We all know the story. We’ve all heard the jokes. It is common knowledge that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick went to jail for being the owner and operator of a dog fighting ring.
Time has passed, though, and wounds have healed after Vick served his sentence. Apart from the jokes and playful banter, it appeared as though the dog fighting days were behind him and football was the only focus when it came to Vick.
That was until last Thursday night, when Vick posted a picture of his daughter and him at the table, which also held an opened box of dog biscuits. That led to a media eruption because, well, a convicted dog killer owns a dog.
So when the world found out about Vick’s latest addition to the family, the responses were mixed.
In hopes of providing some clarity on the situation, Vick released a statement on Thursday regarding the presence of a dog in his family.
“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.”
After his release from prison, Vick was not immediately allowed to have a pet while serving a probation period. Now that his probation period has expired, though, there are no legal restrictions on his rights to own a dog.
It’s great to see that Vick is doing what he can to overturn the notion that he’s nothing but a blood thirsty animal killer. He’s taking the next step in his escape from the post-arrest image that he inherited and is helping his family get through the painful past few years.