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Michael Vick & the Value Proposition

LA Times sports reporter Bill Plaschke wrote a compelling piece for yesterday’s paper on the resurgence of Michael Vick as an NFL quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Plaschke interviewed the caregiver of Mel, a pit bull and former resident of Best Friends Animal Society—and one of Vick’s former canine victims. Powerful stuff. Plaschke’s article boils down to this question:

“Essentially, an ex-convict is dominating America’s most popular sport while victims of his previous crime continue to live with the brutality of that crime, and has that ever happened before?

Do you cheer the player and boo the man? Can you cheer the comeback while loathing the actions that necessitated the comeback? And how can you do any of this while not knowing if Vick has truly discovered morality or simply rediscovered the pocket?”

From what we at Best Friends know of the way Michael Vick has related to the animals he abused, the answer is clearly that he has “simply rediscovered the pocket.” Best Friends took 22 of Vick’s 48 seized dogs and the only contact we’ve received from Vick or his representatives was by way of some overtures from his agent, one of his attorneys and a PR firm specializing in reputation rehabilitation. They were interested in some public glad handing that would put Vick in a favorable light with the NFL, which at the time was still considering whether or not to reinstate him. We declined.

Best Friends has never heard from Michael Vick or any of his representatives inquiring after the health or well being of any of the 22 dogs that we received from his fighting ring.

According to the law, Michael Vick has paid his debt to society. Many would argue though that being free to get on with his life is one thing. Being welcomed into the highly privileged ranks of the NFL is quite another and warrants a much higher threshold of qualification. Plaschke again:

“…a large percentage of the population will still think Michael Vick is a sociopath. Many people will never get over Vick’s own admissions of unthinkable cruelty to his pit bulls — the strangling, the drowning, the electrocutions, the removal of all the teeth of female dogs who would fight back during mating.”

Obviously not a sufficiently large enough percentage of the population feels that way to deter the NFL from allowing someone on the field who many do believe is a sociopath ex-convict as long as he can fill the seats. They wouldn’t do it if they didn’t know they could get away with it.

Despite the fact that America is routinely described as a nation of animal lovers, concern for the lives and well being of those animals doesn’t yet compete with the desire to be entertained. That’s a problem.

It’s a problem because the same imbalance of public opinion that tolerates Michael Vick as a celebrated athlete also tolerates puppy mills, pet stores and shelter killings…each a cause of suffering many magnitudes the scale of Michael Vicks crimes and in some cases the same order of depravity.

Ending the societal abuse of homeless pets that results in the death of 4 – 5 million animals annually in our shelter system will require more than the heroic efforts of rescuers, it will require recruiting a larger percentage of this nation of animal lovers to a value proposition that places the lives and well being of our animal companions above personal entertainment, the allure of designer breeds and pets as fashion statements. The Michael Vick story is, for me at least, a marker along the way pointing us to the tasks ahead on the road to No More Homeless Pets.

Francis Battista

Co-Founder, Best Friends Animal Society

  • Juliosmom

    Michael Vick is not allowed in my home. My husband respects my wishes, because even though he is a huge football fan, he agrees with me that Michael Vick is a criminal whose criminal activities were all but swept under the carpet. He has not paid his debt to those dogs or the ones he killed over the years in any way shape or form. The NFL might as well have fought and killed those animals themselves because each and every one of the individuals in that corporation that decided to put him back into the league are guilty of turning away from the suffering he caused. Michael Vick fought dogs for YEARS. He makes me ill and I for one, will not forget. Go on and earn your millions, Michael, Karma will get you in the end. One way or another.

  • Jan Zacker

    Michael Vick’s court imposed punishment was lenient, probably because he was a famous football player. Just because he served his time doesn’t mean that he is absolved of his sins. He should have to contribute 1/2 of his pay for the next 10+ years to pay the costs of the care of all 44 dogs seized. If he was truly sorry he would volunteer this money, but he’s not. He’s sorry that he got caught, that’s all. I feel sorry for any future children he might have. Many child abusers start out with animals. They place no value on life other than their own. As for the NFL, it’s a business…short of murdering someone…they don’t care either. There are decent players in the NFL, but there are many thugs too.

