Michael Vick Admits Owning a Dog

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Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes as he is pressured by linebacker LaMarr Woodley #56 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during a game at Heinz Field on October 7, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Five years have passed since Michael Vick admitted to running a dogfighting operation, and now the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has another confession to make.

The NFL’s No. 1 career rushing quarterback — who for 17 months was known as inmate 33765-183 at the Leavenworth federal prison in Kansas — announced Thursday in a statement from his publicist that he owns a dog, NBC Philadelphia reported.

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“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.”

Vick released the statement after initially dodging the media’s questions about canine ownership prompted by a picture he tweeted on Oct. 4. The photo, accompanied by the caption “we workin,” showed the athlete poring over film while sitting next to his daughter, who is working on what appears to be homework. An open box of Milk-Bones appears next to his child on the table. Vick later deleted the image, posted by Crossing Broad, and replaced it with a new one without the dog treats.

Although the idea of the a convicted former dog abuser owning a pooch may cause some to shudder, it’s legal. NBC noted that Vick’s 2007 sentencing order prevented him from “[engaging] in the purchase, possession, or sale of any canine,” but this condition applied only throughout his probation, which ended earlier this year.

The quarterback also hinted of plans to welcome a dog into his family in July — shortly before his probation ended — during an appearance on Piers Morgan’s show to promote his autobiography Finally Free. He told the host he believed owning a pet would be “therapeutic” for his kids. “I can’t take that dream away from them,” Vick told Morgan. “That’s selfish on my behalf.”

There are indications Vick is a reformed man. Since his release from Leavenworth in 2009, he has spoken against animal cruelty in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States, and he told the Associated Press he would continue this practice.

“I’m not a psychopath. I’m not crazy. I’m a human being,” Vick told the AP about his desire to own a dog. “What happened in my past and what I did in the culture I grew up in doesn’t shape and mold me as the person I am now.”

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58 comments
BombshedevilDiaStarr
BombshedevilDiaStarr

Micheal Vick used pups from a pet pit bull in his fight ring. That's how he treated his other pets offspring

Realtalk777
Realtalk777

Thank God for Redemption...otherwise none of us even deserve to be here...we're blessed wither you believe it or not........and mercy which is an unmerited favor, without such none of us are worthy to even open ours mouths to condemn anyone...yet we do often.....everyone deserves a second chance even if you don't think so...that's all right 

Leisa Law
Leisa Law

Heck!! Don't know what Michael Vick will do to the poor pup behind the closed doors of his own home!! Michael will never changed!! Abuser will be always be an abuser. He abused those dogs for years enabling his sick mind with NO REMORSE of how the dogs suffered horribly, he enjoyed it with power!! Desires of abusing them will always be in his SICK mind!!  Whenever he loses his temper, he will take it out on the poor pup if he/she peed or chewed furniture or did nothing!! If he lashes out to the poor pup will teach his kids to do the same!! He has a problem and SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO OWN A DOG!! PERIOD!! This country falls stupidity!! with no strict rules-no justice!! for abused animals and children, etc.!! Don't know if he is good with his kids, ehmmm?!!

baba_ijebu1
baba_ijebu1

Bullshitting Americans.......get a life and leave the poor kid alone

Tammy Allen
Tammy Allen like.author.displayName 1 Like

And his remorse is for losing two years of his life and career not for what he did to the dogs.  He should never own another dog.

Sybil Ward
Sybil Ward

Vick never paid for what he did he went to jail for racketeering.. whole different thing. 

sammybaker
sammybaker like.author.displayName 1 Like

Michael Vick is, indeed, a sociopath and a vicious, unrepentant one at that. Anyone who can electrocute, strangle and beat to death animals - because they are not fighting and making him as much money as he wanted, as well as devising a rape machine for the female dogs, is beyond contempt. I don't even want to think what he likely did to train his kennel of pit bulls; many men throw in the dog's cage live kittens and adult cats to make the dogs meaner for the taste of blood. He ought still be in jail, and he ought not be allowed to have any animal in his care or under his roof. Good luck, pup, you'll need it. Shame on the NFL for letting sick freak Vick have a job playing pro football again, though I wouldn't expect much from that corporation, anyway.

