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Vick takes to the pulpit in Washington

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick spoke from behind the pulpit of a Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. yesterday — the latest in a series of talks aimed at helping to stop dogfighting and earning himself redemption.

With a line of police standing against the back wall, Michael Vick clutched the sides of a pulpit and told the crowd at the Covenant Baptist Church the story of how as a young child he watched dogfights in his Newport News, Va., neighborhood and eventually fell into a dogfighting operation, leading to his arrest, a 23-month prison term and more than two-year suspension from professional football.

You can read the Washington Post story here.

Vick was in D.C. as part of an arrangement he has made with Wayne Pacelle, the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), to make two public appearances a month to speak out against dogfighting.

The agreement played a role in NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to end Vick’s suspension last week, allowing him to play in the Eagles’ game last Sunday.

Vick has spoken at events held at schools in Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta.


Comment from Miss Jan
Time September 30, 2009 at 12:03 pm

I am NOT buying this whatever it is he thinks he is selling. From what I can see it’s just crocodile tears and he’s very very very sorry he got caught.

And I’m not convinced it was about money. To the people who are involved in any kind of animal fighting and abuse it speaks of a darker part of what little character they possess. I don’t know what to call it other than an addiction to evil.

Comment from Baltimoregal
Time September 30, 2009 at 12:40 pm

That’s my big problem with his so-called “redemption” tour. It seems to be a lot more about how bad it was that he got caught and not how bad it was that he did the things he did.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time September 30, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Ahh. The word “wrong” has finally been uttered. And mention has been made of the animals.

Has anybody noticed these two seemingly-unrelated events in Chicago:
1) A dog-fighting operation being run in the same property as a day care center, with the blood-soaked, syringe-littered garage just a few steps away from the swing set. One of those arrested has a video on his cell phone of a dog being soaked with gasoline and burned to death. He asserts that one of the rescued puppies–covered with puncture wounds and missing an eye–got that way because “a door fell on him.”
2) Also in Chicago, a sixteen year old young man, the apple of his family’s eye, an honor student, is set upon by five people his age, and beaten to death with a railroad tie. The entire incident, including his terrible final moments, is caught on video for posterity.

Cruelty begets more cruelty, and I think we are in danger of becoming a cruel society.

Comment from Miss Jan
Time September 30, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Regrettably Anne ‘n Spencer we became such a violent society long ago that other countries’ people frequently describe us as “violent Americans.” I have a relative living in UK for the last 25 years and this is one of the first as well as ongoing criticism of Americans she reports back about how the world views our society. I’ve gotten so “exercised” about this problem that I have a unbendable rule in my house that prohibits watching any TV violence whatsoever – no, not even on the news. You would not believe the flack I’ve gotten for this rule.

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time September 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm

I am waiting for him and his friends at the HSUS to go on “tour” with a slideshow of brutalized and disfigured dogs, or shaking, cowering and shocked pups, or young female dogs strapped tightly to “rape posts,” or videos of dogs being electrocuted, stabbed, hung or drowned, all to the smiles of Vick and his pals. That’s the reality here, and I fear that this place and this man were much worse than anything ever revealed in the press. Surprised and sorry that he got caught?? He would STILL be doing this if not caught! Until he shows what his demented violence created, there is unfortunately a growing segment of all ages and demographics who are coming to idolize this man. (Hmm…did someone just whisper “Susan Reimer”?)

Comment from James
Time September 30, 2009 at 8:03 pm

“Fell into”? Hmm. Leading and financing a fighting kennel purely by accident, eh?