There has been much discussed lately about Michael Vick and his recent endorsement deal re-signing by Nike, who dropped him after he was charged with association of dogfighting crimes, and Subway, who sponsored an award for “Sportsman of the Year” for BET, which Vick won. Sharing my home with a dog, Preston, who was a victim of a dogfighting environment, I feel compelled to speak about this. What I have found most disturbing is the amount of people who claim he has paid his debt to society and deserves…”a second chance.” The thing that these people are forgetting is, he did get a second chance when he was given his freedom back…and early I must add. Michael Vick was given a 23 month prison sentence for violating the Federal crime of conspiring to travel in interstate commerce in an unlawful act, which to me is the equivalent of tax evasion, but only served 19 months of it. He never served a minute for the actual dogfighting and admitted death by electrocution, gun shot wounds and body slamming to the ground of at least 8 dogs that wanted nothing more than to crawl on the couch of a beloved family, instead, parished at the hands of a man with a violent past.
The part I draw the line and put my foot down, he was rewarded by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell by reinstating him back in the League, and allowing him to play a child’s game for million dollar contracts and endorsement deals again. I thought what he did, of all things, would warrant a life long ban. I mean, come on, Pete Rose got a lifetime ban in MLB for essentially gambling. If this were you or me, we would still be behind bars, but since he is blessed with a supreme athletic talent, he gets a pass.
I know talking to people about animals and how their life should be treated, in most cases, equally to that of human life, I would automatically get lumped in as a crazy dog person or lunatic animal activist…or, I’ve even been called a “tree hugger” of all things, which I simply don’t understand since I’m not strapping myself to a tree and advocating for the survival of the rain forest. I just think that dogs and other animals should get the same type of treatment we all feel are obligated to in this thing we call life…and I’m not the only one who feels this way. The FBI has recognized animal abuse as an indicator of possible human abuse, whether it be a precursor to or simutaneously, for over twenty five years now! Every known serial killer started with the killing of family pets or other animals. Just look at a few of the names of these role models on this list:
Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz, Albert Disalvo (the Boston Strangler), Dennis Rader (the BTK Killer), Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (the Columbine High School killers)…the list goes on and on…
The problem with all this escalated after the verdict came in with the Casey Anthony trial, who was seemed destined for execution, or at least a life prison term sentence for the killing of her child, Caylee. Shocking the world, she was found not guilty, which created an uproar on why Michael Vick got a stiffer penalty for killing dogs, and Casey will never touch the cold bars of a prison cell. One glaring difference is, Vick eventually did cooperate with authorities and plead guilty, Casey did not, and it was the job of the prosecutor to present evidence of her apparent and somewhat obvious crime.
After revisiting the articles written about Vick, probably the most telling part of his character, was from a confidential informant who wrote in his notes that Vick’s adrenaline “would go up, he’d get a high when the group (Vick and his co-defendants, Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace) were killing (the dogs).” Call me what you will, but this sounds like a man who is practicing his craft as a serial killer…I can only hope that his next free pass turns into a fumble.