That Man Does Not Deserve Space in My Head

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Most days I can pretend that Michael Vick doesn’t exist.  When Ray was alive I would look at him and see that he never spent a single moment of the day thinking about his past abuse.  Vick had ceased to exist as far as he was concerned.  And that is truly what I strive for.  Most days….

But then something happens.  Something like Vick being signed to the Steelers.  It is hard to ignore the man when he is everywhere in the news and on social media.  His supporters rabidly contend “he has done his time” and “everyone deserves a second chance”.  At the same time, dog advocates are showing horrible photos of his dogs and screaming for his head.

This is the one and only time I will address this situation publicly.  I will not share or comment on anything having to do with Michael Vick, ever again.  He doesn’t need or deserve my attention.  But I do feel the need to lay my thoughts down on paper, this one time.

First:  Michael Vick went to prison for racketeering, having to do with the illegal gambling associated with dog fighting.  This is the same thing the Feds used to convict Mafia bosses.  Any charges having to do with animal cruelty were dismissed or plea bargained down.  So no, he didn’t serve a single day in prison for the abuse he heaped upon the dogs.  He has not done his time for that.

Secondly:  Michael Vick has been adamant that he cooperated fully with the Federal investigation.  Nice thought….unfortunately totally untrue.  He failed a polygraph dismally AFTER he had reached a plea agreement with the Feds.  He couldn’t even tell the truth when he knew nothing more was going to happen to him.

Thirdly:  Michael Vick has continued to contend that dog fighting is a cultural phenomena.  And in some sense, he is right.  Animal fighting has always been associated with urban or poorer segments of the population, although there are plenty of doctors and lawyers involved as well.

What is NOT cultural is the way he treated his dogs.  It takes a pretty sick and twisted mind to come up with new and increasingly horrific ways to dispose of unwanted, under-performing dogs.  He didn’t just kill them….he tortured them.  The sides of his pool bear silent testimony to the dogs who were thrown in to the water after being hooked to car batteries.  The claw and tooth marks show the horror these dogs experienced in their last minutes.  Dogs were drowned in buckets, held under water until they succumbed.  Dogs were hung by the neck or slammed in to the ground.  It takes an incredibly evil man to take his own children’s beloved pets and throw them into the pit to be torn apart during training, and laugh while they died.  Don’t believe all this happened?  Read the court transcripts. Long time “dog men” (men who have been in the dog fighting “sport” for years) testified AGAINST Vick at his trial.  Why?  Because they said he didn’t “respect the dogs”.  How low do you have to be for the dog fighters to think you are trash?

Micheal Vick displays all the earmarks of a sociopath.  And if he truly is, as I believe in my heart, a psychopath, there is no fixing that.  You cannot be contrite or sincerely ask for forgiveness if you do not have a soul or a conscience.  I really think he has no idea what all the fuss was about, or why it continues.  Vicktory Dog parent Richard Hunter tried to talk to Mr. Vick about Mel, and you can watch the video yourself here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Ra0J-V7ZM  These are not the actions of a man who regrets his past.

The Steelers PR team has gone to work trying to portray Vick as an newly minted animal advocate who has made it his life’s mission to eliminate dog fighting.  Sure, there were a few token appearances during his first year out of prison, but please show me proof that he has done anything since to help protect dogs.  Let the man play football.  I don’t give a rat’s patootie.  But don’t try and paint him as an empathetic caring individual.  That flag won’t fly.

Another power will judge Michael Vick.  I just am tired of thinking about him.  He has no power to ever touch or hurt our dogs again.  The final Vicktory belongs to Cherry, Dan, Mel, Halle, Oscar, Ray, Layla, Ellen, Lucas and the other dogs rescued from Vick’s hell.

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46 thoughts on “That Man Does Not Deserve Space in My Head

  1. Michael Pr$ck should get the key to hell. What is wrong with people – they act like he is some kind of hero. Really sickening.

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  2. High school kids that play football, have to sign and follow a *Code of Ethics.*
    Being a good role model is one…..
    Obviously the NFL’S Code of Ethics, does not apply when Killing dogs for pleasure & sport. Vick should of never been allowed to step on any football field, ever again. Be he did. How can this happen??? To many nfl people are willing to turn their backs on the crimes he committed against dogs. Again, How can this happen? I never thought Vick was a world class quarterback, even when he WAS half way decent years ago. LOL. Vick should be boo’ed by every croud, everytime he steps onto any football field. Come on people let’s hear your BOO’S !!!!!!

