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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 »

Rapper's Home Video Leads to Animal Rescue in Detroit

Young Calicoe allegedly boasts of fighting dogs, roosters

(Newser) - Detroit police today confiscated animals that might have been used in dogfighting and cockfighting rings. The authorities moved after a local rapper known as Young Calicoe allegedly made a video showing off the "zoo" behind a city home. The video shows chained-up pit bulls and caged roosters, reports the... 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 »

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 »

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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Justices Cite Free Speech in Animal Abuse Videos

They seem ready to strike down law

(Newser) - The Supreme Court seems likely to back an appellate court ruling that said depictions of animal cruelty are protected as free speech by the First Amendment. In arguments today, the justices considered the case of a man convicted of selling dogfighting videos under a 1999 law that equates videos of... More »

Vick Gets New Endorsement Deal With Nike

Athletic-apparel company cut ties with QB over dogfighting rap

(Newser) - Nike, which ate a reported $1.5 million when it severed ties with Michael Vick over his dogfighting rap in 2007, has signed the quarterback to a new endorsement deal. “He has always been a fan of the brand and looks forward to the relationship,” his agent tells... More »

Chicago Day-Care Home Used for Dogfights

Cops make arrests after raids in Maywood, Ill

(Newser) - Chicago police raided an Illinois day-care center that apparently doubled as a brutal dogfighting operation. Ten children were being watched at the private home at the time of the raid. A swing set used by the kids was only 10 feet from a bloody garage where a “vicious” pit... More »

Vick Can Return in Week 3: NFL

(Newser) - Michael Vick, who last played in the NFL in 2006, will be eligible to suit up for the Eagles on Sept. 27, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. "Hopefully we can have a success story here that will be good for society in general and good for the NFL,"... More »

Vick's Fans, Critics Plot Rallies Ahead of Eagles Game

NAACP to march at stadium, while SPCA throws 'tailgate' party

(Newser) - Michael Vick’s first NFL game since his conviction for dog fighting has triggered strong reactions among animal and civil rights advocates in Philadelphia and they plan to let him know it, AP reports. Before he steps onto the field today as the Eagles’ quarterback, the Pennsylvania SPCA will throw... More »

Vick: 'I Cried So Many Nights'

(Newser) - Disgraced football star Michael Vick spent long nights in prison "crying" over what he did to "the animals" in his dog-fighting operation, and the mess he made of his life, he said on 60 Minutes yesterday. "The first day I walked into prison, and he slammed that... More »

Vick Vows He 'Won't Disappoint'

QB: 'I'm glad to have a second chance'

(Newser) - Michael Vick says he “won’t disappoint” as a player for of the Eagles, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. “I’m glad to have an opportunity at a second chance,” said the convicted felon and newly signed quarterback. He said at a press conference today he had... More »

Hey PETA, Vick's an Animal, Too

Disgraced QB paid his price, deserves a second chance

(Newser) - What Michael Vick did was pretty reprehensible, but he deserves a second chance anyway, writes Raina Kelley of Newsweek, simply because he’s paid the price for his misdeeds. “He lost his freedom, his job, his worldly possessions, his good name, and the esteem of his fellow players. I... More »

NFL Commish Conditionally Reinstates Vick

It's official: QB may play as soon as October —if he can find a team

(Newser) - Michael Vick was reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell today and could play in regular-season games as early as October. Vick can immediately participate in preseason practices, workouts and meetings and can play in the final two preseason games—if he can find a team that will sign him. A... More »

Why Vick Should, and Shouldn't, Be Allowed Back to NFL

(Newser) - Now that Michael Vick’s dogfighting sentence is over, it’s possible for him to return to the NFL. Whether commissioner Roger Goodell will allow it is another thing entirely. Jim Trotter and George Dohrmann, in Sports Illustrated, are divided. “It’s time for him to have an opportunity... More »

Feds Spring Vick; Appeal to NFL Up Next

(Newser) - Michael Vick’s 23-month federal dogfighting sentence ended today, paving the way for the disgraced football player to finagle a return to the NFL, the AP reports. Two prison officials appeared at Vick’s house today, likely to remove the electronic ankle monitor he’s sported for the past two... More »

Vick's New Gig: Counselor at Boys & Girls Club

Former quarterback trades in construction work for something more familiar

(Newser) - Michael Vick has begun working at a Virginia summer camp after leaving his job as a construction worker, the Virginian-Pilot reports. The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback is finishing up two months of house arrest after his conviction for abetting dogfighting; he’s required to work a job. Vick began yesterday... More »

How Vick Can Get Back to NFL

Must show 'remorse' without moves looking 'choreographed'

(Newser) - Can Michael Vick overcome his dismal image and play again in the NFL? His high school coach thinks so—but it will require a serious, sustained effort from the quarterback convicted on dog-fighting charges, USA Today reports. “From a reputation standpoint,” says a crisis-management expert, “being inhumane... More »

Vick Begins House Arrest

He'll work construction while living in his Va. home

(Newser) - Michael Vick arrived at his Virginia home today after being released yesterday from federal prison. After 19 months in a Kansas lock-up, the suspended NFL player will spend the remaining two months of his sentence for financing a dogfighting operation under home confinement, wearing an electronic monitor and working a... More »

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