Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick Indicted in Dog Fighting Case … Ookie is in Big Dookie


Atlanta Falcon QB Michael Vick has gone to the dogs. Or as we like to say, “Ookie is in big dookie”. If we are talking sports these days, we must be discussing a police blotter, indictment or arrest. Michael Vick has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on charges related to illegal dog fighting.


(Remember this bit of class from Michael Vick?)

How will NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell deal with this situation with Michael Vick, one of his leagues highest profile players? Think the Atlanta Falcon’s front office is not kicking themselves tonight for trading Matt Schaub to the Houston Texans?

Vick and three others are charged with competitive dog fighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines. The dog fighting operation was named “Bad Newz Kennels,” according to the Vick_propertyindictment, and the dogs were housed, trained and fought at a Surry County, Va., property owned by Vick. The indictment alleges that the 27-year-old Vick and his co-defendants began a grisly dogfighting operation in early 2001 in which dogs fought to the death — or close. Losing dogs were sometimes killed by electrocution, drowning, hanging or gunshots. (Fox News)

Read the full indictment: United States of America v. Purnell A. Peace a/k/a “P-Funk” and “Funk”, Quanis L. Phillips a/k/a “Q”, Tony Taylor a/k/a “T”, and Michael Vick a/k/a “Ookie”.

The NFL has released a statement:

“We are disappointed that Michael Vick has put himself in a position where a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against him. We will continue to closely monitor developments in this case, and to cooperate with law enforcement authorities. The activities alleged are cruel, degrading and illegal. Michael Vick’s guilt has not yet been proven, and we believe that all concerned should allow the legal process to determine the facts. The matter will be reviewed under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy”. (AOL Sports)

The Atlanta Falcons have issued a statement:

“This situation has been troubling to many people, including our fans, during the last few months,” read the statement issued by the team. “With today’s news, our club and team will continue to be tested as Michael works through the legal process toward a conclusion”.

“We are disappointed that one of our players – and therefore the Falcons – is being presented to the public in a negative way, and we apologize to our fans and the community for that,” the statement continued.

“Obviously, we are disturbed by today’s news from Virginia. However, we are prepared to deal with it, and we will do the right thing for our club as the legal process plays out. We have a season to prepare for and training camp opens next week. Our plan is to continue to do everything we can to support our players and coaches.” (AJC)

More at The Smoking Gun, The Captains Quarters, and The Daily Whim with “Deep in Dog Business”.

UPDATE I: Falcons’ Vick Indicted In Dogfighting Case

Vick, one of the NFL’s most exciting players, was charged with competitive dogfighting and conducting the venture across state lines. The 19-page indictment alleged Vick was highly involved in the operation, alleging that he attended fights and paid off bets when his dogs lost. It said he also was involved in the executions of dogs that did not perform well.

If convicted, Vick could face a total of up to six years in prison and $350,000 in fines. He could face additional discipline by the NFL, even if he is not convicted. (Washington Post)

Other bloggers voicing their outrage:

  • Taylor Marsh: Michael Vick is a Disgrace
  • Pure Garlic: Top 10 Ways You Know Your Neighbor May be Conducting Illegal Dog Fights, Notice his dogs don’t fetch the newspaper, they fetch the newsboy
  • Urban Grounds: Michael Vick — A Sick PoS

UPDATE II: An Ugly World … This is Beyond Inhumane.

Michael Vick’s indictment on dogfighting charges has brought the cruel activity into the headlines this week. But animal-rights activists say the practice is nothing new, and is, in fact, growing in popularity. (MSNBC)

Posted July 17, 2007 by
Crime, Sports | 32 comments

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    32 Responses to “Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick Indicted in Dog Fighting Case … Ookie is in Big Dookie”

    1. Jerry from Ohio on July 17th, 2007 9:41 pm

      When I worked as an undercover animal protection officer in the West, besides working the Greyhound tracks and kennels
      I have also worked Cock and Dogfights circuits.
      sometimes I’d have to run outside and “Upchuck ”
      I always had to blame it on too much beer so as not to arouse suspicion but
      the sights and sounds are mind boggling and to see the actual animals drug off when they were in the losers pen to only lie there and die was enough to make any (Normal person) weep, Many nights I would cry when I got home at the horror had witnessed and had to report on , but these people have no souls nor hearts they ARE the real animals . My only goal and reward was to be able to go to court to testify against the very same men that had thought I was their friend and fellow dog fighting fan .
      you should have seen some of their faces when I walked
      into the courtroom in uniform . NOW that was worth it !
      But it is just too damn bad that they all do not get more time behind bars for this type of cruelty to our beloved animal friends.
      If the NFL doesn’t ban him for good they have NO real GUTS. Nor Morals either JMHO
      Jerry from Ohio