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  3. Being from Pittsburgh this is devistating to me. I love my home town team but I can’t support them while he is a part of it. When the rumor of him coming here began circulating I thought surely not the Rooney’s are better than that. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ve tried to put him out of my mind but when I see kids excited to see him play my heart constricts in my chest. One friend said I don’t agree with what he did but come on we need points. She also feels that it is ok for her son to think he’s “great”. That statement hit me the hardest. Too many people are ignorant of the true facts of the case and that is why he is still in the NFL today. Coach Tomlin loves him and is the reason he is here period! As long as that man plays for the Steelers my household will not support them. There are a lot of us who feel the same way. Love you Vicktorymom!

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  4. God bless you for putting into words what so many of us want to say. I’m so disappointed with the Steelers for signing him. And pray that someone, someday will take the action to treat him as he deserves. May all the dogs who suffered meet him on Judgement day and may he burn in hell forever. He is a psychopath. Next it will be children..

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      1. Because I was strongly reminded that this is a dog blog…and that many people who follow it might be offended by my entry into the political arena. It is important that I pick my battles…..

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  5. I couldn’t agree with you more. As much as I respect Wayne Pacelle and the HSUS I think Vick snowed them big time just to get back into the NFL. He is pure evil. That doesn’t change.

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      1. I think Wayne’s decision to use Vick was simply to appeal to Vick’s peers. I get his mindset…that some whitebred Hollywood starlet could not effectively “preach” to urban kids like Vick could on the subject. It backfired, of course, but I don’t hold any animosity towards Wayne for that decision at all.

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  6. GOD BLESS YOU!!! OUR DOGS ARE PRICELESS, HE ISN’T WORTH SPIT. HATS OFF TO A TRUE HERO SIR, AND TO ALL THE SURVIVORS AND FOSTER PARENTS.

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  7. Very well said. Vick is a vicious, remorseless sociopath & I too have tried to just put him out of my head – this works until some fool tries to defend him, or until there is professional news, like the Steelers signing him. I personally do not understand why any team would foist him on their fans & decent players – he’s really not that great a player. His performance is mediocre, and when he gets “injured”, he writhes on the ground like a little girl (mental image: a crowd rushing onto the field & kicking him). I also am upset by the fact that the whole vick mess has taken on such divisive racial overtones. My despising him has absolutely nothing to do with his race, and yet anyone who speaks out about the real michael vick is instantly labeled a “hater”. If anything, I think he has benefited by his race, because there is a whole legion of people who make the excuse that dog-fighting is more common in lower socio-economic and/or minority neighborhoods. As if millions of self-respecting, decent and productive members of society haven’t come out of the same background as michael vick. Nothing in his background is any explanation or excuse for his sadistic & inhuman treatment of helpless, innocent animals, and to imply that it is constitutes a monumental insult to poor people and racial minorities – it implies that there is something so “sub” about them that we will patronizingly excuse things in them that we wouldn’t in “our kind” of people. This is the worst kind of prejudice. Michael Vick’s degraded character have nothing to do with race, creed, color, socioeconomic background or anything other than the fact that he is a sociopath. I will now lift the rock back up, put him back under it & hopefully not be reminded of him again for a long, long time. In closing, thank you again for this post & for giving Ray a happy rest-of-life.

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  8. I like your resolve. I differ, however, because I don’t want the public to forget what he did, nor future generations to never be aware of what he did. The public shaming is the only “punishment” he will ever receive for his conduct. And it serves to potentially dissuade others from even thinking about getting involved in something so heinous and low-class.

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  9. The only reason that piece of trash got involved with animals to “help them” after his release was to try and get public to like him and forgive him ,he doesnt look sorry to me ,anyone who loves their pets or any animal ekukdnt dream of hurting them but that pos enjoyed it while making plenty of money ,and lets not forget his acomplices

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  10. Thank you for saying what I have thought all along. You forgot to mention that while he was in Philadelphia he obtained a dog for his kids to learn ‘responsibility’ – I often wonder whatever happened to that dog, and what happened behind the closed doors, too. I have heard “He done his time”…so that makes all the acts forgiven? What if he did these things to your child, would you still say he did his time? Serial killers started with animals, remember that folks. Any human that can torture an animal and be O.K. with it??? You are not right in your mind!