CissyRenee
CissyRenee like.author.displayName 1 Like

The kind of psyche it takes to repeatedly and long term torture, fight, abuse and murder a living soul NEVER changes, it just gets better at hiding. For those who say he has paid his dues, there are LOTS of pedephiles getting released from prison everyday have also 'paid thier dues'  so I'm wondering if youre going to let them babysit YOUR kids?  'A person who would physically and emotionally torture and kill another living being without regret' - the description fits Vick as well as any pedophile out there.  

renesdaughter
renesdaughter

All of you so called animal lovers are ridiculous for comparing a dog to a human child! They are just animals. No different from a cow, chicken, lamb, fish or any other animals we as humans consume! The man paid for his crime, Leave him alone and focus your energy on the cruelty human beings face all the time such as child rape, homelessness , and people that cant find jobs or feed their families! Only in America is a dog considered better than a human being! SMDH

Sybil Ward
Sybil Ward

 renesdaughter you are babbling and you are too dumb for words your analogy is so off. But then you also cannot read -look up the case and the arrest record first

CissyRenee
CissyRenee

Your failure to grasp an understanding that a person who laughs while inflicting torture on ANY living loving being, just  for FUN because he LIKES it makes him a textbook psychopath, I find astounding.

MilagrosGV
MilagrosGV

So what  get real the price has been paid

CissyRenee
CissyRenee

Tell that to the MANY animals he tortured and murdered gleefully.

JohnOBX
JohnOBX

Gah, it's like the punchline of a bad simile:   O.J. Simpson running a cutlery store; Jeffery Dahmer behind the counter at a deli; Michael Vick owning a dog.

Brrr.

Alex Wauters
Alex Wauters like.author.displayName 1 Like

I believe the punishment for people who abuse animals, the elderly and anyone else, should receive the same treatment they delivered. Therefore, Vick should have been hung up from the ceiling beam and electrocuted. 

el_africano
el_africano

dogs are animals period. human beings have the capacity for evolution. they can learn compassion and forgiveness. they can change. they can be redeemed. if you dont believe that m.vick can then you must not believe he is human. and if you dont believe he is human then conversely you aren't either - because you cannot forgive, redeem or have compassion for him or more importantly his kids - so which is it.

Shimmy
Shimmy

I don't know whether he is reformed or not. Do you? Just because he says it? And I don't want him testing it in an innocent, defenseless dog.

LeeAnn Gerleman
LeeAnn Gerleman

Good Lord what would he do if his puppy had an accident on the floor?  Or got loose and he had to go catch it?  I don't think he has the moral basis to be nice to an animal.  I would worry that he has children too.  People that cannot take care of animals usually cannot take care of children correctly either.

Jackie
Jackie

Hope he hired a doggie body-guard, too.

abstract668
abstract668

I am interested in knowing what kind of dog he adopted. If it is another tough breed, I would be very worried about the dog's safety. Perhaps he should be limited to a poodle, a retriever, or a tiny Maltese.

Dan Hagen
Dan Hagen like.author.displayName 1 Like

Here's why he should not have a dog; here's why forgiveness is still a

long way away for me; here's why, given the fact that he has NEVER

directly apologized for the terrorism he inflicted on multiple dogs, he

should be denied a dog; here's why I do not forgive:

"As the Little Red Dog lay on the ground, fighting for air, Quanis Phillips

grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its back legs. They

swung the dog over their head like a jump rope then slammed it to the

ground. The first impact didn't kill it. So, Phillips and Vick slammed

it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding

the creature against the ground until, at last, the little red dog was

dead."

-- from The Lost Dogs, by Jim Gorant.

Bev Wang
Bev Wang

Good God, that is horrible, he is a monster!

Jim Geygan
Jim Geygan

I beg to differ.   “What happened in my past and what I did in the culture I grew up in doesn’t shape and mold me as the person I am now” our experiences and culture are EXACTLY what mold us into the people we are now.

CissyRenee
CissyRenee

I was raised by a very intimidating rooster fighting Dad. I NEVER thought it was 'OK' and took beatings for trying to free the roosters more than once. As an 11 year old scared little girl, I was more of a man than vick will ever be.

Sybil Ward
Sybil Ward

 Your comment is so dead on ... people always want to blame someone or something for all their woes. We all have a little tickle that tells us when we are wrong.. Vick's uncle told him and yet and still he ignored him

Raejean Imler French
Raejean Imler French

I must mis-remember this, but I thought his sentencing also prohibited him from owning a dog.

tma_sierrahills
tma_sierrahills

The dog could not be reached for comment, because, according to a Michael Vick spokesperson, "It still has its jaw wired shut and remains in a full body cast after an unfortunate freak accident last month involving one of its cuddly squeeze toys." 

