February 4th, 2010
01:05 PM ET

'The Michael Vick Project' attracts and disgusts viewers

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Football player Michael Vick’s attempt at redemption appears to be drawing mixed reviews.

“The Michael Vick Project” premiered on BET Tuesday night. According to the network, the premiere and an encore presentation of the episode drew 2.8 million viewers.

The 10 part docu-series traces the athlete’s life after serving time in jail on dog fighting charges.

Now playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Vick used the first episode to explain what led to his fall from grace and a multi-million dollar career that included major endorsements. Vick says dog fighting was something he was exposed to as a child growing up poor in Newport News, Virginia.

”I really took to it,” Vick says during the show. “I was intrigued by it. I gravitated to it.”

Viewers took to the web to express both their support and their disgust about Vick, who pled guilty to running a dog fighting ring on his estate in Virginia.

Commenting on a blog about the show on EW.com, reader dee dee wrote “piece of crap; he has no business in the NFL. Even lawyers have professional standards. Let him rot.”

Over on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution site, a commenter going by the name “Vick Supporter” wrote: “Let it go people…the man has lost 10 times more than we could ever dream of and his name is ruined forever. I’m glad he has a chance to at least re-do some things in his life.”

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  1. Dan

    He is going to re do things I his life?
    Does that mean he is going to repair the dogs he tortured?
    Let me know how that magic works
    Theres about six million people I'd like to use that domover magic one...
    To start.

    December 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. laura

    He has and always be a piece of S**T!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    Can you believe the league is going to give this worthless pile of human trash "support" to help keep him out of trouble. You must be kidding. Isnt he an adult? Doesnt he make substantial money? I say if an employer has to provide extra services to keep someone out of trouble.....FIRE THEM!!! I mean really....this guy is WORTHLESS!!! He certainly fits all the stereotypes!!

    August 3, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. maryG.

    Has anyone stopped to think that dogs that attack children and people who cannot defend themselves have been taught to do that by people like Vick and they are taught to do that by being tortured by their teachers. Please don't tell me that being beaten by a board, hung by the teacher until their yips go quiet, then untied and allowed to breathe again (but the lesson has been learned,) they don't want to go through that hanging again, or held under water until they are almost dead. What's wrong with that? Come on people, they are only animals who would give their lives for their owners and yes I know, Vick owned those dogs so why shouldn't he let them be killed in front of him if the entertment is good. After all, he is their owner and they should give their lives for him. Should we give Vick a medal? Lets name it The Vick ,How To Make Friends and Influence People.

    February 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RV

    I am with every one of you who despises dog fighting and Vick's attempt to capitalize on the ensuing publicity.

    How many of you are equally repulsed by the inhuman nature of pro-football (look at all the late hits and injuries) and other sports where 'humans' literally try to kill each other (like UFC, pro-boxing to name a few).

    February 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Clay

    Can we stop with the "we care more about dogs than humans" b.s.?

    If Vick did to humans what he did to those dogs, he'd be facing the electric chair. So, let's dispense with the myth that if we're repulsed by his abhorrent actions, we, therefore, care "more about dogs" than we do human beings. Please. I just want people to care more about animals – especially animals that we have specifically domesticated. Humans have a responsibility to care for dogs because of this practice. He violated this in a merciless way.

    I think he's served his time (thanks to a lovely plea bargain..ahem) and has shown remorse. He's free to do what he wants now, like it or not..

    That said – if Vick is trying for sympathy because dogfighting was part of his culture, then, I guess I should feel bad for every member of the mob that got busted, too. After all, they were born into it.

    February 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jon1277

    I am not interested in a "this is your life" documentary about Michael Vick, but I guess that's what's to be expected among the award-winning programming of BET. Now I'm supposed to feel sorry for him because this multi-million dollar athlete was forcibly subjected to dog-fighting as an impoverished young boy in Virginia and he couldn't get over it once he made it to the NFL? There are celebrities who grew up in impoverished neighborhoods and have actually GIVEN BACK TO SOCIETY. The only program associated with Michael Vick that I care about is Dogtown on the National Geographic Channel; where the former Vick dogs are taken care of and eventually adopted to HUMAN BEINGS.

    February 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Living04

    I feel that Vicki has served his time and is very apologic for his actions. "Let he without sin cast the first stone." Also feel that everyday that dog lives are put in danger or are being killed , Please people focus on the ones that have not been punished for their actions and not the one that have. Vicki I support you 110% continue to grown and and put your trust in the Lord an you shall continue to prosper no matter what your haters are saying,GOD, has your back!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ben

    Ok people, for the most part everyone is getting down on Vick for actions over his past and now his ability to play football in the NFL after the prison sentence. The bigger picture is the people who are putting him up to this. If I were Mike Vick I would try and do whatever I could to help my name and move on with my life. Is it his fault the NFL opened the door for his return? Is it his fault that BET put a show togethor for him? I mean more people still talk about him than Daunte Stallworth who ran over a guy while drunk at the wheel and only spending 20+ days in jail then being reinstated by the NFL on super bowl weekend! Either way how you look at it Mike admitted guilt of his crime and served his time both in prison and off the field. So to all the Mike Vick haters out there, if you were in his shoes what would do different (after prison) given what you know? I am not saying he did nothing wrong, what I am saying is he is trying to get his life in order and can only do what others out there will allow him (NFL) to do.

    February 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Meagan

    He deserves everything he got and more. He knew it was illegal and imoral yet did it any way. He made enough money in the NFL he didn't need to do that and condone it. He set a horrible example for kids beat dogs do your time with a slap on the wrists. The Eagles should have fired him long ago. disgusting. People make mistakes but animals are innocent and dont know any better. Vick knew better end of story hes a grown man.

    February 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Simone19

    I have one question for all the haters...it is easy to talk about what should or should not happen; however, before anyone makes a judgement call, put yourself in Mike Vicks place (for one second) now that the table has turned do you still feel the same? That regardless of him serving his time in prison...he is constantly being condemned. I wonder if any of you had a family member that got into serious trouble, like this, would you want him/her to be constantly judged? But I understand what it is...as a people we love to tell others how they should or should not live, but what happens we others try to tell you how to live your life, would you be happy?

    I understand what his crime was; yet you people would rather he just go bury himself and die in your eye sights. You people need to get a life...leave that young man alone!

    February 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |

    It amazes me that anyone supports this man. The only reason he is repentant is because he lost a lot of money and fame for his disgusting actions. He personally was responsible for the maiming and torture and death of many fine dogs. And yet, Plaxico Burress sits in jail for stupidity. He carried an illegal gun, but was not intending on using it. He was not waving it around or menacing anyone with it. It slipped down from his waistband and he went to grab it and shot himself. Yet, Plaxico will probably never play football again. Does anyone else get the irony of this situation? Are animals less important than a stupid accident that probably should have gotten Plaxico fined and suspended from football for a while.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. djfl00d

    Vick has a responsibility, not to repair his image, but to make a positive difference with regards to animal cruelty. His name is, and will be, forever vilified. His football career is fragile and most likely, short term. He owes it to the fans and the NFL to create something positive from this incident... while some may prefer to see him flipping burgers, he would have no ability to make as much of a difference if he were not in the NFL.
    That said, he should be actively working with ASPCA and local dog shelters, physically and financially.
    For example, in NE Philly a pit bull's head was lit on fire early this month... Vick should be helping this dog.

    February 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Agentmartin50

    Why do we continue to beat this into the ground when he has made it so exceptionally clear that he regrets his actions? Let me just explain that animal cruelty is exactly what it is...animal cruelty. Therefore, cockfighting, bull fighting, even rodeos are just as invasive to animal rights....oooooopps! I forgot, he's a black guy.

    February 8, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Nancy from Philly

    His career is over! He is being traded or released! The Philly fans hate him. He will never be able to repair his image. With his signing bonus the first thing he did was build a state of the art dog fighting facility.....that shows what we are dealing with here. Don't care that he grew up poor, so did a lot of other people who have made it big and they didn't do this. The guy is scum and those of us who love and have followed the Eagles forever, will be glad when he is no longer associated with our team. I want the guy to be able to make a living and support his family! Give him a job at a local dog shelter or a vet hospital who tends to the dogs on Monday mornings after a long weekend of fighting!

    February 8, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  16. jo flo

    Let the man live his life.... People have done far worse than him in our time....

    February 7, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  17. angie

    People care about those dogs Michael Vick killed more than they care about children who are killed and abused. A shame.

    February 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  18. jon

    If you have ever owned a dog and seen its unquestioning love, then you will hate this piece of trash.

    February 7, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Cindy

    I think that any proceeds that Michael Vick receives for his "project" should be mandated to go to the SPCA or the Humane Society. Michael Vick represents everything that is wrong with people who, although they grow up in a tough socio-economic culture, never the less have a choice. Not only did he have a choice as a human being, but in addition, having the privilege of having millions of dollars should have steered in a better direction. But no, despite the privileges that come with his career choice, he still chose to torture, abuse and murder innocent lives, those lives which did not have a say, or a voice, or a chance in hell to escape a fate so undeserving. Michael Vick should have been kicked out of the NFL. Michael Vick should have rotted in jail. Michael Vick is a monster.

    February 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Kimberly

    My mistakes don't include torture, brutality, inhumanity, murder, infliction of pain on any creature.

    February 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  21. JAYD

    Vick is a legend in Virginia, and like he stated in the first show, many Virginians are exposed to dogfighting at an early age. The man learned from his mistake. Let it go

    February 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Rick Darrough

    (WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DOGS!!! I find it funny that people value a dogs life over a humans) Thats what alot of people are saying. Well if a dog and M.Vick were drowning at the same time and I could only save one, IT WOULD BE THE DOG...And I could add alot of other humans Id let drown also.

    February 7, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  23. AverseAce

    leave the man alone....he has paid his dues...twofold at that cuz he is famous...he got put up for dogfighting which occurs all over the united states! but while the nation is so focused on putting animal mistreaters in jail people are out killing each other and raping women...hmmm something doesnt qadd up here...which is worse DOGFIGHTING or MURDER?

    February 7, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  24. canadian

    As long as ALL the proceeds of this show are given to ASPCA or any U.S. sanctioned animal assisting groups, do your show.

    February 7, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  25. dee

    Its crazy how white people want to put him down for his role, but a murdered gets hardly no time. Is there not ever a time for someone to be forgiven and for them to move on, I mean really he did his time. What else do you want????? How can you kill dogs at a kennel if they are not adopted, or deer hunting a sport, killing is killing right. Get a life, move on and leave Vick the Hell alone. GO Vick and the Eagles.

    February 7, 2010 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  26. mike

    If you read the majority of these postings,they conclude one thing.Society does not know how to forgive.Michael vick commited a crime.He did his time and served his punishment.He has made a commitment to turn his life around and by all accounts is doing that.He has been punished!Leave it alone.Any of you put yourself in his shoes.Would you be able to accept the same?

    February 7, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  27. Geoff

    Vick doesn't deserve any attention at all... BET itself sickens me with their attempt to capitalize on the pain and agony of the animals that were tortured at the behalf of Michael Vick. The network should seriously reassess their priorities. Vick should be rotting in a cell till his body is old and brittle.

    February 7, 2010 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  28. Normn T. Stone

    I support the Eagle franchise for reaching out to Michael Vick, no I do not condone what Michael did, nor do I condone the cruelty that other’s do to race horses, greyhound dog racing or the in-human harvesting of any human or animal. Michael has paid his penalty and is appearing to do everything to amend his wrong doing, now its time for all of us to show our humanity and stop being cruel to….MICHAEL VICK. [Black Bandit]

    February 7, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  29. cdeezy

    letsbereal..VERY WELL SAID...If you are going continue to hate Vick then lets start pulling our the rosters and adding to the hate list of guys who should be hated for life and never play sports again. You have players that have been convicted of dui offenses, spousal abuse, manslaughter...etc still playing. I love how judgemental people are. I love dogs. What Vick did was very wrong, but is it worse then getting in to your car drunk and killing someone, pays the family off and out of jail for in 30 days? Gotta love the justice system, gotta love it!

    February 7, 2010 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  30. angelita

    Its a BET show can't be making all that in the way of money. Let the man be tackle the real problem go out in to the back woods and confront the folks that are still doing this,

    February 7, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  31. shonuff75

    The man went to jail, severed his time, lost millions and sponsors. He paid his debt, now let him play football. I know what he did was bad, but damn! His name isn't O.J or Ray Carruth.

    February 7, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  32. CB

    I hate to say this folks... As far as the legal aspect of this is concerned, Vick has served the time he was sentenced to. Therefore, it's up to the NFL, not us, to judge or decide on whether or not he's allowed to return. I hate the man with a passion, but he does have a right to earn a living.

    However, that said, what he did to those dogs was nothing short of gruesome and sadistic. It takes an evil mind to do what he did and I firmly believe that Vick is a sinister human being and has been nothing but disingenuous in his "rehabilitation."

    Again, I reiterate... He does have a right to earn a living. However, I'm glad he's not on my team!

    Also, if I were an opposing lineman or linebacker, I'd deliver one of those "remember me" hits that New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Greg Williams is always talking about! 🙂

    February 7, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  33. soldier

    i bet if you really want to look into this if it everyone who is saying oh let poor michael live his life he did his time is 1 african american and who prolly turned around and said 2. OJ is innocent !!! The man killed mutilated and tortured animals lets not forget he funded this heinous activity as well so lets turn around and make him a star and give him more money only this time he will prolly find another way to fund it WITHOUT GETTING CAUGHT!! this is ridiculous and the NFL should have NEVER let this piece of S*&$ back in the league. Am i perfect? NOT BY FAR but i would not try and glamorize something like this and call it redemption!!! If he was truly repentful and sorry he would just drop everything and go on living his life just trying to be a person not making a spectacle out of it.

    February 7, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  34. john

    this guy is what is wrong with the USA.
    look at what he does goes belley up on his bills and leaves the tax payers holding the bag .
    look at the gold he is wearing he should have sold it to pay for the house.
    no thats right we will just pick the tab up for him.

    February 6, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  35. ScottyB

    Vick makes me believe in Hell. Some things are so bad you don't deserve a clean slate... ever.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  36. letitbe

    Come on people, give it a rest. Why are you so hung up on Vick's past?. We put people in jail for dog fighting!!!! Oh wow, really bad crime. Give me a break. What a waste of space, time and energy. I have one question, how many of you eat meat? Then you all should be put in prison for supporting your butcher, grocery & farmers. They raise cows, pigs & chickens for our daily consumption. Sounds a bit barbaric to me. Who should have remorse? Let him put his life back together that so many have tried to tear apart. I didn't know so many people lived in glass houses.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Deborah Thornton

    DONATE the money to animal rescue organizations Vick!! Demonstrate what kind of man you are.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  38. SMD

    Like many things in America this is tinged by race...For those in the African-American community Michael Vick's entire experience represents that white America cares more about dogs than people and would readily destroy a man's life behind that....African-Americans view the series for its redemptive value showing his growth and development and showing that even in the face of a prejudiced onslaught he could be a better man...

