Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Damn, Vick!

I'm kind of torn over this Mike Vick situation. Apparently he has copped a plea deal and has plead guilty to being involved with the dog fights.

Part of me does not feel sorry for him because when you are successful as he is, has as much money as he does and in the public eye as much as he is (and a *coughBlackMalecough*) you've gotta realize that the target is on your chest from jump. You have to think smarter and disassociation yourself with things that threaten that fortune that you worked hard to build.

As much as I don't like him, take 50 Cent for example. Crack dealer gets a music deal, stops selling crack, disassociates himself with people still in "the life," moves to CT, invests his money into things and made smart business moves that put him in the Forbes, and HE AIN'T GOING BACK regardless of who calls him a sellout for getting out of the hood and not participating in destructive things anymore. I mean he STILL raps about shooting people in the face and is the poster child for industry beefs, but that's the entertainment we expect from him.

The other part of me DOES feel sorry for him because he's one of the best quarter backs to ever play the game (he redefined the quarterback position) and is about to lose his career even though others beat their wives, use steroids, ruin lives by starting melees in strip clubs resulting in an innocent bystander getting paralyzed, and so forth and so on.

Sure, dog fighting is cruelty to animals, but what about the people in the NRA that stalk and blow a deer's brains out and call it "gaming"; or the scientists that cut off the heads of live rats with scissors for experiments?

All I'm saying is that a LOT of people should be on trial, but when you're in the limelight, you have to be smart about your decisions.


Gene said...

Can't argue with you one bit.

One of the many problems with this country - and our legal system especially - is that we are consistently inconsistent. We need to make some decisions.

Either we can participate in sports that hurt animals or we can't.

Either we want immigrants over here to work or we don't.

Either we want to recognize same-sex couples or we don't.

Either we like hip hop or we don't.

We're probably the most fence-straddling group of people on the planet.

Anonymous said...

It's a lose/lose situation for Vick's dogs. Damned with him, damned without him:;_ylt=Ahqsygo.CiLDNJ8qAjKBuuys0NUE

Anonymous said...

Pit bulls at Vick's house face deadline

By ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON, Associated Press Writer

More than 50 pit bulls seized from Michael Vick's property face a Thursday deadline to be claimed. If no one comes forward, they could be euthanized.

Federal prosecutors filed court documents last month to condemn 53 pit bulls seized in April as part of the investigation into dogfighting on the Vick's property. No one has claimed any of the dogs, which are being held at several unspecified shelters in eastern Virginia, the U.S. Attorney's office said Wednesday.

The civil complaint filed by federal prosecutors does not name the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and is separate from the criminal case against him. But it does state the pit bulls were part of the dogfighting operation known as "Bad Newz Kennels," which Vick and three cohorts are accused of operating.

Also included in the document are detailed allegations about the nature of the animals' training regimen and the dogfights occurring at Vick's property at 1915 Moonlight Road in Surry County.

The government filed three public civil forfeiture notices in a Richmond newspaper to publicize the dogs' confiscation, and the deadline for claims is 30 days after the appearance of the final notice, filed July 24.

Federal prosecutors declined to comment Wednesday on the seized dogs. Typically, when confiscated property goes unclaimed, the government asks the court to have the items declared forfeited. In this case, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson will make the final decision on the dogs' fate.

"There's no dispute over who owns the dogs," said Daphna Nachminovitch, a spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "Obviously this is not going to be a process where someone steps forward and says, 'This is my dog, can I have her back, please?' "

Though Hudson, who also is handling Vick's criminal case, will determine what becomes of the pit bulls, Nachminovitch said that it's likely that they will be euthanized because they're not adoptable as pets.

"These dogs are a ticking time bomb," she said. "Rehabilitating fighting dogs is not in the cards. It's widely accepted that euthanasia is the most humane thing for them."

Vick, 27, said through a lawyer this week that he will plead guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and conspiracy to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. He is scheduled to enter his plea agreement Monday and could face up to five years in prison.

Three Vick associates have pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and agreed to testify against him if the case went to trial. They said Vick provided virtually all the gambling and operating funds for the Bad Newz Kennels enterprise. Two of them also said Vick participated in executing at least eight underperforming dogs by various means, including drowning and hanging.

The locations of the shelters holding the dogs haven't been disclosed out of concern that the animals could be stolen, Nachminovitch said.

"They are a hot commodity in the world of dogfighting," she said.

Ticia said...

I am with you Brandon---

YT's can go hunting and but the damn animal on the wall, and thats okay...

Yeah, Vick was out of order for his slooping behavior, but he does deserve a second chance--

Out of all the things to go to jail for.. DOGS!?!?!?!?!? that blows me hard!

4EverJennayNay said...

i wonder what his life will be like after this is said and done. his career is a wrap.

Anonymous said...

He could be a rapper. God knows he has more street cred than most of the people on the Hot 100.

Anonymous said...

I just wonder if this man has the heart to do this to inocent animals, what will he do to a human being? Whats next? beating women? What if he had a son who was homosexual, would he kill him? probaly so!

Rell said...

"The other part of me DOES feel sorry for him because he's one of the best quarter backs to ever play the game (he redefined the quarterback position)"

Come on B -- really? One of the best ever?