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Monday, October 8, 2012

Some times people go too far. . .

What was Chris Chase of USA Today thinking?

This weekend a "story" about quarterback Michael Vick appeared on the USA Today web site showing a picture the Philadelphia Eagle posted of him and his daughter at the table. In the picture, there is a Milk Bone box. Does this mean Vick has a dog?
A picture posted to Vick's Twitter account(Photo: Crossing Broad via @MikeVick)

OMG. The world has come to an end.

Unless somebody in Michael Vick's house has an interesting palate, it appears the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is back in the dog-owning business.

Vick posted a Twitter picture Thursday night of himself and his daughter hard at work at the kitchen table. Dad was looking at game film on an iPad. Daughter appears to be doing some homework. And sitting on the table, in plain view, is a box of opened Milk-Bone dog biscuits. (It's next to a pink folder with puppies on it.)
It's not hard to connect the dots from there.
The picture was quickly deleted and replaced by a similar, biscuit-less one, showing Vick has enough sense to realize his dog ownership is a matter that's best left private (for now at least). Luckily, the good folks at Crossing Broad caught the first tweet and saved the picture. (We added the arrow.)
We all know about Vick's conviction for dog fighting. We also know that he couldn't own a dog while on probation.  But guess what, his probation is over. The law says he can own a dog. He also has young children, children who probably wanted a pet.
The vitriol comments on this non story story just went too far. Full disclosure, I made a comment on the story and the name calling went too far by others. Here's a sampling of what people had to say:
His owning a dog would be like Casey Anthony having more kids...seriously?
  • Rex Maximilian · 
    To me, anyone who willfully harms a dog or animal in a cruel and torturous manner is no better than a pedophile or murderer. There is something seriously wrong with a person who can make a conscious decision to willfully inflict pain and suffering on an animal for no other reason than to satisfy their own bloodlust.

    Now take that depraved behavior I've mentioned above and multiply it by 100! THAT is what Michael Vick did.

    Our laws should be changed and he and his ilk should "never" be allowed to own a pet again. It is "exactly" as others have mentioned. Sexual offenders of children who've "paid" their debt to society still have repercussions after they are released, like having to register as an offender and make themselves known in neighborhoods. Severe and willful abusers of animals should have similar restrictions upon their release.

    "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
    -- Mahatma Gandhi
  • Michael Hornung · 
    I hope the dog mauls him in his sleep, now that would be justice!!
    Unbelievable...that should have been worked into his probation.......NO dog ownership .....EVER!!!
    • Larkin Vonalt · 
      He never served a single day for animal cruelty. His sentence was entirely for other crimes. So, no, he has not yet paid his debt to society. If he had, fewer people would be howling for his neck, and he probably wouldn't find it necessary to wear kevlar on the football field. Stop being apologists for such a miserable excuse for a human being.
    There was even a comment that compared Vick to the accused shooter of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman. Now that's when I had to tune out the comments. What Vick did was wrong, without a doubt. However, equating the life of a human being to a dog evokes racist feelings. Especially in the Martin case -- where an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white and Hispanic man.
    Do some of these commentators think a dog's life is more important than that of a black man?


    Many people love dogs and say they're like family members. But dogs are not human. 
    I'm guessing the people who want Vick to continue to suffer for what he did don't eat meat, don't kill flies, ants or even roaches. 
    Be angry at Vick, continue to post your hate filled comments; but don't you DARE compare an innocence black child to a dog. That shows you're the idiot.  

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