Michael Vick Releases a Statement Saying He Owns a Dog


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Yesterday Michael Vick wouldn’t answer a question about owning a dog and told reporters that his “personal life is not to be talked about.” I thought he was full of shit. Of course it’s to be talked about! He just can't sneeze without it being carefully orchestrated by a PR handler. So today, we have a statement… released to TMZ (UPDATE: and others):

I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet.  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.

 

Think about that– he had to release a statement to say he owns a dog. How fucking ridiculous is that? Whether you care or not about him owning one (I don’t), this is Exhibit A why everything Michael Vick says is complete bullshit. Or, put more lightly, part of a carefully planned effort to perfect his image.

Anyway, you can thank your favorite local sports blog, specifically our contributor Adam Reigner, for turning this into a story

40 Comments

  1. None of anyone else’s business. Period.

  2. Agree w/ Face, & I hate all the douchebags that wanna talk shit on Vick. Last time I checked he served time, is running an animal charity atm & is cordial, & respectful with everything he says & does nowadays, & is a changed man IMO.

  3. They should’ve gotten a cat…Cat’s are sooo much cooler.

  4. Talbot's Fucking Penis

    October 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Donte Stallworth killed a man…served 30 days…nuff said.

  5. Worley's Hot Piece of Ass

    October 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Vick’s dog is going to be treated like a king. This will be the most spoiled, well-treated dog ever.

  6. So carefully orchestrated that he doesn’t say “dog” he says “pet”.

  7. Candy from the Oak

    October 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    who gives a F about killing dogs… I rather have a dog killer as a QB then a druggie/rapist or wife beater.

  8. “Whether you care or not about him owning one (I don’t)”. Yet this is now the 3rd post this week about it…… Guess the Bryce Harper news is slow this afternoon.

  9. “Nnamdi’s not Awesomewah” is a great nickname. Like “Queen” Dunlap level of greatness.
    I thought crossing broad wanted to string vick up for owning a dog? Now it’s not a big deal?

  10. Snarly Balbaggio

    October 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    This blog used to be worth reading or my memory is failing me. Probably the latter. Now it’s like checking out my 14 year old nephew’s facebook page, except he posts something interesting every now and then.

  11. Holy fucking shit, you just posted “hes a liar why wont he tell us he has a dog” and now you are saying “how fucked up it is that he needs to make a statement about owning a dog”. You really are a dumb asshole

  12. Knew we’d see a chest-puffing, back-slapping post on this. Get over yourself

  13. I’m just hoping the “Michael Vick Experiment” is almost over… I’d actually like to watch an entire game without throwing something at my TV

  14. Candy from the Oak

    October 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Heard he named the dog Garrett

  15. SMH at Candy. The dogs name is Cracka.

  16. what’s that?– your reading comp. blows. go back and read it again.

  17. @Kyle Scott (not the other non-asshole Kyle), what are you talking about? Do you or don’t you care if he has a dog? I am so confused……

  18. Election season must be rubbing off because I’m pretty sure yesterday you railed on the guy for pussyfooting his way around the issue, now he comes out with the truth and it’s still bullshit? I’m confused…The guy can’t sneeze without having PR approval because everytime he sneezes, the media and the dumbass, foaming at the mouth public go apeshit over it.
    Not to mention that He was forced into this because someone had nothing better to do with their life than pinpoint 10 pixels worth of a milkbone box in the corner of an image on the guys twitter! He initially dodged questions and took the picture down for the good of the team, and that’s bad? This is an issue that you are claiming partial responsibility for raising, and when the guy and the PR department do their best to not make a blunder of the situation, you shit on him for it? Weak.

  19. Election season must be rubbing off because I’m pretty sure yesterday you railed on the guy for pussyfooting his way around the issue, now he comes out with the truth and it’s still bullshit? I’m confused…The guy can’t sneeze without having PR approval because everytime he sneezes, the media and the dumbass, foaming at the mouth public go apeshit over it.
    Not to mention that He was forced into this because someone had nothing better to do with their life than pinpoint 10 pixels worth of a milkbone box in the corner of an image on the guys twitter! He initially dodged questions and took the picture down for the good of the team, and that’s bad? This is an issue that you are claiming partial responsibility for raising, and when the guy and the PR department do their best to not make a blunder of the situation, you shit on him for it? Weak.