    I think culturally communities of color and the majority community are world's apart,,,

    February 6, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Nicci

    How disgusting!!! This man does not deserve his own TV show. Talk about someone who is egotistical. He did not care about those dogs so how can he feel sorry for what he did. In my opinion he does not regret what he did. I felt that his "apology" was nothing but an act. He is a fake and phony. He wants to get back into good graces with the NFL and it's fans.

    February 6, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  40. SammyTime

    If, you care so much about animals, why are you still eating meat ? Or maybe you just want to play God on which animals should live or which one should you eat now . . . . . anyone for chicken or steak .

    February 6, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  41. jj

    move on people, you have to forgive and forget

    February 6, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Ruth in Ohio

    I was taught at a very young age right from wrong ,you even learned it in school ,they say the age of reasoning is 7 years old,at least that is what it was 50 years ago.Today I would say children know more than their parents know...how old is Mr.Vick? I say he should know better....shame on him and anyone involved in this behavior,forget this? I do not think so.

    February 6, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Art

    None of your personal judgments matter, so get over it. We're all imperfect sinners, full of flaws, just like Vick. None of us better than the other! Let him make money. Let him redeem himself. Stop being envious. Envy is ugly.

    February 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Alvin

    Oh the hypocrites! Judging Vick while they're out shooting innocent animals everyday in the name of sports. The man has paid for his crime, I think he deserves the right to earn a living and provide for his family the best way he knows how.

    February 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  45. James

    I see there are a lot of racists on here, do u get that mad when we bomb and kill iraqis and kill folks in afghanistan? Do you get mad when people die every day here in places like missisipi of hunger? did u get mad when bush let lots of black people die in new orleans? Do you get mad when white people like cheney and his friends hunt and kill deer and other animals in their natural habitat? Well shut the fuck up then about michael vick he killed fucking dogs- so what? If it was peyton manning that did what he did im sure these same racists won't be that mad.

    February 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Rusty

    Hey everyone! Who remembers the VA Tech Days? Mr. Vick has been a naughty boy for quite some time. Whith that many "Ooops'" in his past it should be harder for some of you to give him a "2nd" chance.

    February 6, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  47. druickd

    Michael Vick needs to put up, and shut up. Only an ego-maniac needs to make a spectacle out of repentance. Once again, all about him.

    February 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  48. syrup

    He has served far more than enough time for what he did. On the flip side, Donte Stallworth killed a HUMAN and only spent a month in jail. Something seems a little screwed up about this.

    February 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  49. galen

    The ads offend me more than anything...honor, courage, redemption ...come on!!! I am glad that he served his time in jail, and that he gets another chance to do what he does best-play football! But it was his own arrogance and stupidity that landed him in prison in the first place...let's not make him into some fallen from grace hero! He acted like a thug, and brutalized creatures who depended on him for their well being. As an animal lover, it is next to impossible to comprehend that anyone could be so disconnected from simple empathy that they could subject any type of animal to torture. And now he is being glorified for "seeing the light"? Yuck. I am all for second chances, but-again, yuck!

    February 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Sweet Surrender

    What are the statistics on how many dogs maul and kill little children and human beings? Ever seen any of those photos or have you ever tried to understand what life will be like for those who survive the maulings? I remember reading recently about a pack of dogs that killed a couple of senior citizens. The seniors did nothing but try to get away. Mike deserves a second chance.

    February 6, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  51. flugel76

    "Let the man live his life" is fine. But "Let the man live his life in the limelight, millions of dollars off his crime" is NOT fine. An entire generation of kids who look up to atheletes already think it's ok to take steroids and act thugs, I'd rather not have them add cruelty to animals to the list as well.

    February 6, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Richard O.

    Michael Vick Was arrested, convited and did his time he is square with lawenforcement and the courts and with me!!! I realy hope some day he will make a huge come back in the NFL. GO MICHAEL VICK NOW PROVE YOUR SELF ON THE FIELD...........

    February 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  53. junebug2b

    I'm sorry but it is time to forgive this man.....he has done his jail time and just wants to move on. If you were convicted of a crime and did your time wouldn't you want to move on with your life. His name will never be the same as it was and that alone he has lost enough. Yes I love animals....but he did his time , now let it rest

    February 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  54. StoneThrower

    Let he with no sin cast the first stone.....

    Well! We're waiting

    February 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  55. ABrown

    also – the relationships between dogs and people is different than just animals in general. Dogs are the only domesticated animal that exists purely as an extension/sidekick to the human species. They are our Ed McMahon in so many many of the people that are hating on Vick stll are willing to eat the steroid-pumped chickens, or benefit from bio-pharma products that may have some animal brutality tied to them. So this does strike a greater chord. I wonder, if this were a some NFL Cracker who got caught fighting chickens, would the outrage be the same? Last thing - don't worry people - if Mike Vick misbehaves again, he'll be done. Why not be cautiously optimistic for him?

    February 6, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Johnny

    Viewers/Readers/People- Vick is a person that did a bad act. He committed a crime, he killed dogs, and he went to prison for that. Now he is trying to get back to work. There are people that beat their wife, charged with carrying or using drugs, that were charged with sexual assualts, and a few that killed people while drunk driving. Yet, people are so negative about Vick. Why is that? He is a young man, what was he suppose to do just still in prison for the rest of his life? We have people that sexual assault others, yet people still are negative about Vick.

    February 6, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Reader from Brazil

    I was, and will always be, disgusted by Vick's actions and complete lack of true remorse. The dogs he tortured and killed (remember he was personally involved in "body slamming, electrocuting and drowning the ones that weren't game enough") deserved better. Any of those pit bulls could have turned on him and killed him, but they didn't...they let him destroy them because 99.9% of dogs would rather die than hurt their master. I also was born and raised in an area and culture that had hidden dog fights and cock fights, but 99% of the people didn't participate because most people don't believe in torturing animals, especially dogs. You only "succumb" or "gravitate" to evil, as Vick said he did, if you already have evil tendencies within you. Dog fighting never attracts good people! Dog fighting has been labelled a part of "black culture" in the USA, but again it's the 1% of the community that gives the rest a bad image. People always say the little boy who pulls the wings off of flies becomes the mass murderer. Vick did much worse than pull the wings off of flies. Much worse. And he did it for enjoyment and thrills, because he had so many resources, financial and otherwise, that it wasn't for the money. He regrets only getting caught, not his actions and yet people say he has "paid for his mistake". The only fitting punishment would have been from ancient Rome...let him be torn apart by dogs in the arena!

    February 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  58. ABrown

    Lets deal in facts. What he did is illegal and to that point, the courts decided the punishment, and he has served his sentence.

    It is also brutal, which causes him to be disliked by many and is particularly disgusting to those that are sympathetic to an animals innocence. However, many people have pet peeves (pardon the pun), and in our society, the idea that you should lose civil and constitutional rights for offending someone's sensitivities, is far more evil and brutal than electrocuting a puppy. Sorry, but that statement is straight up true.

    I also think there is a huge culture of this dog fighting, and that he grew up in and remained in that culture. Does that make it right? No. He had a choice as to distance himself from that and insulate himself from people and lifestyle that pose a risk, and he chose not to. So he paid the price.

    Whether or not his pennance is real or not, nuyabidness. You got a right not to buy his jersey, but when you start saying tht he should not be allowed to work again...we'll you're just a fascist in the name of cute li'l, defenseless puppies, but still a damned fascist.

    February 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Irene

    Everyone deserves a second chance! No one is perfect, we all make mistakes. I think he already paid a huge price and if he's sorry about his act we should forgive him and let him try to rebuild his life.

    February 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Dre

    @Seriously?? Thank You!

    I love animals like most of the people that are posting in this forum, but what I find SO hypocritical is the outrage at Mike Vick and his involvement in dog fighting (And it was wrong and terrible), but there's NO PROTESTING of Donte Stallworth. No protesting of Ray Lewis...matter of fact most people think Ray is a great guy.

    I have a question to all of the people that think Vick should burn in hell and rot....why doesn't a human life mean as much to you as a dog's life? I seriously question the sanity of any person that shows so much emotion for the life of an animal, but shows none when a human life is taken.

    In my opinion Mike is a dirty dude...no doubt. Wouldn't let him come to the house and play with scrappy or allow either of my sons to look up to him. (Or my daughter) BUT he has done his time as the law deemed appropriate. Blame the judge or the prosecutor if you disagree with the length of the sentence. Not Vick's fault. He is allowed to make a living, whether that's in the NFL or McDonald's. (Just came from McD's...the sweet tea is delicious)

    Just remember...a sin is a sin. God doesn't judge them on a scale or a bell curve. If you have sinned AT ALL and have not repented then you are in the same boat as Mike Vick. I wonder if that applies to anyone in this forum????

    Peace! Go Colts!!!!! (Only because of my superbowl squares...lol)

    February 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Chris

    You people crack me up. You hold celebrities to higer standards than you expect out of yourselves and the average Joe. I was never a Vick fan to begin with and i honestly i am sickened by the dog fighting but Vick and all the other celebrities in the world are just people. Just as flawed as the rest of us. If i can screw up and get a second chance then why shouldn't he? Because he's rich and famous for the job that he does? You think that a career in professional sports just dropped into his lap? I bet most of you have never put the time or the effort to be as good at anything as all of these professional atheletes. One moron said that if a professional sports player gets a drunk driving charge that they should lose their job for good. Should everyone who makes that mistake lose their job forever? I think the problem is, you are forgetting that what we enjoy is watching the game. If you watch a movie you watch for the enjoyment. I am cetainly not going to base my moral compass on how an actor or a sports star lives their lives just because i enjoy watching them do what it is that they do to entertain me. I am certainly not condoning what he did but neither do i expect him to pay a higher price then anyone else in this country who did the same thing. You could argue that he got a light sentence but i honestly haven't a clue what i normal person in that position would get for a sentence and if he did you can blame the judicial system not Vick.

    February 6, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  62. sauron

    football player kills man, gets 30 days.

    football player fights dogs serves 2 years federal, people still want to crucify him.

    good priorities. lulz. YOU MAD.

    February 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Vision

    Most of you who are still hung up on the Michael Vick dogfighting case are probably jealous of the fact that he has risen back to the NFL. For 1 poster to say he has no place in the NFL, the man has an incredible athletic gift, Athletes are what the NFL lives on so yes he belongs. Also the man served 2 years in prison for fighting dogs, 2 years. Rapists often get out after just 4 years in prison. I believe his sentence was excessive; but regardless of this he lived it out and he is now free to do as we all are trying to do, and that is make a living and succeed in this world. If you cannot let it go i ask you look in the mirror and ask yourself what you have done that others may think is disgusting and low. You are all envious morons.

    February 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Ryan

    To everyone who is upset with Vick having his show aired on BET. You don't support Vick's show airing on BET, because "he is making money off of it", yet does anyone have valid proof that he's taking all the proceeds and not donating a single penny? He did make $1.6 million this year, and makes another $5.2 next year, so its kind of hard to fathom he would be relying on this to make buckets of money (if he is though, then shame on him) Also, you don't think in any way that this could be a positive for addressing and raising animal cruelty awareness? The average teenager watches something ridiculous like 5-6 hours of TV in a day. Think about how many people he will be able to reach to, especially given the fact that BET's target audience primarily consists of blacks (which may also be poorer and subject to dogfighting as a child growing up).

    February 6, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Scott in Atlanta

    "Once an abuser, always an abuser." What kind of kindergarten wisdom is that? Redemption is always possible for people, as history shows so many times, and as Christ preached over and again.

    Give the man a chance. We will all need a second chance at some point in our lives. Kindness and generosity are in short supply these days, it seems, among CNN readers.

    February 6, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  66. James

    I believe he deserves a second chance to correct a wrong. many people if not all have made some majoy mistakes. people die in the boxing rings also, is this wrong? people put to much of themselves into their stupid pets. dogs are a dime a dozen. should we kill them?absolutely not! it was a sport, just like all other sports,some live and some die, he just happened to be caught. no harm, no foul. Yeah, M.Vick, i forgive you and so does god.

    February 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  67. JoshuaNYC

    Sam hit the mark. Who the heck are any of you to judge a man that paid his debt to society? My wife and I are avid ASPCA supporters, donaters and activists and we both agree that what he did was deplorable...absolutely reprehensible behavior. But to sit there behind your computer screens and further demonize and crucify a man who has lost EVERYTHING, including his reputation, is worse behavior by a longshot. NONE of you are perfect so get over yourselves. All of you need to take a good, long hard look in the mirror and have a deep conversation with whatever God you worship before you start making the man a pariah. "Let he who hath no sin cast the first stone."

    February 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  68. alli

    The thing that bugged me is that he never mentioed the animals in his apologies. In my, NOT IMPORTANT, opinion on this man, it seemed to me that he was more worried about what his fans thought.
    I am not at all against a second chance and do believe that he is a good bal player, but will he really change? Doubtful, to me!

    February 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Megan

    One thing that police and ASPCA all know: animal abusers generally turn out to be people abusers as well; if/when that turns up for Mr. Vick, is he going to trot his background out then, as well? Will he cry about his upbringing then, and refuse to take personal responsiblity for his actions? Let's be clear about one thing, everyone (and this includes you, Mr. Vick): ABUSERS COME FROM ALL ECONOMIC STRATAS. Your excuse holds about as much sense as someone claiming that slavery was excusable because they grew up with it, so they didn't know any other way and didn't see it was wrong! What you–and all those who refuse to take personal responibility for their actions when caught doing something both illegal and morally wrong–need to do is learn that YOU are in control of your own actions, and you are the one to change them when they are unacceptable to society at large, making amends as needed and examining the lack in yourself that led to the action society found wrong.

    February 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Frank Mondana

    This is ridiculous. Yes, dog fighting is disgusting but to compare him to a child abuser is so far out of hand.

    Before everyone starts accusing me of anything, I am a member of the ASPCA, WWF, and support PETA. I volunteer with an organization that rescues pit bulls from fighting and other abuse. I am not a dog fighter trying to slip in a comment.

    It seems like some of this anger toward him should be channeled to, I don't know, child molesters, drug lords, killers, rapists, and all the other bad guys who commit horrible crimes towards people.

    He was caught convicted and served time. He should be watched, but the time and money being spent right now is enormous.
    Whether we like it or not, he was punished according to our system so that particular episode is done.
    There needs to be a reality check. Pull back a bit and its easy to see how crazy this Vick situation has become.

    February 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Jerry

    He deserves the same exact treatment that he and his cronies gave to all the dogs he tortured and killed.

    February 6, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Connie R.

    While my son is earning $58K in his 11th year of school, he is in a Pediatric Hemotology Oncology Fellowship, watching your children die of cancer, Vick is playing football earning millions. What is wrong with that picture?

    February 6, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Sarah

    Let me get this straight: He was supposed to be serving time for this crime and now we find out that he profited from it instead by using his time in jail to produce a documentary? What a piece of shit.

