There are many players that I find myself rooting for disgrace.  Ron Mexi . . . errrr . . . Michael Vick is one of those guys.  Please explain to me why He still can play in the NFL?  To say he has had a checkered past is putting it lightly.  Let’s take a look at some of his transgressions over the past few years:

From Wikipedia:

  • In 2007, statements were made by his father, Michael Boddie, about possible dogfighting activities in 2001. Boddie told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that around 2001, Vick was staging dogfights in the garage of the family’s home in Newport News and kept fighting dogs in the family’s backyard, including injured ones which the father nursed back to health. Boddie said his son had been urged to not engage in the activity, but continued. He stated: “This is Mike’s thing. And he knows it.” Within days, Vick’s mother, Brenda Vick Boddie, told theNewport News Daily Press “There was no dogfighting (at our home). There were no cages.”
  • In early 2004, two men were arrested in Virginia for distributing marijuana. The truck they were driving was registered to Vick. Falcons coach Dan Reevesrecalled that he lectured Vick at that time on the importance of reputation, on choosing the right friends, and on staying out of trouble for the good of his team.
  • On October 10, 2004, Vick and other members of his party, including employee Quanis Phillips, were at Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport on their way to board an AirTran flight. While they were passing through a security checkpoint, a security camera caught Phillips and Todd Harris picking up an expensive-appearing watch which belonged to Alvin Spencer, a security screener. After watching the theft on a video tape, Spencer filed a police report. He claimed that Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, known as the Falcons’ “fixer”, interfered with the investigation. Although Vick representatives declined to make him available for an Atlanta police inquiry, six days later Spencer got the watch back from them.
  • In March 2005, Sonya Elliott filed a civil lawsuit against Vick alleging she contracted genital herpes from him in the autumn of 2002 and that he failed to inform her that he had the disease. Elliot further alleged that Vick had visited clinics under the alias “Ron Mexico” to get treatments and thus knew of his condition. On April 24, 2006, Vick’s attorney, Lawrence Woodward, revealed that the lawsuit had been settled out of court under undisclosed terms.Many fans bought custom jerseys from NFL.com with Vick’s number 7 and the name “MEXICO” on the back. The NFL has since banned customizing jerseys with the name Mexico.
  • November 26, 2006 – After a loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Georgia Dome, in apparent reaction to fans booing, Vick made anobscene gesture at fans, holding up two middle fingers. He was fined $10,000 by the NFL and agreed to donate another $10,000 tocharity.
  • January 17, 2007 – Vick surrendered a water bottle which had a hidden compartment to security personnel at Miami International Airport. “The compartment was hidden by the bottle’s label so that it appeared to be a full bottle of water when held upright,” police said. Test results indicated there were no illegal substances in the water bottle and Vick was cleared of any wrongdoing.Vick announced that the water bottle was a jewelry stash box, and that the substance in question had been jewelry.
  • On April 24, 2007, Vick was scheduled to lobby on Capitol Hill, hoping to persuade lawmakers to increase funding for after-school programs. Vick missed a connecting flight in Atlanta on Monday to Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. He later failed to show up for another seat booked for him later that evening. On Tuesday morning, he did not attend his scheduled appearance at the congressional breakfast where he was to be honored for his foundation’s work with after-school projects in Georgia and Virginia.Vick’s mother Brenda accepted the award from the Afterschool Alliance.

That doesn’t even touch the dog fighting issues and now the shooting at his birthday party.  Let me remind you that Pac-Man Jones was shoed away from the league for a lot less.  There are a lot of people out there that just flat ou don’t like Vick.  There are a lot of things I can forgive an athlete for but mass killing of domestic animals.

Here is where the NFL needs to toe a line.  If a player does prison time for violent crimes, he ought to be out of a job.  If you or I went away for a couple of years, how easy would it be for us to get our jobs back?  Not very likely.  Instead Vick is offered opportunity after opportunity to continue playing the sport he loves on the highest level.  At some point the NFL has to cut ties with the likes of Michael Vick.  He clearly has not learned his lesson and is still associating himself with the wrong people.

As a person who has had dogs his entire life, it seems so foreign to me as to how someone could purposely kill a dog.  That alone should have had him banned from the NFL for life.  The truth is, he is just a problem waiting to happen.  If it doesn’t happen this year, it will soon enough.  He is just someone that can’t stay on the right side of the law for what ever reason.