  20. Dunno why that posted twice, my bad.

  21. Candy from the Oak

    October 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    @ Pete H. Go bang a dog n post long rants somewhere else :)

  22. Kyle,
    I would like to take this post to say what other people are not. While your blog does occasionally glean on-point Philadelphia sports low-down stories–and while it does have a decent, proven following, you are still very clearly the following:
    An indignant, arrogant, clownish, self-righteous, narcissistic, cock-sucking, hypocritical asshole.
    You believe that your opinion actually matters in the general media and the Philadelphia sports landscape. It doesn’t. People in the business have repeatedly publicly acknowledged you as a nerdy, behind-the-computer commodity who has no business actually putting opinions out into the public forum.
    Like anyone, you have always had your favorites and your whipping boys–but you are an extremist in conveying each of their statuses in your eyes.
    Michael Vick may not be a great quarterback. For argument’s sake (though I don’t agree with this), he may suck. But you take his personal life to a level that it can no longer be justifyably taken to. You have just written a two pieces on back to back days completely contradicting your points and yet taking the most negative side you could on each one.
    For the record, Vick has a black lab living at the new sizeable home he has leased in South Jersey–and something tells me that he’s going to treat that animal like a goddamn king.
    I know you have a “rep” (or so you claim to have) that you’d like to keep. But if you really want to be taken seriously and be treated like a real goddamn member of the media–take a taste of your own medicine (John Gonzalez, David Murphy, etc.) and leave this one up here for all to see. Unlike you, I won’t tell everyone reading this that they’re a fuckin idiot if they don’t agree with me. But this is just the hard opinion in my mind that you really should hear.
    For the time being, go fuck yourself,
    A real, humble, truthful, and passionate TRUE Philadelphia fan,
    HUMANITY

  23. Candy from the Oak

    October 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    @ humanity how many rough drafts did u do

  24. That’s a long post that resulted in another hit for Kyle’s site. Grats?

  25. is this a sports site or tmz?

    October 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    He has a dog, omg like noway. He served his time. It ruined his life. He’s probably still a scummy human being but at least he tries to act like he’s changed. If he wins a Super Bowl, everyone bitching about him owning a dog will forget it real fast so who the fuck cares. Let him own a god damn kennel, he’s here to win football games. Get over it.

  26. Claude Giroux's Surprisingly Un-toned Abdomen

    October 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I personally think Vick is the most important thing to ever happen to dog fighting. Before his story came out, most of us north of the Mason-Dixon line probably heard of it once every few years, and assumed it was a relic of the past. Vick not only brought the awful truth into the public eye, but after spending time in a Federal prison, has devoted much of his free time to making sure the youth of our country never follow in his footsteps.
    Regardless of any football related knock you can make against him – fumbling, inability to detect a blitz, penchant for rib injuries – the guy has been almost everything you could ask for in a QB since he came to the team. He never blames anyone for himself (even when his O-line is swiss cheese, or his receivers are pussies), and calls a bad game for what it is. He is the first to say “I sucked today” unlike his long-time predecessor who would blame the janitor before he would blame himself. He is reckless with his body, willing to risk paralysis to get an extra yard, and is doing everything that is asked of him by his coaching staff.
    Any criticism of Vick at this point is based entirely on the person he was, not the person he is. The guy had the world handed to him at 18 years old not because he was smart or had the moral stability of an adult, but because of a God given talent. He fumbled that opportunity away (ha ha – fumble), but has been the definition of atonement since.
    So shut the fuck up Kyle, and move on. If Vick is foolish enough to even use harsh language with his dog, go ahead and have a field day, but I don’t think he will make that mistake again. You are a half-decent writer, and I’m a daily visitor. But this is annoying.
    C.G.S.U-t.A

  27. The SPCA should confiscate that dog

  28. Don’t care much about the dog issue, but did react with the same head-snap “wha-whaaa??” as everyone else regarding these two completely contradictory posts.

