There are two things in life that I’ve loved the longest and with the greatest intensity, and that’s dogs and football. When I was seven, already a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and reading the sports pages every day, I used to write things in my diary like, “The Cowboys smeared the queer out of the Buccaneers, 38-7! Today was perfect!” (This was, of course, before I knew that being queer was fabulous and that under no circumstances should anyone have it smeared out of them.) And if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know how much Diana and I both adore canines.
So it was with sadness and fury that I heard the news yesterday about Falcons’ quarterback Michael Vick–who signed a 10-year, $130 million contract with Atlanta in 2004, making him one of the highest-paid players in football–and was just indicted on charges of staging and sponsoring pit bull death matches at one of his homes. CNN reports:
According to the indictment, dogs that didn’t show enough fighting spirit, or that lost matches, were put to death by a variety of methods, including shooting, drowning, hanging and electrocution. Prosecutors allege that on one occasion earlier this year, Vick participated in killing eight dogs.
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