Old news? Maybe.
People tell me that Vicks served his time and received his punishment. But animal cruelty is considered to be one of the warning signs of Antisocial Personality Disorder according the the DSM-IV, and the things that Michael Vicks did (and now says that he regrets) are beyond cruelty.
He promoted sadistic behavior toward animals. He is the NFL's poster child for How to Use and Abuse Dogs.
Michael Vicks will now be playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. How sad. A noble bird, the symbol of our nation, adding to their team a man who enjoyed the image of machismo and needed a fighting dog to complete his bling. It's a disgrace to all the dogs who have served our country, work side by side with police officers, assist the disabled, help the blind to see, provide comfort to the infirmed, and complete a family. He saw dogs as a blood sport, a weapon, an accessory. And he did not engage in fair play. Intentionally fighting weaker dogs against stronger, he knew what the outcome would be, hoping that the strong would become stronger and that the weak would be killed.
Imagine if we executed our football players if they failed at performing to optimum standards.
The NFL needs to reconsider this decision, and let Michael Vicks do something other than play football. But alas, the Man has only two skills: using a pigskin, and watching dogs kill each other. Like many of us during this time of recession and unemployment, he needs to seek new employment skills.
Like maybe gardening.
Except that his idea of mowing the lawn is probably tossing gasoline on the grass and lighting it on fire.
I Am Shiba. And I have spoken.
According to a USDA report released on Friday, Michael Vick placed family pet dogs into the ring with his trained pit bulls and laughed as the dogs “caused major injury” to the pets at Bad Newz Kennels.
The report provides new insight into the sadistic and vicious happenings at 1915 Moonlight Rd., where Vick operated the kennel along with his friends Tony Taylor, Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips.
According to the report, “Vick, Peace and Phillips thought it was funny to watch the pit bull dogs belonging to Bad Newz Kennels injure or kill the other dogs.”
The report states that in mid-April of 2007, Vick, Peace and Phillips hung approximately three dogs who did poorly in a “rolling session,” which lets you know if a dog is ready to be in combat. According to the report, the three men hung the dogs “by placing a nylon cord over a 2 X 4 that was nailed to two trees located next to the big shed. They also drowned approximately three dogs by putting the dogs’ heads in a five gallon bucket of water.”
I would love to know why there is even speculation that this man could receive the pleasure and privilege of playing in the National Football League again. Please, someone tell me, and don’t give me this “everyone gets a second chance” crap.
He funded and ran an illegal dog-fighting operation. I’m no PETA person, but that is reprehensible. He killed dogs that couldn’t fight and derived extreme pleasure in watching dogs get injured and/or killed. This isn’t a “mistake.” This isn’t something you say “sorry” for. You say you are sorry when you bump into someone, not when you exhibit a pattern of behavior like this.
He did all these things, and on top of it, he lied to Roger Goodell’s face about it. Michael Vick should never set foot on an NFL football field again. Period.
Is he sorry? Of course he is. He’s sorry he thoroughly pissed away the high life. He didn’t all of a sudden see why torturing animals is despicable. You don’t really believe that, do you? He’ll say and do all the right things to try to get his life back, but in the end, he’ll always be the same scum bag.
Oh, and in a few days, he’s going to plead guilty to two more charges relating to dog fighting on the state level, but won’t do any more time due to the terms of his plea deal. Explain that one to me. Micah Warren is a sports writer from New York and the founder of Blast's sports section and the Off the Record sports blog.