Despite Adrian Peterson, here are 5 reasons Mike Vick isn't fit to be a Viking

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Adrian Peterson recently tweeted out his desire for the Vikings to bring Mike Vick on-board for its Quarterback-go-round.

But there's good reason that many teams don't want to touch Vick, regardless of his skills on the field (which are questionable -- he hasn't started more than 13 games a season since 2006): Vick is a dog-killer. He ran a gross and illegal dog-fighting ring and served time for it.

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Lest you forget exactly what Vick did to those poor, innocent dogs, here are five reminders:

5. Vick didn't just kill the dogs, he did it inhumanely
From the federal indictment:
"In or about April 2007, PEACE, PHILLIPS, and VICK executed approximately 8 dogs that did not perform well in 'testing' sessions ... by various methods, including hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog's body to the ground."
4. The way they killed dogs sounds like Abu Ghraib torture
From the federal indictment:
"In or about March of 2003, PEACE, after consulting with VICK about the losing female pit bull's condition, executed the losing dog by wetting the dog down with water and electrocuting the animal."
3. Vick lied about delivering the dogs to their inhumane fate
From a polygraph test:
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Gill, Vick told the polygrapher, "I carried a dog over to Quanis Phillips, who tied a rope around its neck. I dropped the dog."
2. The dogs who survived had mental as well as physical scars
From a Parade article:
Then there was a group characterized as "pancake dogs"-animals so traumatized they flattened themselves on the ground and trembled when humans approached.
1. The forced breeding of one dog involved removing all her teeth
From a New York Times article:

A quick survey of Georgia, a caramel-colored pit bull mix with cropped ears and soulful brown eyes, offers a road map to a difficult life. Her tongue juts from the left side of her mouth because her jaw, once broken, healed at an awkward angle. Her tail zigzags.

Scars from puncture wounds on her face, legs and torso reveal that she was a fighter. Her misshapen, dangling teats show that she might have been such a successful, vicious competitor that she was forcibly bred, her new handlers suspect, again and again.

But there is one haunting sign that Georgia might have endured the most abuse of any of the 47 surviving pit bulls seized last April from the property of the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in connection with an illegal dogfighting ring.

Georgia has no teeth. All 42 of them were pried from her mouth, most likely to make certain she could not harm male dogs during forced breeding.

We may have a losing football team in Minnesota, but at least we can look our pets in the face. Winning at football is not worth the shame of hiring Mike Vick.

Hat-tip: Animal Fighting Defense League

Correction: The original version of this post said Adrian Peterson had deleted the Mike Vick tweet in question. It is in fact still available for viewing on his Tweet stream.

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Molly K. Nelson
Molly K. Nelson

Absolutely not. I fine it appalling that he's still allowed to play professionally.

Bethany Tait
Bethany Tait

Dog fighting is different from molesting a child. But good try, genius.

Chris Gonzalez
Chris Gonzalez

I bet you support child molesters as well that have apparently "served their time"

bradpants
bradpants

Come on now, he'd fit right in with the most criminal team in the NFL

Charlie Howerton
Charlie Howerton

Ryan Schoen the only thing you got right was waisting your time writing..... Because we waisted are time reading your bullshit. I'm so glad you are a minority in the general opinion thought process. May you find the fate of a 1000 dog bites in your last breath of life and memorialized in a 1000 doggy poop bags

throck
throck

It’s interesting how Michael Vick is so vilified here and Viking Chad Greenway is not.  Say wuh? …  Chad has broken no laws and I personally think very highly of the SD pig/crop farming product.  On KFAN this morning Chad was being ribbed about the dirtier parts of pig farming.  He went into detail about pulling calves with pulley chains from their mother’s womb and the consideration of money over the animal treatment and lives with no ambivalence discussion of the practice.  Some of you might agree that modern farming practices could be as hard on the crop animals as fighting dog’s experience.   Michael Vick truly was raised in a culture that might have raised no more eyebrows to discuss the dirty details of dog fighting.  I am not saying the circumstances are morally equivalent but if you look into how people treat different animals in different cultures you can find lots of hypocrisy that don’t put us in a great spot to judge.  The book “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight about Animals” goes into a lot of these tricky area.  Bottom line when I do some moral relevance and give credit for Mr. Vick’s penalty served and efforts at reconciliation I can forgive but not accept what he did.

Mark Eric LaRoche
Mark Eric LaRoche

A comment about his football skills... not many of those in here.

Rob Peterson
Rob Peterson

He's basically the reason I can't stand not just the vikings or the NFL, but football. The guy was so talented that people just let him do whatever as long he played for & made $$ for whatever team he was on. How many times have we heard this? A little Darren Sharper anybody??

Rob Peterson
Rob Peterson

I don't need to be reminded of what this asshole did, he's a sorry excuse for a person that doesn't deserve any form of respect. That being said, maybe playing for the vikings would be a good form of punishment.

