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Vick says, were it not for his arrest, he’d probably still be dogfighting

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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick told students at Juniata Park Academy in Philadelphia that it’s important to take care of pets “with all your heart,” but that, were it not for his arrest, he would probably still be dog fighting.

“Honestly … Yeah, I’d probably still be doing it,” he said in answer to one student’s question.

“I got caught and went through what I went through so that none of … you kids like you guys will have to go through what I went through.”

The NBC 10 sportscaster reporting on Vick’s appearance — one of many he’s made under the auspices of the Humane Society of the United States — concludes his report by saying, “You gotta say that what he did was heinous, but certainly no one is doing more to come back from his situation than Michael Vick is.”

Comments

Comment from Kathy G.
Time December 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Funny how all these fans talk about his being sorry….sorry he got caught maybe – this puts a truer spin on the “man” (and I use that term loosely) Michael Vick truly is

Comment from omar gatheir
Time December 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Kathy, who gives a f***?

Comment from Starla
Time December 9, 2010 at 12:21 am

Yes, sorry he got caught is about right. His “good deed” speaking engagements are part of his parole deal. Were it not for that fact, I doubt he would be speaking to the kiddies and getting pats on the back by Wayne Pacelle for being such an advocate against dog fighting. Bleh! And Omar…go troll on Vicks fan club site where you belong. People w/ souls DO give a f***!

Comment from Lep
Time December 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Strip his arse naked, cover him in Alpo, and throw him into the ring with one of his own dogs.

Comment from Anonymous
Time December 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Have any of you brainless hacks considered the context of what he meant by that statement?

Consider this: If Mr. Vick had never been caught, he would have never faced the repercussions of his actions. The vast public reaction and prison time he faced undoubtedly were a mirror reflecting on his actions. That allowed him the necessary self-reflection to realize the ultimate error of his ways. While prison may fail to reform some prisoners, others are changed much for the better.

As a fellow human being and proud pitbull owner, Mr. Vick’s prior actions were sickening to me. However, I believe in personal change and redemption, and I would like to give Mr. Vick the benefit of the doubt in those regards. We all will make horrible mistakes in our lifetimes, and regardless of the magnitude of such, wouldn’t you like to be forgiven just as much as he might? Just living with the knowledge that he caused so many wonderful animals harm will be hard enough on him as it is.

Comment from Foxtrot Bravo
Time December 16, 2010 at 8:08 am

Gee Anonymous.. you are really a heart warming person.. But Im going to break this down for you real simple like. People do NOT change when they abuse anyone or anything.. Abuse isnt something that someone does.. it is something that someone is.. And you dont come back from that.. And he can want to be forgiven all he wants.. some things are just unforgivable.. I wonder, were it your dog stolen for bait.. would you hold his hand so easily through his redemption.. If his living with what he did was punishment enough, that would dictate conscience.. of which he has none. If your litmus holds true, then getting caught stealing, raping, conning, or setting fires is all it takes to reform just plain good folks who just need a little sympathy.. Nope.

Comment from MrUniteUs
Time January 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm

The good news is that dog fighting arrest have increased substantially, since Vick was charged. Before that nary a peep was said.

The Bristish brought dogfighting to the U.S. over 200 hundred years ago. It grew into a multi-million dollars business, complete with dogfighting magazines. Many Americans including local authorites looked away.

Many Americans are still look away today, and ignore the dogfighting that continues in their own cities & counties.

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