    • Mike S

      Jan
      Just an FYI. His sentence was one of harshest ever involving dog fighting. I think what he did is deplorable. But to group him with a child abuser is just wrong. By saying “many child abusers start with animals” is a broad and non proven statement.
      I am curious, are you Christian? My guess is you are. So how do you know God has not forgiven him? Because he is playing football? Have you ever sinned? Did God forgive you? Are you sorry for any sins you committed? How do all these people seem to KNOW what Vick is thinking and he is not sorry? Because he is playing football and making millions?
      Google Mike Vick donations. He donated 10K to Va Tech for the kids there that were shot. He did autograph session in April and charged 30 bucks per autograph and gave all of it to a local animal humane society and didnt keep any of it.(sources say was well into 5 figures) He gave dog food free for a year to 500 families in Philly in Sept 2009.
      Again he is a POS and a punk, but it appears the things many on here are saying he should be doing, he is in fact doing.
      Is there no point where we forgive and forget? Or at the very least ignore him?

      • Dwornell

        Where is the compensation for the poor dogs he abused or allowed to be abused. When Vick meets his creator, do you think that he will be able to look him in the eye and admit what he has done. I do not foresee Vick making it through the Pearly Gates.

      • Casey Bell

        For someone making two million dollars a year, after taxes a 10,000 contribution is the same as someone making 20,000 a year contributing maybe $25. Big deal!

        And why is it wrong to compare horrific animal abuse to child abuse? Aren’t both kinds of abuse deplorable? And doesn’t Vicks existance itself prove to you that sometimes the life of a human is worth far less than that of an animal?

        As for God, don’t forget that if you believe the bible, he instigated the murder of many children on passover and in the towns he destroyed. So if I were to do something terrible I would find it very ironic to be asking for “God’s” forgiveness. That would be like a bank robber asking an embezzler for forgiveness!

      • Casey Bell

        Oh by the way, the link between animal abuse and abuse against human beings has been very conclusively documented. And even if there was no such link, would that make animal abuse any less wrong? You ask Jan if he/she is a Christian, but if you believe that animal abuse is not as significant crime, maybe you should be looking in the mirror next time that you ask that question.

  • Edfritz

    Nice Francis. I appreciate your insight here. Long before I was ever introduced to the plight of homeless pets, I had always heard, and believed the common phrase “Animals (dogs) can teach us so much…” During the MV ordeal, it occured to me that one can these valuable lessons that animals teach us can only be learned if applied. Unconditional love being the most difficult, I think. Forgiveness, accountablity, responsiblity are all values that can be learned from opening up a home and heart to animals.

  • Bewithabob

    There is no excuse for the evil of Vick and the suffering he caused. Greed is another evil, but it is now disguised as ‘forgiveness’ by the NFL and the media bringing Vick back to celebrity. That our society continues to glorify Vick speaks to the declining values of our nation into opportunism …. we need to banish this animal and his associates from further attention of our children.

  • moca

    In America we may claim that we are a nation of animal lovers, but the reality is that we are a nation whose god is “sports”. We will forgive anything as long as you are talented at playing a game. People in other jobs and professions would lose their jobs and never get the opportunity to return, but an athlete is in another category and gets a second chance. Vick should have the chance to work, not make millions and become a “role model’ again. It is sickening!

    • omar

      sorry vick repaid his debt to society and did his time move on people. his actions should not be condoned but Animals DO NOT and SHOULD NOT have the same rights and be held in the same regard as human life! A nation of Animal lovers you say? WE are also a NATION of HUNTERS!!!!!!!! Should the thousands of hunters who shoot deer elk and numerous other game be locked UP! Vick did the crime and did his time PERIOD!!!!!!

      • Pit Mom

        A life is a life regardless of what the “shell” looks like. No, animals are not the same as humans, but I have a hard time believing that someone who commits such a horrendous act against an animal would have the utmost respect for human life. I’m NOT saying that Vick would or wouldn’t eventually abuse children, but many child abuses got their start by abusing animals. Disregard and disrespect for innocent life is shameful no matter what species. Hunting wild animals for food is one thing. Our digestive systems are designed to include meat. Killing an animal quickly and using the meat for food is not a crime or shameful, it’s called the circle of life. (I am NOT a fan of killing an animal simply to have a head to put on the wall) Fighting dogs for entertainment and allowing them to die slow painful deaths or live with crippling injuries is wrong. The goal is money. Greed is an ugly thing. Vick did very little time in jail and many of us don’t feel that his “apology” was sincere. We can’t help but feel that it was merely a slap on the wrist to him.