    February 6, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  74. martha

    theses non forgiving people should get a life! this man has served his time, let it go. what about these mothers thats unlawfully with malice killing there own children?

    February 6, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  75. lshields28

    The only thing Michael Vick is sorry about is being caught for his horrible acts of animal cruelty and going to jail as a result of it. He will never change and the NFL should have banned him for life. Corporate greed wins out every time. Every penny that man makes should go to animal rescue. Just the name Michael Vick makes me sick.

    February 6, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  76. CARL R

    Vick had a chance, he knew what he was doing. Why did he have a second chance ? The people who stood to gain from his reinstatement ( money ) pushed for it. He had "A" chance, didn't deserve a second.

    February 6, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  77. Mark Smith

    It's real simple. If he is rehabilitated and has remorse, he will donate the proceeds of this show to the Humane Society, the organization that stepped up to work with this creep. If he doesn't, it's time to forget him as a person worthy of our society's respect and care. He has been afforded an opportunity that only "athletes", it seems, get. Hopefully he will see beyond his "self-centered" attitude and do what's right.

    February 6, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  78. dan

    He is a wretched man. He should spend the rest of his life cleaning toilets while being stung by hornets. At least no one watches BET.

    February 6, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  79. Guest

    Awww...poor Michael Vick...another crybaby who tries to take the easy way out and blame his "poor" upbringing for his criminal ways. Too frickin' bad, Michael. Many others grew up poorer than you, and became decent citizens. Of course he won't change..abusing animals is "in" him...he saw nothing wrong with drowning and electrocuting dogs. You think a little prison time made him a better person? I doubt it. He lost his house? Awww....too bad. Sell those glitzy earrings you're wearing in your picture. Freak. Scumbag.

    February 6, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  80. Guest

    Yes, it's "in" him. Poor Vick...acting like another crybaby who blames his "poor" childhood. It's crap. He will never be rehabilitated because he has no regard for life. Abusing animals

    February 6, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  81. doglover

    You are a fool! Dog's cannot talk, they cannot tell a story about what happened to them, unlike the spouse or child who has been abused. We're lucky that the ASPCA came to the rescue. If you have never seen what they put these animals through I suggest you go watch a documentary over dog fighting. If it doesn't make you cry or vomit, then you are not human. I agree that all the proceeds from this show should go to ASPCA. If he was sorry, he would help and contribute to stop all this madness.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  82. mx

    After doing what he did, he should have never been let back into the NFL, he does NOT deserve a second chance, he had one and blew it, and will blow it again. What kind of role model is he for young children? Aspire to be an athlete, because if you screw up everyone will forgive you for what happened, and you can make even more money off it...what a crock.

    February 6, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  83. Jim

    He is an animal serial killer and some crimes are so vile that they do not deserve forgiveness. He did not show forgiveness to the dogs that lost in the fights. If you want to forgive him then you forgive him, but we would all like to forget him. So banish him from TV and the NFL and let him try to survive the rest of his life without all the fame and fortune just like the rest of us.

    February 6, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  84. rude boi

    come on yall leave this man alone all yall wanna talk for three years is him dog fighting but yalls grand daddys probably did it it ust to be legal and for centuries was a sport just like football that is what pitbulls were breed for read the history of the breed one tim and yes it was real meesed up the way he killed the losers of the fights and he deserves everything he got for that but dog fighting is a sport (an illegal one) but a sport all over the world. yall act so uppity like yall help mankind and animals so much and have yall probably got animals that uv hit before or your wives. only god can judge him and in the bible it says he gave us domain over all animals and a pitbull is an animal and he was just lettin it do what it was breed to do

    February 6, 2010 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  85. Jill

    I agree, get over it – Mr. Vick has served his time. Let him be; just like the guy who killed his ex-wife and her boyfriend and I didn't see your self righteous being do everything you could to have him face the noose. Just get over it and go on your merry way and next time the documentary airs use your damn clicker!

    February 6, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  86. diana king

    I love how everyone keeps saying that Michael Vick "served his time".

    Granted, he did spend time in prison, to which he was very deserving. This man not only participated in dog fighting he also killed, mutilated and abused dozens upon dozens of animals.

    Just because he was exposed to it as a child does not make it right. If a person is exposed to pedophiles and murderers and rapists as a child, does it then make it okay for them to rape, murder and abuse children?

    Of course it doesn't! People in this country need to stop using that as an excuse when they do things that are morally bankrupt. And please stop saying it was only animals...yes, it was animals. Thinking, feeling beings with emotions. That is what an animal is. WE are animals.

    So, to quote many from above....Let's be real. Michael Vick is a cold, morally bankrupt individual cashing in on his horrendous misdeeds.
    Should we let Charles Manson out of prison to make a TV show and turn around and profit from his atrocities? It's the same thing people, open your eyes.

    February 6, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  87. JB Diamond

    He should be put in a cage with 100 vicious dogs for a few days and if he survives then let him play football!

    February 6, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  88. J

    who gives a rats, people are too PC today, dogs are dogs, get off his back and stop the hate you jealous

    February 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  89. p

    Michael Vick is not making millions. He made 1.5 million this year with the Eagles. He was bankrupt to begin with. I'm fairly sure he's very thankful to have any type of position available to him in the NFL. Yeah, millions of people are jobless and broke, but this is the NFL. Not a Ford factory or Wal-Mart. If any of those folks can handle being nailed by 350 lb lineman who can run the 40 yard dash in under five seconds, run the 40 in less than 5 seconds, or heave a football as far as Vick can, by all means, I'd love to see them play. Bad people still make a lot of money. Jeez, if that's your argument, perhaps you'd like to boycott the upcoming Super Bowl that has plenty of people making over ten million dollars a year while most everyone won't make even a million in their lifetime.

    The most simple way of beating a show that repulses you is by NOT WATCHING IT. BET paid for this by attracting sponsors who likely saw a show with plenty of drama surrounding it. More viewers, more sponsors, more Vick. Boycott the show in significant numbers and they'll pull it. Who's to say Vick is making money off of it? Even more importantly, those roasting Vick but then retracting their statement so long as 'Vick is donating the money to the SPCA', MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, Michael Vick IS donating that money? I know doing your homework and researching your complaints are hard to do, but hey, at least you don't look ignorant.

    I don't support what Vick did, but what more can he do? He admitted his problem, served time for what he did, and is now working proactively for animal rights. He's not old, but Vick certainly missed a good chunk of his prime. Like someone else mentioned, Vick has probably done more for the SPCA than all the haters on here combined. Jesus, I hate to see what you people would do to someone who came out and admitted being an alcoholic.

    I hope Vick can clean out his demons and continue to attone for live's of the dogs he took by staying educated on animal rights and continuing his anti-dogfighting spokesman status.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Dave in Connecticut

    Vick needs morals. Maybe he should devote a portion of the proceeds from playing football to animal rescue for like the rest of his life, then maybe, people will idolize him again. A man does not hit women, and a man does not abuse animals.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Tim Jackson

    Being an animal lover I think the NFL did itsself wrong by bringing this guy back & he did the worst of the worst by mis-treating animals . I do not believe he can cop out by trying to blame this on his childhood

    February 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  92. LESLIE

    I will NEVER understand why sports "stars" can behave so unbelievably horrible, do horrible things, hurt other people, animals, whatever, and still be afforded the chance to "redeem" themselves. This person is the worst example of a human being, and yet, we have to sit back and watch him go on, as if nothing he did has any consequence. Take a look at the legions of people, organizations, that came to the rescue of these poor animals who, even though have been mostly rehabilitated, will forever bear the scars of this persons brutality. Watch a few episodes of Dogtown on NatGeo, and look at all the hard work that was put into helping these brave survivors. Then shed a tear for the ones who were so horribly disposed of, in the most tortuous of ways, This person was responsible for more suffering of the innocent than any one person I can think of, save for the Jeffrey Dahmers of the world. Also please take notice of my reference to him as "this person." He is not a man. He is a criminal. Stop glorifying. I wish nothing more than for Michael Vick to experience even a fraction of the pain he has inflicted. He would never in his lifetime be able to endure what these poor animals did, and survive. Evil, Evil, is this individual !!!!! There are people who have been exposed to far worse than this growing up, and did not turn to a life of brutality. You make your own choices. No one is forced to do the things he did. To blame it on his upbringing is cowardly. No one did this to you Michael Vick, You own this all yourself. May you rot in hell, with the eyes of all your victims looking down on you.

    February 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Harry Fincham

    I for one cannot accept that Micheal Vick has been punished enough. What he got was a slap on the wrist, which is what all animal abusers get. The hundreds of dogs he tortured and killed cannot speak, but I can. He should be digging ditches somewhere not getting a million dollars a year to play in the NFL or another million to promote himself on BET. As for myself, I will not attend or watch another NFL game nor watch another program on BET. Won't be missed by either, but it would be nice if my boycott was enacted by other outraged citizens.

    February 5, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Sara

    "Lost 10 times more than we could ever dream of"? Oh really, because last I heard, he did a few years in prison, got back on an NFL team, is making millions again... oh and gets his own reality show. Jobless rate of 9.7%? Millions of people without jobs and this jerk wants to say that Vick has lost more than we can dream of?

    Please. Yes, he grew up poor. Yes, he grew up seeing things children shouldn't see. So did I. I have a military job, I never did anything illegal. Why can't I have a reality show? Vick is a pathetic waste of space. Yes, I'm a dog lover, but I also believe that harming animals is a step away from harming humans. He just hasn't gotten to that part yet. The fact that he's allowed a second chance after millions of hard-working Americans lost their jobs and got screwed over by money-grubbing banks makes me sick.

    February 5, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  95. JS

    Talk about going "full circle"!!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Chris F

    I enjoyed the Vick Project; this is a young man that grew up in an environment that he only knew regarding dogfight and then when he becomes rich iti becomes a crime; has Vick\'s imprisonment deterred dogfighting? NO!! Americans are hyhpocritical; I'm happy to see that he has arisen above thtis and is back on track to show to himself- not us- that he is a good man, father and American!!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Laughable

    "Instead of showing remorse, he is making $$$"

    So because he committed a crime, he has no right to earn a living for the rest of his life?

    Maybe he has changed? Prison could do that to you.

    Also, for all the people complaining – I wonder just how many of you have done anything to help the ASPCA, or even a wounded animal. I would wager that Vick has done more to help animals now then 75% of the whiners out there.

    February 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  98. James

    Thank goodness that we are all God, judges and jury foremen. We feel that no matter what rehab a person has, they still have no right to tell their side of the story. I mean, come on, why do we really want to hear what he has to say. Shame on BET for showing this series about him. No, we are not God, and we all are not judges or jury foremen. He has to answer for all that he has done, and will do one day. If BET did not show this, then we all know that there would have been another network that would have if given the chance. I, as well as others have to understand that in other countries as well as our own, do things that they have done since they were children and that they may have learned along the way. I am not making excuses for the man's actions, because he is the one that made the error of his ways. We also can not be angry at others for their opinion of how they feel about hime either. Put yourself in his shoes for one moment, or for that matter, put yourself in the shoes of his parents. Think of how the mistake that you (if you were him) or how his parents feel. His own mother did not condone what he did, and she said that he was wrong for what he did, but at the same time, he was given a sentence that he completed after he was found guilty. He did every day that the judge sentenced him to. He is still ridiculed, and not wanted by most, and he brought that on himself. All that being said, he will never be forgiven nor what he has done will not be forgotten. Think of how you would feel if you were him after all that you had to go through and where you are today. He only wants to tell his side of the story. If he is compensated for the show, some if not all of the money should go towards crulety to animals and some should go towards the education of his children.

    February 5, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  99. KAB

    Disgusting. He didn't make a mistake, he made a choice. And his life is CERTAINLY not over, particularly if this piece of garbage continues to get paid for nonsense like this. As usual, a slap on the wrist, and all is well. What about Wayne (HSUS) Pacelle's big show about how Vick was going to make amends? The dogs can only hope that what goes around, comes around. I'll be tuning into Dogtown instead, to find out how Best Friends is rehabbing his dogs. You know, the ones the HSUS wanted to euthanize. He's a piece of trash, and if his career is over, he brought it on himself.

    February 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  100. just me

    so we will pay hundreds of dollars for front row seats to watch MMA fights, where men pummel each other out sometimes to unconsciousness, but we will not sit there and watch two dogs fight it out

    yeah get over it people, no one is a saint

    February 5, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Think about what you say

    I have a hard time seeing Vick compared to a child molester. I will not condone his actions, and agree that the money from the BET show should not go to Vick but to education, awareness and the ASPCA. That being said what Vick did is not even close to child molestation. And as sick as his actions were, these were animals, no different than the animals you enjoy in your chicken salads, McDonalds burgers, and seafood restaurants. Get over your heightened sense of loyalty to animals because you cannot function in a world of human relationships. He did not serve enough time, he should not be able to profit from promotions, but jealousy because he has a skill set that allows him to play a professional sport does not mean we deny him the right earn a living using his natural abilites. He has problems and should have earned much stiffer consequences but he is no child molester.

    February 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  102. D.R.

    You have to look at life experience. He was exposed to it when young as an acceptable thing and can only now see how wrong it is. Just look at the other CNN article today about a man who has also changed his tune after the same exposure at a young age. Let them go on to do good now.

    February 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Str8 outta TX

    ladies and gentlemen, i have been locked up before, and it is no picnic. i am 19 years old, adn i spent time in a youth prison for over 4 years. this man did nearly 2 in the feds. obviously he has paid his dues to society, and he is doing everything the court required. why then do you haters keep trying to put this man down? i like dogs just as much as the next man, but at the same time, it isnt as if there could not have been a more heinous crime committed. i realize that sin is sin in the Lord's eyes, but as inperfect humans, we consider some sins worse than others. you ladies out there hate it when the man you love cheats on you. tiger did that. some people who have young children abhor child molesters. R Kelly did that. all i am saying is that nobody is perfect. i am not really the most holy person, but i do believe in God, and i know that if Michael Vick has indeed repented, he will be forgiven by the only being that really matters. this stuff is pointless, and i dont see what you get out of sitting on your couch all day typing on your expensive laptops trying to hate on a man who has done the time for the crime. if you want to get technical, MV7 did not even do the killing of the dogs. he financed the dogfighting ring and gambled on the outcome of the fights. that is what he got locked up for. go get a life. or take up a harmless sport, like cliff diving or alligator wrestling. if michael vick makes you sick, then you make me sick. the man is back to his old job albeit a lower role, and he is still paying for his crime. you would not have said anything about it if he were in a less paid profession. get out of the kool aid if you dont know the flavor. i applaud the people who are still willing to support him, and i have mad respect for the ones who are not vick fans, but still recognze real. Lets Be Real... keep it like that!

    February 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  104. alex

    I think hypocrit is a big word. Most of my immoral acts don't hurt, or kill anyone or anything.