You can make excuses for him if you want to, but deep down you know he is just a bad person.  It’s one thing to be hated for your skills and what you do on the field for the other team, but he is hated for his lifestyle.  Roger Godell needs to make an example out of Vick.  He needs to let every athlete that plays in the NFL, if you commit a violent crime you won’t have a job in the NFL.

His autograph which at one point sold for hundreds now barely sells for more than $20.  Of course sellers are trying to get top dollar, like the card below which is going for $299 or best offer.  The truth is that collectors are sick of him and are afraid to get burned again from his shenanigans.  Personally I use his cards to make custom cards, you know try to turn crap into something nice.


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14 responses »

  1. sanjosefuji says:

    I agree… thanks for refreshing my memory of all the infractions this guy has encountered over his career. He’s the furthest thing from a role model. The NFL needs to cut the cord.

    • Socrates879887 says:

      Read the book, THE LOST DOGS, by Jim Gorant. I read all 279 pages of details of this….. atrocity in two hours, and i honestly wish someone would kill vick. i dont have the stones to do it, but if anyone is on my kill-list, he’s right after hitler and stalin. He is the epitome of everything mankind hates about itself, and the fact that the eagles, a respectable NFL team would dare to hire him after he hung, drowned, bludgeoned and electrocuted dogs that WOULDN’T HARM A FLY makes me lose faith in mankind. fuck you vick…… and if there is a god, may he damn you to hell.

      • Jenny says:

        I just left a party where people defended this piece of shit and I am appallled ! WTF ? I love how people bring race into this. Sorry if Tom Brady was killing dogs I woud be equally upset. It is bs to play the race card. Anyone who defends killing dogs is morally bankrupt. FU Ron Mexico! You are nothing ut a thug who will fuck up again and I can’t wait for the day when you get hauled back to jail

  2. kevin says:

    He went to jail for dog fighting and I mean who the hell cares if he was talking to a person involved in dog fighting he was not involved in the shooting just let him do his job play football

  3. martabusplaya says:

    Born and raised in Atlanta, Vick was a huge deal here. We had years of lame quarterbacks from the time I started collecting cards (1989) until Vick. Before Vick, I rarely watched the Falcons. Once we got him, I watched or recorded every game. I remember the game vs. Minnesota where he broke three or four tackles to run for a 60 yard touchdown and was hooked. I’m a vegetarian and believe in animal rights more than most folks, but I have never cared for dogs. Animals that are raised and slaughtered for food are considered property, so I don’t see how dogs deserve special treatment, at least legally. Plus, he wasn’t even convicted for animal abuse. His plea bargain was for tax evasion for not reporting the income he made from gambling on the dog fights. I feel like he got railroaded by the legal system trying to make an example out of him, and there seems to be a racial element in it too.

    • kevin says:

      Thank you just let him play

    • rach says:

      that is the most rediculous thing i have ever heard!dogs are not farm animals;nobody really cares what you think about slaughtered animals ,when was the last time you ate dog for dinner?wake up!this is cruelty in the worst form.vick keeps apologizing about getting caught, but does he ever ask about the forty dogs who were rehabbed and adopted out?

    • Ashamed and lost eagle fan says:

      You are as SICK as VICK!!! He didn’t get railroaded and you know it. Michael Vick is SICK and should not be allowed to play on TV along with several other dozen of NFL players.

  4. Larry says:

    Thanks for pointing out some facts about Vick’s checkered past, but to really get the total emphasis you have to read the details about what he did to the dogs. I’m not going to go into the details here, there’s plenty of information on the Internet if you’re interested.

    Let’s just say I totally disagree that he was railroaded. The words that come to my mind is he was let off easy. I also agreed with others that say he should never have been allowed to play in the NFL again.

    Oh I see the race card being played here, which is just the rallying cry when a black man gets his hand slapped for wrongdoing

  5. Daniel Watch says:

    ABUSER MICHAEL VICK’S REALITY SHOW NEEDS REALITY CHECK
    SINCE WHEN DID WE START REWARDING VIOLENT CRIMINALS BY HANDING THEM A PAID GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO REDEEM THEMSELVES ON NATIONAL TELEVISION? IT IS JUST OUTRAGEOUS THAT THIS HEATHEN MICHAEL VICK IS STILL MAKING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS PLAYING FOOTBALL AND DOING ENDORSEMENTS… WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

    I AM DISGUSTED THAT SOME GENIUS OVER AT THE BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION NETWORK THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GREAT IDEA TO GIVE MICHAEL VICK HIS OWN REALITY TV SHOW WHERE HE HAS A GREAT BIG PLATFORM TO DO SOME DAMAGE CONTROL ON HIS TARNISHED IMAGE….

