"Michael Vick was a dogfighter. He paid for it, he bet on it, he participated in the training, fighting, and killing of dogs with his own two hands." -The Lost Dogs
I've listened to people say "everyone deserves another chance" and "he's done a lot of good since then" and "he's doing so well in football and trying so hard to get his reputation back" and "it was what he grew up with" and "he talks about being humane and making good choices now". I've listened and hoped that he's changed.
But maybe his second chance should have been at McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts. No offense to the people who work there, I'm just saying that his second chance, if any, should not have been being paid millions and in the position of a "roll model". And really how much good has he done that he couldn't have done before? Would he still be fighting dogs if he didn't get caught? Oh yea, he already answered that for us - he said he would! The rescues who took on his severely broken dogs still haven't seen a good chunk of the money promised them either. "Doing good" might be NOT taking money for speeches and giving it to the dogs! The football thing just makes my stomach roll too - of course he's good, you assholes - he has to be! I mean, if he were one of his dogs, he probably would have been killed by now. What he grew up with? What's in his blood? Oh, that's awful! He was a professional athlete - he was exposed to many different -better and more humane- hobbies that he could have taken up! What I wouldn't give to take up vacationing or buying awesome real estate all over (of course, my money would probably go to helping animals and land preservation, but whatever...). Oh, and his lectures and speaking which he should be "commended for" ... um why doesn't he answer questions? Why are his "talks" on humanity scripted for him?
"As that dog lay on the ground fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its 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 it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground, until at last, the little red dog was dead." --The Lost Dogs
I digress! I came across a video the other day while reading an article about Vick. He was apparently given a key to the city of Dallas and the mayor was requesting it back, saying the honor and ceremony were not okayed or to be honored since he did not approve it (he kindly said Michael Vick did not fit the criteria - like a very positive, international diplomat). The video was at the very bottom from someone who had been at the Dallas gathering. Honestly, I thought the video was more important and news worthy than the article about Vick possibly being insulted. However, I guess the editor of the Philly-area news wouldn't ok with the idea of focusing on this and not the fact Vick might have his poor feelings hurt (kudos to whoever put this video in though).
Here's the point of my post and all I think I really need to shut all those "second chance" people up. This is Michael Vick below just months ago and it chilled my bones...