Home HockeyBuzz Register Login
2013 Years Old • Male
Please forgive me for stepping away from hockey briefly, but I know this can reach a lot of people.

As you probably know by now, Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick has been indicted by the federal government for his part in running a dog fighting ring. The carcasses of roughly 3 dozen dogs were allegedly found on Vick's property and it has now been made public that at least some of these dogs were put to death via electrocution, hanging or having their bodies slammed to the ground after "not performing."

Dog fighting is a cruel, barbaric, mindless practice that must be stopped. I personally consider Michael Vick to be a gutless, peabrained individual who deserves to go to prison for a long time for his involvement in this atrocity.

You can do your part in urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend Vick IMMEDIATELY by following this link from the Humane Society of the United States:


Thank you for reading and please let your voice be heard. Cruelty like this is inexcusable.
Filed Under:   Vick   dogs   NHL  
July 19, 2007 1:23 AM ET | Delete
I have to agree based on the circumstancial evidence that Vick looks like he's involved, however, I believe in the innocent until proven guilty standard of our legal system. If found guilty and sentenced, Vick might have to worry about a suspension from the NFL.
July 19, 2007 1:24 AM ET | Delete
It's players like this that defemate the character of the league. Pacman Jones doesn't help on top of this, nor does any other player who thinks they are above the law. If you're going to suspend Pacman on allegations prior to any legal action, then I'd like to see the same for Vick.
July 19, 2007 1:27 AM ET | Delete
yea i have three dogs and after hearing about vick who i previously had respect for (not any more) i haven't looked at my dogs the same since. and what's unfortunate is that i heard that the most he can be locked up for is six years. and every time dog fighting or a dog attack appears on the news it always seems to be a pitbull. none of my dogs are pitbulls but I'm pretty sure that they aren't vicious by nature, they;re just treated bad and always seem to have abusive owners. dogs are supposed to be man's best friend not man's animals to have fight
July 19, 2007 2:08 AM ET | Delete
Agreed! How sick do you have to be to par-take in the murder of such precious innocent creatures
July 19, 2007 8:02 AM ET | Delete
After reading this op-ed, I have changed my opinion. Vick needs to be suspended.http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20070719_Bill_Conlin___NFL_cant_really_let_Vick_play__can_it_.html
July 19, 2007 8:25 AM ET | Delete
My pup is half-pit and, admittedly, I simply believed all stereotypes about this breed of dog before my wife and I got Shea. (Named her after Shea Stadium - couldn't think of any good female hockey names.) Anyway, by nature they are EXCELLENT protectors, but are as sweet as can be, great with kids, et al. My younger brother is severely physically and mentally handicapped and my dog is wonderful with him. Ultimately, the demanor of the dog depends on the training by the owner. I could have raised a vicious killer too, whose life would be full of stress and unnecessary confrontation. Then again, I have a heart (and a brain) and I now have a dog who epitomizes the phrase "man's best friend," and who is truly happy every day. (I swear this dog runs around with a smile on her face all day long.) Cruel and vicious treatment like that in the Vick case needs to be dealt with swiftly and I agree as well with FrankD - if Pacman Jones, Chris Henry, Tank Johnson and others were all suspended almost immediately following being charged with crimes, Vick's punishment needs to come very soon as well.Thank you all for your support. I appreciate it.
July 19, 2007 9:32 AM ET | Delete
I am so disgusted by this whole thing and the fact that the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons have done nothing to this point. I realize he is innocent until proven guilty and he must go thru his due process but in almost all cases, a person would be suspended pending the outcome of the case. Why is he any different? Is it because he is a star QB (well, i personally think he is overrated anyway). He is not just accused of being the money man, etc. He is accused of being a participant. My heart aches when I think about those poor animals. Vick is a scumbag. I could go on a real tirade about this (again) but I won't.
July 19, 2007 10:57 AM ET | Delete
He should not be suspended until he's had a fair trial. If he's proven guilty, then sure, but until then no way. Think about it: if you were on a business trip, and your brother asked if he could stay at your place while you were away for whatever reason, you would probably let him. Then you hear that your brother has been having dog fights at your house the whole time, would you think it's fair for you to be suspended from your job? Probably not. Wait until he has his day(s) in court. Then judge. Reacting to sensationalist media reports like this is terrible.
