Michael Vick Is a Dog

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I’ve pretty much avoided the Michael Vick dog-fighting mess. I’ve avoided it because I don’t know what to say. I’ve avoided it because I cannot wrap my mind around a human being bitting animals against each other to the near death – for sport. I cannot look at a person who simply accepts those things. And I certainly can’t root for anyone who participates.

And that’s a shame. It’s a shame because I always rooted for Michael Vick. I rooted for him to overcome the allegations that he was more suited for running back than QB. I rooted for him to lead the ATL Falcons to the Super Bowl to dispel the assertions that he was simply not an NFL-caliber QB.

Now, I can’t do that any more. Nope. I’m done. Yeah, I know all about innocent-until-proven….blah, blah, blah. And I know the allegations that Vick is a “player” in the ugly, ugly, ugly – and felonious – world of dog-fighting are only allegations at this juncture. But I’ve heard enough to be sick at my stomach. To be sick of the “sport” (it was hard to even type that word in this context). To be even sicker at those who fall into the hey-it-his-business or it’s-just-the-culture camps.

I don’t even want to hear it. Dog-fighting is a felony in 48 states, a misdemeanor in one of the other two.

But more than that, it is just sick. The idea of it is sick. The practice of it is even sicker. Go ahead google “dog-fighting” and check out the details. Or check out this look/history of the sport. But stay near the bathroom.

Just recently I learned that dog-fighting may not just be a Southern thang, as it has been portrayed. In fact, a friend tells me there’s been dog-fighting in Harlem for years. She also noted another cruel practice: Pit bull owners cut out the dig’s voice box so they a) make less noise during battle and b) and the owner can more easily sneak up on people for either fun or crime.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a conundrum. This stuff has made me think Pacman Jones is fit to teach kindergarten. Jones was suspended for an entire season for his string of misbehavior. Vick is not a first-timer, either. But any punishment meted out in Goodell’s new kinder-cleaner NFL should be harsh. Emphasis on should.

The conundrum is that Vick is a bone fide star. He’s one of the faces of the NFL, maybe it’s most recognized QB not named Brady or Manning. Pacman could walk by me today and I wouldnt know it. Goodell should now be swayed by Vick’s star status, but we’ll see.

How much should Vick be punished? Who knows. It won’t likely happen soon, not until more evidence surfaces and perhaps after/if prosecutors file charges against Vick stemming from discoveries at the home he owned (he sold it about 48 hours after the pit of hell of discovered) that is at the center of this storm.

He’s already paying a slight price. One of his endorsement relationships, AirTran, went kaput this week when airline officials said they would not re-up Vick after his contract expires on May 8. Vick also has a contract with Nike.

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27 thoughts on “Michael Vick Is a Dog

  1. I’m so with you. What humanity is lacking in people that they think this is right or entertaining? But Goodell is no joke. Tank Johnson, Pacman Jones, Chris Henry. Only a matter of time before Vick’s name is on the list.

  2. acsports says:

    States should really increase the penalties for dogfighting. This “sports” is very ugly.

    As fot the NFL, I don’t see how they cannot suspend him for at least a year. Pacman was not convicted of the Vegas thing, but the suspension came down. I think they need to make a move before the Preseason.

  3. WB says:

    I agree 100% with everything said. Truth be told, Goodell may not have to do a thing because Vick may find himself in federal prison. Being a licensed dog breeder (AKC is a national organization), if dogs were sold out of state, he may face federal criminal charges and federal prison time. I believe charges will be brought before pre-season and he won’t see a football field.
    What’s really messed up is that it’s hard to root for some of these athletes today. I wanted Vick to get drafted by the Chargers and felt he was the most exciting player alive. We were lucky to get LT, but I rooted for Vick for many years even through his missteps. Today, I can’t stand the guy and if he did fight dogs I hope he gets the maximum penalty the law allows. Maybe then borderline ethically-challenged athletes will start to wake up and point their moral compasses in the right direction.

