Some practice forgiveness while others may not. That is what the arguments in these threads usually boil down to. Many people that have done far worst than this dude are reward a second, third, forth and maybe even fifth chance.
I believe he did actually try to make this more original after being rejected. I know you guys will have something to reply, but I believe that a human can change... especially after that human has met failure.
And just to be clear, I am not directly defending him; I am going off an innocent till proven guilty policy. First sub... definitely guilty. This sub... innocent so far (although, I think the artist should change the hair, tiger color, and all things mentioned above to be on the safe side).