  • Lanthier70

    There are not enough harsh words to describe how I feel about this poor pathetic excuse for a man…I would love to invite him to my house and explain to him in WORDS how being abused makes anyone feel. Since the dogs can’t speak to him that were abused by him, maybe a person who has been abused can speak for them and let him know how it makes an animal feel…which is a thousand times worse than a human. I loathe this scum of the earth!!

  • Animal Lover

    I am very disappointed in this statement. What separated Best Friends, in my mind, from HSUS, PETA and other animal rights groups was that it did not address the MV issue but instead focused on change for pit bulls and for Vick’s former dogs.

    I am disgusted by MV’s actions and I am not a MV fan but he has done time for his actions. He didn’t care about dogs before to the point where he tortured and killed them — how can we expect him to really care now? Do you think that we rehabilitate people in prison such that they actually learn that their actions were morally wrong? What we can hope for is that MV won’t do it again and that he will speak out against dogfighting. I understand he is going into schools in Philly to talk to kids about not engaging in dogfighting, etc. I hope that is really true.

    By the way, I have a difficult time reconciling the outrage to MV’s action when most of the outraged people will eat part of a chicken, pig or cow today.

    • Animal Lover

      actually i misspoke… i have difficulty reconciling the outrage to people watching football when most of the outraged people will eat tortured animals today.

      • Dawghaus

        That statement sounds like something a PETA supporter would say, IMO.

        • Animal Lover

          Nope, not anymore. Not after watching PETA’s overriding ANGER at the MV situation. I like Best Friends’ approach much more. But I am an animal supporter — be it dog, cat, fish, cow, pig, or chicken. I don’t understand how Francis can come out and find so much fault with people who watch football and not find fault with people who purchase “products” made by Tyson and Perdue.

          • Puck

            Francis didn’t find fault with people who purchase “products” made by Tyson and Perdue because that is a totally different discussion. Let’s stay on topic.

          • Eagles Fan and Animal Lover

            I disagree, and I’m not alone. When the Eagles signed Vick, Singer wrote on his Twitter feed: “If you eat factory-farmed chicken, eggs, pork or veal, you’re in no position to be outraged by the Eagles signing him.”

  • Carolynjhall1999

    I no longer watch professional football. I have decided a sport that doesn’t have a problem with someone in their “club” that does horrific things to another living, breathing thing, has no place in my life. I knew when they allowed him back in the sport that they had no compassion for the animals he abused, killed and maimed and I suspect they won’t have any problem letting another of their “stars” back on the field if and when that “star” is busted for abusing a child or another living being either. It’s all about the money.

  • KarenLea

    Well written — both this article & the one about Mel. It is so disgusting that a college level person with the intellect to play quarterback can stoop to such a low-life activity. While he continues to rake in millions, others I know who are suffering financially are still doing a darn good job of taking care of their pets. That kids are looking up to such a person is even more disgusting.

  • Kelli

    Michael Vick is no different than a Rapist. It is about total lack of respect for anyone but themselves. He will NEVER understand the scope of his actions. He is just another neanderthal. Shame on him and the NFL! He is and always will be a criminal. Put a rapist on the football field, pay him lots of money, call him a “hero” and then lets see who cheers for that. Think I will go beat the crap out of my neighbors dog..maybe I will get drafted, be paid millions, get a jersey with my name on it and be “famous”. I sure would be proud about that…. NOT! Put the remaining dogs up on the Jumbo tron and show the people what he did and how brutal he really is. Maybe then his “fans” would feel differently and not pay him the blood money. The best way to “cure” a problem in America is hit em it the pocket.

    • When I lived in VA and Vick attended VA Tech there was a big story where he allegedly raped a girl. It was settled out of court if I remember correctly. So Kelli you are right … he is no different than a rapist.

  • MaryLou

    I was going to comment but so many before have done a much better job stating how I feel. I agree with all the comments below and thank you Franics and Best Friends for your tireless work. I am so proud to be a supporter.