  29. I fell asleep. Did human kind just get self-righteous, tell someone that they’re an indignant asshole and then follow it up by condemning that person for calling people idiots?
    The lose of credibility was really hammered home when ALL OF HUMANITY considered itself a TRUE fan, as if they had the power to declare who is and is not a TRUE fan.
    Fuck it I’m going back to sleep

  30. Also…Wasn’t it this blog that was clamoring for the team’s PR department to step up while the likes of Jason Babin, Brian Rolle, and Jason Avant were insulting fans? And isn’t it commonplace for athletes to do talking about personal matters through agents/statements?
    I like this site and visit it a lot, but god damn I don’t understand stupid shit like this.

  31. I’m sure you were an English major in college, so you have a natural tendency to make arguments based purely on what’s been explicitly stated and/or shown. But I don’t agree that Vick should continue to be chastised over, and cited on, an instance of frustration regarding his lack of privacy.
    Relatedly, I’m sure a large portion of us are cognizant of the fact that quotes from athletes are taken with more weight than, say, quotes by most of us. They reach a larger audience, and, seeing as it is very “human” to misspeak, the use of a PR staff within the athletic sphere makes sense. With consideration to the polarizing matter at hand (whether Vick, a proven former dog abuser, should be allowed to own a dog), I’ll argue that the use of this resource is basically necessary.
    Good job with the blog. There’s nothing wrong with a little debate ;-)

  32. Let me get this straight so I don’t confuse myself. Mike Vick has been a turnover machine who can’t hold onto the ball, even if it’s Crazy Glued to his hands, resulting in an Eagles offense that can’t score for shit, yet Kyle and others here have their panties in a bunch over his having a dog. Seriously?
    If Vick announced that he had gotten a cat, a chimpanzee, a boa constrictor or a goddamn water buffalo, would anyone had gotten all hot and bothered? Hell no! But because it’s a dog, suddenly, it’s DEFCON 4. Grow up, people! Look, I’ve never liked Vick, and that goes back to before he went to prison, I’ve always seen him as more sizzle than steak, an average quarterback who can put up gaudy numbers and give ESPN all sorts of highlight reel moments, but ultimately is incapable of leading a team to a Super Bowl, and nothing’s changed since Andy Reid made the mistake in bringing Vick to Philadelphia.
    This crap with the dog is a non-story. PERIOD! Eagles fans should be FAR more worried about what Vick does ON the field, not what happens when he’s away from same. Anything else is nonsense!

  33. …and i’m long winded ?
    @Humanity:
    ” Humanitarians love humanity….they just dont like people”
    Kyle has found his voice. Some of us never find ours.
    I sent this article to Bykofsky; he liked it.

  34. Nobody has mentioned that when the starting center went down….there goes the O Line….they better fix that or it’ll be a chinese fire drill every down.

  35. It’s the Eagles PR dept desperate attempt to show the masses something positive…a “feel good” piece if you will.
    TIME magazine had Hitler on their cover Jan 2nd 1932
    “Man of the Year”
    thats the media….they can build you up, and tear you down.

  36. I’m shocked that Kyle hasn’t posted this yet, you know, because it relates to Philly sports as much as all his stories do:
    http://www.ibtimes.com/cleveland-bus-driver-fired-after-delivering-uppercut-teen-girl-viral-video-845411
    Bitch has an iron jaw.

  37. Write the Truth

    October 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    YOUR JOKING RIGHT!?! You ride his nuts about him possibly owning a dog. You write posts dedicated to him possibly owning a dog. You screen shot twitter pics of dog food to claim he owns a dog. Everyone has been pressuring him into answering whether or not he owns a dog. First off – its none of your business. Try asking him how many wipes he took to his but in the bathroom before he stood up. Second off – if he wants own a dog he can. He has every right to. He served his time. How about you go to prison and lets see how you like it.

  38. Is it just me, or did part of Vick’s parole/release/sentence prohibit him from owning a dog?
    Thx,
    Jay!

  39. What’s so friggin exciting Jay!?

  40. There’s so much to digest here in this comment thread, so I’m going to make one fairly irrevelant point. I really fucking hate Candy from the Oak, but then he or she (or whatever the fuck it is) comes in and makes a comment that i can’t help but laugh at. Fuck you Candy, you fucking K&A cum-guzzling street trash.

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