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  11. I doubt Michael Vick has really changed much as a person since his incarceration. But even if he has, that is not the issue for me. The man used his NFL salary to bankroll an operation in which innocent animals were tortured and killed, all for the purpose of entertaining Vick and his friends. Those actions should have barred him from the NFL for life. I am ashamed that the NFL chose to reinstate someone who so abused his responsibilities. And I am doubly ashamed that my beloved Steelers would choose to employ such a person, and at the same time tear the city of Pittsburgh and Steeler Nation apart.

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  12. I am in full agreeance except the fact this guy is ok with Vick playing football. I still believe the children as well as others look up to athletes like this piece of crap Vick, to let him go back into NFL is disgraceful! Players are fired over domestic abuse for goodness sake! Wonderfully stated the facts otherwise though, thank you.

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  13. The moment you said “patootie”, it totally took the wind out of everything you presented. How can you give an educated, adult summary whist using such childish lingo? You can’t. The point is this,,,you don’t just dial down for a chunky piece of human shit like Vicks. We need to go to his house and kill him in order to make an example for the rest of the world. The more baddies we rid ourselves of, the less evil in the world and OMG I wish there was a system for this.

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  14. I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH😘😘😘😘 all I can say is, I TOTALLY AGREE with you that Vick desrerves to be punished in the same methods he torchered the innocent animals..we do not need to rent our head space out for free…we ALL, no matter how WE loathe this psychopath, get him OUT OF OUR HEADS…boycott ANYTHING he’s involved in. MUCH LOVE PEACE TRANQUILITY TO ALL😘😘😘

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  15. My heart goes out to you for sharing your story with us. It had to be difficult, but many stand with you that believe a dog’s life DOES matter in the eyes of it’s Creator. May you be showered with many blessings.

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  16. Thank you for sharing and so elquently putting to paper what ifeel and believe in my heart. The final Vicktory belongs to Cherry, Dan, Mel, Halle, Oscar, Ray, Layla, Ellen, Lucas and the other dogs rescued from Vick’s hell.

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  17. Very well said. It’s frustrating that Vick keeps finding his way into the media spotlight. It would have been great if Vick was exiled somewhere so no one ever had to see or hear anything about him until the day that he’s judged by another power.

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  18. Out of respect for you and the love you have given to Vicktory Dogs, I will not comment on MV. You are right, he does not deserve the attention. Sending cyber hugs, love, & healing light to you, Kevin and all the other Vicktory parents and dogs. You are the ones who deserve it.

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  19. Of course he is not sorry about what he did – only that he got caught. He is one person karma has not caught up to yet but he will not be able to play football forever and I doubt he has the foresight to save money to finance his lifestyle. Maybe someday he will reap the bitter harvest he has sewn. As for the “cultural” crap about dogfighting – there have been billions of people throughout history who have had poor circumstances but were not cruel people and did not raise cruel children. Vick is simply a loser who will never truely take responsibility for his actions.

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    1. I’m with you, Jan. I doubt that he has, indeed, looked to the day (which will be sooner than he thinks) when football is no longer an option. I’m not usually one to wish ill on another, but I hope ends his life broke and alone.

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  20. I’ve spent a lot of time lately trying to convince those who think he “did his time”, and he “deserves to make a living” understand how uninformed they truly a
    re and think/hope I’ve succeeded in changing the minds of a few. Bottom line, he is pure evil and will ultimately be judged by his maker. Like you, I’m trying so hard to not waste my time with thoughts of him. The Victory Dogs, past and present, help me to see how awesome life is. Bubba G helps a lot too. ❤

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    1. I read it, and recommend it to others, not so much to read about the evil, but to make the point that it’s not “how they are raised.” After enduring unimaginable cruelty, the victory does belong to the survivors. They win.

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  21. Thank you. The truth is the truth. I have seen no remorse, no understanding of the wrongs that were committed. And no, there has been no payment for the horrors that were suffered by the dogs. I doubt there will ever be payment for that here in this ife, the next, however, is a different story.

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