Michael Vick Speaks Out Against Dogfighting

Vick tells students at his old Virginia middle school he "thought it was wrong.”

Posted: December 9, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

Michael Vick is speaking out against dogfighting – to a group of students at his old middle school.

“It’s easy to do the wrong thing. It’s hard to do the right thing,” Vick told 400 sixth- and seventh-graders at Huntington Middle School in Newport News, Va.

Vick, who served almost two years in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring out of his Virginia home, said he wanted the kids to learn from his mistakes.

“I had to leave my family and go to prison and be away from football which I worked so hard to achieve,” Vick said.

When one of the students asked Vick why he kept dogfighting until his arrest, Humane Society spokesman Dale Bartlett, who helped organize the event, said Vick stood up and said “‘I thought it was wrong, but I thought if I got caught, because I was wealthy, I could get out of it and what I know now is that your actions catch up with you, and if you keep secrets about bad things it will harm your future.’”

Vick served 18 months in the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan., and two months on home confinement in Hampton, Va. He plays for the Philadelphia Eagles.


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Sharon   St.Charles, MO

4/5/2010 7:55:41 AM

He is a scum bag. He knew right from wrong. How anyone can do that to a living thing is
unforgiving.
To bad he plays football at all. He should have to work as a laborer the rest of his life. I guess people with money can't think or make decisions.

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Jackie   Kensington, NH

1/3/2010 3:36:56 PM

If he's in jail he can't help the dogs. That's part of his sentence. If he doesn't keep his end of the bargain, helping the dogs, then when he meets his maker, it will be determined what happens to him. In the mean time, the fact that his dogs were given a second chance is a very rare thing. That's one good thing, because now at least other fighting dogs have a chance. In the past, they were put down, no questions asked, no chance at all. Maybe some day he will have done enough good for enough dogs that, some how, it will make up for some of the evil he has done. Only he and God really know if he's truly sorry. If he's making money, then he can help the dogs, a catch 22. He won't make money in jail.

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Tina   yorba linda, CA

12/29/2009 2:39:22 PM

To bad he did not have this view before all those poor animals were made to suffer so needlessly!!!!!!

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I hate dog fighters!   somewhere in, CA

12/10/2009 2:53:29 PM

I think it's good Vick is trying to reach out to children and keep them from making the same mistake he did but I will never forgive/support him. It takes an evil "person" to choke, shoot, beat, and electrocute the life out of something. Vick said he was already wealthy so that means the only reason he fought dogs was for the pure joy he felt watching a living creature being torn apart. Some people may forgive him now but in the end he will not be forgiven.......

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