If anybody has been vilified in this polarizing country that we live in, its New York Jets QB Michael Vick. Yes, the Brother was fighting dogs. Then he went to prison, paid the cost to be the boss and surprised every body by coming back badder than ever and is humbly rising to the top! I must admit, I did not think that he was going to be able to really do it, but he did.
I was disgusted personally when I heard about Michael Vick and the dog fighting and the animal abuse, however after spending 21 months in jail I believe that this man is truly rehabilitated.
Michael Vick signed a reported one-year, $5-million deal on Friday! But PETA is still quite upset with the NFL player as a result of his 2007 conviction for dog-fighting. PETA sent out a nasty tweet after hearing about Michael Vick getting this deal.
Vick’s younger brother, Marcus, came to his brother's defense the following day via twitter in a response to PETA’s jab at his big brother asking PETA if it was “still on that (BS).”
Of course PETA never tweeted back, which is odd, because they do quite a bit of tweeting.
Why is PETA Mad at Michael Vick Tho?
Vick spent 21 months in prison for running a dog-fighting operation. The then-disgraced NFL star’s became a dart board of sorts for animal lovers everywhere as details of his inhumane crime came to light. Dogs that did not perform up to expectations were killed by electrocution, hanging, drowning, and other violent means by the dog-fighting ring. As a result of his conviction, Vick lost lucrative endorsement deals and was suspended without pay by the NFL; the player incurred financial losses of about $142 million, including $71 million in his Philadelphia Falcons salary; $50 million in endorsement income; and nearly $20 million in previously paid bonuses. Vick was also fined $5,000 and handed a three-year probation upon his release from prison for his part in the blood sport.
Vick makes the FIX!
Even though Vick has been virtually flogged for his unlawful dogfighting venture, he has successfully moved on since being released from prison.
- Vick partnered with the Humane Society of the United States and now works to help prevent cruelty to animals by promoting anti-dog-fighting campaigns.
- Vick became a dog owner again nearly two years ago upon completing his probation and took major steps to prove that he could be a caring and responsible owner.
- Vick was even spotted at a Pet Smart in his state of residence, New Jersey, as he attended a dog-training class.
Many of Vick’s coaches, friends and family members have attested to the fact that he has totally turned his life around, but unfortunately, there are many who just refuse to cut him a break.
One Jets fan only recently told WCBS,
“As an animal advocate … I personally have no use for him,”
and another fan called the move a
“slap in the face.”
A third told the station it’s hard to root for the team now that they’ve hired Michael Vick.
Then there are those sports columnists like USA Today’s Jarrett Bell who thinks Vick gives the team a new sense of hope after an 8-8 finish last season stating, “Vick, when he’s on, can still be so electric.”
What say you? Is Michael Vick the victim of his crimes, racism or is PETA just being PETA?
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