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Michael Vick Clothing Line — Dress For Dog Death?

Michael Vick Clothing Line — Dress For Dog Death?

Like many professional athletes’ legal fumbles, a 2007 scandal gave Michael Vick a rehabilitation story that disillusioned fans to what actually led to his so-called triumphant return to the field. To some, his quarterback status apparently shines past his tendency to abuse animals.

Michael Vick is currently the only NFL player to accept two $100 million contracts — first with the Atlanta Falcons and currently with the Philadelphia Eagles– with a two year prison sentence in between offers. Vick’s involvement in a six year long dog fighting ring left him with a reputation, but rewarded him with book deals and the perk of extra publicity.

Vick pleaded guilty to one charge of “conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture” after fighting dogs for six years, essentially ending a successful run in competitive animal torture concurrently with his NFL suspension. The dog fighting ring reportedly involved over 50 dogs who were forced to attack opponent pups, but only if they survived to make it to the ring. If they failed to perform up to standard, Vick admitted to having shot, electrocuted, burned, or otherwise maimed them, watching on as they died.

Since sentencing, Vick has called his behavior “immature” during press conferences. It seems a new clothing line is just one more step toward redeeming his image after his Bad Newz kennel days. But is Vick really rehabilitated or just covering up his true nature to get back in fans’ good graces? The thirst for a win has clearly not left him as far as his own career goes, and there was a glaring lack of counseling to address the root causes of his involvement in a dog fighting ring in the first place. The execution of his punishment seems overly soft, at best.

The good news that came from the sentence was that many of Vick’s Bad Newz kennel dogs — called Vicktory dogs by the media — found loving homes after a bit of retraining. Some even became therapy dogs who warmed the hearts of many cancer patients, in addition to bolstering the shaky reputation of pit bulls and shedding light on the dark world of dog fighting. That’s the kind of publicity that seems warranted from this ordeal.

But the bad news is that plenty of kids looking for professional athletes as role models see Vick as a source of inspiration. No amount of redemption can erase the way Vick voluntarily participated in countless acts of animal cruelty, and separating those choices from his football performance is impossible. When a child wears a shirt with Vick’s number as a fan, they’re supporting his entire career on and off the field. They see that Vick’s return from prison rewarded him with one of the largest paychecks of anyone playing in the NFL today, and he continues to thrive regardless of his actions.

So how should we feel about supporting a man who exalted in animal cruelty until he was caught? And should we really reward Vick for being outed on abusing his status when so many others would have never gone down such a path? Especially when there are better ways to use his past as a teaching tool? Care2 members have already begun letting Vick know they plan to boycott his V7 line– you can add your own opinion, too!

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7:33PM PST on Nov 10, 2012

I don'tbelieve for a moment that Michael Vick changed his nature as many of the tortured animals in his fighting ring did His sadism and torturing was deliberate. The dogs were terrified of people and were doing what they had to do to survive.. In between his million dollar deals, welcomed back on the football field, he spent 18 months incarcerated and came out spouting love and care for animals, but never showing or expressing remorse for the atrocities he performed on his group of fighting dogs. And football took him back and paid him even more money. He was not supposed to own an animal and he was not supposed to hang with felons, particularly the other men in the dog fighting group. He has done both and perhaps more things that we don;t know. To knowingly inflict pain and fear, take great relish doing so does not indicate a healthy psyche. We haven't heard the end of this guy Vick.who has become entitled by his fame and money playing footballl and given a free get out of jail free. Hide your dogs.

5:39PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

This is where a Boycott of this creature's "clothing line" is in order. Wonder if he'll have a design on a shirt which shows him torturing the dogs, as he did time and again. This disgusting Sociopath only understands he own needs, since "conscience" or empathy is absent. Yes, he can feel sorry for himself. But he has no capacity to "feel" anything for others, including the poor animals he tortured and killed. He will get in trouble with the law again. This time I hope he is in the worst possible prison for most , if not all, of his useless life.

1:43PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

I hope Michael Vick is not going carry a line of fur trimmed clothing?? He has tried everything else to make a buck. ann

7:58PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Vick is so pathetic it hurts. :-|

9:10AM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

I can only say, that Vick is absolutely pathetic. Sportsmen should try to be role models to benefit younger generations and the sport. He only served himself and satan. I hope he will burn in hell.

8:08PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

STEPH, POOR GYPSY. SHE WAS SO MANGLED AND HURT. EVEN THOUGH SHE WASN'T ONE OF MICHAEL VICK'S PERSONAL PROPERTY, THE DOGS HE DID OWN LOOKED JUST LIKE THIS SWEET BABY GIRL. ALL THE DOGS IN THIS HORRIBLE SO-CALLED SPORT SUFFER TREMENDOUSLY. HORRIFIC INJURIES JUST LIKE GYPSY HAD. AND LOSING HER LEG. POOR, POOR INNOCENT SOUL. I'M SO SAD TO HEAR SHE HAS GONE TO THE RAINBOW BRIDGE, BUT NOW SHE WILL NEVER SUFFER AGAIN. IT'S UNSPEAKABLE JUST KNOWING HOW MUCH THIS POOR BABY DID SUFFER. MICHAEL VICK WAS NOT SUFFICENTLY PUNISHED, HE NEEDS TO BE SKINNED ALIVE. UNTIL THE DAY MICHAEL VICK DIES, HE WILL STILL LOVE DOING THIS TO THESE INNOCENT DOGS. AND WOULD DO SO AGAIN IF HE COULD.

5:23PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

Just to let people know the name of the dog in the picture his Gypsy,she was used as a bait dog,she lived and was adopted by a good family,she lost one of her legs but made a full recovery she passed away in sept of 2011.You can see her pictures on youtube.Gypsy was not one of Vick's dogs.Gypsy deserves respect.

11:28AM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

God Vick is pathetic, what a louse. His acts weren't" immature", they were downright deplorable, If you're into gambling Vick, it's called a casino, and leave the dogs alone!

11:28AM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

God Vick is pathetic, what a louse. His acts weren't" immature", they were downright deplorable, If you're into gambling Vick, it's called a casino, and leave the dogs alone!

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Wonder if he will be donating the profits to the care and sheltering of abused dogs...

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