    February 5, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Ellie

    The issue is not just that he personally beat and killed animals who could not defend themselves, it is what it represents about his character. Everyone does make mistakes, but so much cruelty for years is more than just "A" mistake, it is something fundamentally wired wrong in his brain. Many serial killers begin with animals – it is the twisted perversion of getting off on hurting something that can't stop you. That's not a little personality glitch. Can he change? Sure, but with years of therapy and self searching maybe not just two years in prison. It doesn't seem from his actions that he has looked into his soul at all – much less deeply. To me he is still the poster child for the worst in human nature.

    February 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  106. tx220home

    This populace is full of pretenders and hypocrits. All of you who condemn Vick for his shortfalls are also the ones who engage in 'immoral' acts behind the scenes. Lets get real, be careful living in glass houses and forgive those who have admitted their mistakes so they can move on......

    February 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  107. sicvick

    Everyone should be aware that Mike himself is the biggest investor in this "reality" show (info-mercial about himself). He is invested through his company MV7.

    February 5, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  108. alex

    I can appreciate your comment too. Only I guess I'm getting a little tired of the age old excuse that things could be worst. Is that how define, explain and excuse our behavior now. When Vick was taken away to jail he looked over his shoulder and said into the camera, I'll be back and smiled. You think he's paid his debt? I wonder how much time he would have gotten if he were not rich. Remorse? Sorry Carrie, where I come from that's game........

    February 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Carrie Alford of TX

    letsbereal I appreciate you I agree with you I love my dogs but not as much as humans VICK has paid his time in prison and I thank the LORD and the NFL to give him another chance in what he loves to do he could be doing worse than beating and gambling animals. Way to VICK and congratulations on your engagement

    February 5, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  110. alex

    I love the way Vick refers back to his childhood and being poor as an excuse for this behavior. I too was poor. My single parent mother of
    seven raised us to love everything created by God. Even someone like you. I wittnessed a dog fight in my nieghborhood as a teen. It gave me nightmares. So in reference to where you come from I say only a sick and twisted mind of a freak rich or poor could fine pleasure in something so dissturbing. I can on only imagine what other sick things you gravitate too. No I will not be watching your project. You sicken me.
    You are disgrace to the NFL and more importantly your race.

    February 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  111. kmoney10

    wrong is wrong no matter the degree, rather you steal a pen from your job or in this case dog fighting.... So let he who is without no sin cast the first stone...... everyone has done something that they have regreted doing and wanted someone to forgive them.... everyone has a chance to make better their life after mistakes they have made so does Vick........

    February 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Joe H

    More fodder to add to my file of "why people suck" . He screwd up went to prison and served his time but he should pay for it the rest of his life. He should never make any money ever agian and if he does give it to animal shelters. I dont like the guy, but c'mon he did his time. What he did was horrible, but we have a system in place and he did his time according to the rules of that system. Leave him the hell alone already and go about your life, in your ivory towers and glass houses. It is funny how we lok back on Witch Hunts as a harrible thing, and we look back on rounding up Asian Americans an sticking them in camps during WWII as wrong..but this is the same mob mentality that caused those things to happen...you people make me more sick than Vic does.

    February 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  113. aleetra

    Some times you are a victim of your enviornment. I live in West Virginia and I'm here to tell you, dogs are not the only animals they use in animal fights to make money. In the hills of Virginia and West Virginia you would be suprised what goes on that is illegal ! This is an accepted, age old activity.
    So don't be so critical of Michael Vick, trust me he's not the only one that has done it.

    February 5, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Jaye Hawthorne

    If u want 2 change something, change UFC, Tapout,etc. I think that's just as violent, don't you think.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  115. appy

    Everyone is up in arms about him fighting dogs. He has paid his debt to society. Let it go!!!!!. I live in Tennessee and they fight roosters. Where is the ASPCA in that? Can anyone tell me the difference between the two? Stop-! There is none. Where is everyone's disgust over that? Hypocrites. Tisk Tisk–those in glass houses...........DITTO

    February 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  116. peggy

    This young man has lost an awful lot he has served hiis time give him a break. What is worse killing humans or killing dogs?Wake up and stop being so judgemental and let your higher be the judge

    February 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  117. To Pitt

    "Pitbulls " (i.e. American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier) are not born fighters. Many dog breeds were originally bred to kill game and for hunting. The dog fighting circle breeds dogs that are "successful" fighters and thus pass on genes that make them pre-disposed to be dog aggressive. However, training and the use of bait dogs is what makes these dogs fight to the death. True, these breeds do have a higher tendency of dog aggression but many "pitbulls" are great with other dogs. An individual dogs behavior is the result of training or the lack thereof so judge the whole breed based on how fighting dogs behave.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Jesse

    I love reading statements like "Leave him alone he has lost everything"

    Last time I checked he made more this season than most people will earn in a lifetime.

    He has lost nothing, and the show just go to prove that fact.

    I don't have a show, I don't have a NFL contract, so he has a lot more than most people in the world.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Pitt

    Honestly the only reason why this is not old news is because of the people that did not let it go. Why do you think he has his own show. Not because of his supporters but because of his non-supporters. All the negative attention that you all are giving him makes money for others. So keep slandering him, not forgiving him, and bashing him. Just remember that there is no such thing as negative publicity in television. All you non-supporters are in fact paying Mike's bills.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  120. 3Klub

    For all of you who are so offended by Vicks documentary, here's an idea. Change the channel. If he gives all the proceeds of the documentary to the SPCA or not he has still done more to shed light on the subject then I've ever seen from PETA. He's giving people an honest glimpse into Dog fighting that I have never seen. He's remorseful and is taking the time to tell his own story and I applauded him for it. I though episode one was excellent and I can't wait to see more. I hope my favorite NFL team (Buffalo Bills) have the guts to give him an opportunity. I think he is showing character and leadership. Way to go MV7!

    February 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  121. C. Marie Mathieu

    I meant would you have felt good about the outcome...

    February 5, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  122. C. Marie Mathieu

    WOW– this really gets out of hand and personal when everyone throws in their own current or historical "offenses" and skeletons into the mix. I lived in Newport News, back woods of Massachusetts, and all over the country, and Europe. Everyone has baggage. Wrong is wrong is wrong,...people, animals, establishments, integrity... Scream for your rights – sometimes just to scream. We all have issues; work through them. But there are blatant wrongs and Vic did one. If it you or I we would be treated differently. Money and fame have power…period. Let’s get back to the basics..honesty and integrity and if it effected you personally, and althoughwe are not the judge and jury, who you have felt good about the outcome?

    February 5, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  123. MKB

    So let me get this right. You people are saying that Mike Vick should not be able to go back to work because he went to prison (JAIL). That’s like saying because we went to jail for a DUI (in normal peoples’ lives) we should lose our jobs too. What if you made good money? Would you want to lose your job over something stupid or because of wrong doing?

    February 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Pitt

    Yes dogs do do some amazing things and they are breed to serve our needs. Ok but dogs are just like humans. They have their own personalities. Pit bulls, the majority of them, are born killers. They will attack any other dog its area. These dogs are breed killers. I have been around and seen dog fighting with my own two. They fight because they want to, not because they are made to. Im not saying I liked it but that's just how it is. The ones that do not want to fight, in most cases, don't.

    And I have to say this on the post about slavery. Slaves were breed to serve white America. All of those people that profitted from slaves and the torture that they put them through have not been asked to apologize or donate some of their proceeds to African-American charities or funding. There are many businesses today that were built out of the blood, sweat, and tears of slaves. Where are their apologies. No where. And alot of our "White" Americans still feel that Blacks should be inslaved, but they are forgiven by others. All I am saying is that we should take a stand for true causes. No one is addressing the root cause. Only then can you save the animals.

    February 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Shalini

    What Vick is bringing attention to is the amount of dog fighting that is going on in poor neighborhoods. If you grow up with an activity like that around you, you don't see it as bad as it is. Dog fighting still goes on everyday and he's brought the situation to light and hopefully others are learning about how horrible it is and how much we must do to stop it. I think people are so angry and want him to go away more because they really don't want to hear about it and admit that it goes on all the time in poor areas.

    At the end of the day, we pay these young men an insane amount of money and expect them to all be responsible with it. Sometimes they are and sometimes they aren't. It happens. But what makes America great is that you have a second chance after you've done your time. That is what is good with the country.

    February 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Jason

    I love how people keep using the word "mistake". I don't think "mistake" says enough at all. Using that word makes it sound like "whoops, I started a dog fighting ring and killed hundreds of dogs". I think he should still be in jail. I think he should stay in jail for a long time

    February 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  127. MKB

    You know what those dogs are in a better place. They are away from Michael Vick and the other people that hurt them. I guess you could say they are in dog heaven. I have been raising Rottweiler’s for many years so I love dogs very much. I think Vick has done his time and it time to move on.

    February 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Thea

    Mr. J...You obviously care, otherwise you would not be blogging...so kill the self righteousness towards everyone who is responding...As for your response to how "humane" we are towards the animals we eat, you have NO IDEA what goes on, usually it isn't until someone sneaks a camera in these places and it is aired on 20/20 that the humane killings begins. And to be honest, I don't care about that, the bible stated that the beast was put on earth to feed the people, all this crap about humane killing, that wasn't the case in the beginning of time, and God is concerned about how we treat each other, nothing is stated where we need to kill humane, nor that it is a sin to "wear" fur, that was for our use...This society is so hypocritical, people will defend the abhorrent treatment of a person of color while marching for animal rights!!!....WORLD GONE MAD....We are suppose to take care of the poor so the bible states....

    February 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  129. for the pits

    To all of those that have posted "they are just dogs": humans have bred dogs to serve our needs, to be our "best friends", and if you own a dog, you know they love you unconditionally and absolutely. It is our duty to take care of these animals. Fighting dogs are treated in the worst possible way and it's amazing to see how a little love, patience, and understanding can change these ex-fighting dogs. The emotional and physical scars of these dogs, even those that didn't fight, is evident so no one can claim that they weren't affected by their horrific situation. "Smart" dogs (search and rescue, etc.) have been shown to have the mental capability of a 2-year-old child. Can you imagine a 1-2-year-old human experiencing the horrors of dog-fighting first-hand (perhaps Vick's own children)? I would challenge anyone to find a person that is as resilient as these amazing dogs. Everyone deserves a second chance, let's see what Michael Vick does with his but let's remember: THANK GOD PEOPLE GAVE THE SURVIVING VICK DOGS A SECOND CHANCE because these dogs have proven to be truly deserving and are an inspiration of over-coming the odds. Vick could learn something from the dogs that he treated so cruelly.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Lynne

    Yeah, all of the people so "disgusted" seem to be concerned with the man's pockets. So really its not about any dogfighting for them, they're mad he's able to generate a nice income. Vick paid all the dues owed society with his sentence and fine...that's it. These "dog lovers" are really just angry envious folks who dont want to see him able to generate the 7 figures he still can.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Dbanj

    You will never be forgiven by God unless you forgive a fellow human being. How many times do we sin against God everyday and we ask for forgiveness and he does forgive us, how do i know that he forgives us , he said it and he always does what he says. So if you ever want forgiveness from God, then you have to forgive a fellow human being.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Fancysmiley from Conyers, GA

    This is out of control. I have to agree with most of the posters on here. These were dogs, animals. You can beat your spouse, cause a human life to be lost (drunk driving, fights at clubs/bars), use drugs or any of the sort and you'll be forgiven and given a second chance but God forbid you hurt an animal, it's OVER! I guess we should just ban all those who eat dogs and cats as well. Get over yourselves folks. What he did was wrong, and he was tried and convicted in Federal court. The court of public opinion is now trying to do the same.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  133. P53

    I've got it... Lets blame all the worlds' problem's on Michael Vick..
    Except for, HE did'nt ruin it.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Erica S

    Right on Dustin!

    February 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Dustin

    Right!!! It doesn't matter what he grew up doing! What he got into is wrong, simple as that... I don't think animals have rights or anything like that! I HATE PETA because they're crazy, but respect animals. If you commit a crime there should be consequences!!! and when did that change in society.. What is that telling the future of this earth??? If you kill animals, no worries you just get a time out! In a facility where you get taken care of, fed every day, get to relax and watch TV, and work out if you want, heck you can even get an education if you really want to!! Y because you have rights! You know let’s make it even more fair and say that Terrorist that try to blow up a plane get the right to a fair trial and a court appointed lawyer! I mean really that is the news that should be reported is not just Mike Vick and his stupidity, but the stupidity of our nation for not having penalties for ones actions! Mike vick should never have been allowed to play football again!!! If you do anything illegal on a professional level you should be DONE!! because then there is something to lose!!! THE END

    February 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Sam

    "Ok, so let's all take a deep breath and collectively, again, realize that "the man [loosely applied here] has served his time" so let it go. Do we apply that same logic to rapists and pedophiles? Sure he's served his time, just like the fellow who raped a 7 year old...but does that stain ever leave his life? NO. This same logic should apply to Vick. Sure let him come back to work, yeah, great, but tell me where it is that roughing up animals is OK "

    No one is saying it's okay. No one is saying that raping and molesting children is okay. HOWEVER...these people, despite their convictions, have the right to try to put their lives together and have the right to try to change who they are and what they have done in the past. They have the right to earn a living, and they have the right to live a normal life. Until these crimes become punishable by life imprisonment and/or the death penalty, these people will always retain these rights. Get over it.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  137. ElStoto

    The man served his time for what he did, seems sincere about his efforts to make amends and is moving on with his life. Good for him for not listening to the critics and moving forward.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  138. HJT

    Get over it already. Most people on here grew up with a flippin silver spoon and have never been to Newport News VA. I am a teacher on the front lines of this crap and it's "engrained" in these kids. They need male figures and the ones they have are up to no good. It's all they know. He lost millions and has paid his debt to society. You people act like he killed the pope. Got a softspot for pitbulls then sit in a room with one. Sometimes HATE fills those who are for a cause in this case animal advocates. Michael Vick is free and in the NFL. Justly

    February 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Marcus

    I am in agreement with everyone who believes Michael Vick has served his time. Michael has admitted to everything he has done wrong and he has lost a fortune! What else can he possibly do? I think this documentary on BET is a good idea. He is willing to allow us to have an inside look at his personal life. He is explaining what happened, how this came about, the price he paid for what he did and what he is doing now. Some of his money was provided to take care of the dogs that did survive. It was in the milions! Those pitbulls are living in loving homes and are well taken care of. What else can this man do? It was a dispicable act. It is done and over with. All of you would want a second chance if you had a major screw up in your life. Some of you think he made this documentary to just make money. He will make millions playing football again. I doubt that his motive was make money.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Joe Rodrig

    Well the man was fighting animals with dogs that half the so call animal lovers wouldn’t even consider adopting " pit bulls". These dogs have been abused and neglected by everyone but to use the ferocious behavior for entertainment and to gain money is wrong but if it really bother you guys so much why don’t you go save some pit bulls? there’s tons of them that need help. It’s so easy to be the person that criticizes but it’s hard to be the person that actually gets up to do something about it. Mike Vick is not an angel to us but to his friends and family that he took care of, that’s what he was to them. If you had a brother that would toss you everything you wanted and needed than later that brother was busted doing something bad, tell me you wouldn’t have remorse towards him? People if you’re mad because he’s getting money, it’s because you probably aren’t. so please stop hating.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Mark

