The animal rights activist group PETA took to Twitter to express its displeasure with the New York Jets for the signing of quarterback Michael Vick. The new Jets back-up infamously served almost two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to running an illegal interstate dog-fighting ring. 

Vick apologized for his actions and was released in 2009. He has since found a mentor in the form of highly respected former NFL coach Tony Dungy and a new team in Philadelphia, where Vick has spent the past five seasons.

PETA doesn't care about any of that. 

Has the statute of limitations on wholesale Vick-bashing run out? Michael Vick's brother Marcus seems to think so.

As a broader litmus test for the durability of the public apology and the meaning of second chances, the results are mixed. There's still a cheap laugh to be had:

ESPN's Michelle Beadle isn't having it:

But despite Vick's baggage, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell didn't find it politically unpalatable to wish him well.