SPORTS ILLUSTRASIAN: Michael Vick, What a Waste

July 18th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

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.

Michael Vick’s puppy says, “Help me.”

WHY?

WHY?

WHY?

“Fuck my talent. Fuck my career.”


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