  4. tralfamador says:

    Reminds me of something Dan Rather said yesterday about an unrelated matter:

    “Now that we’ve settled that, how about we have a real conversation in this country about the real issue: Our nation and our world face enormous challenges, many being of the life-or-death variety. Nuclear proliferation. Climate change. The health-care crisis. The growing gap between rich and poor. The ways that the war on terrorism has changed how we understand and interpret our Constitution and our bedrock values as a free and democratic society. There are debates about these and other pressing issues before us but, for the most part, they have been limited to our political elites, and these folks tend to already have a dog in the fight.

    In fewer than nine months, the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations will likely be locked up. In less than a year-and-a-half, we will be going to the polls to choose a new president. Yet the rank-and-file American voter is not being drawn into the central debates of our time. And the information he or she gets about the presidential campaign is largely limited to the political horse race.

    Why? One of the big reasons is the absurdly disproportionate coverage that news organizations give to celebrity “news” and other tales of scandal and prurience. They hope for a short-term ratings and demographics fix, while the long-term, important problems — the ones that actually have a bearing on our lives — get pushed out of broadcasts and the ever-shrinking “news hole” in print publications.

    We can talk about that, we can debate whether this is good for our country and what we should do about it — or we can turn this into another celebrity story…”

  5. jb says:

    SO WHAT WE HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS TO DEAL WITH THAN MESS WITH MICHAEL VICK , GET THE CHILD MOLESTERS, BRING THE TROOPS HOME ANY THING BUT THIS . WE CARE MORE FOR ANIMALS THAN HUMANS. THERE ARE HOMELESS PEOPLE ALL OVER THE DAMN WORLD NOBODIES SAYS ANYTHING . THEY ARE A HUNTING BREED THAT’S BEEN AROUND FOR CENTURIES SINCE THE 1800 HUNDREDS STARTED WITH HUNTING BULLS. THEY USE THEM TO BORE HUNT IN AMERICA AND THEY STILL GET HURT AND KILLED. SO, LET’S DEAL WITH SOME REAL PROBLEMS. THEY CAN HAVE A ORGANIZATION THAT CONDONES MEN HAVING SEX WITH YOUNG BOYS, WE GO AFTER THE MAN THAT FIGHTS DOGS THAT ARE BREED FOR THE HUNT ON HIS ON PROPERTY AWAY FROM EVERYBODY NOT HURTING ANYONE.

  6. b*weezie says:

    my nigga vick aint did nuthin, live wit a black talented quarterback thats doin his thang, get off his back, get off that 7 so we can see his name. log out!

  7. Roy S. says:

    B*Weezie: Sorry, bro, but if your “nigga” was “doin his thang” by having innocent dogs maul each other – illegally – until they’re nearly dead, then I’m gonna be on his back. Along with the feds.

  8. Justin Hawk says:

    It is more than sickening to know that they (Vick and his 3 co-horts) HANGED dogs that were not worthy of fight. I want to hang Vick when he is no longer worthy to play in the NFL. Which should be very soon by the coming storm. Sick and Pathetic sorry bastard.

  9. Shea says:

    Excuse me, JB, but haven’t you heard the reports that most serial killers
    and sexual predators normally practice on animals before they start hurting
    people. Anyone who could hurt a poor defenseless animal is definitely
    capable of doing the same to a human being. Of course, there are other important
    issues in society that need to be addressed but you have to start somewhere!
    There’s not much that can be done to get our troops home until Bush gets
    his act together so let’s do what we can-HERE and NOW!!!

  10. J.M. Jacob says:

    Vick should be torn to peices … 6 years maximum sentence would be an insult !!! This is unspeakable !! Sign me up for any petition in this regard!

  11. Mr. Murphy says:

    Dog fighting is not a sport, it’s a CRIME. Now that we have that striaght, as to what does Vick deserve if found guilty? Banned for LIFE from ANY sporting activity…PERIOD. The MAXIMUM penalty allowed by law.

    Now just for the record, Vick is not ‘sick’…he is a coward trying to prove he’s a big man. To worsen it, he used, abused, and killed mans best friend attempting to prove it. Perhaps if he lands in prison, he may develope a new opinion of having to fight for your life for someone elses amusement.