    2. bandit on July 17th, 2007 10:23 pm

      I hope he gets the maximum penalty that he can be given.
      People who do this kind of thing have no feelings for God’s creatures and are inhumane.
      I also hope he is banned from the NFL but sadly don’t think he will.
      He’ll probably get a slap on the wrist and a suspension for a few games.

    3. Scared Monkeys on July 17th, 2007 11:20 pm

      Even though is do not condone it, I could have at least understood MV doing drugs or some other stupid offence. But dog fighting?

      What king of a human being does this? You have to be the lowest form of sub-human to actually enjoy seeing an animal torn apart.

      Vick is finished in the NFL. The NFL is all about their branding and marketing. That is finished.

    4. mrs. red on July 17th, 2007 11:24 pm

      Don’t they say all psychopaths start out by killing animals? I say that these *people* should have to fight to the death, just like they make these poor animals do…

    5. PatD on July 18th, 2007 2:30 am

      This is about the most disgusting indictment I have ever heard of. Mike Vick should be immediately suspended pending exoneration by a court of law. If found guilty he should be banned for life. I’ll give up on watching NFL games for as long as they let Vick play.

    6. Observer on July 18th, 2007 4:44 am

      Very Very disturbing!! They even killed eight dogs one season because they werent ready to fight. I hope everyone here is punished to the full extent of the law.

    7. bob stanley on July 18th, 2007 7:01 am

      Vick is the epitome of the pampered, overpriced yet value challenged American sports hero. While the Falcon’s ownership maintains a see no evil mentality it fails to mask its true intent to protect its own interests by issuing a weakly worded statement of disappointment; shock and outrage are words that come to mind in commenting on this tragedy.
      Mr. Vick, in spite of his God given gifts, has failed miserably as a human being and in supporting and profiting from such a sleazy, cruel, and inhumane activity of which he is accused should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

    8. Brenda on July 18th, 2007 7:52 am

      thank you so much for that post. Very Informative.

      Most here know I pass VA Tech on my way to/from work every day. Vick is a local “hero”. I liken this in a much lesser way to the manner people looked up to Chris Benoir and were then so disappointed to find out what he was really like. That’s going on here today in the office. Everyone is either surprised and sad or saying “I told you so” about Vick. (quite of few of my co-workers kids attend tech. My son will be going in Fall 2009 since it’s only about 20 min. drive and wants to be in Tech Marching Band to travel with the team.)

      Vick’s younger brother also played football at Tech…and wound off kicked off the team for several reasons. One was sex with a 15 yr old girl (he didn’t rape her in that she did cooperate AND said she was 19…but the girl bragged and it got out quickly). One was for pot possession while driving like 90 MPH coming back to school from a weekend away. Then, he got caught with drugs again and was released from the team. I am sure Michael’s brother is actively involved in this terrible crime too.

      So sad. Vick was known to be smart when he got to Tech, but I worked with several engineers who went to school with him (who said his grades went “downhill fast” and that’s the main reason he left college early for the NFL. (The engineers were co-ops working under a program between our comany and Tech…they did R&D for us.) I remember Vick being quoted ALL the time in our local papers when he was just starting Tech. I read once where he stated he was not leaving college without a degree because “he can’t play football forever”. Guess that went out the window when money/fame was glaring him in the eye.


    9. Brenda on July 18th, 2007 7:53 am

      By the way…the th u was for Jerry in Ohio. All these posts are good though…


    10. Freebrid on July 18th, 2007 10:09 am

      What a disgrace to his family and his team. How could anyone be so mean to those poor animals. Maybe they should do the same thing to him and let him see how it feels! I hope he is bared from the NFL! He had money why do this, I just don’t understand some people, it’s just evil!!