July 19, 2007 11:05 AM ET | Delete
36 dead dogs on his property, Kreskin. 36. That doesn't happen on an overnight business trip. It is ludicrous for him to claim that he didn't know what was going on at the property. THEY HAVE A TRAINING PIT IN THE BACKYARD! Fair trial, sure. Ignore what is already known as FACT? No way. I hope this fool never sees an NFL football field again.
July 19, 2007 11:11 AM ET | Delete
Kreskin, it didn't just happen at his house. He is being accused of participating. its way more serious.
July 19, 2007 12:24 PM ET | Delete
Get a life people You think dog fighting doesn`t happen any where else....i truly could care less You want to talk about innocent dogs being killed look at the innocent shelter homes....heres a colder fact than dog fighting...In shelter homes if a dog has no home in over year and a half they are killed...I dont see these people being brought to justice just because its their policy...What Im trying to say is Im not supporting dog fighting or am I happy with Michael Vick what he did was wrong....the facts to your blog are also wrong where did you get 36 dog carcasses it doesnt even make sense . They were searching Vicks property over a course of 5 days they found nothing up until day 5 the last day....makes u wonder...also makes you wonder how you find 36 dog bodies in one part of his property....this thing has been blown way out of porportion, im sure he doesnt deny his participation in dog fighting but some of these facts are some of the biggest bull shit ive seen...and it takes more than one man to start a dog fight ....innocent until proven guilty
July 19, 2007 2:20 PM ET | Delete
Kreskin, read the entire 19 page indictment at the link attached below. This is hardly "reacting to sensationalist media reports." This is also not some overzealous district attorney with an ulterior motive bringing suit against Vick. This is the Feds and there is a reason they have a conviction rate upwards of 95%. They don't indict unless they know they have the evidence to convict. Vick is guilty as sin and is dead in the water right now. He has been involved in this up to his sinister eyebrows for several years now. Read the entire document and try to make an argument to the contrary.... http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0717072vick1.html
July 19, 2007 2:31 PM ET | Delete
Mayo: you are likening a dog fight and a shelter putting animals humanely down? Wow, that is sad. To compare the two downright ridiculous. Vick and his 3 partners are accused of fighting dogs to the death. Accused of strangling, wetting and electrifying, hanging, drowning and shooting dogs. While it saddens me that so many dogs are put down in a shelter, at least it is done in a humane way. They are not tortured. And because it happens elsewhere, that does not give Vick a pass on this. what are you implying? that they planted the dogs? Oh get real. And what were they using the dog fighting equipment for? And who said one man? He has 3 accomplices. Vick is scum and I hope the NFL does the right thing and bans him and I pray he ends up in jail where he belongs along with the other 3.
July 19, 2007 5:01 PM ET | Delete
nastyflyersgirl: right on!No one should be suspended until found guilty but when it happens I hope that not only he loses his job, respect of the fans, and credibility as an upstanding citizen but that his case is used as an example in the media for education on this horrible offense in aiding to prevent future occurances. Thats right..the media might actually use its influence to make the world a better place instead of gosip for ratings (i.e. Parris Hilton-drinking and driving).
July 19, 2007 6:50 PM ET | Delete
According to the NFL's new personal conduct policy, players don't have to be convicted to be suspended, they don't even have to be charged. All they have to do is give the NFL a bad name, which I think Vick has done. If Vick is convicted the least of his problems are going to be a suspension from the NFL he is facing jail time. The other thing to consider is the gambling involved. The NFL doesn't tolerate any illegal gambling by players, this on its own is grounds for an NFL suspension.
July 19, 2007 9:07 PM ET | Delete
Agreed, I think he shouldn't play football again. This is completely disgusting, clearly he was involved in some angles of this.
July 20, 2007 11:29 PM ET | Delete
I too am an owner of a pit. They are fantastic dogs (until you abuse them). I wish the critics of the breed could see our pit with our 10-month-old. She treats him like her own pup. Vick deserves his day in court like anyone else, but the evidence appears to be pretty overwhelming, and I hope the punishment is severe. I hope he never plays another game for any team, let alone the Falcons. (I say he deserves his day in court, then I convict him...oh well, court of public opinion is pretty swift and severe these days).
Leave a Comment
You must be logged in to leave a comment.

Blog Archive

22 Moved