Michael Vick Opens Up About Dog Fighting In GQ Interview Leaks Online

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We think it’s almost safe to say that the general consensus is that Mike Vick paid the price for his Band Newz Kennel and his part in dog fighting. However, clearly it’s on the condition that whenever Vick speaks about his ordeal that it be filled with remorseful undertones.

Two year in prison, millions of dollars lost and almost completely losing his NFL career and he’s still not allowed to rationalize his actions. What happened to let’s agree to disagree?

In the interview conducted for GQ.com; Mike Vick discusses the cultural aspects that lended to his dog fighting ways:

“[The media is] writing as if everyone feels that way and has the same opinions they do. But when I go out in public, it’s all positive, so that’s obviously not true … You got the family dog and the white picket fence, and you just think that’s all there is. Some of us had to grow up in poverty-stricken urban neighborhoods, and we just had to adapt to our environment. I know that it’s wrong. But people act like it’s some crazy thing they never heard of. They don’t know.”

There is a lot of ethnocentrism in this country, we judge other cultures by the standards of our own. Rather then being open to understanding those cultures without judging.  There will always be a person that will say well person Z was raised in “black culture” and didn’t steal, fight dogs, etc. An explanation of ones culture is not meant as a generalization for everyone you assume to be in that culture. Black culture is quite vast, and although everyone doesn’t succumb to their surroundings some do.

Was it right for Michael Vick to fight his dogs?  No, is it okay for him to move on and rationalize his actions; what human being doesn’t?

“I miss dogs, man. I always had a family pet, always had a dog growing up. It was almost equivalent to the prison sentence, having something taken away from me for three years. I want a dog just for the sake of my kids, but also me. I miss my companions.”

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  • Elena

    This jerk Vick gives us this crap about “some of us had to grow up in poverty stricken urban neighborhoods…had to adapt”. This is TOTAL BULL $#!T!!! You can be poor as a church mouse and starving and STILL NOT BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS in any way. What this SCUMBAG and his associates did to the poor dogs that lost fights (and did not already die in the process…) is ABOMINABLE! Vick should NEVER BE FORGIVEN. Once a cruel SOB, always a cruel SOB…

  • Animal lover

    I study all kind of animal cruelty and dog fighting is one of the worst, to take sweet, loving, intelligent animals and pin them against each other takes a kind of cruel numbness. If dog is mans best friend what is man? All that money, hmm, was that all you saw in these creatures, money, profit? This man disgusts me he is a cruel monster and he deserves the same fate as the dogs he destroyed. If he is EVER given a dog then you might as well start digging the pour soles grave now.

  • Animal lover

    Evil, monsters, numb, three words to describe dog fighters. Greedy, pitiless, hateful, three words to describe puppy mill owners. And yet they have an empire that sees dogs as profit, not mans best friend, profit, and WE are there pray. Fight back because if dogs are mans best friend what are we? If you can’t respond with one act of kindness you’ve given a stray then you are as good as them.