    11. suzie on July 18th, 2007 11:42 am

      Another highly paid bad boy athlete who thinks he can get away with murder ( Literally ) how much longer will we parents continue to allow our children to make heros, out of these people. Enough is enough Suzie

    12. windy city on July 18th, 2007 11:58 am

      I wonder if Sharpton and Jackson will go after NFL sponsors the way they did with the Imus situation? I kind of doubt it. Sad to say this will all be about money for Atlanta. The idiotic deal they gave Vick has them handcuffed from cutting him due to salary cap ramifications. Vick is sub-human, imo.

    13. gloria stone on July 18th, 2007 2:02 pm


      How can your organization sit back and NOT issue a statement about the idiot, Michael Vick, and express your disappointment of one of your players that is raking in MILLIONS EACH YEAR. “LET’S THE JUSTICE SYSTEM DO IT’S WORK” is a stupid thing to say about this situation.

      There is a problem in this country of people using INNOCENT animals for monatary gain and this is the lowest of all.

      Pitiful animals being starved, chained and MADE to fight for this idiot’s personal satisfaction is a mortal sin.
      Don’t tell me that he did not know what was going on, on the property that he OWNED, but that will be his excuse, I’m sure.

      Well, then he should have known who was living on his property and just like someone falls and hurts himself while in my home, I AM RESPONSIBLE.

      Instead of this FOOL having a children’s camp or something to benefit children on his LARGE ESTATE, he runs a dog fighting ring.

      His punishment should be put into a pen of pit bulls, that have been fought, starved and chained and “LET EM GO”.


      I’m sending this letter to every blog that I can find. Now get it together, stop his money, cancel his contract and get real.

    14. Diane on July 18th, 2007 2:15 pm

      Vik is an example of the worst type of role model for our younger generation. As an earlier post noted, those guilty of harming animals almost always progress to harm humans – girlfriends, wives, children, etc. This sorry excuse for a man must be stopped. We must all continue to put pressure on the NFL to terminate him immediately and prove that our society will do the right thing. What he has repeatedly done, time after time, year after year to poor, trusting, loyal animals is unthinkable to anyone with a conscience. He must pay the price for his atrocities.

    15. NM on July 18th, 2007 4:05 pm

      I hope those responsible for these horrible crimes against dogs will be put in jail and treated the same way they treated those dogs.

      I no longer do business with because they sell a dvd of dogs fights where many dogs were tortured, injured and died. I wrote to amazon and asked them why/how they can sell this dvd. They replied that they sold it because they did not want to censor the stock available to their customers. CENSOR! They call this censor?! This is not a “steaming” novel containing questionable language or content. Animals are dying horrible deaths so someone can turn a buck.I deleted my long time acct with them.

    16. Kelsey on July 18th, 2007 6:22 pm

      I can barely read the accounts of this monster’s (I refuse to call him a human being) actions. It is beyond my comprehension how people can be so cruel. I don’t care if the legal process is not complete, this was done on his property..the NFL should let him go. I can’t stand the thought that kids look up to these idiots. Mr. Vick should have been thanking God for his blessings..instead he tortures man’s best friend. To Jerry, thank you for the work you did….

    17. boxers_rule on July 19th, 2007 12:27 am

      How could this piece of cr*p possibly look the other way when a beautiful and wonderful living, feeling, dependent, furry animal creature that God created is being mauled to death? These wonderful dogs are no doubt looking at each person’s eyes as they are outside of the death ring hoping to just catch a glimpse with a human being – a real human being – one who will have the guts to stop the fight. Unfortunately this piece of cr*p is no man – if he was he’d have feelings and emotions of a man and as the protector of all that God has created, he’d know what to do. This trash is just that – trash.

      So tell me, this piece of cr*p doesn’t make enough $ in his line of work that he has to resort to dog fighting?

      Naw, this total piece of sh*t has no morals, has no conscience – nada, nothing in the humanity area of his brain. Maybe the aliens stole that portion of his brain from him LOL!


    18. LilPuma on July 19th, 2007 1:06 am

      I’ll add that if you do some research on dog fighting, you’ll find that these low lifes will steal PETS and use them as bait dogs to train their top fighters, sometimes even taping the mouth of the bait dog shut so it can’t fight back. Watch your pets and be alert to possible dog fights in your area. CBS in Chicago is apparently going to have a special on this topic Thursday night (7/19). Their webstie is for those not in the Chicago area.