    And far from last, what does ‘Culture’ have to do with dog fighting? Nothing. It sickened me to hear the word even brought into this as a defense. What a pitiful excuse to use in an attempt to down play Vicks actions. The African American community should feel nothing less than pure outrage that this was ever brought into the picture. My heart goes out to an entire race that Vick is attempting to blame for his own actions.

  12. Jerry says:

    Michael Vick needs to be suspended as soon as possible. I can not believe the Falcons and the NFL have not already suspended him!

    Please visit http://www.suspendmichaelvick.net and sign the petition to have him suspended.

  13. Petra says:

    to JB, figthing dogs is the same as rape, incest child molestation etc. its the strong taking advantage of the weak.

  14. My Name says:

    I am with JB…. We dont even know if he killed anything. Dogs aren’t forced to fight, poodles will fight each other if they are territioral enough. They are faced off and they choose to fight. Just like Pro Boxers. Yeah the are allegations that he killed the weak dogs for not fighting but thats all they are ALLEGATIONS. And dogs are not defenseless they have takin human lives. BUT WE CAN CALL DEER HUNTING A SPORT. AIMING AT A DEER IN A OPEN FIELD WITH A GUN, TAKING ITS LIFE, AND THEN HANGING IS HEAD ON OUR WALL FOR A SYMBOL OF BEATING NATURE. BUT THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH THAT HUH? OH DONT FORGET ABOUT THE CIRCUS, BULL RIDIN, CUTTIN DOGS BALLS OFF SO THEY CANT REPRODUCE…. BUT THATS COOL HUH…. AMERICA AINT WE FUNNY

  15. Nic says:

    B*Weezie,

    Get off the computer and get an education. Make a contribution to society instead of rooting for your “nigga” brothers.

  16. Justin Hawk says:

    To My Name Says”
    You are so bloody ignorant! This is my NAME and I don’t hide it like you do. The seriousness of this situation is that a Thousand or 10 Thousand dollars bet on the outcome of a dog fight for Vick is like 10 dollars to you and me. That leaves one only to know that Vick likes it for the jollies he gets off watching this awful pitiful event. SICK is too inappropriate a word. But the problem is you BROTHARS all stick together and wash it under the rug when its one of your own. Your lack of education on hunting and bull riding is so far off the mark it is not worthy of comment. If you don’t understand the difference now, you never will, and you will die just as ignorant – like Michael Vick.

  17. Nati Kid says:

    If Vick doesn’t get a year suspension then the NFL is a joke. I won’t buy anything Nike ever again unless they drop this piece of sh## from their roster. The Vick family – Michael and Marcus, are scum. The NFL is better without them.

  18. Sharif says:

    See thats what I am talkin about, I never said I agreed with what he does, nor did I say I do what he does, so now like VICK you all jump on my CASE. ME IGNORANT !!!! LOL I have seen the other side and can speak on only what you have possibly read about. Do not make this a BLACK and WHITE issue, and to call someone you dont know scum is IGNORANT!!! TO SAY GET AN EDUCTAION IS IGNORANT !!! who knows I might have a better one than YOU NIC. I am up on my commom knowledge, and choose to have a different opinion. That makes me scum to huh LOL, B*ITCH abortion is still legal, Murdering a baby is call INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER because of lack of evidence and a TWO YEAR PRISON Sentence MAYBE. POLICE OFFICERS SEND THEIR DOGS IN FIRST TO PROTECT THEIR LIFE which is not always favorable for the dog. Sounds like a possible suicide mission to me. IGNORANT HA HA HA LOL!!!!!! thats a good one

  19. Sharif aka My NAME says:

    And lets not talk about puttin stuff under the rug. AND BLACK FOLKS AREN’T THE ONLY ONES DOG FIGHTING, IF IT WERE SOMEONE WHITE I WOULD HAVE THE SAME OPINION.. DON’T BE SO QUICK TO JUDGE PEOPLE AND WHAT THEY DO IN THEIR LIFE,

    Luke 6:37
    “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

    Matthew 7:1
    Do not judge, or you too will be judged

  20. teddy lloyd says:

    Please do not bestow the title of dog on Michael Vick. Dogs are warm caring animals with brains. I think a better title would be pit viper. Although, I think Vick would have to climb a very tall ladder to be on the same level as a snakes belly.

