September 15, 2009 |
MICHAEL Vick is just beginning to fulfill his promise to fight animal abuse, but experts say that he already has had a powerful effect on the world of dogfighting, both positive and negative. When agents raided his rural Virginia property in 2007 and discovered his Bad Newz Kennels, a largely invisible world was pulled into public view. It was a world where someone in the know could get you one of a dozen trade publications, like "Scratch Back" magazine, which offered advice on feeding your fighter ("raw meat cut into strips three or four times a week")
November 30, 2010
NO MATTER how great he plays, Michael Vick is still a monster. I'm sick of hearing people defend him with "he paid his dues. " I highly suggest you read the book "The Lost Dogs" by Jim Gorant. Out of the dogs that were saved, some of them are still terrified of their surroundings - crawling with their heads so low to the ground and tails between their legs. These poor dogs will never forget. Vick, if you're reading this, how about when you're not running around throwing a ball, you spend your time in our animal-control shelter walking dogs (like the small community of us volunteers do)
October 5, 2010
IJUST WANT to thank columnist Stu Bykofsky for expressing his feelings regarding Michael Vick becoming more and more the "face of the Eagles. " I echo his words and sentiments almost to the word. I'll be 66 in January and have seen many an Eagle season. I am so deflated watching this miserable excuse for a man quarterback my team. I'm really fearful about the direction that this country is taking with regard to racial issues. My feeling is that there is a wave of reverse discrimination afoot and issues like the one around Mr. Vick just serve to bring them out in to the open.
June 25, 2012 |
IT'S A BIG WEEK for Eagles QB Michael Vick (left). He turns 32 on Tuesday? and marries longtime fiancée Kijafa Frink on Saturday? at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Guests are said to number 300, among them Eagles coach Andy Reid and running back LeSean McCoy. The planets channel new energy and success at home and on the field this year for the Eagle dogged by past legal troubles and a ho-hum last season. Go, Birds! Funnyman Joe Conklin hits the half-century mark Tuesday?
September 28, 2010
THERE ARE people who continue to vilify Michael Vick for past transgressions. It seems that his apology for what admittedly were absolutely atrocious actions means nothing to those who have imprisoned him in the hate compartment of their hearts. What can be more mean-spirited and callous than one who is deliberately unforgiving? Is that what we should teach our children - who and what we shouldn't forgive even if the transgressor has sincerely apologized? Have we become so self righteous and infallible that we now determine who is redeemable and who is not?
March 13, 2013 |
MICHAEL VICK and his family have been threatened lately through social media, as have bookstores where Vick planned to promote his book, "Finally Free. " Vick has canceled appearances at three Barnes & Noble locations because of the threats, which have been reported to law enforcement, Vick spokesman Chris Shigas said Monday. Shigas called the threats, first reported by Tim McManus on Phillymag.com, "very disturbing. " Vick has been a lightning rod since he returned to the NFL with the Eagles in 2009 after serving 19 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting operation, but the public furor seemed to abate over the past few years.
August 18, 2009
AS A DIE-hard Eagles fan, I'm appalled and outraged at the signing of Michael Vick. Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb say everyone deserves a second chance. Did the dogs that were tortured and killed by Michael Vick get a second chance? Shame on the Eagles organization for not thinking of the fans by making the stupidest decision in team history. Karen Morrissey, Philadelphia Selective outrage Michael Vick comes to the Eagles and - surprise! - the Daily News has one of its classic headlines and the protesters are out in force.
March 13, 2013 |
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has suspended a scheduled book tour because he has received threats through social media, his spokesman said Monday night. Vick has been promoting his autobiography, Finally Free . The book tour included stops at Barnes & Noble stores in Exton and in Northvale, N.J. His next appearance was scheduled to be on Saturday in Atlanta. Vick appeared without incident at a bookstore in Charlotte, N.C., on March 2. "Michael Vick is committed to helping make his community a better place," Chris Shigas, a spokesman for Vick, said in an e-mail.
October 4, 2010
I'M CANADIAN and the proud owner of a female Staffy. She was abused, found tied to a tree in a swamp, left to die. Fortunately for her, she was rescued. I was her foster mom but decided to adopt her. Shortly after that, news broke out about Michael Vick's dogfighting arrest. I was horrified and livid reading the accounts of what this poor excuse of a human being did to his dogs. His actions made me ill. Personally, I believe he got off too easy for his torturous behavior. Your front page referring to Vick as "Top Dog" made it all the way here to Canada.
August 28, 2009
Re "Animal Fighting on the Rise" (Aug. 25) : I disagree with the comments of the head of the ASPCA, Marsha Pearlman, that Michael Vick can't make a difference. As prevalent as dogfighting is said to be in this era, I feel that Vick can make a difference - education is something that can help. Using someone as high-profile as Vick can and will reach many people. Use him for the benefit of the organization. His situation has made me more aware of the problem and what to look for. It all depends on how the media and animal groups handle the problem.