We, the public, are led to believe that Michael Vick was just an innocent pawn in this situation, and that the only connection he had to the alleged dog fights that occurred on his property were the blood ties he had to his extended family, who were renting the property from him. It was this same property that after being raided was shown to conceal a dark secret; a secret that would involve the breeding, fighting and killing of numerous pit bulls for nothing more than to earn a quick buck from this lucrative, yet illegal, sport. A sport that raised dogs to tear one another apart; a sport that uses neighborhood pets as tools to increase the bloodlust in their dogs, in order for them to excel in the ring and seriously maime or kill the opponent. Dog fighting is a cruel sport and one that no ones wants to even believe still exists, but it does and though so often associated with the ghetto this sport has climbed out of the ghetto long ago and attracts high profile participants from all walks of life.
So am I to believe that poor Michael Vick is being persecuted because of his skin colour? Yes, this argument did come up early on. Don't get me wrong I do believe there is an element of racism in this country that must still be conquered, but I don't believe this was the case here. I believe that this was intended to be a convenient distraction for the public, but it failed.
Michael Vick would also like us to believe that although he funded a Pit bull breeding company (that is no longer available online), that he was in no way connected to dog fighting. Strange, isn't it. It is strange that the man could be involved with breeding the pit bulls that were likely found both dead and alive on HIS property, but he had nothing to do with dog fighting that was held on the same location! Hmmm... I would also assume that a reputable breeder would not go to such trouble to hide their breeding kennels in an area hidden from view, and located on a different property located far behind the main house. Oh, and did I mention that the surrounding fences and enclosures on the property were all painted black, making them even less conspicous. Such an odd colour scheme to choose being that the house on the main property was white with a perfect little white picket fence surrounding it. How picturesque! Maybe some people would argue that he was only trying to prevent thugs from stealing his dogs, maybe, and who could blame him when game fighting dogs can fetch as much as six figures!! Yes, I admit that I would want to protect my investment too, but how many innocent animals have to suffer at the hands of sick individuals like him, all for the love of money & status!
All I can say to you Michael Vick, is that it won't be long before that smile is wiped from your face, and it will hopefully be done when an upstanding Judge hits you with a felony conviction and sentences you to an extended stay in one of our cosy jails!
You can read more information about the indictment here