1) Up to a point, a man should be allowed to make a living in a lawful manner that best utilizes his skills. Obviously, Bernie Madoff shouldn't be allowed back into finance, but Michael Vick's egregious crimes weren't on the football field now, were they?
2) The NFL already has a "morals clause". It's called the "NFL Player Conduct Policy". Goodell has actually done a fairly good job of enforcing it with an iron fist since he's been in charge. That's why you don't see Pac Man Jones anymore. Or Stallworth now. Plaxico Burress (the guy that shot himself in the foot) was suspended by his team for the remainder of last season, and then released. He will likely be suspended by Goodell for this season as well. Or many others.
3) Michael Vick remains suspended until at least week six of the season.
4) Vick filed for bankruptcy. He owes at least $4 million dollars to creditors... how else to pay this back than the NFL? LOL.
5) This IS beyond "oops, my bad". This is:
a) Good-bye $13 million dollars per year.
b) Hello 23 month federal sentence
c) Hello additional partial NFL suspension
d) Hello constant scrutiny
His $4 million to creditors had nothing to do with his crimes, but to do with making $13 per year and still living beyond his means, and not planning ahead. Had he been injured, he likely would have similar problems (though his contract probably had a clause for injury).
Yes, he had a 23 month federal sentence. However, most convicts, when they come out, don't get to go on TV, regardless of their talents. They are lucky to get construction or convenience store jobs and eventually work their way through electrician or plumbers school. That is their second chance. Not another set of million dollar contracts.
He knew the rules, he broke them. He was fully aware what he was doing was wrong, and illegal. He should not have wanted to risk his promising future on suck activities. A smarter man would have realized how blessed he was, and been content. As we are not dealing with a smarter man, let another man have a shot at the spot, and allow that guy to make better choices than this guy who knew the risks and blew it.
Constant scrutiny? Ha! That is the least he should have been worried about, to begin with, even if he hadn't been caught. Someone out there knew what he was up to.
Now, he is going to be making millions again. Seriously, giving him back everything he had (for the most part), it is pretty much a "My bad," and he is done.