PETA Drops Vick Deal Over Psycho Fears

QB short on remorse, declined test 'to weed out psychopaths'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2009 8:00 AM CDT
PETA say they aren't sure if disgraced NFL star Michael Vick, seen here in a 2007 file photo, is capable of telling right from wrong.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – A potential deal between PETA and disgraced Falcons QB Michael Vick, for anti-dogfighting public service ads, is off the table, the animal rights group now says, and has been since December, Advertising Age reports. A PETA rep says they pulled the offer after learning from a USDA report on his dogfighting history that Vick "enjoyed placing family pets in the ring with fighting pit bulls and that he laughed as dogs ripped each other apart," the AP reports.

The rep also said Vick declined to take a psychological test aimed at weeding out clinical psychopaths. "I believe a genuine, contrite Michael Vick could convince people not to get involved in dog fighting," he said. "What we don't believe at this point is that there is a contrite, remorseful Michael Vick." He added that the group had urged the NFL to give Vick a brain scan before making decisions on his future football career.