  • Patriciap0708

    Very well said.

  • Nauticalgirl7

    perfectly said!

  • Dianne_in_DC

    A marker along the way, the lynch pin of change for how fighting dogs are treating. Read Jim Gorant’s book The Lost Dogs. Read how difficult it was to find the souls who would go after Vick, when “everyone” knew he was fighting dogs. We must strengthen the laws to punish people who fight dogs, breed dogs like crops, hoard animals. Until we have that cudgel it will continue unabated.

    • amanda

      I read The lost dogs- I think every Eagles fan should read it, than tell me if they can honestly support him.The fact that the NFL reinstated him after he used the money earned from the NFL to finance the dogfighting shows just how ridiculous of an organization it is.I no longer watch football or buy any NFL merchandise.I don’t deny he should be able to make a living after being in jail..but to be reinstated like nothing ever happend is ridiculous.I know if i committed a felony I’d never get my job back-

      • Animal Lover

        He didn’t get reinstated like nothing ever happened. He served jail time and then had to fight his way in. Philadelphia never welcomed him with open arms. Of course, many did right away and many renounced the team forever. Most, even the ones that accept him, are pretty dumbfounded by the whole thing.

        What I don’t get is what people want from him now. It sounds like everyone on this site wants blood. What I want is for him to help teach the children of Philadelphia that dogfighting is wrong. I think he is doing that. At least that’s what I have heard and read… for instance, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/09/08/sportsline/main5294834.shtml

        If every animal lover stopped seeking revenge and worked toward helping the pit bulls (and other dogs) in shelters or worked against breed specific legislation, we would all be a lot more productive.

        I go to the Eagles games and I spend as much time as I can at the PSPCA.

        • Eve-Marie

          I agree with “Animal Lover”. It is so incredibly easy to villify Michael Vick; heck, I harbor no affection for the man whatsoever. That being said – if we, say, lock him in a cell, throw away the key – does that help even one dog? No, it doesn’t. Can we change the past, what he did? No. Can we perhaps capitalize on the unique opportunity, to use his “sphere of influence” with children and young people, based upon the limelight the NFL has given him, to have him preach that dogfighting is wrong – and knowing that, coming from him, people might actually listen? Will THAT save dogs? I think it will; I think it might not only save dogs NOW, but perhaps, untold dogs in the future. Now, don’t get me wrong … would I personally enjoy stringing Michael Vick up by his tender netherregions and making him suffer? Sure … but when I let go of my own hatred (listen to Julie Castle’s speech, for the genesis of that idea), and focus on what is REALLY in the best interest of the dogs … then, I can let go of the anger a little bit. My prayer is that he reaches kids, and changes the world, one tiny particle at a time – and that dogs eventually reap the benefit of that. That’s the best outcome, to a horrific situation.

          • PommieMommy

            While he may have served his time for gambling, he never was held accountable for the suffering he inflicted on those precious dogs. Giving him a multimillion dollar career back does not show children anything other than that they can get away with murder if they can play ball well enough. I agree with earlier posts saying that half his earnings should go to the organizations who have taken on the poor dogs he was so happy to abuse. THAT would show some remorse. But it’ll never happen.

          • casey bell

            Locking him in a cell and throwing away the key sounds fair to me. And yes, it might help lots of dogs live better lives because if people read that Vick is spending the rest of his life in prison they might think twice about the seriousness of dog fighting crimes and cruelty to animals. And even if it didn’t, it would guarantee that Vick would never harm another dog. That alone makes it worth doing.

        • Jobs2

          I couldn’t have said it any better, it sickens me to the highest degree what he did, I can’t change that,he can’t and no one else can, he’s a free man now.
          He didn’t just have an in back into football with open arms, most teams wouldn’t take him like any convict for any job, but one team did give him a chance. I can appreciate the talent God gave him for the field, God will deal with him in time for what he has done, Man already penalized him.
          I am a dog lover and have two of them, the only thing you can ask from this guy now since he has such a stature in a professional sport is to speak about it publicly and he does.

          “If every animal lover stopped seeking revenge and worked toward helping the pit bulls (and other dogs) in shelters or worked against breed specific legislation, we would all be a lot more productive.”