    He has been punished for his crime in prison. He is now a free man. However, the NFL should not let him play anymore. He had the privileged of making a living in the NFL, but his continuous acts of cruelty toward animals should not be forgotten. I don't care if you are raised around something as a child,. When you are an adult, you are suppose to know right from wrong! Whoopi Goldberg was totally out of line to defend him by saying this was normal where he was brought up. Should someone brought up in a world of violence be excused for continuing this trend when they are older. No! And Whoopi, you should be ashamed for defending this.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  142. MKB

    I think some of you people are jealous that he makes millions playing football, and that he needed to rot in prison for life. Let get real what he did was wrong. I bet if some of you were to do something that was wrong in other people eye you would want them to shut up or even move on. Who are we to judge another for what he or she has done. That is only up to one (God) to decide. Why don’t you people take care of yourself and your families that a full time job in its self. Other than worry about what Michael Vick did in his life.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Marcus

    So let me get this straight: Those who say that M. Vick is "profiting" from this show think that his creditors, to whom he owes millions of dollars, should just suck it up and take it as a loss? Vick wouldn't see a dime of a "profit" if there was one. He is trying to re-brand himself so that he can pay off his bills. There are people who have done much worse than Mr. Vick.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Jaye Hawthorne

    Ok, he was wrong and he's served his debt to society, but to demonize him and to continue to target him now is absurd. He deserves a second chance like anyone who makes a mistake. I really believe that if we held the rest of Americans accountable like, Bernie Madoff, Bush Administration, Wall-Street, Lying politicians and so on. Now I can continue. Its so easy to point the finger at this athlete. One second you (everybody) love them, but when they make a mistake and may I add the same mistake that you and I can make they're thrown to the wolves. I applaud him for doing better and wanting to do better. Instead of tearing someone down all the time lets pick them up, because after all they are Americans. If I'm not mistaking we also done the same for the following: Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, and I know everyone knows Drew Barrymore, we still love her. People make mistakes, when you judge just think one day it can be you.
    GOOD JOB MIKE VICK, continue to do better and were behind you 100%, read these blogs and comments, to see how people really feel about you when you can no longer entertain them.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  145. mary

    If he could do this to innocent animals then he is not human. He is a sadist and a disgrace to society

    It seems he is getting rewarded. .

    February 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Michelle

    To all of you people that are hung up on the fact that pit bulls were killed; What about killing deer, cows, pigs and all of the other animals that are killed daily. How many of you have boycotted killing deer during deer season. Is it right to kill a deer just for the fun of it? Stop being so hateful and learn to forgive. This world would be a much better place if you all would stop being so judgmental. Take a look around you. This world is not getting better and it is not because of Michael Vick. Life is too short to keep condemning people of their shortcomings. We have all made mistakes and no one is perfect.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Christian

    You do realize that this is over dog fighting. And all you animal lovers are really taking this measure to the extreme, I'm not promoting or saying that it was legit for what Vick has done. But the man has served his time and he's giving a large amount of effort to show he's a changed man. None of us are perfect, and if your life was exposed to the media , you probably would sympathize with Vick , Tiger , Jordan , Kobe , etc. Consider it like this, they will not put their finger in a electrical socket again.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Momocita

    He has not paid for his "mistakes". He pled guilty to only "funding" the dog fighting, which is a much lesser sentence. However, public records show that he personally killed many many many dogs by attaching jumper cables to their testicles and electrocuting them, broke their backs by body slamming them and drowned many dogs by sticking their heads in buckets of water while hanging them uside down. Michael Vick never served time for these crimes. He is a monster and doesn't deserve any 2nd chances. Get your facts straight!

    February 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  149. R.D.

    People need to let it go... I'm not from here, but I live in SW Missouri and have seen all types of animal fights that people bet on!! You'd be surprised at who attends these cruel and vicious functions. Why are there not any lights being shined on these situations. It's because a highly paid celebrity isn't involved. And you all know that is the only reason. If I had been caught fighting dogs, yes I would have been punished(fined, put in jail, etc.), but you would not have even heard about it.

    What Mike Vick did was horrendous and he has paid for it. Let him get on with his life. Hopefully, he has learned something and will help to eliminate dog-fighting as best as he can.

    And for anyone wondering, yes I have two dogs-black labs- myself, so I am a dog lover.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Ed

    Let it go people. Please search inside you to see if there is no underlying reason other than just killing dogs that hate Micheal Vicks. Could it be you are RACIST and you do not know it? He has served his time and he should be allowed to move on with his life. Perhaps you would like to see Vicks go on welfare before you know he is remorseful. Dogs are a part of the animal species and they should be treated as so. In Asia, people eat dogs as meat. One man's meal is another man's poison. If you beleive in God, you will have to answer to God why all of a sudden we care more for dogs than we do for human beings. People are dying everyday and no one cares. Few idots out there are able to convince you that dogs are more important than human beings and everyone, including the politicians, blindly jumbs on board. Coming up next is "Pigs as pets" project. Are you on board?

    February 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  151. 702

    the mistake here is that people just look at the dog fighting and don't see the truth. he brutally MURDERED dogs. that is VERY wrong. a few years in prison isn't going to rehabilitate someone who can do that. if he can have such carelessness for dogs with no remorse, what's next, people?

    February 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Jenn

    My problem with this is Vick was tried for illegal dog fighting, not ANIMAL CRUELTY. The animal cruelty charges carry a 20 year sentence not 23 months. I don't think he has any remorse, except that he was caught, and lost his contract. I really think from watching the show that he thought he would not be charged because he was Michael Vick, above the law.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  153. GA_ON_MY_MIND

    Letsbereal, you could not have said that any other way. Everyone always have some complaint about another person, what do you have to say about yourselves people? How do you all support the society we live in, what makes you better than Vick? I say that EVERYONE has done some bad before, and you can not say that you haven't. We have to learn to forgive, forget, and move on.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  154. The Mirror

    There are many in America that have benefited from those who suffered and lost lives during slavery. However, the slaves and their descendants have NEVER received Justice or reparations for the wrongs that were done to them.
    So before we worry about one mans wrongs, we should focus on some of our own that others are still waiting to be resolved.
    Note: Unless you care about dogs more.

    Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that ye be not judged”

    February 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  155. C. Marie Mathieu

    Slime bag. I think a lot of people would be "intrigued" by watching him in a rink with several abused dogs–of all breeds. Why doesn't he do the "right" thing and give to the cause, abused dogs and animals; especially the poor never understood pit bull (which I own 2 of and have rescued many). Guess no lessons were learned in his short tenure in prision...maybe we would have put him in the kennel!

    February 5, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  156. moses

    Sure its a bad thing he did, but consider the fact our government kills people both legally and illegally military, special ops CIA, you name it. Know questions it or even discusses it. Human deaths at the hands of our so called leaders. That's why you should realize he should be forgiven. So if you want to be righteous don't blame one man. Check the society which gave this person his ideals.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  157. William

    Let he that is without sin among you cast the first stone at him. Everyone has made mistakes wether small or large and deserves to be forgiven. This country really makes me sick!!! When this country collapses everyone else is going to cheer!! because of the hypocrisy in America!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Micahel

    Serioulsy people? So we should never forgive someone who has done their time, showed remorse and said he was in the wrong? Wow, glad to see all you Christians out there stand by what you (say you) belive in!

    February 5, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  159. jmann

    everyone screaming about the way he treated some dogs, when we have PEOPLE in AMERICA that live on the street and no one does a damn thing! The man went to jail, served his time, lets move on. Its up to God to forgive him and I'm certain everyone up here has a skelaton or two in their closet. His redemption will come from God, not man...why, because we are equally as flawed, born with faults. He is a product of his envirement. Can a man turn his life around? yes! Will you let him? Do you stand up this strong about EVERYTHING else or just animals?

    February 5, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Marq

    I think people are so funny and quick to judge. What is the difference in going to hunt lions, elephants, bears, tigers, and monkies? You can't eat them... To tell you the truth... most of the anglo americans have the big problem with the fighting of the dogs, but Pre-Anglos are the ones who made the breed to fight in the first place. They made money from the fights and gained land from the fights, but an inner city kid who has been blinded by his wealth makes a mistake and copies the anglo hipocritical way... is now a hated man! give me a break. Brett farve was and still is addicted to pain pills, along with several other anglo quarterbacks, but they are national heros. I see some under line racial matters invovled. I agree he made a foolish mistake, but the league should have counsiling and money coaching set up for the young inner city athletes, so they won't make the same mistakes...

    February 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  161. chris

    Vick your still the best, i dont care what they say you did your time...Its time to move on to another subject....

    February 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  162. mc

    Poor Michael Vick. Bless his poor little heart. He's just a grown adult that gets paid more money than he knows what to do with while playing football. He's just a grown man that didn't know any better. He didn't know that dog fighting and torturing helpless animals was wrong. No one told him. Poor thing. But he was caught and now he all of a sudden knows better. He's a changed man after a little rehab so he could get his high paying job back! Poor Poor Michael. He is the victim in all of this. He is not to blame. Don't worry about all the suffering the animals went through. Michael has of coursed suffered more. So much more. Everyone's heart should break over the unfair treatment of the poor victim in all of this Micahael Vick.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  163. DJ

    Let it go people. he did his time for the crime. now there are people that have killed innocent people and got off scott FREE. can we say NYC. and to compare him to a child molestor is crazy. if your child got molested or your dog was killed what would hurt you the most? bottom line as a society we cherish and put more on animals than human beings. CHANGE is in order people.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Ross123

    some of you people.... move on!!!
    who do you think you are???

    February 5, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  165. Light in a Cynical World

    "Let him rot" or "He learned nothing" Very self-righteous people seem to be dominating American culture, these "Perfect" people who are the first to assassinate a person's character or demonize their persona seem not to realize that hate and anger only recycle more hate and anger, its sickening that people are quick to forgive themselves when they are in trouble but refuse to find remorse for others. If you really cared about animals or people, you would applaud the efforts made by Mr. Vick to reconcile and rehabilitate assimilate back into civilian life. "He who has never sinned cast the first stone," regardless of religion this is saying we should all learn to live by.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  166. Gregory

    I don't like him but he served his time. There are people who stole BILLIONS from the middle class and we don't care about them serving their time, instead we focus on Michael Vick? It is hard to take any of the "haters" seriously until they start hating the people who created our recession as vehemently as they hate an athlete.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  167. STAQ 1

    Really...really! Let's look at the whole scope of this. MIKE VICK – "Bad and horrible acts to dogs...dogs...dogs". MIKE VICK – "Lost everything he had in result of the dogs..dogs...dogs". MIKE VICK – "Out of jail and speaking on the behalf of animal cruelty". People the focus of animal cruelty is apparent and I believe he did something really, really bad, but when it comes down to it we are focusing on a animal. When someone tells me that they talked to a whale and it says "I HATE BEING IN SEAWORLD" then I can give this a better thought! Until then folks we have many human lives that are lost everyday in which nobody gives 2 cents about. So he did his time and seems very remorseful for what has happened and maybe not to the liking for most people, but everyone shows remorse in different ways. Keep perspective of what makes this world continue to grow and its people learning how to deal with one another and not animals. So all this cat, dog, fish and whatever groups need to find a new focus. We are talking about animals. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU TALK TO YOUR PET MONKEY AND HE GIVES YOU HIS INVESTMENT BANKING OPTIONS!! Whatever!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  168. Ron

    His record shows that he and his brother have no regard for the law. He thinks he can do whatever he wants to do. I predict that he will continue to live like he wants to live and the law will catch up with him again.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  169. Brian


    I agree with your general assessmentt but lets remember that men in the UFC fight out of choice.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  170. Tj

    I think all proceeds of the show should go to animal shelters and rescues.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  171. Ty1914

    As we see everyone has an opinion, so let's set the record straight!
    First and foremost he is NOT getting paid from the series, so get you undies out of a bunch! Learn to read about how we as humans try to redeem ourselves and he did this on his own with no intentions of getting paid. He just wants people to see his transformation.
    Second, He did his time for the penalty, GET OVER IT! If you can't then oh well! He went to prison, a place that were designed for criminal activity! DUH!!
    Last, Its easy to sit behind a computer or type about someone without being seen! I love technology because it breeds more ignorance and keeps those who are bitter with something to do! Stop trying to convince yourself that role models are athletes, Parents should be! Step up and stop trying to find someone to do what you are to lazy to do! VICK do what you need to survive, you have paid your debt to society. Whiners will always be whiners!!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  172. Nichole

    For those of you who didn't watch the first episode, Vick made NO excuses for his behavior. He was very honest and I respect that. I love how so many people think he should "rot" or be banned from the NFL...that's just ridiculous! Playing football is his career...it's how he feeds his family. His livelihood. He worked hard and earned his position just like any other job. Do you same people think that those who go to jail for harming a human being should never work again? Should he become a burden to society and get on public assistance? He lost his endorsements. Paid his debt to society by serving time, and his name is ruined forever. He has to live with his actions for the rest of his life, and then be judged by out creator. Is that not enough?

    February 5, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  173. jd

    cj , wake up,men can make the decision to fit and will not be tortured if they don't, dogs cannot.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  174. Gina

    Once he is put through exactly what he put all of those poor animals through then I may be able to summon up a little forgiveness for him. He should not be allowed to say the word football. Much less play it and earn money from it. Anyone who buys his excuses and supports him is not any better than he is.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  175. Dbanj

    i completely agree with you cj

    February 5, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  176. Scott

    If there is true repentance for what he did, God is a God of 2nd chances. I believe, with the help of Tony Dungy, he has....So you cannot cast the first stone because we all fall short of the Glory of God....Prideful people will be critical and judge. Yes, he mae a huge mistake, not condoning it, but God's mercy is renewed every morning and whoever has a revelation of that, you would understand that.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  177. Victoria

    Michael Vick served his time. He was hired by the NFL. He is legally allowed to play so that's fine too. However, it is a joke to think someone who tortures and kills animals can be rehabilitated. I don't believe it. I do believe that they may not commit such acts again but it is not because they are rehabilitated. Instead, they are afraid of being caught and punished again. So they find other deviant acts to commit to satisfy their sickness. That is just how it is.

    I do not see how a background where dog fighting is fine also promotes torture and killing of animals. Even if they do, surely all people know that killing and torture are ok things to do. We all know better.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  178. jd

    What kind of a man would throw the FAMILY PET into the ring, just to see what would happen.
    He has no heart or soul and regrets nothing. T
    \The only reason he is back in football because he can make the owners $$$

    February 5, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  179. Dbanj

    He who has no sin, let him cast the first stone

    February 5, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  180. Brian

    Are we still talking about this? I love dogs but lets move on please. The animals that we eat every day are treated much worse before going to the slaughterhouse for our consumption.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  181. Robert

    Vick paid his debt to society. Leave him be.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  182. Victoria

    I find dog fighting repugnant. Did the dog fighting culture that Vick grew up with practice animal torture? Did they kill animals for fun? Did they electrocute animals? They very well may have done all of those things. That excuses nothing. I believe everyone knows better than that. Instinctually we know not to kill and torture dogs or anything else.. So, even if he was exposed to the dog fighting, that doesn't excuse the rest of his behavior.