Bev Wang
Bev Wang

well that's disturbing but concise..

Namaste4all
Namaste4all

Vick only has done the bare minimum in regards to reversing his crime against animals. So he created a video to tell children to treat animals with respect and not hurt them. He should be sponsoring a rescue foundation with animals and being at events that show people the correct way to own a dog. He should be in the media with his new dog and show all the work he and his family are doing to be responsible pet owners.  Instead he's making more money from his book on how he missed out on his career and children's life. Not really about the awful pain he inflicted on the animals. The proceeds from his book should go to the Humane Society and his other charities.

James M. Bolton
James M. Bolton

 how many other ways do you want to control his life? geez...get over it.

Tammy Allen
Tammy Allen like.author.displayName 1 Like

Only one more way...he should never be allowed to own a pet. 

RobertSF
RobertSF

You know, that statement doesn't seem to come from someone who would say, "we workin." Just sayin'.

Bev Wang
Bev Wang

that's a racist comment, make a political statement of the personal nature and tell us something that has to do with his crime not your race based commentary.

RobertSF
RobertSF

Bull. It's simply incongruous that someone whose English produces "we workin" would also say, "I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change."

If you don't see that that is a lawyer talking, then you're simply a stupid person.

Patricia013
Patricia013

Animal cruelty is a personality trait....its imbedded in the person's psyche.  Underneath it all I am not convince it can be "unlearned"!  This man should never own a pet....for whatever reason he gives.

Ann
Ann

With all his advocacy, he does more good for dogs now than most of you people will EVER do. By the way, how many people in the USA use remote collars or e collars? Most people train their dogs with force. Choke chains, yanking, yelling, and yes, shock collars. Or pet store chains even teach classes on how to use shock collars. He many people have electric fences, which get dogs killed? That is all ok, right?

CissyRenee
CissyRenee

You MUST find a different brand of kool-aid.

Bev Wang
Bev Wang

Ann in Brooklyn um NO most people are not murdering their pets, not training them with a live electrical current over their bodies, not drowning them or strangling, smashing them with their bare hands, no most folks do not cross that threshold, but it is nice to know you are completely ignorant of the facts of his case, go online and read a little.

Shimmy
Shimmy

 Of course he should continue with his advocacy.  It's the least he can do.  And he still shouldn't be allowed to own a dog.

None of the things you mention are "ok" but they are different than Vick because they're not used with the intention of torturing dogs.  Michael Vick and his co-workers tortured dogs by electrocuting them in pools, slamming their bodies against concrete until they died, etc.

Realtalk777
Realtalk777

Those of you with the negative comments act as if everything you do and say equals gold...you your crap stinks just like everyone else....give a rest.......

If someone that was convicted of child abuse had their kids taken away.....after they have done their time and paid their price to society, these same people are able to have more kids if they are able....most people don't say a word about that and that's a child...yet someone that has shown remorse after paying the price for the sin that they committed shouldn't be allow to own a pup again ? I don't believe that animals have more rights than a child but that anyone that has one should be responsible for them.

Vick has the support of those that have watched him exceed what in the face of criticism...God Speed to you and your family Vick and to everyone else....even the haters 

Alex Wauters
Alex Wauters

So "RealTalk777" would let Vick babysit his kids. 

Realtalk777
Realtalk777

Problem with your comment is "my kids". The dog is "his kids" pet. Not the same. I'm sure his nephews and nieces stay at his house all the time...you know family...like a pet is considered. The dogs those guys had were never treated as pets and was a regular sport in many places which doesn't excuse  any of them for what happened. However Vick has proven that he's a good human being and even then thought he was doing that for his so called friends and family..you know cousins....the man deserves another chance without any us putting our feet on his neck

CissyRenee
CissyRenee

A psychopath is  psychopath is a psyhopath - period. They NEVER change, never. I work with parents who have lost thier kids to the system and sometimes they change. He has NEVER proven his 'worth as a human' only his worth as a football player - VERY different thing.  He did it because he got off on it. That is what psychopaths do. I'll bet that a whole bunch of dogs who used to be 'his kids' would tell you that you're deluded IF they weren't tortured and murdered.

Zach Hanson
Zach Hanson

The only remorse he has shown was for getting caught, and he didn't do a day of jail time for the torture or abuse of those dogs. He plead guilty to "Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture".

My crap might stink. But I've never tortured an animal to death. Vick and his defenders/apologists can all go to Hell.

