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White Sox Pitcher Wishes Injury on Mike Vick

White Sox Pitcher Wishes Injury on Mike Vick

White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle caused a controversy when he admitted in an interview with MLB.com that when he watches the Eagles play he hopes that Mike Vick will get hurt.

The interview — which abruptly pulled the offending quote without explanation — was about Buehrle’s love for dogs and the work that he and his wife have done with animal shelters trying to get pets adopted.

The Buehrles have started an organization that works with local shelters to find homes for dogs and have recorded PSAs encouraging people to “Let [a dog] steal home. Adopt a pet.”

When Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Vick came up in the conversation Buehrle didn’t mince words, saying that he and his wife Jamie wish Vick would get injured while playing as further punishment for his involvement in dog fighting.

“He had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where we watched the game and I know it’s bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt…Everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys.”

MLB.com pulled the quote later and there’s been much speculation about why they did.

Saving some and shooting others

But perhaps the most confusing aspect of the whole situation for me personally is why Buehrle has been branded an animal rights activist when he is an avid hunter. Of course I don’t want to see dogs die in shelters so I support people adopting pets but advocating for the lives of one species while going into the woods to murder another species shows a glaring failure of logic.

It’s hard enough to grasp when people work for the good of some animals while eating others but the contradiction becomes overwhelming when a person is killing for the fun of it.

When asked about the contradiction of wishing harm on Mike Vick while he himself kills animals for sport Buehrle responded by saying that hunting is legal and that you can buy hunting supplies in stores, as though that changes the moral question at all.

“Hunting is a sport. There are hunting stores out there. If that’s illegal, shame on my dad and my grandpa and his grandpa. It’s kind of been brought up throughout the history of America. The last time I knew dog fighting was a sport was never.”

It’s a weak justification. There are plenty of traditions in America that are legal now or were legal in the past that were morally reprehensible. Hunting isn’t a sport; it’s legalized murder.

I find myself playing the devil’s advocate in conversations about Mike Vick more often than I want to. But a person like Vick brings out the hypocrite in a lot of people, especially people like Mark Buehrle who think that some animals are companions that need to be loved like children and all other animals are targets.

What Mike Vick did is disgusting but regardless of how you feel about his sentence, suspension, or subsequent charity work you’re not in a position criticize him for killing animals if you’re killing animals for the same reason.

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8:43AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

I do not agree with killing for sport at all..............
I do agree with wishing Michael Vick harm.................
I am against any and all abuses against animals...........

My bet is that we will see Michael Vick's name in the news again; he'll stumble and fall because he is not "rehabilitated". He is "sorry" only because he got caught otherwise he'd STILL be killing innocent animals. Unfortunately when this POS reverts back to his "cultural ways" it will probably be at the cost of an animal's life.

Karma will reach around and bite you on your asses........

10:48AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Bless you, Mark.... scum like Sick Vick will screw up again, it's only a matter of time... and hopefully he'll go back to jail where he belongs

6:06PM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

I am sorry to say, I would not be upset if Vick was injured....badly.

7:27AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

I too wish harm on Vick - every time I hear his name or think about him. He deserves the same hell he inflicted upon those innocent animals.
There IS a difference between dog fighting and hunting say deer or fishing.

11:14AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Yes, hard to understand why MB loves dogs but shoots other defenseless animals. WAKE UP Mark - just because it's 'legal' doesn't make it right - the animals you murder feel pain and terror just as much as the dogs you and your wife are trying to help! PLEASE think about it!!!

10:07AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

I haven't read all of the comments, yet, but I write because I agree with the majority that Mike Vick should NOT ever again get to be a member of any team in sports. He should not be hailed or rewarded for playing a game that continues to be first to those who feel what he did is wrong.
M. Vick is a sociopath; untreatable. He is not cureable & the facade he's putting on doesn't have any of us fooled. He belongs in the filthy alleys of society with the rest of the soulless creatures on this planet.
I too wish M. Vick nothing but pain & suffering.

9:52AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Mark, it took lots of guts for what you said, and I love you for doing so. Too many people say he "did his time" - but to an animal advocate and animal lover, he should still be in jail. Thank you!!!!

9:26AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

ALRIGHT, Mark Buehrle!!! took guts......bless u'r heart
dru

8:19AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

I agree with both persons, Mark and the writer. I do not eat animals nor advocate hunting but I wish pain on Vick. I do not watch Eagles games in fact it is not on my tv although I'm an advid football fan(PATRIOTS).
The NFL was wrong to allow him back and I will state that everyday to anyone. We do not want any other type of criminal around our neighborhoods so why allow this one(rehabbed) to remain in public view. Also a new NFL commissioner would help.

8:02AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

I AGREE WITH THE GUY, I ALSO WISH BAD ON m vick ESPECIALY WHEN HE'S PLAYING FOOTBALL, AND HAVE EVEN PUT SPELLS ON HIM TO FEEL THE PAIN THAT HE HAS CAUSED THE DOGS, AND I WILL NEVER STOP, I WISH BAD AND HARM TO ANYONEONE WHO HARMS AN ANIMAL !

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