    I don't care if he has served his sentence. I don't care if he plays for the NFL. He is entitled to play because he served his time and someone is willing to hire him. All of that is fine. That doesn't mean I have to like him or respect him or feel sorry for him. I don't and I never will. I don't bellieve there is any rehabiitation that helps people who torture animals. They may understand that it is illegal and not do it again but they will find some other evil thing to do because that is what they need to do.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  183. Erik

    Vick, is one of the best football players around. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP MK....
    I am tired of hearing about DOGS. People are being killed everday, where is the outrage...

    February 5, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  184. cj

    Its interesting that we can legalize men fighting in xtreme caged fighting, busting each others heads, cracking skulls, lips bones etc. I guess thats ok because its on TV. Big Money business. But we are in uproar over someone who conducted dog fighting? This is no means to condone the action, but, If the community at large would focus on the real issues that affect society today, like all the garbage on tv, the messed up school system, corrupted politicians, then Vick should have just been placed on community service 6 months.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  185. Sarah

    I don't care if he was exposed to animal abuse at a young age. He needs to stop making excuses. I wish American's could find a better role model for there children. So Sad.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  186. Kim S.

    My My listen to all of these God loving Christian people saying that this man should rot, he shouldnt be in the NFL...etc....etc.....You all need to grow up. Everyone makes mistakes......we made mistakes and God took responsibility for them and he's forgiven us.....but this man doesnt deserve to be forgiven? Puzzling to me....so sad and I can only imagine what your teaching your children about forgiveness. You have my sympathy....and Vick....I'm glad you've admited your wrong doings to everyone and asked God for forgiveness...I wish you much happiness. God bless.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  187. Yogya

    Vick does not need to apologize for his deed at all. His sentencing was wrong. If we are to judge cruelty lets being from the top, and sentence the Presidents for killing innocents in Iraq and Afghanistan. He killed animals, big deal, as if all the world is not consuming millions or trillions of them daily, maybe brutally killed then how Vick did. I would only judge him based on his game in the field.

    On the same line, John Edwards is someone evil to me for me wanted to portray himself as some one ethical, not someone like Tiger Woods or Vick. Let them be judged for their game.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  188. LT

    Let the man live his life now people! I don't hear hardly anyone bashing Martha Stewart for her MAJOR mistake for which she has served her time. She's still making serious money. Let it go people. Why don't you look in the mirror before casting stones.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  189. McBride

    The average person wouldn't be getting their job back under the same circumstances. This is a great message to send to children.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  190. abcdefg

    Some of us have done WAY worst and reached a second chance. The man has already been unjustly punished. We all need to move on as he attempts to.
    I hope we are all as passionate and compassionate about human life and suffering.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  191. Pitt


    Why do you care if any of his money is donated to ASPCA. Do hunter's donate their money, no. Does Tyson chicken or any other meat producer donate their moneys, no. Does the NFL donate any money, footballs are made from animals, no they do not. If this was about protecting animals then do not just limit them to dogs. All animals should be included.

    I understand that you have kids that idolizes athletes but they idolize what they do on the Feild not what they do in their personal lives. If they do then you, my friend, have failed as a parent.

    Do you have the same passion and hatred to people that harm kids as Vick did to the dogs??? I bet after a couple of days or so you would not remember the name of a child molestor, child murderer, or anyone that harms children. Why because your priorities are screwed. Why not take a stance against the internet for feeding these children to predators. Why not take a stance against the government for letting out convicted child predators and murders. Why not protest against that? The main reason is money. ASPCA and all of their supporters just want money out of the deal that's why its still a hot topic. They dont care the animals. They are a business as well. That's why they are fighting to get teams that hired Vick to match his contract with contributions. Its not and never will be about the animals, because if it wasn't there would be alot more protesting in a lot more places.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  192. C.P.

    Where I live, in Georgia, dog-fighters have gotten of w/ less than 6 mos. time served and minimal fines/probation-even after Vick's prosecution! I am a dog lover through and through, but Vick has siffered the extreme simply because of his high profile carreer and his large sum of money. The gov't hit him far harder- and that's just not right! He has done more charity for children and low income people than most of us will in our entire life. He had NO prior convictions-none! Dog fighting has been accepted throughout the south to a slight extent for a very long time, but I think Michael Vick will do alot to change that. I wish him the best.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  193. Lan

    Stop hating. We are not him. We all make money or lose off decisions we make. Love him or hate him he is doing what majority of people would in his shoes.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  194. Rodney

    It's amazing how much distain and hate you people have over Michael Vick for dog fighting. He's paid his debt to society and he should be allowed to work again....it's not his fault his job allows him to be in the spot light and make boat loads of money. How much hate do you have for people who kill people?

    February 5, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  195. SR

    Michael Vick tortured and killed animals. As a result, he served some time in prison and lost tons of his money. In other words, he was held accountable. The fact that he may now have redeemed himself does not mean that people have to watch his documentary. I did watch the first part, and I will say I was disgusted. It is glaringly apparent that Mr. Vick cares nothing about the pain and suffering he inflicted upon his dogs.

    He doesn't feel remorseful about what he did...he's just sorry he got caught. I won't be watching another moment of his series. Remember, he only makes money if people watch the show.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  196. My Blog

    The verdict is still out time will tell if he is truly regretful of his actions.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  197. Danny

    These people on here who are condeming Michael Vick and saying he should rot in prison and hell, are going to be the ones who will be calling hell their home. You can't get into heaven with hate in your heart, so if you hope to make to glory, you BETTER find some kind of way of forgiving Vick and moving on with your lives.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  198. Sean Lopes

    The main problem I see here is that a lot of people want to see him pay for what he has done. He lost a house worth more than $4 million dollars. Lost tens of millions of dollars in endorsements and lost the respect of nearly an entire nation. While I am a dog lover and do not in any way condone his actions what we need to understand is that he made a mistake and if the family of the person slain by a drunken Donte Stallworth can be "forgiving' enough to let him serve only 30 days in jail then America as a whole should be able to forgive him for dog fighting. He has since then repented and served 21.5 months in jail and is now trying to put out this documentary, not to make a quick buck, but to explain to everyone what provoked him to get involved in this and become the person he was. He realizes what he did was wrong and what he's trying to do with this show is show kids and future athletes that no matter how high you climb in the ranks of professional sport and the public eye, not "Everything is Possible" a la Kevin Garnett. We as a society have invested so much money in the escape from the professional world we live in by overpaying people who play a game, or act in movies just so that the "average" person can find something other than their own boring, dim life to have. If we don't want people like Gilbert Arenas, or Donte Stallworth, or even Michael Vick becoming the people that they've become then we have to stop glorifying these people. Yes what they do may be amazing but they aren't the only people that are the best at what they do. I'm sure if public school teaching was a lucrative career you'd see a huge amount of kids aspiring to that in order to make the money that they've been taught is the thing that makes the world go round. Honestly, it's a sad thing to say, but money does buy happiness. Because without it you can't do anything in this world. People have become so blinded by money and power that common decency and chivalry have all but been hung up to dry and be put away forever.

    Bottom line: it's our fault that people like Michael Vick do the things that they do because we give them the monetary resources necessary to fund something like this. We put him on a pedestal and when he thought nothing could touch him, he fought dogs. Then he got caught. He's learned his lesson and has come down from the clouds of athlete-god heaven and has come to share his wisdom with the future of our nation: the kids. Embrace what he is doing but not what he did. Men can change.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  199. LG

    Let it go already! Rapists, murderers, abusers and all the rest of the criminals, go to jail, serve their time & it's done. How can you continue to prosecute someone who's done their time? You may not agree w/the process but the progress has begun. Leave the man alone! He has a right to share his story with any and every person who will listen. Imagine this, it could be your child, neighbors child or any other child who hears his story and decides to change their life. And if he makes a little change......so what! His children need food, clothes, and etc. just like the rest of us. Find something else to complain about like........crooked cops, unfair wages, healthcare, recalls, bail-outs, how we as Americans don't properly care for the elderly. These issues affect the greater society much, much more than Michael Vick or dog-fighting does. He's just one man & he's JUST a man, a human....subject to error.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  200. Metu

    Killing dogs is not a crime nor is it what he went to jail for. In the time span that mike had is dog fighting operation 165,000 greyhounds were put to death because they could not run fast enough. They are put to death by electrocution. Why are none of you picketing dog racing tracks.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  201. Jeremy

    The man has done his time for the crime that he commited so let the man be. People come from many different places so therefore noone is really capable of commenting on the things a person does for a living. Look at how this country has been ran down over the past few years by the bush administration and now everyone expects Obama to jus come in and clean it all up in no time, basically once you've done wrong some people dont give u second chance, he's still human, so let him be

    February 5, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  202. Jackie

    Here we go again. Try this. Put yourself in the man's shoes. What would you want us to do for you? Forgive you I am sure because God has forgiven you and you have forgiven yourself. Now, move on and teach others how not to get caught up in the same thing. People go through things in life, so they can help the next person keep from making the same mistake. Listen to the man's story. Don't go into it judging right off the top. Take a look at your own skeletons, or maybe you are perfect. Another thing, his mistake does not take away his gift and ability to play football. 1John 1:8-9 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  203. BJT

    I'm so sick and tired of people wanting Micheal Vick to rot in prison because of dogs. Yes, what he did was wrong but, he has paid his dues and then some. The sad part in all of this is that, people would rather see this man rot in jail for dogfighting, whereas people spend way less time in jail for murder, rape, and so on. Look at the hockey player that was speeding and killed his best friend. "He Got Off", and he's back in the NHL so, Let it go! Deal with it! I'm not prejudice but it seems as though all the white people want this man to hang because they are animal lovers. I love animals to, but no one deserves to rot in jail behind it. White people do more stuff than the law allows, and they get away with it so, there you have it. He's done his time and then some. Let him play ball and live in peace. Everyone that is hating on him just "Move On" and get a life.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  204. Kris

    As I read through the list of comments here, it looks like there is a love/hate thing going on. Some people said that he has lost a lot more than any of us ever would. I'm not sure I agree with that. He did lose a lot of money, and one or more properties that he owned. But, in the big picture of things, I don't think he really lost that much. Like him or not, the guy is a gifted athelete, and he will make more money, and buy more properties. Is his name tarnished forever, yeah probably. He will recover from this. If he was really truly worried about his name and his stature in society, he wouldn't have done anything like that to jeopradize it in the first place.

    We have 3 dogs in my family, and they are treated like family. The very thought of one of them made to suffer like Vicks' dogs did makes me swell with anger. I would never even consider taking part in something that involves anything suffering like that. The post not far above mine criticizes hunters......unfortunately not all hunters are in it for a trophy. I've hunted deer to put meat in the freezer. I've hunted ducks and geese as well. I eat whatever it is I hunt for. There is not a single animal mount anywhere in my house. Does that make me barbaric? Does it make me not a sportsman? Please, do not compare me to an egotistical "hunter", or someone who facilitates dog-fighting.

    Top rated players in the NFL (or any other sport) are viewed as role models. I'm reasonably sure they know this. In my view, Vick simply didn't care. And don't use the "I was raised in that" excuse. Plenty of people have come from very poor beginnings, and became successful individuals. I will go so far as to say that Vick had MORE opportunities than most of us did, due to the sort of salary he enjoyed.

    I have not heard of this "project" until I read it here. I have no plans to watch, or read about it. Why? Because I don't care about Michael Vick. Nobody asked any of us what his punishment should have been for what he did.....they asked a Judge. The Judge dispenced a punishment, and Vick has served it. If you don't want to hear his story, then don't watch the show!! Change the channel on your TV, and in your head.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  205. TOM J

    I do not condone Michael Vick's involvement in Dog Fighting. I do not condone,and infact, I abhor the mistreatment or exploitation of animals. What I detest even more, is a group of totally unforgiving, overzealous, unrelenting, unreasonable, self-righteous idiots who thrive on bad news, gloom and doom, and tragedy. Look... MV says that he will get beyond this and make things right to the best of his ability. Give him a chance. If he fails.. then I agree.. NO MORE CHANCES! Let him be productive and start making some money so tha he can pays his massive legal bills, and perhaps do something good with charitable organizations who work with children, and yes even "re-acquire" some personal wealth!. This guy can be a role model once again if given a chance. By the way... when I use the terms unreasonable and overzealous, I'm thinking about PETA. They have just recently suggested that punxsutawney phil be replaced with a mechanical groundhog. What a bunch of Morons!! I wouldn't donate one dime to this organization!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  206. 4givenNot4gotten

    So, Brandy would you be referring to people like O. J. Simpson or maybe former Vice President Dick Cheney or maybe former slave owner and 3rd President of the United States Thomas Jefferson? Football players are paid participants in the 'entertainment' industry. This is their career just the same as it is for the tv producers and the writers of these articles that have so captivated our attention... even to the point we comment on the blogs. As many have already posted, if we REALLY don't like it, don't participate. They (even Michael Vick) do it because it is their way of earning a living. We do it for 'entertainment'.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  207. kevin

    To SB, HARSH WORDS, Your initials match the name called, VERY INTERESTING!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  208. Jesse89

    Vick has lost so much; much more than any regular guy off the street convicted of dog fighting. It's silly to demonize him for so long. I believe in redemption. If people are so concerned with abusers they should attempt to help instead of critize. I'm not saying I agree in any way with what Vick did, but who of us is innocent?

