Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is still a pretty controversial public figure, as many people haven’t forgiven him for his involvement in vicious dog fights that resulted in an unknown amount of cruel and inhumane violence and death. At the same time, a lot of people believe that he has served his time and paid the price for his actions through personal rehabilitation, serving his community and the money he lost by being in prison and not playing. And some people are just happy to have picked him up in fantasy leagues.
Vick recently did an interview with TheGrio.com and he believes that there is one very important thing missing in his rehab – a dog. That’s right, Mikey wants a puppy for Christmas, because he thinks that being able to show love and compassion for man’s best friend will be the ultimate step in proving that he’s not the bad guy anymore. In related news, that guy with the Megan’s Law sign in his yard wants to babysit your kid.
Tie the dog to the Griswold’s bumper, The Grio…
“I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding. If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted. I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that’s the hardest thing: telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions.”
I don’t have any kids, mainly for legal reasons, but I have to imagine that it was a pretty difficult moment in parenting for Vick when he first had to explain to his daughter why he was suddenly the most hated man in America and had to go to prison, but I’m guessing it went something like: “Because daddy let people electrocute doggies and slam them against trees until their backs and necks broke at his home.” But if you’re an optimist like me, he could always follow that up with, “Now go do your homework” and his job as a dad is a piece of cake.
Video of Mike’s interview and some support for him after the jump…
While many people are quick to decry Vick for his dogfighting past, he is receiving support from a new ally – the Humane Society. Sure, you could argue that the Humane Society will want to prove that their court-ordered poster boy is all better and capable of puppy love, but isn’t this still a solid endorsement for the guy?
“I have been around him a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner,” Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, told the AJC Wednesday.
Pacelle, who has toured schools with Vick, said the Philadelphia Eagles standout has committed publicly to speaking against dogfighting for the rest of his life. (Via Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Let he who is without sin and whiskers cast the first stone – should Vick be able to have a dog?