By Gary Bogue
Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 at 7:07 am in Animal fighting.
While watching stuff on TV about Atlanta Falcons quarterback Vick and dogfighting one evening this week:
I saw an individual (I didn’t catch his name) being interviewed who said, “What’s the big problem? They’re just dogs.”
Stephon Marbury, guard for the New York Knicks, in another interview defended Vick by comparing dogfighting to hunting, “We don’t say anything about people who shoot deer.” He also said, “I’ve heard that dogfighting is a sport. A lot of people do it.”
If dogfighting is a “sport,” it’s a “sport” that’s illegal in all 50 states and a felony in 48 states and the District. Being a spectator at a dogfight is also a felony in 22 states and a misdemeanor in 26 states and Washington, D.C. Some “sport.”
A few of the sports channel talking heads are being kind of defensive and appear to feel they need to protect Vick.
I heard one commentator on ESPN say that if Vick wants to continue to play football, he needs to say he’s sorry … pay a big chunk of money to a national animal protection organization … and spend some hands-on volunteer time working at an animal shelter to show he cares about animals.
What’s wrong with that statement?
Think about it.