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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87 comments
TheresaBrooks
TheresaBrooks

He only got a dog because it gets him more attention. It gets him even more publicity. Same as looking at animal lovers and laughing. He did not lose any thing not even the right to torture animals again. He will just be more careful about getting caught

TheresaBrooks
TheresaBrooks

Vick fans are ok with dog fighting, they support EVERY evil thing he did, It is all about greed, and their own thirst to torture the living. And to you who say its just a dog, if you think dog fighting is ok because it is just a dog I pray you sick people don't have a pet. If you do I feel so sorry for it. As far as Vicks kids did they not see how he treated dogs in the past, he has already taught his children how to torture pets. His home should never have an animal of any kind. Vick fans don't care about animals and when he is no longer able to play the game they wont think twice about him either. Any human who is ok with dog fighting is sick & evil 

ellieb1216
ellieb1216

Michael Vick does not deserve a second chance. He KILLED defenseless animals because they didn't win the fight. He was a grown man that strangled, hung, electrocuted and drowned animals. He has not paid enough for his crimes at all. I can't believe that the NY Jets signed him to be a quarterback where many of America's youth can look up to this murderer. If you are ever around him and you have small children hang on to them tightly as they may do something to upset them. By the way his statement above is out and out CRAP.

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

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

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

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

MilagrosGV
MilagrosGV

So what  get real the price has been paid

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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." 

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.

RobertSF
RobertSF

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

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.

ellieb1216
ellieb1216

@baba_ijebu1  OMG! I'll bet you abuse animals too. You poor thing. Get Help Fast.

gregk9
gregk9

@renesdaughter  Dogs are not like cows, chickens, lambs, fish or any other animals we as humans consume. You're completely delusional!

ellieb1216
ellieb1216

@renesdaughter  OMG! I'll bet you abuse animals too. You poor thing. Get Help Fast.

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.

ellieb1216
ellieb1216

@MilagrosGV  You poor thing you just don't get it, do you?

CissyRenee
CissyRenee

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

gregk9
gregk9

@Alex Wauters  Absolutely!!

504here
504here

@el_africano

How Michael Vick Killed His Dogs

“And then there was one last body that stood out from the rest. It had signs of bruising on all four ankles and all along one side. Its skull was fractured in two places and it had four broken vertebrae. Brownie had said that all of the dogs that didn’t die from being hanged were drowned, except one.

“As that dog lay on the ground fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed her front legs and Michael Vick grabbed her hind 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, alternating back and forth pounding the creature against the ground, until at last, the little red dog was dead.”

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.

Bev Wang
Bev Wang

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

ellieb1216
ellieb1216

@Jim Geygan  That's garbage and you know it. Once a sicko always a sicko. Get therapy...lots of therapy. Anyone defending that monster (Vick) is just as evil.

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.

Bev Wang
Bev Wang

well that's disturbing but concise..

James M. Bolton
James M. Bolton

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

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.

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

504here
504here

@James M. Bolton  read this! then tell me to get over it!

How Michael Vick Killed His Dogs

“And then there was one last body that stood out from the rest. It had signs of bruising on all four ankles and all along one side. Its skull was fractured in two places and it had four broken vertebrae. Brownie had said that all of the dogs that didn’t die from being hanged were drowned, except one.

“As that dog lay on the ground fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed her front legs and Michael Vick grabbed her hind 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, alternating back and forth pounding the creature against the ground, until at last, the little red dog was dead.”

Tammy Allen
Tammy Allen

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

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.