Realtalk777
Realtalk777

You may be right about the conviction part however he was not the main individual doing the harm.....is anyone monitoring them and how many animals they have now ? probably not because Vick was the biggest scapegoat to use. Facts are the man did much to redeem his self and deserves another shot at it wither we like or not

Realtalk777
Realtalk777

I said early he bankrolled it to someone else however they only connected Vick to one dog's death..that's why I said the other individuals were actually running that fight operation..not just Phillips. problem that Vick had was his so called friends and the family that stayed there. I know because I live in Hampton Roads VA. I laugh when people say privileged millionaire the man lost more than a 100 million. I know many more famous peps that was doing that and worst and haven't felt none of that effect on their lives. All each individual on this post have is our opinion.....it's up to the next man/woman to even give an ear

Zach Hanson
Zach Hanson like.author.displayName 1 Like

He bankrolled the whole operation, and took part in killing dogs with his own hands. How was he not "the main individual doing the harm"? I hope the other pieces of infectious human waste involved in the group are not allowed within 50 feet of a dog as long as they live. Quanis L. Phillips has been shot twice apparently since being released from jail. That's closer to karmic justice than Vick going back to being a privileged millionaire.

Bev Wang
Bev Wang

Listen take a reality check, anyone who cannot show compassion and love to a companion animal shouldn't have one. And here we are talking about an animal who cannot tell an adult, or anyone about abuse, the suffer in silence. How completely dispassionate you are. I hope you are willing to put your money where your mouth is next time tragedy befalls you...perhaps you will learn something instead of berating others compassion.

Realtalk777
Realtalk777

Sounds like the opposite. So Vick doesn't deserve to show compassion ?  That's funny and odd

Dan Hagen
Dan Hagen

 News flash: he was never convicted on animal cruelty in any form; they only prosecuted him on interstate racketeering...

renesdaughter
renesdaughter

 which he did two years for! paid out millions of dollars!  what more do you people want!!

Shimmy
Shimmy

I want him to not own another dog during his lifetime. That's all I want.

Bev Wang
Bev Wang

Are you completely stupid? He used his hands and murdered his a"pets"..do yourself a favor and pull your head out of the sand box.

Jim Geygan
Jim Geygan

 Yeah I dunno what people you know but almost everyone I know would say it's bullshit that a child abuser should ever be allowed to have another child. As a matter of fact I know a good many people who would be more than willing to make absolutely certain that a child abuser could never again have children.  As far as Vick goes, he's obviously an animal. Only an animal could do what he did to those dogs.  He may have paid his price to society for the crime he committed but that doesn't mean he's a changed or reformed person. If your sick enough to physically slam a dog on the ground until it dies, your probably not going to be reformed by 17 months in Levenworth. I'm no professional but I doubt even a lifetime of therapy would fix what's wrong with this animal.

Patricia013
Patricia013

 Everyone has flaws....cruelty to animals is more than a flaw - its a major part of this person's psyche.  If he did to children what he did to his dogs....would you ever allow him another child to care for?

Realtalk777
Realtalk777

Valid point, however not even our court system prevents someone that may have done such things to a child to have another child. It's plenty of folks that have done worse to kids as far as I'm concerned and still are allowed to have more

Shimmy
Shimmy

 Did you read what he did to these dogs?  The idea that someone can defend him after reading this blows my mind.  Dogs were electrocuted in a swimming pool, killed by slamming them against concrete blocks, lived without medical care for major fighting injuries...

Of course he served his time, and that's why he is now a free man able to live his life as he pleases.  But OWNING A DOG?  No. 

If he wants to attend personal therapy of some sort with a dog, great.  If his children want to own dogs when they grow up?  Sure.  But Michael Vick?  Who is supervising this dog's situation?  How supervised can this situation be in his home?  Not much I would guess.  Is this some dog he's "practicing with" so that he doesn't hurt it when he becomes angry or wants to reprimand it?  That's ridiculous!  No dog should be living in that situation.

People are angry because dogs/animals are defenseless and easy targets for sadistic people.  They can't call 911 or alert anyone to horrific things that might be happening.

If you feel that some time in jail negates that torturing of hundreds of dogs then I have a bridge to sell you.

Realtalk777
Realtalk777

Well all that's said and good but Vick wasn't the one doing most of the things you describe even though he did finance the whole set up.....my question is where are the guys that did most of the dirt ? This man lost much more than any of them and had to do time and community service. If the courts allow him to have one it should be fine..it's not like he raising pitbulls any more. Thanks God you or I don't have the right to take someones right away because of our opinion