WEIRD WEDNESDAY: A Dog-Eat-Dog World, Even For The Top Dog

Next time you hire a new contractor for your construction project, make sure to check the IDs of those employees who will be brought on board. If you see the name “Michael Vick,” don’t be surprised. According to a report last week from the Associated Press, suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick will join a construction company in Newport News, VA after finishing up his prison sentence.

From multi-million dollar a year quarterback to $10 an hour construction worker, Vick will attempt to climb out of financial bankruptcy and shake the position of social pariah after his stunning fall from grace trigged by his conviction for dogfighting.

From the 4/3/09 Associated Press:

Vick has lined up a 40-hour-a-week, $10-an-hour job at one of W.M. Jordan Co.’s 40 commercial construction jobs, said John Robert Lawson, whose father helped start the Newport News company.

Lawson, 57, said in a telephone interview that he has known Vick for more than 10 years and that they have been involved in charitable work together. He said Vick’s representatives approached him when the former hometown hero was turned away by other employers.

“I believe all of us make mistakes, and once you’ve fulfilled your commitment and paid the price, you should be given a second chance,” Lawson said in a telephone interview. “He’s not a bad person. He made some bad choices.”

Once one of the NFL’s highest-paid players, Vick began to slide into financial ruin after details about the brutality of his dogfighting enterprise enraged the public. But court records show they were already in serious disarray because of lavish spending and poor investments.

Vick hopes to return to professional football after finishing his sentence, but that will depend on that status of his reinstatement appeal. Perhaps he should try selling autographed construction equipment on the side to help replenish his fortune?


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