to jail timeand bankruptcy, and there’s nothing but terrible outcomes for the dogs placed in a pit tofight("Michael Vick and The HSUS Call on Feds to Crack Down on Animal FightingSpectators : The Humane Society of the United States."). I hope I have an impact on theseyoung men and boys, because I do not want them to go through what I went through. Inaddition to working with the Humane Society, I have been working with the Boys and GirlsClubs of the Virginia Peninsula (McGlone). I have been an aide in telling my story andtrying to influence the children to not get involved with the things I got involved with.
 
After reading this and seeing what I have attempted to do to amend my mistakes, I hopeyou consider reinstating me into the NFL. It is a privilege to belong to such a great leagueand I would be truly grateful if you would allow me to return. I know I’ve done someterrible things in the past, but that’s where it’s going to stay, the past. I am a changed man,and I intend to put a stop to dog fighting everywhere and I honestly mean that. Please giveme a second chance and I assure you I will not let you or anyone else down.Sincerely,Michael D. Vick Sources used in this Genre

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