  21. Justin Hawk says:

    Hey Sharif
    I think you sniffed too much glue when you where a child. Nothing you say makes any damn sense. Here is my point and I quote”The president the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP criticized the prosecution of Vick at a news conference Monday morning. Dr. R.L. White, Jr., accused the government of “piling on.”

    Just what the shit is piling on? Already one of the 4 codefendents (Taylor) pleaded out to guilty. Guess what? Vick is going down and all you black people try to do is put a SPIN on it like “piling on” that is what I am calling IGNORANT because you think we are all stupid that we would buy into that kind of crap.
    Just tell me – if this was 4 WHITE dudes what WHITE organization would tell the government that they were piling on?? Just tell me, because I would really like to know.
    You can’t, because there isn’t one.

  22. jessica says:

    he needs 2 die in jail 4 wat he did to the dog dat all i have 2 say

  23. mabandrew says:

    I could not believe my ears…. which vick the THUG showed up.. is it the THUG who is saying anything that the lawyers want him to say(but he forgot and kept repeating himself) to reduce the sentence…. hey get a clue just coz you say that you found christ.. does nothing to reduce the sentence and his date with the cell. (bubba is waiting in the cell just waiting).

    vick the thug should be treated like the 8 men out and pete rose. if you play with or you are associated with gamblers and thugs. you should have a Permanent ban from the given sport. ban vick for life!!!!!! There should be nothing for the nfl to consider

    vick the thug needs to wait and see what the state of virginia is going to do. coz they may give the thug 3 years and that 3 years is to served after the federal sentence. the federal sentence should be 5 year without probation.. after he is released from the federal prision he should be carted off to richmond and start the sentence there.

    after the thugs realease from virginia he should be put under supervised probation and be forced to take a mental exam and then be forced to follow the statemet made by the doctor as what programs and classes the thug should be forced to take. and bring proof to the probation officer that he is attending. no attendance then back to jail.

    after all of this in 2014 he should call the nfl and ask can he be a ball boy or waterboy.

    the nfl should say that you will never play the game you love.. you are not a fit human being and decent human to ever think that you could ever be able to play again. the thug is lucky he can get the nfl ticket and watch the nfl and wonder what went wrong and why can i never play again….

    until he has things take away he will never learn and never find crist….. you can not find christ when the feds are chasing you. where was christ all those years that the thug was killing and funding of the killing and the fights.

  24. C Madden says:

    Let’s be sure Michael Vick is treated like every other person that has been cruel to animals. I understand that we’re also looking at the gambling issue and I’m not condoning his deplorable actions of killing dogs but I would like to know the difference between what Mr. Vick’s sentence would be as opposed to, say, people on “Animal Cops: Houston.” This is the show about the Houston ASPCA who, on many occasions, have discovered dead or near-death dogs and other animals from people who have been downright cruel and/or negligent. What have their sentences been, if any? Sometimes they find numerous dead dogs on these properties because they haven’t been fed, given water or were tortured in some cruel way. In addition, there are many other cases in the news or on other shows where animals have been found in deplorable conditions inside a home such as living in their own feces, dying of hunger, etc. Some of them are in such bad shape that they have to end up being put to death. Aside from the gambling charge, Michael Vick’s sentence shouldn’t be any worse than what these people have gotten – if they even received sentences at all.

  25. Kylie says:

    Michael Vick should go to prison for at least 10 years what he did or what he helped do is something so wrong and inhumane it makes me sick..to fight a defenseless animal one who has no say and all they want is someone to love and someone to cuddle with..bred to kill each other and then for him to stand back and watch as if nothing is happening. This act of abuse is extremely inhumane come on now rape stands and if the dog lost in fights could be killed by pouring water and then electrocuting it or just shooting it…Ask yourself this would you like to die like that?

  26. Kylie says:

    Another thing is I hope he gets beat or raped in jail take his ass out of Protective Custody and put him in General Population he thinks hes all bad fighting dogs lets see how bad hes now they should put his ass out there see how he likes being rapped and beat on

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