To get a bit of perspective on Vick, I suggest you read "Pros and Cons" by Benedict and Yaeger. I read it a couple of years ago and it was an eye-opener. Here's a blurb on the book from Amazon.ca....
When the authors checked a sample consisting of a third of the players on National Football League teams during the 1996/97 season, they discovered that 21 percent had been arrested or indicted for serious crimes ranging from fraud to homicide. Upon investigating the specific instances behind the statistics, they uncovered a disturbing trend?the NFL continues to employ players with multiple arrests and multiple convictions, just as long as they are capable of playing winning football. About the only thing that drew official sanction was the public revelation of extensive gambling activity because that was perceived as casting doubt on the integrity of the game. Benedict is the author of Public Heroes, Private Felons (LJ 10/15/97), and Yaeger has authored or coauthored a number of sport-related books. Terry Madden, Boise State Univ Lib.
Obviously, there's an awful lot of "looking the other way" in the NFL and probably the CFL too.
An Argo-Cat fan