To hell with Michael Vick

Some people just cannot wait for dog killer Michael Vick to return to professional football. The only thing this inter-species sadist deserves is universal derision.

Let’s re-cap exactly why the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback pleaded guilty to running a dog-fighting ring, earning him 18 months in federal prison and house arrest until July 20.

Vick helped kill eight dogs and injure dozens of others. According to his federal court filings, "Vick agrees and stipulates that these dogs all died as a result of the collective efforts of (co-defendants Purnell) Peace, (Quanis) Phillips and himself, Vick."

Other legal papers detail Vick’s anti-canine savagery.

In a Statement of Facts related to his August 17, 2007 plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Richmond, Virginia, Vick’s co-defendant Quanis L. Phillips (a.k.a. "Q") admitted that "In or about April 2007…(Purnell A.) PEACE (AKA "P. Funk"), PHILLIPS and VICK executed approximately 8 dogs that did not perform well in ‘testing’ sessions at 1915 Moonlight Road by various methods, including hanging and drowning. All three participated in executing the dogs. PHILLIPS agrees and stipulates that these dogs all died as a result of the collective efforts of PEACE, PHILLIPS and VICK."

The July 17, 2007 federal indictment against these three degenerates states that their dog-killing methods also included electrocution and "slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground." The indictment added that on April 25, 2007, the following items were discovered at Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennel: "…approximately 54 Pit Bull Terriers, some of which had scars and injuries, appearing to be related to dog fighting (and) a ‘rape stand,’ a device in which a female dog who is too aggressive to submit to males for breeding is strapped down with her head held in place by a restraint…"

Dogfights, dog rapes, and dog executions — all in a day’s work for Michael Vick.

It might be one thing if Vick were out carousing with friends on a Saturday night, drunkenly stumbled into a dogfight, and foolishly threw down a $20 bet on one dog or another. That might qualify as "a mistake," as Vick breezily described his role in this carnage.

It is quite another thing to organize these things on one’s own property, and for profit.

Nonetheless, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell conditionally reinstated Vick last Monday. Vick may practice immediately and could play by October 18.

While the souls of these dead pups look down in disgust from Doggie Heaven, Vick’s apologists sing his undeserved praises.

Responding to reports that Vick faces a four-game suspension before resuming play, Buffalo Bills receiver Terrell Owens said: "The guy’s already suffered so much. And to add a four-game suspension on a two-year prison sentence, that’s ridiculous." He later told ESPN: "The commissioner needs to go sit in jail for 23 months."

As USA Today reported, Owens recruited other footballers to support Vick via Twitter. Their rampant errors of grammar, spelling, and syntax are preserved here for posterity:

"im in support of mike vick too man," wrote Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. "I wanna c him back in action being the human highlight file he is.Im with ya bro."

"Never heard him complain or wine," remarked Minnesota Viking tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. "Let the man play."

"He did time and lost his shoe deal," pleaded Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett. "Dear Commissioner please reinstate mike vick."

Having completed his prison sentence, Vick is even-Steven with Uncle Sam. Now the private sector must address this man’s evil.

Vick does not deserve any prestigious position of visibility, glory, or adulation. Any team that hires this dog killer should be boycotted by dog lovers and decent people everywhere, as should that team’s sponsors. If he ever enters an athletic venue, he should be booed off the field, out of the stadium, and beyond the parking lot.

Rather than resume his multi-million-dollar sports career, someone somewhere should hand Michael Vick a mop.

(Deroy Murdock is a columnist and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. E-mail him at deroy.Murdock(at)


  1. Carl Nemo

    When I look at this injured dog’s face in the supplied photo, it leaves my consciousness both stilled and hushed.

    Vick a is a dangerous sociopath, it’s just that he’s zeroed on killing and exploiting animals rather than doing so to humans. In times past he’d been a slaver or trainer of gladiators, if not a gladiator himself.

