Football season has officially started. Personally, I like college sports, but many would rather watch the professionals. There is one particular pro that has destroyed any desire for me to ever watch professional football again. That waste of skin is Michael Vick. Five years ago his property in Surry County, VA was raided by the police, and found to be a dog fighting operation. I do not know what kind of sick mind takes dogs and trains them to fight till the death for entertainment. I think at his football salary of $125,000,000 he probably wasn't doing it for the money.
Let me fill you in on the details according to the police reports. There were over 70 dogs (mostly pit bulls) chained to car axels buried in the ground on 15 acres of land. There was a barn-like structure with two floors. The top floor was where the ''pit'' was. This building was painted black inside and out to help camouflage it in the woods. The carpet in the pit was blood stained.
Another building was used to place female dogs and their newborn pups. It also housed a contraption to hold the female dogs still while they were being bred by the males (rape pole).
And the third building contained the supplies needed to prepare the dogs for fighting, a treadmill, needles and various steroids, as well as their food.
How do you teach a dog to fight? You keep them on a chain, just out of reach of anything or anyone, do not feed them for days on end, taunt them, and give them no human attention. Then, when you get them in the ring you cheer and shout to get them all excited, hold on to them and make them look at the other dog face to face (very confrontational for dogs). Sometimes they refuse to fight, then they are removed from the ring and killed. Vick found hanging, drowning, and electrocuting to be effective, but when that didn't work, he and another thug would grab the dogs legs, swing it around, and slam it on the ground until the dog died. Later, another employee would dig a shallow grave and dump the dead dog in it. And all this for the fun of it. Oh but wait, I forgot, he didn't know any better. He grew up poor and this kind of thing was ''normal''.
Vick pled guilty and was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of probation for conspiracy in interstate commerce/aid of unlawful animal cruelty. The state charged him with unlawfully torturing and killing dogs, and promoting fights.
The Atlanta Falcons tried to make themselves appear to be punishing him as well by making him repay part of his salary. He also lost out on millions by losing endorsement deals, of which he solved the problem by declaring bankruptcy. Way to own up and take responsibility dirt bag!
I truly cannot understand why any decent human being would allow this man to reenter the NFL, pay him to endorse their product, or have his name on the back of a child's jersey.
Michael Vick has recovered all he had lost and then some, the dogs, not so much.