          • Casey Bell

            I don’t think you’d be so forgiving if it had been one of your dogs he used as a bait dog. As for your statement that “If every animal lover stopped seeking revenge and worked toward helping the pit bulls (and other dogs) in shelters or worked against breed specific legislation, we would all be a lot more productive”, there’s no reason why people can’t do both. Hate Vick, but help dogs.

        • Pit Mom

          Animal Lover, I read the article in the link you posted and it’s not convincing me that he’s really making an effort. “Michael Vick, speaking to a group of Philadelphia high school students Tuesday, warned against the dangers of peer pressure and offered himself as a cautionary tale of what can happen when someone is a follower instead of a leader….I started listening to my friends and doing some things that were not ethical and not right.”- To me that comes across sounding like he’s claiming he’s a victim. The “peer pressure” made him do it. It’s lame and it’s a piss-poor way of not taking responsibility for his actions. His “friends” MADE him do it! That’s the kind of crap a teenager says when their parents bust them for doing something wrong. Had he stated that HE made some really bad decisions and he takes full responsibility for his actions I MIGHT be able to give him a chance. Saying you did it because someone else pressured you to only proves that you aren’t man enough (or intelligent enough) to think for yourself. And if that’s the case, who’s to say he won’t do it (or some other horrible act) again in the future? Someone who is truly sorry for their actions make a severe effort to fix their mistakes. They donate money, not because a judge told them they should, but because they honestly feel bad. They make efforts to help clean up the mess they created, like making phone calls, or visiting the people who rescued the animals to see how they’re doing and what they can do to help rehabilitate them. They use their fame to take a stand against dog abuse and spread the message that dog fighting is wrong. Perhaps they even go as far as fighting FOR the breed to give it a better reputation. All I have seen him do is go out on the field, play football and act like he’s God’s gift to this Earth. Don’t be fooled…he’s not a victim, the dogs are. Many of them will never get to live the kind of lavish lifestyle that he’s living because of what he did to them. I personally would like to see him put in a room with the dogs that he abused and let them decide his fate.

          • Eagles Fan and Animal Lover

            I really liked your points until you put the vengeful line at the end. How does vindictiveness help in this situation? It’s only you who suffers.

            I agree with you that I am not sure if he’s really making an effort. I’d like to find more out about that but I can’t seem to find that information. On Monday NIght Football, the announcers (who made some ridiculous statements about redemption that made me want to throw up) said that MV is going into classrooms weekly. I have been trying to find out more about that.

            I am not so sure that I agree with you on the message to the kids. Perhaps the best message to give to this kids is that succumbing to peer pressure is wrong. I not only want them to avoid dog fighting but also drugs, other forms of violence, etc. Many of the kids living in North Philadelphia live in scary, very poor conditions. The rate of incarceration among males in that area is very high. Yes, the anti-dog fighting message is important but it’s not the only message Vick has to give. I also think the kids are smart enough to know Vick’s past. If he got up and just said “don’t fight dogs” then they might ignore his message.

            I think he has taken responsibility for his actions. He has said that dogfighting is wrong. It might not be enough for you … and it’s definitely not enough for me .. but I’ve come to the realization that nothing he could do would be enough. Or maybe something would be enough but it’s a great deal to ask.

        • Sad

          and you call your self,,, animal lover,,,,

        • Chris Dignan

          You have it right Animal Lover. What’s done is done. You can waste energy continuing to hate and blame or you can spend energy working towards a solution. Well said.

        • Woofyou

          I am sorry A.L.. I live in Philly and I see his little PR nuggets too much! It is painful to watch him walked into the room by some sympathetic supporter in front of a room full of awe struck kids. His speeches are void of emotion but full of excuses. When they interview the kids later, they have no grasp of what he really did. They talk abuot the football player…the talent. Chances are small that any of these kids will have the talent or the chances that Vick did like a full scholarship to a first rate education. I am afraid that after his speech they are left with the message that they will be able to get away with crimes and get endless chances to make something of themselves.

  • luvmydogs

    Prison sentence for – 21 months
    Football contract – 2 years
    Reparation for his sins – eternity

    nuf said?

    • EmilyS

      I think you mean
      reparation for his sins – purgatory..

      • luvmydogs

        Nope I meant what I said. He will spend eternity paying for his sins.

