Former quarterback and convicted animal abuser Michael Vick has a new job with Fox Sports. Go figure! On Sunday, Vick will serve as a studio analyst for Fox NFL Kickoff – the show that leads into Fox NFL Sunday. According to USA Today, Vick will be making regular appearances on the show as part of his new job.
“I’m very excited,” Vick stated. ‘over the last seven or eight months, I’ve done a lot of interviews, and I think I’ve gotten better as I’ve been put in those situations more often… You have to be careful because anything you say can go viral.”
Vick retired as a member of the Atlantic Falcons. His tenure with the team was interrupted after his 2007 conviction for his role in dog fighting that sent him to prison. To the public, Vick remains a controversial figure after serving 19 months in prison. Fox executives barely mentioned that part of Vick’s life, although in April, Fox commentator Tucker Carlson appeared on Sean Hannity’s show.
“Anybody who looks into how he mistreated these dogs and personally tortured them to death gets upset and I overspoke. I’m not comfortable with the death penalty under any circumstances. Of course I don’t think he should be executed.” Carlson, however did go on to say, “But I do think what he did is truly appalling.” He also added that he “has a lot doubts” on Vick’s true intentions.”
And what about the dogs? Many of them never received any justice; fortunately some were saved and went on to lead wonderful lives. Just in case Fox Sports forgot since Vick’s egregious dog fighting history and conviction only rated one sentence in their press release about Vick’s new job, here’s a bit of the heartbreaking, inhumane and cruel treatment some of these dogs suffered by Vick’s own admission.
For anyone who has ever forgotten what happened, in 2007 Vick and three other men were indicted on charges related to an illegal dog-fighting ring known as “Bad Newz Kennels.” Although some fans will tell animal advocates to forgive and forget, and that Vick showed remorse for those convictions, it was the degree of inhumanity, cruelty and downright sadistic treatment of the dogs who did not win as fighting dogs and the degree and torture the innocent animals endured by Vick’s own hands that rocks so many people to the core of human decency.
Donna Reynolds is the co-founder of Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls (BAD RAP), known for rescuing and rehabilitating pit bulls. In case anyone forgot or didn’t know the details and why so many compassionate people find Vick’s latest career move so offensive, note Reynold’s blog entries:
“The details that got to me … involve the swimming pool that was used to kill some of the dogs. Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs, then just like with a car, the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water. We don’t know how many suffered this premeditated murder, but the damage to the pool walls tells a story. It seems that while they were scrambling to escape, they scratched and clawed at the pool liner and bit at the dented aluminum sides like a hungry dog on a tin can.
Reynolds continued the heartbreaking blog post:
“…my mind’s image of a little black dog splashing frantically in bloody water … screaming in pain and terror…brown eyes saucer wide and tiny black white-toed feet clawing at anything, desperate to get a hold. This death did not come quickly. The rescuer in me keeps trying to think of a way to go back in time and somehow stop this torture and pull this little dog to safety. I think I will be looking for ways to pull that dog to safety for the rest of my life.”
Concluding his interview on Friday, for Fox Sports with USA Today, Vick added:
“I have never criticized guys, but I will be critical. Great players understand that. I’ve seen the reactions from my teammates watching shows in t he team lounge when they disagree with something. I’m a credible guy and I think people will respect that.”
What are your thoughts? Please feel free to weigh in, but asking everyone to remain respectful.
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