Back in July of 2012, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick did an interview with Piers Morgan about his life, and all he’s gone through. It was then that Vick admitted that he may possibly own another dog some day.
That “some day” has come.
The reveal of Vick having another dog wasn’t intentional, as he was simply just looking to tweet out a picture of his family. There was one little thing in the picture though that had quick eyes on the internet seeing things and asking questions. Someone had noticed a box of dog biscuits in the picture, and the rumors began to swirl.
Vick refused to discuss the issue on Wednesday afternoon.
“I’m hear to strictly talk about football,” Vick said to reporters.
He knew that this would be a matter that would never go away though, and he needed to address it. On Thursday afternoon, Vick released a statement regarding the matter.
“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” Vick said. “As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.”
Vick had served 18 months in prison for his role in illegal dog fighting. He was even banned from owning a dog for a full three years, but that ban expired near the end of the summer. At that point, he was free to own another dog if he so chose to.
The thing is that Vick said he didn’t want to “take that dream away” from his kids. He knew his children wanted a pet, and he wasn’t about to keep that from his children. Vick made it seem perfectly clear that the dog was not for him, but for them.
The Eagles’ quarterback had even made sure to say that he would allow his children to pick out the type of dog they wanted, but it “certainly wouldn’t be a pit bull.”
Pit bulls were the breed of dog that Vick primarily had in his dog fighting rings.
Vick has worked with The Humane Society since his release from prison back in 2009. He has spoken out against animal cruelty, and appeared at schools to let children know of the dangers of dog fighting and how wrong it is.
The quarterback says those practices of his will continue.
The Humane Society has declined to comment at this time, but there will surely be something or another from someone. PETA was not happy back in July when word got out that Vick was even thinking of owning a dog. Now that he has one, a whole new series of battles may begin.
When the storm of negative comments and thoughts came his way, Vick let it be known that he believes people can change.
“I’m not a psychopath. I’m not crazy. I’m a human being,” Vick once told The Associated Press about wanting to own a dog. “What happened in my past and what I did in the culture I grew up in doesn’t shape and mold me as the person I am now.”
It’s only a matter of time now, but surely there will be someone coming out and calling Vick exactly what he said he isn’t…crazy.
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