    19. anzypantz on July 19th, 2007 8:09 am

      Something like 54 dogs were found at his compound and were to damaged beyond rehabilitiation to live. All had to be euthanized. That is 54 living, breathing, feeling beings. Although I am an animal advocate and animal lover, I know that there are plenty of people out there that do not have the compassion that I do for these beings. But scientific studies have proven, beyond any doubt, that all of our fellow animals experience pain and suffering in full extent that we humans do. No livng being should ever undergo these conditions. I wish we could through him in a pit of starved dogs and have him die like most of his dogs did.

    20. Bun on July 19th, 2007 10:03 am

      If it is not possible to have this piece of cruel humanity drowned, hung, slammed, eletrocuted, and whatever else he did to poor animals….please get him out of the public eye by throwing his sorry butt out of the NFL and taking away endorsements. There is a special place in hell where he will end up for this..where he is the animal!!!..

    21. LilPuma on July 19th, 2007 10:53 am

      While feeling your outrage about this case, remember that this goes on all over the country. Please google dog fighting in your area and find out what’s being done to combat it. There are other dogs out there still suffering at the hands of people like this. Also remember that God hears prayers for animals too!

    22. Sparkplug on July 19th, 2007 6:40 pm

      I think we need to scrutinize the lady who raised this sociopath, HIS MOTHER! She raised this Monster to be what he is, a bird-flipping, #uck-the-world, over-entitled, S.O.B. I will retire from football events permanently (As our whole family did over the baseball strike) if he is not permanently removed from the public arena. I’m going to “hand write” a letter to the football commissioner because it’s worth over 300 computer generated letters requesting exactly what our society expects and requests. This is no hero for our children.

    23. windy city on July 20th, 2007 2:27 am

      If anyone wishes to voice their opinion about this piece of crap Vick, you might want to try here.

      I don’t wish to hear any of this “due process” garbage in this case. He had a huge estate that was turned into a dog fighting factory. The government has at least 3 eye witness plea bargainers.

      The Falcons will take a huge cap hit, but Art has the dough.

      Do the right thing Falcons!

    24. Brenda on July 20th, 2007 10:17 am

      Sparkplug…why in God’s name do you blame the mother? Have you ever heard of a father?!!! MY GOD!! THEY are the ones that SHOULD be raising their boys. Sadly, many mothers get dumped by trash fathers and have to do the best they can.

      I had a neighbor who had 2 sons. One went to the military. The other got into street gangs. Father was an engineer, mother stayed home. Younger son wound up in jail from attempted murder. Older son flies jets.

      I grew up with this family. I was saddened to learn what happened to the younger son. He hid his activity with this local gang (same neighborhood) from his parents.

      Each person makes their own choices in life. Why you hate mothers, or enjoy accusing someone you do not even know is still ALIVE is showing your absolute ignorance. Don’t forget to accuse every other mother of every other person involved….


    25. Sparkplug on July 20th, 2007 2:03 pm

      Greetings Brenda, You’re right! “Sadly, many mothers get dumped by trash fathers and have to do the best they can.” When this happens us mothers have to do double if not triple time to make up the difference to raise a “man” not a monster. If my kid did this, or any other menacing action I’d be the first in line to throw the book at him, as proof that I did not raise the child to behave in society with such blantant disregard.

    26. Kelsey on July 20th, 2007 5:56 pm

      #12 I thought of that also. Where is Al Roker, Ron Allen, of NBC, who whined about Imus…none of these men, including Al and Jesse, have a said a word about this disgusting piece of c***. The hypocrisy of these men is disgusting. I can’t believe the Falcons and the NFL are doing nothing…too bad a boycott of the NFL would not work.

    27. driving miss daisy on July 21st, 2007 8:21 am

      I say bring in all the mistreated dogs in this country, into a pit and put Vick in the pit with them while they are very hungry.

    28. DD2 on August 1st, 2007 2:56 pm

      Rev Al said that we shouldn’t be in such a rush to Judge poor Michael Vick.

      Hummm, Is this a “race” issue?
      When did it become that?

    29. vick on February 7th, 2008 11:01 am

      hey im vicks best friend

    30. vick on February 7th, 2008 11:02 am

      if any of u guys say that to him i will come find u and kill u

    31. vick on February 7th, 2008 11:02 am

      dont piss me off

    32. Scotland's Best on February 25th, 2008 12:09 pm

      He is a typical dumb-@ss thug-n!****!!

      He (and ALL people like him) should get the chair AND lethal injections!!

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