    Henceforth when people watch this evil man play a silly, publicly sanctioned game, they need to realize they are no different than the ancient citizens of Rome enjoying the performance of their favorite, murderous, gladiator. 😐

    This guy needs to be “off the streets” and locked up in a Georgia State psych ward for the criminally insane.

    Anyone that buys a ticket to any game where this now released monster performs; to me, is no better than Vick himself!

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. bogofree

    The NFL has had all pro players involved in murder investigations, drug issues, gambling, spousal abuse and just being a general pain in the arse to their team. The end result is they continue to get employed and get a boat load of money. The local entry had a player operating in a drug sting.

    Vick has managed to do serve the time for doing his crime. He says all the right things to rehabilitate his career and here is what will happen. He’ll be signed by someone as the attrition of the season causes openings. He’ll serve his mandated league penalty so that it looks like they actually give a s**t and he’ll play.

    This guy is a very good – not a great – but very good QB who won 70% of his games and sold a bundle of merchandise.

  3. danders3

    I personally don’t care if Vick plays football or not. But he’s payed his debt to society, and if anyone wants to employ him in a legal activity, they should be allowed to, and he should be allowed to work. Time to move on….

    Dale Anderson

  4. bryan mcclellan

    The good commish has his cash cow back and if true to form, he has already issued a warning to all defensive personnel that it will be considered a crime if anyone goes after his golden boy too hard.

    The NFL has already put a dress on QB’s so dear Lil Mikey’s will be extra frilly so those mean old dog lovers on the field with him will know when to ease up.

    Vick is a putrid lowlife and now greedy Goodell has taken the NFL down to Vicks level for nothing more than audience appeal, media coverage, and good ole hard cash at the box office. And we consider ourselves civilized, HA..

  5. sherry

    I’m a dog lover. Can’t fatham dog fighting. Who gets joy out of suffering? Vick needs long term, intensive counseling. Then he needs to be attacked by a few pit bills. Bring him to the brink of death, and then put him in a cage, as he did his dogs.
    Wow. I sound cruel. No compassion for Vick. I would personally like to for him to understand the pain he has caused. Right now, he knows he needs to express apology so he can get back to earning a living.
    He still has a black soul. He got off so easy.

  6. giving-up-in-nc

    I agree with Dale that he has paid is debt to society and so should be able to be employed in legal activities. But being a convicted felon does close the doors to many employment opportunities, and maybe we should add to that list, sports figures that are looked up to as role models by millions of young people.

    Hey he could always become a politician. He already appears to have the one needed trait of being heartless to the suffering of others. That could qualify him as a co-author of the health care bill going through congress.

  7. woody188

    Hmm torture dogs and Americans are up in arms. Torture Muslims and Americans couldn’t care less. Talk about de-humanizing your enemies.

    R U Main Core?

  8. sherry

    Psychological studies have shown a corelation between people who torture dogs and later murder humans. The late Jeffery Dahmer is one example.

  9. bryan mcclellan

    Jackals and Hypocrites Woody,
    LBJ’s, “the great society”,
    of the 1% percent.

  10. bryan mcclellan

    And the times ,
    lo the generations,
    they are a same thing.

    I used to think life’s a bitch,
    when all the while it was wasted time.

    This time, If I had to spend it so unwisely as Mr Vick did, I believe he’s already had his time.

  11. bryan mcclellan

    Great point Sherry, now Vick can take his place in the hall of infamy alongside G.W. Bush the firecracker up the frogs butt deviant.

  12. griff

    As a football fan and dog owner, I’m happy to see that NFL teams are giving Vick the cold shoulder. I imagine he’ll end up somewhere eventually, but he was never a great passer anyway, and it’s been three years since he’s played.

    Perhaps this is more the result of paying a kid umpteen millions of dollars a year at age 20 or 21. A kid that otherwise would probably be getting in other kinds of nefarious activities with the same type of criminal element.

    That was some pretty sick stuff they did to those dogs. I’d like Mr. Vick to come to my house and meet my two German Shepherds for a little Hammurabi justice.