The story initially began that Falcon’s QB Michael Vick was some how involved with betting on dog fighting. 66 dogs were taken off the estate of Vick and now appear they have to be euthanized as they are too aggressive to be adopted. Dick has initially denied any involvement; however, this story is getting much worse for Michael Vick. The NFL thought it had PR problems with other previous players behaving badly like Pacman Jones, Ricky Williams, Chris Henry and others. We are all quite tired of “NFL Players Gone Wild”. Its about time their are consequences to their actions.
Does anyone think that the Falcons are wishing they could replay the 2001 NFL draft over? Does anyone thing that the Falcons wish they could play this past off season over? The Atlanta Falcons fired their head coach, Jim Mora, in a Vick or Mora must go battle and they traded their back up QB Matt Schaub to the Houston Texans. All this while the Michael Vick saga and dog PR nightmare continues for the Falcons and the NFL.
Now it appears that it was much worse than initially speculated. A police informant has stated that Michael Vick was involved in gambling on dog fighting as far back as 2000.
Vick is a “heavyweight” among dogfighters, according to the informant, whose identity was not revealed, his face not shown and his voice distorted in a segment of “Outside the Lines.” Vick has fought dogs, funded dogfighting and gambled on the illegal activity as recently as last year, the informant said. The informant also said he witnessed Vick gamble and bring dogs to fight as far back as 2000, when the Falcons quarterback was a student-athlete at Virginia Tech.
I’ve seen Vick. We beat him back in 2000, yes,” the informant said. “That dog was Michael’s dog. Michael was not in the pit. Michael’s thing is he came with all of the money. He was betting. He was betting with everybody. He was betting on his dog, $5,000 on his animal. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Michael Vick, A Heavy Weight in Betting on Dog Fighting
“He’s a pit bull fighter,” the source said of Vick. “He’s one of the ones that they call ‘the big boys’: that’s who bets a large dollar. And they have the money to bet large money. As I’m talking about large money — $30,000 to $40,000 — even higher. He’s one of the heavyweights.”
On April 25, authorities raided a house in Surry County, Va., owned by Vick and reportedly found — among other things — 66 dogs (most of which were pit bulls), a dog-fighting pit, bloodstained carpets and equipment commonly associated with dog fighting. Vick was not at the scene and denied knowledge of dog fighting at the property. To this point, no charges have been filed against him. But questions about Vick and his possible connection to dog fighting linger. (ESPN)
Prosecutor: No evidence of abuse in dog fighting case
Um, excuse me Mr. Prosecutor but isn’t having dogs tear each other apart abuse enough? I mean really, what kind of sick bastard would allow this to occur, let a lone find pleasure in it and bet on it as a sport?
The prosecutor in the investigation of a possible dog fighting operation at a house owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is confident charges will be brought. He can’t yet say who will be charged.
“We are moving forward,” Surry County Commonwealth attorney Gerald Poindexter said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Friday. He declined to set a timetable for when evidence in the case would be ready to present to a grand jury. (Access North GA)
Goodell Slams Remarks By Portis
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday condemned comments by Washington Redskins tailback Clinton Portis in support of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who is under investigation for his possible involvement in an alleged dogfighting operation in Virginia.
“I’m extremely disappointed and embarrassed for Clinton Portis,” Goodell said in a written statement following a one-day NFL owners’ meeting. “This does not reflect the sentiments of the Redskins, the NFL or NFL players.” (Washington Post)
Vick merits NFL penalty at very least
And if Vick is found to be directly involved, it should mean more than potential jail time. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should drop a hammer as severe as he did on NFL miscreant Pacman Jones, if not worse.
Again, let’s make this clear: Vick has denied involvement in dogfighting at the Surry County, Va., property, that was raided in April by Virginia authorities who found 66 dogs, a dogfighting pit, blood-stained carpets and an array of paraphernalia and equipment associated with dogfighting.
Still, one Virginia investigator told the (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot that a police informant has placed Vick at the scene of dogfights. Previously, an Atlanta radio station host reported that former Falcons player Ray Buchanan acknowledged that Vick “not only knew about (the dogfighting), he is behind all of it (and) paying for all of it.” (Houston Chronicle)