    I PAINSTAKINGLY WATCHED THE FIRST 10 MINUTES OF THIS FARCE WHEN I REALIZED THAT EVERYTHING SINGLE THING THAT WAS BEING SAID WAS A HUGE PILE OF PROPAGANDA BULL. IT WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A BIG PITY PARTY FOR POOR MIKE VICK AND HIS POOR TRAUMATIZED FAMILY, WHO SHOULD ALL BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES FOR ENABLING HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE. THEY WERE ALL SO PATHETICALLY TRANSPARENT IT WAS REVOLTING!

    MICHAEL VICK IS OBVIOUSLY A VERY DISTURBED EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN BEING AND SHOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO BE AROUND ANY ANIMALS, OR ANY CHILDREN FOR THAT MATTER. ANYONE WITH THAT TYPE OF PROPENSITY CAN SNAP IN AN INSTANT AND IS A DANGER TO SOCIETY! READ THE FACTS BELOW!
    STATISTICS FROM NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY CONNECTING ANIMAL CRUELTY TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 71% of abused women report that their batterers have threatened to hurt/kill their pets and have done so.
    32% of battered women with children report that their children have hurt or killed pets.
    25%-48% of battered women delay leaving an abusive situation for fear of what will happen to her pet if left behind.
    40% of battered women report that they have been forced to participate in sexual acts with animals as part of their domestic terrorization.
    Sex Offenders:
    48% of rapists have committed acts of animal cruelty as children or adolescents.
    30% of child molesters have committed acts of animal cruelty as children or adolescents
    15% of all active rapists also rape animals.
    Child Abuse:
    80% of homes in which animal control agencies found abused/neglected pets there had been previous investigations by child welfare agencies of physical abuse and neglect.

    BY THE WAY, B.E.T’S FEEBLE ATTEMPT TO TRY TO SOMEHOW LEGITIMIZE THIS REPUGNANT PROGRAM BY INCLUDING THE WORD “DOCUMENTARY” IN WITH THE SHOWS TITLE, “THE MICHAEL VICK PROJECT / A DOCUMENTARY SERIES” IS AN INSULT TO PEOPLE’S INTELLIGENCE. IT DOES NOT DISGUISE THE FACT THAT ALL THOSE GREEDY BASTARDS AT B.E.T. are only interested IN CAPITALIZING ON THIS GUY’S SENSATIONAL BRUTALITY and bringing this obvious “whack job” back UP TO THE HERO STATUS HE ONCE HAD.

    SO, GOOD LUCK BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION WITH YOUR NEW REALITY SHOW “DARLING” MICHAEL VICK. REALITY SHOW?……..HOW ABOUT A “REALITY CHECK?”

  6. Cherry Carver says:

    Ooooh, I love it that some folks want to make this a racial issue. Well, it has nothing to do with race. It has to do with SPECIES. If Michael Vick was white, he would never be allowed to play football again. He wouldn’t even be out of jail yet. He is not repentant. He probably still attends dog fights in his spare time. Being black doesn’t excuse his behavior any more than being white would excuse it. Vick is still a piece of garbage, and always will be.

    I don’t care if Michael Vick uses drugs, or sells them to his buddies, or does any other nasty thing to himself. But when he hurts animals who have no choice about what happens to them, he crosses the line. Why should anyone forgive somebody so immoral and so violent? Why should our children be exposed to a monster like him? Is he now a role model to young people because he got away with killing animals and then got paid millions of dollars by Philadelphia so their team can win football games at any cost?

    I won’t be sending the City of Brotherly Love any good wishes. As far as I’m concerned, the Eagles can go to hell for letting an animal abuser play for them. Frankly, I hope Michael Vick winds up bloodied and chewed to death somewhere and left to die alone, exactly the way his dogs died.

  7. rach says:

    i totallaly agree with you cherry:i have three rescue dogs and the thought of vick getting away with this sickens me.forty of his dogs are being rehabbed or are already adopted,does he ever ask about them,no.hes upset that he was caught,so screw him!

  8. Gem says:

    I deeply despise Michael Vick, he is a horrible person and yet because he makes $$ for the NFL, he has been forgiven by many people for the heinous things he did. I hope that he suffers on this earth for his horrible acts, and again in the circle of hell reserved for people who torture animals and children….

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