        • SC

          A real Christian would pray for his forgiveness, not for him to burn in hell.

    • Rescueacanine

      That’s it in a nutshell. No matter how mild the punishment here, he still has to answer to someone much higher than us someday, and it WILL happen, to ALL of us.

  • Betsy V

    Thank you for such a well written perspective. It’s appalling and quite revealing, that neither Vick, nor anyone from his camp, has not once inquired about the animals that have been rescued. The NFL has FOREVER lost me as a fan… for ALL teams, because they’ve allowed this criminal to return to their organization.

  • Jolly

    Before every game Vick plays, the jumbo tron should play footage of these poor animals and what he put them through. He should have to feel the shame and humiliation as thousands of people look upon him in disgust.

    • Keldan24

      I absolutely agree. It would be very sobering and would force people who are buying into the media’s “comeback hero worship” to take a good look at their own values. They’d also be forced to face the reality of those dogs who continue to deal with the torture and neglect that Vick and his friends bestowed upon them.

    • Cleasanta

      Sounds like a bloody fantastic idea!

  • Rolando

    Michael Vick knew what he was doing and continued to do it even though it is a banned activity so to speak in many states, counties and cities across the USA and frowned upon by many if not illegal and it was done in a hidden area to avoid law enforcement, that there is guilt. If Vick did something illegal in the Football world he would either be banned or shunned, so what is the difference?? Hiding from Law Enforcement in my eyes is the illegal activity.

  • Atlanta, GA

    Greetings all! Francis, wonderful article.

    I am a 6 year Atlanta Falcons season ticket holder and have had my share of heated debates with Vick supporters at games. I have a question for all. Did Vick ever admit to the torture and methods he used on these dogs? Vick supporters latest retorts are, “there is no film of him doing these things himself, it was the hangers on around him.” I thought I heard/read that he did admit to the abuse at his own hands.

    Any info would help me in my quest to show this flawed idiot in his true light. Someone who is sorry that he was caught, but not sorry for what he did.

    • caritas

      His full confession is on the Smoking Gun website. He admitted to bludgeoning, electrocuting and drowning dogs himself and getting a thrill out of it.

  • Clapp4

    I will NEVER forgive Michael Vick for what he did……….he should be pushing a broom somewhere!!

    • Stew

      Actually, he should have had to volunteer at a shelter and care for these beautiful animals. instead, he “does his time” and then gets a lucrative contract to play a game.so what if he had to declare bankruptcy, he still gets the adulation of the uneducated masses.

      • Hantie

        David and Stew .. NO. Sorry, but I’m thinking that would be waaay too much like putting a child molester in a kindergarten class. He would find a way to torment them. And the animals KNOW when someone doesn’t like them! They are so much smarter than humans sometimes!

        • RezDawgNavajo

          while i agree – that it is like putting a child molester in a kindergarten class – they could make him work picking up sh*t and cleaning kennels with no animals around.

      • Linda

        I don’t even watch sports, but reading this has made me sad. I have a 1/2 pit 1/2 jack russel I rescued from a shelter here on Long Island, and I love her so Much. It’s because of people like him abusing pits that give the poor pit a bad rep. To abuse any animals is sad. I do like the idea of hime having to push a broom at a shelter…

    • David Gerrald

      THAT BROOM SHOULD BE PUSHED ACROSS THE FLOOR AT AN ANIMAL SHELTER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE!

  • Chris

    This is a very good article. Conflicted is the emotion I feel. I think his actions are descipable. Although I believe in 2nd chances. Very tough……….As an active volunteer for BF I fight for animals, and as a vegetarian I am against animal cruelty. As a human being I strive to forgive, although I don’t have to forget.

  • Lovefelines2003

    Very well said, Francis. I completely agree and will hold my tongue regarding my feelings for Vick. But I will say your blog brought tears to my eyes.

