There may not be a more qualified person to talk to Ray Rice about fixing his image and reputation than Michael Vick, who is still actively repairing his image more than 5 years after his dog-fighting scandal.
In the continuing wake of the fallout from the assault allegations against Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice, there is one person in the NFL who is more qualified to talk about what Rice needs to do than anyone else in the league: New York Jets QB Michael Vick.
Vick told NJ.com that Rice needs to back up his pledge to become an advocate against domestic violence with actions, not words.
“You’ve got to continue to make amends,” Vick said. “Once you start something, you can never go back. I feel like I’ve become an advocate of animal welfare, and I think I have to continue that.
After being released from prison following a conviction for bankrolling a dog-fighting ring, in which he also tortured and killed dogs, Vick immediately went to work on repairing his image and trying to be a role model for young kids. He become an animal rights advocate for the Humane Society and a keynote speaker on being kind to animals.
“It’s all about keeping kids 15 years from now from doing the same. We’ve saved a lot of kids, and we’ve saved a lot of animals. That’s how I feel. Ray will make it right. He’ll do everything he can to make this situation whole again.”
Vick served a 4-game suspension in 2009 when he returned to the league and was named Comeback Player of the Year in 2010 as the Eagles’ full-time starter. He signed with the Jets in May after the Eagles chose to release Vick.