Elisa Maria
Elisa Maria

would all the people speaking up for the victims ( the poor demonized pit bull :( ) help stop the dreadful wolf hunt here in Minnesota? go to www.howlingforwolves.org to help the wolves. thank you!!!

Mike Dougherty
Mike Dougherty

To Ben: 'Ron Mexico' was an error in judgment; torturing, fighting, forced breeding, and murdering animals that are dependent upon his care for happiness/love/survival was deliberately evil.

Jessejames
Jessejames

Fans of Vick must be surely stupid, or completely uneducated.  This guy shouldn't even be given a contract at all by any club.  It would be honest to see him play in MN, that way we can jeer him and throw dog poop at him.

Colleen Ferguson
Colleen Ferguson

Note - I will be starting a petition on Change.Org to the Vikings to make sure they know how we feel about this guy. Stay tuned and City Pages hope you will help get the word out once it is up.

Kurt Larson
Kurt Larson

i wouldnt watch 1 game if this bum thug was on our team dont let this horrible person in minny he only apologized because he got caught

Kathy Stanton
Kathy Stanton

Never ever ever...been a Vikes fan for 40 yrs...will go elsewhere if he makes the team...bye bye

lenadandrea
lenadandrea

I'd just like to point out to all of you saying "he paid his debt"- Vick didn't serve a single day for what he did to those dogs. He was convicted of racketeering. So, no, he hasn't "served his time", "paid for what he did", nor fulfill anything even close to the debt he owes.

Deb Kuehl
Deb Kuehl

No reason to import evil to MN.

Benjamin R Campbell
Benjamin R Campbell

fyi...they do call that assault and can be classified in 1st degree, carry a fine, and put you in jail for up to 1 yr. would spitting in his face make you a better person? nope

Benjamin R Campbell
Benjamin R Campbell

there are worse things people do everyday and you all are concerned about long past stuff. are you all perfect and without faults or never made a mistake or error in judgement in life? sorry but i know theres not 1 person on earth that can answer yes to that

Jessica Carlson
Jessica Carlson

"INTENTLY" in-tent-ly - (adverb) With earnest and eager attention: he gazed at her intently. everybody was listening intently

LeAndra DjStrawberry Bunch
LeAndra DjStrawberry Bunch

wow u all r ridiculous!! i guess you support crazy men killing young unarmed boys and serving no time! jerks smdh

David Dennison
David Dennison

Still trying to figure out what "INTENTLY" means.

Kristine Schularick
Kristine Schularick

I don't give a fat s*** if Vick can throw the ball. I would never watch him play. Ever. Bastard. Can he ever make up for what he did to those dogs? Or participated in? I'm not perfect either, and I have sinned. But that doesn't mean I have to watch him play football.

Robbie Hogetvedt
Robbie Hogetvedt

I agree with you^^,but calling him a POS is an insult to shit ! lol

Mel UgoFurst
Mel UgoFurst

And it's not about forgiveness, he's been forgiven by society... He's free. By no means are we obligated to support a multi million dollar football contract in the name of 'forgiveness.' That's a moot point.

Mel UgoFurst
Mel UgoFurst

NEVER EVER EVER. I will become a Packer Backer if they sign Vick. Not one red penny to the organization, and will encourage others to cease support of the Vikings as well.

Nathan Puckett
Nathan Puckett

He who is without sin cast may cast the first stone!!!!!!!!

Mike Dougherty
Mike Dougherty

To all of you who've said he paid his debt to society, how do you feel about a child molester parolee babysitting your kids? What? You're against it? Why?? He's paid his debt to society...

Mike Weh
Mike Weh

So really the article is one reason masquerading as 5 different ones..."Lest we forget" He has paid his debt to society for his crime, let it go. He who has not sinned cast the first stone...something like that.

Joe LaDoucer
Joe LaDoucer

And the same people who say he's a piece of shit will wear their AP jerseys even though he endorses Vick coming here. It shall be a fun offense to watch.

Joe LaDoucer
Joe LaDoucer

He killed dogs and paid his debt to society by doing hard time. Sign him up!!

Jessejames
Jessejames

You sir are a retard - the fact that someone has the mentality to perform these acts indicates that he's not competent to be considered mental enough to play in my honest opinion.

Onan
Onan

Michael Vick "did his time" for Federal Racketeering, he served his prison sentence for Federal Racketeering - ONLY.


The crimes, the heinous acts and crimes of Animal Cruelty - Michael Vick plead "Not Guilty". 

In a brokered Plea Agreement, the charges of Animal Cruelty were dismissed. Thus, unpunished were these crimes, by this man, against humanity. 

Jessejames
Jessejames

The problem is paying your debt and being treated is not the same.  Vick has mental health issues.  Anyone that knows him can testify that he was abused as a child and indulged by his parental guides to perform acts of bad taste when he was a kid.  He needs treatment.

mnjaime
mnjaime

@RGoldthwaite48 Sadly no. Not sarcastic at all! And I agree that he should have never been allowed back into the NFL. He should be banned!!

throck
throck

as he casually tosses out the R word spreading ignorance while purportedly fighting it.

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