    February 5, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  209. Otis Lee

    It's amazing how we as humans judge one another, but no one talks about all the animals that are being kill, sho,t hunted, and even slater on a dailly basis but they call that sports i don't understand . To me dead is dead no matter how you look at . No animal deserve to die we all were put on this earth as god's creatures, so who are we to judge, so let's look at the big picture before you past judgement. That's why we are forgiven for out sins.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  210. Robyn in VA

    I am from Newport News, VA – where Mike is from & grew up. I have never personally met him, but his son is in my grandsons class & my grandson has been friends with his son for the past three years.
    Give it a break people. He did wrong & did his time – he did his time and is out doing what he should be doing, working to make a living. no one is perfect – let it go.
    There is too much BS going on in this world to keep throwing so much anger towards this guy – throw your anger towards the perverds in the world – throw your anger towards the stupid a$$ women in florida who continue to misplace/murder kids. People like Casey Anthony & Missy Croslin – now those are two people who everyone should be bitching about. Mike did his time, let it go.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  211. Lauren

    It's been proven time and time again that people who kill animals violently and for no reason at all then go on to kill people. Where do you think he'll be when he's 45? Back in prison. Just wait it out people, it'll happen.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  212. Remo

    You know this is real sad, to say that he should not be able to make a living for him and his family. The last time I check animals dont pay any bills or taxes. Why are (we as a people) so outraged at animal killings, but not human killings? The same people with outrage for animals, should have outrage on human life. I believe Mike Vick, because Ive been though the south (back roads) and I still see dog fighting in the south. How can you report something now days, without being accused of practicing what you see! The dog fighting in the "South" is still big business, and Mike Vick is just a small taste, of some of the big names, that will come out in the near future. I never knew what "Cock Fighting" was until, I seen the Lt. Governor of South Carolina, get busted! Are we outraged by Dogs and Cats only....if so we need to join PETA, cause thats all we seem to care about...but no regard for human life

    February 5, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  213. Chris Gregg

    Geez, stop crying!!!! It is over I am so sick of people getting their panties in a wad over this.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  214. MichelleMihaly

    Not a dime of his money will go to the ASPCA or any other organization dedicated to the care and safety of animals. Vick is a disgrace and should have never been allowed back in the NFL. Kids look up to athletes and he sets a terrible example. Perhaps if his apologies regarding his trespasses were sincere the public would move on but that SOB is only sorry he got caught and lost a boat load of money. I have 5 dogs and love them to pieces. If you have a dog or know someone who does then this behavior should repulse you. I will never understand why people trivialize the lives of animals. They suffer physically and emotionally...just like our own species. Get a clue people!!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  215. Jovanna Stanley

    Two types of people "take" to dogfighting. Psychopaths who get off on it and sociopaths who make money on it. Neither pathology is curable.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  216. SB

    I feel that people in this world are ignorant to the fact that people can change. He is proving himself and clearly some people don't understand that it is hard growing up in poverty environment. I'm sure most of you have giving people second chances all he wants is a second chance in society and doing what he loves playing football. Let the man be and stop protesting against him! He has acknowledged that he had done something wrong, hes human to, humans make mistakes. Society is acting like they've never made a mistake before.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  217. let mesay

    Mike has done the crime and the time. Y cant we let the man live his life. Are you lives so pathetic that you have to begrudge the man a living. No matter what he did with the dogs, he was giving a reasoning behind what took him to that place. I am sure many here can attest to doing things you shouldnt have done because of a situation or circumstance in your upbringing. I cetainly can. I thank God he is my only judge and not any of some of these bitter ppl.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  218. guest

    So.. when someone is released from prison and re-enters the workforce should there be a new agency set up to determine what field the person can work in and how much they are allowed to make?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  219. Kansas City Pit Bull Lover

    Do I hate what Michael Vick did? Yes.
    Does dog fighting make me nauseous? Yes.
    Do I believe in second chances? Yes.

    This man really messed up and did some really inhumane things with his dogs but he served his time and is now volunteering on behalf of the National Humane Society.

    I am a proud owner of two rescue Pit Bull dogs so this misunderstood breed is near and dear to my heart and my families' hearts. But I gave these dogs a second chance. One of the wonderful things about dogs, especially this breed, is that they don't hold grudges.

    Michael Vick's dogs that did survive the violent ordeal were given second chances and are now thriving in homes with families across America.

    Now it's Michael's turn at a second chance.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  220. Mona19595

    While he did not commit murder of a human being he did murder man's best friend. People will never forget that especially the way it was done. Since he was so young when he got into dog fighting it is going to take more than 2 years or so in prison to change him. It is going to take a lot of therapy for him to understand what he did. I truly don't believe he understands what he did was wrong. He is going through the motions only because of his NFL career but if he had the chance to do it again I bet he would. The only reason he's sorry is because he got caught that's it! He has gotten his cake and is eating it too and I for the life of me can't understand why the NFL let him play again. They say anyone who kills animals will end up killing a human and this is scientifically proven to be true!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  221. DYB

    Let those w/o sin cast the first stone. Unless you are Jesus Christ, how dare you try to judge anyone for what they have done. We are all sinners (with different sins to carry). Folks are just mad, b/c he's a black man trying to get his life back together. Folks want him to rot until they shovel dirt on top of him. He served his time, and his career his football. If you don't like it, then don't watch. But if you are watching, then what are you motives: to complain, judge and condem? We all learn lessons the hard way. Whether you like it or not, yes ones upbringing and exposure to certain things does impact them into adulthood especially if no one is leading and guiding them in the right direction. So,unless you are willing to guide a young person and teach them Christian morals and values, then shut up!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  222. Lg

    All of you sanctimonious hypocrites who are evidently without sin and you obviously think that the soul of a dog is worth more than that of a man who has done what the law required of him and has expressed his remorse and asked for forgiveness. IF YOU ARE WITHOUT ANY SINS OF YOUR OWN...CONTINUE TO CAST STONES.
    Michael, God loves you and so do I!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  223. mmajeur

    I think Vick learned a lesson, everyone needs to let it go. So to all those who cant let it go too bad. I am sure there are things we have all done in our lifes that we wish we can take back. Well Vick is wishing the same thing. I wish him all the luck and was very happy to see him back in the NFL. He is an asset to the NFL right now with the life story he brings. So when Vick tells his story to the kids they will listen. Good luck Vick..

    February 5, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  224. Stephanie

    Vick committed a crime. HE SERVED HIS TIME FOR THE CRIME!! Its not like he wasn't punished for what he did. I am so glad that the NFL allowed him to come back because he served his time! So, the rest of the world needs to move on with their lives like he is trying to do. Everyone in this world has made a mistake before. Who are we to judge?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  225. Marquez Ron M

    "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

    Isaiah 41:10 (New International Version)

    10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  226. SB

    What a scum-bag! They should throw him to rabid and starivng wolves and see how he likes it.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
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  228. mr j

    it disturbs me that americans will take the time to jump on the band wagon of a man that killed dogs, while allowing a man that has killed over 100,000 humans walk the streets of america, he even went into another country, captured their leader and let the people hang him, sounds like accesory to murder if you ask me, yeah im talking about mr bush, he even got on tv and said the man had nothing to do with 911, but do americans axxuse him, do they stop his pension from coming in? no, instead they want to go after who the media let them loose on (m vick)

    every american knows we are in an unjust policing of iraq and afghanistan for oil, but will the people raise up, NO,

    February 5, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  229. rush

    o yea and race does play a big part of it....rather you would like to admit it our not

    February 5, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  230. Stephanie

    All of you "he did his time" or "he's paid his debt to society ... let him get on with his life". I'd LOVE to hear you say the same for someone accused of child molestation. Where are all of you " everyone deserves a second chance" promoters then???? Vick has lost NOTHING! He's still a paid NFL star. Yes, he grew up in a poverty stricken community ... so did a lot of people. He was a GROWN man when he committed these heinous acts. He not only participated in dog fighting, but led and paid for the facilities. He tortured animals. Let me say this again, HE TORTURED ANIMALS. How can any of you not understand that. It sickens me that so many of you think that he hasn't really done anything wrong because "it's not like he killed a human being." Sad. Really, really sad.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  231. rush

    i support vick and he is still one of my favorite quarterbacks because of what he was done for the position. he made a mistake and he is paying for it way more then i feel he should. we have people that are in professional sports that have got arrested for far worst crimes and received slap on the wrist punishments! for example ray lewis murder! never seen 1 day in jail. Jamal lewis cocaine transactions...30 days! so for vick to receive 2 years for dog fighting is outrages. so basically we are saying a dogs life is more important then a humans. but at the end of the day he served he's time let him be...isnt that what the justice system is set up for!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  232. Diego

    What he did was in no way worst than what Donte Stallworth did but went to jail for a longer term and than everyone forgot about it.
    Why is everyone going after Vick so hard and Stallworth is getting away with a slap on the wrist compared to what Vick had to go through. So from what i see here if you do something wrong against it should be against a person instead of an animal.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  233. All you haters should kick rocks!!!

    He made a mistake, what did he do?! participated in a dog fight, and I mean a dog fight. Whats up with all these hatred, like you guys never did something horrible in ya life. Now you guys need to sit down and think about the terrible things you have been involved in, and I believe it was probably to a HUMAN BEING and NOT and animal but yet still ridicule someone who participated in a dog figth, and I repeat a dog fight. I'm not saying its good but please give me a break, he didn't kill a human being, which is above all things God created.

    PS: People kill human beings and serve 3yrs,? 5yrs? 10yrs? etc and they go free, how much less someone involved in a DOG FIGHT?!?!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  234. leslie

    They were dogs, people! Stop being so dramatic! He was playing a primitive game and the dogs died. Let it go!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  235. i agree w/Yourdreamgirl111

    GO VICK!! Bring him to the Cardinals we can sure use him!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  236. yasmin tzul

    all proceeds to this documentary is going to the ASPCA.....

    February 5, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  237. RealBOy

    We should forgive and forget and not worry about this. He made a mistake and he has paid his penalty for his crimes. If he needs more punishment let God worry about that.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  238. yasmin tzul

    he makes me sick. I agree with u DEBRA all proceeds to this documentary is going to the ASPCA.....

    February 5, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  239. Bravo the Vick Supporter

    Okay, I am sorry folks but this is rediculous. At all the people that are going against Vick hey thats your opinion, but i am froma area thats like what Vick grew up in and sometimes you are subject to your surroundings and when thats all you see regardless of how big you make it you will enjoy the things that you love to do ESPECIALLY if you were never told it was wrong until you get older. I have seen friends of mine and people on the news get less for doing stuff far worst than that. I love dogs just as well as much as the other but again we as humans have gotten so complacient about humans geting killed that we dont make a fuss over that. Let a man hurt a animal (even though this was going on for almost centuries) we have to strip him of everything and tarnish his name so that he cant go anywhere. but we may be living next to a killer or pedifile and not know it. He did it he said he did it and now this is being used to show what he went through what he did and shed some light on the situation. We dont know if BET went to him and asked him to do the documentary or not. As far as the proceeds going to ASPCA, he got bills just like we do.... i will give some but not all sorry, I already cant own any pets anymore so thanks for stripping my children away at owning there own puppy. get off it and over it geeez......

    February 5, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  240. Crom

    Wow alot of 'innocent' people here posting holy-ier-then-thou opinions.

    Rocky pretty much says it all.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  241. Paul

    You all judge M. Vick. But let's look at Phelphs and his drug use... Nothing to say huh... How about, Mark McGuire... Still nothing. OK,
    Fuzzy Zoeler! You hipocrate's choose Vick simply because of RACE.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  242. GFunk

    if only people cared about the well being of our country and economy as much as they care about dogs! just imagine how much better america would be.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  243. sooverit

    If Michael Vick was a brick mason would there be calls to bar him from that profession? If what he did prior to serving his sentence was play football why should he not be allowed to return to his prior profession? Would the these PETA nuts rather he do nothing to earn a living? Is it envy of his salary that motivates one to say he should not be allowed to be a professional athlete? Oh right, he's not a good role model for your kids - Try this: YOU be a role model for your kids!!!!

    I have watched men dress up in camoflauge with enough bullets to take out a small village and hunt down deer (and various other animals) and after they have stalked the animal in its own habitat and bullets have ripped thru its flesh, they throw it in the back of an F150, get sausage made outta him and mount his head on a wall to prove what a sportsman they are. Is the act of hunting less barbaric than letting two animals fight each other? Sure the drowning and electrocution of dogs is a bit much, but come on people, there are bigger wars to fight!!!

    He could have done something much worse like kill another human being and not have been persecuted . How many of these Animal Fanatics have stood outside a courtroom when a human life was lost? HUMAN LIFE IS MORE VALUABLE THAN THE LIFE OF A DOG ANY DAY!!! I do not agree with what he did. There was a better use of his time and his money but seriously people, thousands of people have died in Iraq for a fraudulent war and no one seems to care or grieve for them.... WTH is wrong with you people?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  244. Rocky

    Let he without sin cast the first stone. God is love

    Much love from Birmingham, AL

    February 5, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  245. Vanessa

    Bianca since you were the last one to response. I'm going to response to your comment. If you know anything about God, you would know that he is a forgiving God, so who are all of you to judge Michael Vick. We are all human and have made are share of mistakes some big, some small. He has served his time and should be aloud to rebuild his life.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  246. Callahan

    I’m reading the responses, what I can’t understand is the how people are continuing to put Vick down. Its simple to me if you don’t agree with Vick don’t watch the show. No viewers = low ratings which = no show. Human lives are lost everyday and I don’t see or hear the negative reactions to the lost of a human life. Michael Vick has served his time. He has the right to make a living and support his family just as every other man. Then I see people bringing GOD into it. If you’re a TRUE believer in GOD you should know that GOD is a forgiving GOD.HE forgives us of our sins. HE has showed mercy to all of us. AS God fearing people we are suppose to love thy neighbor as well as our enemy. I can’t say for sure if Vick is reformed, but I do know he has to answer to GOD in the end. How would you live if you spent the rest of your life persecuted for things in your past?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  247. Crystal

    M. Vick should be left to work as he is able – However like a child molester or a rapist, after these people do their time we remain wary of them and won't let our children go near them. His crime is most definitely worse than dogfighting, and to him, it was *fun* to kill these dogs. How's that for a mental picture? Lastly, I could no more idlly stand by and watch an animal be tortured than a person. It's cruel, and makes us less human if a person could do either.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  248. Dog

    Hope he rots in helI!!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  249. Joe citizen abroad

    TV programming executives: enough already with reality-distortion programming.

    After 20 years of the "reality TV" explosion, you must have un-produced action, drama, comedy, and sci-fi scripts piled to the ceiling by now.

    So how about some honest fiction for a change?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  250. YadaYada

    The man served time in prison, lost millions in endorsement , and lost income from playing football. What more does he have to do to satisfy these PETA nuts?

