Authorities say they found a dozen mistreated pitbulls at the Phoenix-area home of rapper DMX, including three carcasses and one that appeared to have been burnt. According to Jim Welte at MP3.com, “DMX has long had an association with pit bulls and dogfighting, having named his last three albums Grand Champ, Year of the Dog…Again, and The Definition of X: The Pick of the Litter.”
Reading about DMX and his album titles and covers after reading about Vick and Marbury makes me think that there is a pretty large group of wealthy young people who think that fighting pitbulls is an acceptable past time, and that is unfortunate. We can only pray that one of these men will be reformed and come out against dog fighting as a “sport” to help discourage more of our young men in America from thinking that it is a cool thing to do.
And we all know about Atlanta Falcon quarterback, Michael Vick’s, dog torture operation
And New York Knicks gaurd, Stephon Marbury, seeking to show support for Vick, said “From what I hear, Dog fighting is a sport”
And then, most unfortunately, Dr. R.L. White, the head of the NAACP in Atlanta, said that “Vick is not guilty of dogfighting charges”, “He added that his organization condemns dogfighting, but added that he didn’t understand the uproar over dogfighting when hunting deer and others animals is legal,” and that “someone is out to get [Vick].”
I believe that the NAACP is a decent organization, despite Dr. White’s unfortunate comments, and that the organization has a righteous mission to help Americans of African descent, but I do not believe that Vick is being treated too harshly or that he is innocent in any way.
Yesterday morning I heard another spokesman for the NAACP on ESPN radio who said he did not agree with what Dr. White said, but he added that Vick was being treated “more harshly” than other celebrities “like Lindsey Lohan” and that we all need to realize that Vick is “just a young man who made a mistake.”
THIS JUST IN!!!! –THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MISTAKE AND A BAD CHOICE, Vick made a CHOICE. A mistake is “I was at somebody’s house when they started a dog fight and they arrested me for being there,” that is not the same as the choice, “I chose to invest thousands of dollars in feeding, kenneling, training, torturing, fighting, and murdering dogs for entertainment and gambling profits.”
The situation for Michael Vick is a tragedy in the truest sense of the word.
He is a person who seemed to “have it all” in his professional life: $130million player contract +many million more in endorsements, incredible athletic ability that was supposed to revolutionize the National Football League. And yet clearly had NOTHING in his personal life, as “his boys” at home with the Kennel all flipped on him and even his parents let him down by not discouraging this behavior when they knew about it prior to him entering the NFL draft and potentially risking what was to be a $130 million dollar payday for their son.
Below are specifics on Vick’s charges quoted from MTV news .com:
“NFL star Michael Vick formally pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy Monday (August 27). He also accepted a deal with the federal government in hopes of a lenient sentence based on the charges stemming from his arrest for heading an illegal dogfighting operation.
Vick, 27, admitted in his plea that he funded Bad Newz Kennel and the gambling associated with the operation, and that he was part of the enterprise responsible for killing dogs that underperformed or were not fit to participate in fights.
In his plea, Vick did not admit to personally killing dogs or gambling on individual fights, although in legal papers filed last week, he admitted to participating in the killing of dogs that did not fight well.
He is scheduled to be sentenced December 10.”–MTVnews
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