  • Sherry

    Thank you, Francis. A poignant piece you’ve written here. My sister and I were in a lounge when the game came on the other night. Because we don’t really follow football, when we heard the announcer say “Vick did so and so…” we looked at each other in shock and said to each other “Michael Vick?” We were sickened by his appearance in such a popular sport. He may have served his time for his crimes, but people with that type of mentality take YEARS and YEARS to heal if they ever do!! He’s an extremely sick jerk and I would imagine he’s probably still busy doing some secret horrors to some poor animal somewhere. You just don’t snap out of that kind of sickness overnight. Not sure what the NFL was thinking. Well, yes I do, they were thinking profits. But he’s back and how can we change that? Every time I see him or his name in the spotlight I think about the suffering he inflicted on all those innocent creatures and I want to tear the TV from the wall. Maybe we could initiate a petition to get him out of the limelight and into long-term rehab. Or better yet, euthanize him.

    • Kelli

      Euthanize would be too nice..I think drowning, electrocute or hang him like he did to his dogs. Only after pulling out his teeth so he can bite back though.

      • Ployhari

        I am voting for pulling out his teeth!

    • Hantieliz

      Pull his teeth, put him in a cold shower, and … nevermind. There is NOTHING that can be done to rehabilitate him. Ever. If he ever deserved a chance at redemption, he would have already PERSONALLY gone public and acknowledged what he did, apologized for it and did anything and everything possible to repair it. Instead, he hired loser companies that have no morals and their only concern is repairing his reputation (which can NEVER be done), and ONLY because he is paying them. REPUTABLE companies would turn him down. Any apologies or attempts at it now would be futile .. too little, too late. Nobody who cares about animals will listen. All we can do is pray for him … in the same way of the song “Pray for you” by Jaron and the Long Road to Romance. We, the animal lovers, must have trust .. that he WILL answer to this. We may not get to actually see it .. but he WILL answer to God for it. Would love to be a witness to it though.

  • Jcharnofsky

    Maybe if he donated half of all his earnings forever to the groups that took his dogs, I might believe he felt sorry. But that will never happen.

    • Akleeger

      My thought, he shouldn’t donate half of his earnings (donation sounds generous and altruistic) … HE SHOULD BE FINED half of his earnings

      • VAY

        He was fined, then he filed for bankruptcy and didn’t pay it all.

  • EmilyS

    excellent, Francis.. but don’t let people get away with the notion that Vick has actually admitted to, much less apologized, for the horrendous abuse he personally committed in beating, drowning and electrocuting dogs. Bill is WRONG there. Vick has NEVER admitted or apologized for those actions. And THAT’S why we can’t forgive him, and THAT’S why he’s a sociopath. The day he stands up like a man and admits his cruelties and apologizes to his victims is the day we MIGHT start considering him redeemed.

    • Missieburden

      Damn straight EmilyS. I also personally boycott Nike for sponsoring this ass!

      • Sharond5

        me too! Any bussiness that pay’s a nobody like this will never see a dollar of my money.

    • RezDawgNavajo

      thank you Emily – he has never admitted doing anything wrong and never apologized. he was also not sentenced for dog fighting – it was gambling.

      Some religious peeps say that we need to forgive and ramble about redemption. don’t you have to admit you did wrong? he never admitted – he never will admit doing anything wrong.

      • wrinkledog Mom

        I live in Virginia where the dog fighting occurred and it was very difficult, to say the least to even have Vick investigated. The prosecutor in Surry County (where Vick lived) did not want to procsecute him and that’s when the Fed’s stepped in. Vick did plead to federal dog fighting charges and conspiracy charges. He is a sociopath and making a buck playing football is more important to the league than anything else. I do not know where the morality of the sport, the people involved and to an extent, the country has gone. There is no more compassion for each other and the first ones to suffer are the animals that people like Vick own.

        • Ewwhipple

          My sister, a veterinarian, practices outside Richmond, and was quite close to the coverage. Apparently there are plenty of people there who still admire Vick for his money, prowess, and attitude, including the animal abuse. I know there are kids, already inured to animal cruelty and fighting, who think Vick is a cool guy. The only punishment he would understand is financial: if enough of us has protested his resigning with the NFL then perhaps he and the kids who want to emulate him would get it: animal abuse is a crime. And yes Vick should be supporting animal shelters around the country.

    • Dawn

      I agree, he hasn’t once apologized because he has no remorse and he’d do it all again. This is who we’re celebrating in the NFL, it’s sickening.

      • Joy

        The NFL should not have ever allowed Vick to go back to a position where kids look up to him. He is not cool. When people do these things to animals, they are nothing more than cowards and are very capable of doing the very same thing to people.