Michael Vick

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Michael Vick's Brother Busted in Assault on Va. Officer

Cop was trying to arrest him on another charge

(Newser) - Michael Vick 's brother, 32-year-old Marcus Vick, has multiple arrests under his belt, per the Virginian-Pilot , and now there's one more to add to the list: assault of a police officer, the AP reports. Court records say that Marcus Vick, who lives in Georgia, was arrested in... More »

Michael Vick Has a Dog

Spotted with Belgian Malinois at a training class

(Newser) - Four years after his prison sentence for dog fighting ended, Michael Vick is a dog owner once again. TMZ has pictures of Vick and his dog at a New Jersey PetSmart, where the dog was taking a training class (presumably not to learn how to fight other dogs to the... More »

10 Most Unpopular Athletes

Manti Te'o joins Lance Armstrong at top of list

(Newser) - The new Nielsen/E-Poll survey of the most disliked athletes in America has the not-so-surprising name of Lance Armstrong at the top of the list, reports Forbes . More surprising is that Notre Dame star and soon-to-be-NFL'er Manti Te'o tied Armstrong with a measly 15% approval rating. Even if he... More »

Pats Sink Bills 49-21, Clinch Top AFC Seed

Patriots top Bills, Saints crush Panthers, 49ers thump Rams

(Newser) - The New England Patriots overcame a 21-point deficit today with 49 unanswered points to rock the Buffalo Bills 49-21, the AP reports. The win earned the Pats home-field advantage and the AFC's top seed. Tom Brady threw for 338 yards and finished with the second-most passing yards in NFL... More »

Michael Vick Lands 6-Year, $100M Deal With Eagles

Deal completes NFL star's journey back to top

(Newser) - Four years after he was sent to prison for his involvement in a dogfighting ring, Michael Vick has rejoined the ranks of the NFL's highest-paid players. The Philadelphia Eagles have signed the quarterback to a 6-year, $100 million contract with $40 million guaranteed, sources tell AP . The 31-year-old, who... More »

ESPN Turns Michael Vick White

Article and illustration raise a fervor

(Newser) - ESPN the Magazine sent tongues wagging yesterday with a piece entitled “ What if Michael Vick were white? ” that was accompanied by a photoshopped image of Vick sporting a decidedly different complexion than usual. Many were outraged—including the article’s author, Touré. “I asked them not to... More »

Nike Re-Signs Michael Vick

Eagles quarterback back in the big leagues of endorsements

(Newser) - The Michael Vick comeback continues: Nike has re-signed him to an endorsement deal, reports AP . The company cut ties with Vick nearly four years ago after his dog-fighting troubles, though it had been supplying him with equipment since his NFL comeback. It's not the Eagles' quarterback first endorsement deal... More »

Michael Vick Rips ‘Dog Wars’ App

Stop promoting animal cruelty, says Eagles quarterback

(Newser) - Michael Vick is growling about the new "Dog Wars" app for Google's Android phone. Created by Kage Games, the app allows users to feed, water, dope, train, and fight virtual dogs in bloody battles. " Train your dog to beat the best ," says the website for the... More »

Michael Vick Lands First Endorsement Deal

He'll pitch for equipment company Unequal Technologies

(Newser) - Big milestone in Michael Vick's comeback: He's landed his first national endorsement deal since the dog-fighting scandal that landed him in jail. The Eagles quarterback will be the spokesman for Unequal Technologies, a maker of sporting equipment—including the rib protection he wore this season, notes Yahoo Sports . The company... More »

Tucker Carlson: Vick Should Have Been Executed

Pundit, president don't exactly see eye-to-eye

(Newser) - Safe to say Tucker Carlson doesn’t agree with President Obama’s controversial support of Michael Vick . While filling in for Sean Hannity last night, Carlson said that while he’s a Christian and "all for forgiveness," Michael Vick killed dogs—and Carlson believes “he should have... More »

White House: Obama 'Condemns' Vick's Crime

But he believes in second chance for those who've 'paid for' crimes

(Newser) - Yes, President Obama did applaud the Philadelphia Eagles’ owner for giving Michael Vick a chance—but the White House is soothing any ruffled feathers by clarifying that he “condemns” the quarterback’s crimes, a spokesman tells the Huffington Post . Obama “does think that individuals who have paid for... More »

Obama: Good for Eagles for Taking Vick

President calls Philly's owner to chat

(Newser) - Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie got some pretty high praise the other day for taking a chance on Michael Vick: None other than President Obama called to thank him. "He said, 'So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance,'" Lurie tells the Washington Post... More »

Forgive Michael Vick? Good Luck With That

Meghan Daum: Our 'pure rage' on animal cruelty stories is hard to overcome

(Newser) - Michael Vick's stated desire to get a dog someday has people seething with predictable intensity, and Meghan Daum doesn't expect it will ever quite go away. "There's just something profoundly upsetting about an animal being hurt," she writes in the Los Angeles Times . Her point isn't to bash... More »

Michael Vick Wants Another Dog

... to help his rehabilitation

(Newser) - Michael Vick gives an interview to the Grio in which he talks about his reformed ways and his campaign against dog-fighting, but one quote is grabbing the attention: "I would love to get another dog in the future," he says. "I think it would be a big... More »

Michael Vick: MVP?

Record-setting win leaves everyone gushing

(Newser) - Michael Vick eviscerated the Washington Redskins last night, throwing for 333 yards and four touchdowns, and running for another 80 yards and two more touchdowns, an unprecedented, record-breaking accomplishment. “He’s got my MVP vote,” Washington linebacker London Fletcher told the Washington Post after the game. Is the... More »

Michael Vick Named Eagles Starter

Andy Reid flip-flops, gives him the job

(Newser) - It's official: Michael Vick is back. The notorious ex-con will take over as the Philadelphia Eagles' No. 1 quarterback, said coach Andy Reid, just a day after he announced he would go back to Kevin Kolb. "When someone is playing at the level Michael Vick is playing, you have... More »

Michael Vick's Doing Fine; His Dog, Not So Much

One of the rescue animals remains traumatized

(Newser) - Michael Vick has served his time and is back to life as a star athlete, but the Dallas Observer checks in on another whose transition hasn't been as smooth. Meet Mel, one of the dogs rescued from Vick's house. "That's him, quivering in the corner. Shaking uncontrollably. Convulsing. The... More »

Vick Repeats as Biggest Sports Villain

Forbes list of most disliked athletes has a new name: Tiger Woods

(Newser) - Michael Vick has been out of federal prison for almost a year , but the Eagles quarterback still has some image-polishing to do: For the second straight year, he tops the Forbes list of most disliked people in sports . New for 2010 are Ben Roethlisberger and how-the-mighty-have-fallen poster child Tiger Woods,... More »

BET's Michael Vick Project a Little Too Redemptive

Redemption is there in spades, but little talk of horrid crime

(Newser) - Critics agree BET's The Michael Vick Project is conveniently focused more on the NFL star's comeback than on the horrid crime that laid him low in the first place. Still, some find the 8-episode "quasi-documentary" appealing:
  • Vick presents himself as reformed, Robert Lloyd writes in the Los Angeles Times
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Worst Sports Excesses of the Decade

Pacman Jones' strip club behavior typifies the sad new culture

(Newser) - American sports culture descended into sheer decadence this decade, and no single incident sums it better than Pacman Jones' "making it rain" with cash in a Vegas strip club in 2007, writes Clay Travis for Fanhouse. The chaos that ensued after he tossed around the money—reportedly about $100,... More »

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