    If Vick had murdered a human, he would have received less grief than this. Give it a rest!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  251. JM

    I don't like Michael Vick. I will never cheer for him nor will I ever think he has been re-habilitated. The only thing he is sorry about is that he got caught. I don't buy the poverty angle because for every thug who claims all their troubles are because they grew up poor, there are two good, law-abiding citizens who grew up the exact same way. At some point, no matter how you were raised, you have to grow up and make a decision about how you want to live your life. Most make the decision to not kill dogs with their bare hands. On the other hand, he served his sentence, apparently without any special treatment or consideration of who he is. He should be allowed, like all felons, to re-establish himself in the working world. I've made the decision to not be part of that process by being a fan or supporter.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  252. Nat Turner

    The only thing that I hate more than a coward is an evil coward. This man has paid his debt and should be allowed to live his life without a bunch of devils trying to keep him down. This country was based on second chances and they are still big in our society. Europe emptied their prisons and sent prisoners to the new world and they helped established this country. We seem to forget that. George Washington was a slave owner, but we still regard him as a great man. We give Vick more hell than we give the Catholic priest that sexually molested, abused and assaulted innocent children. They did these evil things to innocent and helpless children, Mike did these things to dogs. He was wrong, he paid harsh dues so let him live! I love each one of my four Old Southern Bulldogs greatly, but at the end of the day, they are still dogs. Some of you would rather kiss your dog than kiss your fellow man; a human. I feel crazy for even addressing a person that has that type of mind frame. Let this man live and lets pray for him to do better instead of praying for his demise.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  253. tyler

    All of these people quoting God as a reason to lambaste Michael Vick need to remember that it was God that provided a way to be forgiven. Um....I don't think Dog Fighting was the unforgivable sin, do you? I don't know Michael Vick or his heart – but I do believe in the power of redemption – and if someone is pursuing that path – all the more power to him. Kudos for Mr. Vick telling his story so that others may learn from his mistakes!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  254. Cissy

    I am so sick of people saying "....he grew up in that world, he didn't know any better...". I was raised in the 70s by a single father, a VERY dominant single father. My father fought roosters. He LIVED for rooster fighting and the social circle around it. I was just a little girl, but I KNEW it was wrong and cried a million tears for the birds. I even tried to "liberate" them though I knew what kind of beating would follow (and it did!). I took beatings and the immense anger of my formidable father for my stance. BUT I DID NOT PARTICIPATE!!! He KNEW it was wrong from the very first time he heard the cries of terror and pain come from those animals. HE KNEW IT! So you "supporters" out there can cry poor michael all you want but he and his kind are still trash.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  255. MS

    He has paid his dues. We are perfect and should stop judging others, we all make mistakes. I believe that Michael should be allowed to move on, playing football and doing commercial for the big sport companies.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  256. andy

    I love how people get mad at him for killing dogs, which is a great crime dont get me wrong, but other plays can go out and kill a PERSON and there isnt nearly the uprising. Vick paid his debt to society and is working hard to pay all his debts...he should no longer be seen as the villan that PETA and others want him to be seen as, but instead as a vision of hope for all those who have made mistakes in their lives (which we all have), so that they can see that just because you mess up doesnt mean you must continue to mess up the rest of your life.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  257. 4givenNot4gotten

    Just in case someone runs across this and needs some support. We've listened to fiery arguments on both sides unfold for the last 3 years. Some people come to the blog sites looking for their own vindication for past 'sins'. I want YOU to know that I told a lie that got my childhood friend into big trouble, paid for an abortion, betrayed my mother and father, left a girlfriend for someone else with no care for explaining why, didn't tell the whole truth to my boss, didn't tell my wife how attracted I was to my co-worker, didn't tell my kids the real reason that I didn't show up for their event was because I was more absorbed in getting a promotion than promoting them... on and on... ad infinitum. But if the God I believe in was willing to sacrifice His ONLY son so that stupid ME could be forgiven and have an opportunity to change. Mike and all of you who need me to, I pray for you, love you AND forgive you!!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  258. earl

    come on he served his time paid his debt to society give him a break
    why shouldnt he be allowed to make money at least hes not doing it
    by hurting animals. thats whats wrong with this country they feel once you do something wrong you should spend the rest of your life paying for it. back the hell off. no matter what he is a young man who made a mistake and is trying to make amends sorry if he cant please all of you.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  259. boh

    Those of you whom don't to leave vick alone, i will love to do a backgroung check on any of you at anytime. You are currently stealing, robbing, cheating on your spouse, lying to most of the people you ever opened your mouth to. Just get a rope from home depot and go hang your themself. You are just jaleous because your brokeself is not even near what vick has done for his community. whether giving his time or his money. It's ok for sarah palin to shoot animals with her riffle and laugh about it on tv. go hang yourself loser.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  260. HVasquezNJ

    We all are entitled to a second chance and redemption....if you dont believe in this then maybe you should question your own moral fiber and whats wrong with you.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  261. Nicole

    People are so hypocritical. Politians are the ones we should focus on, people that actually have a hand in what affect our lives directly. There are thousands of celebrities that do things that are shameful, who cares, they'll still make their money and we'll still buy the tickets that keep them rich.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  262. Quake Vayne

    I Don't think you should be so hard on Vick he really isn't anything to really
    notice, he doesn't stand out from the crowd besides being overpaid. theres always going to be these kind of people dog abusers, prostitutes addicts, convicts, murderers etc. I'm 15 and I know this, they all need to move on eventually or trust me they will pay. We shouldn't stand in their way. No matter how messed up he is you can't tell me when he looks in the mirror he doesn't tell himself I screwed up. If anyone would like to contact me to talk about this or just talk, my number is 1-906-369-1653,
    my XBL gamer tag is Quake Vayne, my email is QuakeVayne@yahoo.com. Thanx for reading and Vick stay out of trouble.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  263. Renee

    Thank you BET for doing whats right and fair. This is why Bet was created to give a point of view that is different from the mainstream. *(so what that it made money, thats always a consequence). Michael Vick is honestly trying to rebuild his career and any person can be redeemed. Does anyone realize that so many people who are postive people and role models of today had troubled lives in the past, i.e Judge Mathis., and have redeemed themselves. Michael Vick is on his way to redemption he is trying to do the right thing, stop beating him down, try lifting him up!.

    I believe these hateful people just want to see Michael Vick fail, even when he has remorse for what he has done. These people love animals so much but hate a person so much to the point where they can't believe in redemption him ???

    February 5, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  264. HVasquezNJ

    I so agree with bogaretha and Sam!
    You all sicken me, what did you expect, Michael Vick to disappear after he served his time? HE SERVED HIS TIME ALREADY SO STOP THE CRUSADE PEOPLE!
    Half of you on here are either just hating on him because he's able to pick up the pieces and have a decent life and the rest are probably just racist people who hate for the sake of hate.
    Let him live his life, we've all made mistakes but unfortunately his was publicized. We learn from them and move on....
    So move on and take your hate elsewhere...

    February 5, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  265. bugsgrammy

    I was all for Vick getting back to playing football in the NFL after paying his debt to society. I had high hopes that he would be truly remorseful, would play well & come out being respected as a man who'd grown from his mistakes. I think The Michael Vick Project has derailed all hopes I had for him & I've only seen 1 episode! In my opinion, the show portrayed him as a very greedy, immature young man consumed by the "almighty dollar", who comes from a family who'll support anything he does as long as it pays their bills. He appears to lack any real integrity & that deficiency doesn't come from being poor & raised in the projects. I am disheartened & saddened by what I saw in the show.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  266. Eric

    How can you use God in your statement.? The last time I check, God is a God of forgiveness. When harboring unforgiveness, we are the only ones that suffer. Mr. Vick will get on with his life as he did before this happened. Right or wrong we have no right to judge him or anyone else unless we're willing to be judged also.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  267. calvin

    The Man has and is still paying for his mistakes. We are not perfect and certainly not his judge. There are people who are treated as worse. People please let it Go!!! God is His judge.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  268. adrian

    him respect for doing his time and geting his money as fast as he can i get out 5/6/10
    hopefuly i can do the same
    adrian ayala t.y.c #1183862

    February 5, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  269. Paul

    Honestly I dont see anything wrong in Michael Vick I dont adore dogs and never will PERIOD. So you all suckers who demonize him for no apparent reason and for making money,go rot in hell.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  270. Td

    He did his time. Drop it

    February 5, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  271. Bill

    Poor little Mickey Vick–think of all he gone through and he still hasn't learned how to put his hat on straight!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  272. Mr. get it right

    Well to bianca and all those PERFECT PEOPLE! whom never ever made mistakes. To get a grip on life If u have done something wrong and showed remorse wouldn"t U want Forgivness. Like miss Bianca Brings up God. Dosen"t God forviges us. U people are Sickning. THAT IS WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE WORLD NOW .LIKE'S TO JUDGE EVERY. LET THAT MAN LIVE.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  273. Keturah Mase

    Yes, he served his time. But do I believe that he is sorry for what he did? No, I do not. I believe he is sorry that he was caught and that he has to deal with people believing he is scum. How do you rehabilitate someone who so callously killed innocent animals? I am not at all sure that it is even possible. His continued punishment is that he has lost the respect of many people and I am sure that that bothers him more than anything...but that is, to put it frankly, just tough. I do not detect any remorse..only pity for himself.
    For those readers who are unaware...Michael's teammates unanimously voted for him to recieve the Ed Block courage award. What a setup. Please go to change.org and sign the petition that protests his receiving this award. It is a tremendous slap in the face to the Ed Block award which is given for COURAGE.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  274. Jimmy D

    What an amazing country we live in... Michael Vick is the worst society has to offer. He has more God given ability than any one and has chose to do nothing with it except drugs and dog fighting. The world would be a better place without Michael Vick. And BET... shame on you for attempting to profit from all this. What a pathetic endeavor.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  275. Ruth

    GIve the guy a break. This country is so dog obsessed. If we spent as much time worrying about children and the poor our country would be in better shape. We put people in an arena to fight like animals and we cheer them on yet we have so much to say when we do the same to animals. Give Mr Vick a break.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  276. Mike

    This is a forest that the NFL would even consider Vick to play. I think the court and the NFL should of banned him for Life! The court should of given him more time. Inaddition to fine him for the full value of all his assests and give that money to NO KILL ANIMAL SHELTERS and dog rehab facilities. The court should of stipulated that any money earning over minumun wage should be forted to animal shelters. He has no remorse just trying to get over on the system. He tortured poor defenseless animals for profit and meaness. I agree with Jame's comment above.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  277. Sonja

    I am so sick of people who DON'T FORGIVE AND FORGET!! Poeple kill people everyday and they get shown more love than Michael Vick! People hunt and kill deers, bears, geese, etc...and I don't HEAR OR SEE ANYONE HAVING AN ISSUE WITH THAT.....makes me just wonder about the world today.....ANOTHER DOUBLE STANDARD!!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  278. Peter

    Help me to under stand Vick goes to prison for killing dogs but our country allows babies to be killed by the millions each year and none of you go to PRISON oh I forgot you call it women's choice... What's the difference? So a dogs life is worth more than a human's. Is that what your are saying?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  279. BR

    Don't get me wrong, I like Mike Vick, I like football, love dogs and do NOT agree with what he did. My point being, he is already making millions playing football, now lets pay him millions more for this lame documentary while our economy sucks, the jobless rate is through the roof, military men and women are dying for this country and are paid pennies, and we have people starving and homeless on our streets! Thats really smart!!!! How about getting our priorities straight!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  280. Big Al

    Everyone is Gods people including Michael Vicke, including you and me so don't be so eager to throw stones at other folks. Get over it and move on, he will still play football and live his life until a dash is put on his grave stone so start living yours you would far a lot better. No one still here can say who did or did not make it in to God's Kingdom...You would far better if you all like you start focusing on your path and let the next person make his way in to the Kingdom of Heaven. Bottomline throwing stones bring one closer the the Gates of Hell than Heaven. Peace!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  281. Jtwizzle

    Slavery was a known issue across America for 500 years in which Africans were raped, beaten, enslaved, hung and everything imagined under demonizing anyone for their activities. They ask that African American relinquish that part of history and view the goodness that has transpired since then. However, compared to the events that took place with Michael Vick, the World (or sum) villainize Vick for his perpetual acts of murdering animals. Indeed, his actions were more than wrong and inconsistent with America’s view. However, in no way fashion or form should people whom have participated in mass killing via War and other genocides be so critical of someone whom has made mistakes and search to condemn him by there on selfish point of view. Shame on them who fail to acknowledge their mischief and little value of human life, those who are consumed by their own foolish proud fail to remember there imperfections and therefore should not judge, but seek to build their fellowman.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  282. adrian

    ok,im in a youth commission in texas and i robbed some one and i dont see how people can
    hold something like this and make it a big deal about so small i give

    February 5, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  283. Kevin

    The sad thing about all of these whining detractors is that most of you eat red meat, use cosmetics that are tested on animals, own clothing made of fibers from animals that are bread for that single purpose, benefit from medicines that are perfected by animal lab tests, eat fish, KFC (and other genetically altered fast food), etc.

    Let's cut the B.S. Don't be so self righteous. I know there is a difference between killing dos for sport and eating animals for food... But how big a difference is it??? REALLY?

    This is old news. Vick fought dogs, went to jail and is no longer fighting dogs. END OF STORY. Maybe you should examine your own pantries, closets, refrigerators, vanities and medicine cabinets.

    I LOVE dogs, but I forgive people too... Now I am going to get a bucket of the Kernel's best and drink a tall glass of milk. Se La Vi...

    February 5, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  284. mh

    Sam – well said -thank you!

    Bianca – you are a hypocrite of the worst kind.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  285. fan of humans

    God is the Judge!!!! Mike should have never been placed in jail for a dog. Yes, his choice of recreation was bad, however it should not be a life sentence. Human should be treated better that dogs, but that not the way things are happening in today's world. Is there any thought of things that the KKK stand for or slavery? Were is the justice for these crimes?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  286. Tim

    Come to your senses people. Michael Vick made a mistake, period! Some of place the viability of a human being over an animal and that does not make sense. Most of you have no problem hunting or eating an animal raised for the purpose of eating, or how about the rodeo's that people attend; I'm quite sure these animals would prefer not to forced to perform for human being's entertainment. I like animals, but I will not sacrifice a human being for a animal! Michael Vick was introduced, as a child, to a life of dog fighting; and in his environment it was not a big deal. Now, he realizes his mistake, so we should applaud this man for his effort to change and to teach kids that dog fighting is wrong.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  287. MistaAl

    Racism in this country is just down right obvious now. People are still constantly trashing Michael Vick for committing a crime,in which he paid his debt to society by serving time in prison. On the other hand everytime i turn on the tv i see Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps doing commercials for subway.He committed a crime also by using illegal drugs.I dont hear or see anyone complaining about that. It's clear to me that subway and alot of other people in america have a double standard. It's black history month and some things will never change.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  288. JURONE

    three white boys burn churches in alabama, kill cows ,numerous deer in the process, its a prank that got out of control, people got hurt during this prank, but thats ok it was just a prank, that got out of control,they were good kids from good families. when was the last time you heard something about this story. if mr. vick would have killed 2 or 3 black kids we would not be having this conversation, some of love your pets more than we love our own human race, look in your closet before you speak. mr vick will be ok make all the money you can young man people will talk reguardless of what you do or do not do keep you money for you an your family and do not DONATE IT TO ANYONE GROUP.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  289. cmr

    Vick has served his time. Only God can judge. I love the fact that he is telling his store hopefully others will learn from his mistake. To everyone who are bad mouthing Vick lets take a look @ your past and see what you should have been convicted of.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  290. mh

    Vick never made an excuse or went to rehab to hide. He took his punishment (showing up early to report for prison). He did his time and apologized. He lost his home and fortunes. He will never committ the crime again. All of you hypocrites should shut up and leave him be.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  291. Jtwizzle

    Slavery was a known issue across America for 500 years in which Africans were raped, beaten, enslaved, hung and everything imagined under demonizing anyone for their activities. They ask that African American relinquish that part of history and view the goodness that has transpired since then. However, compared to the events that took place with Michael Vick, the World (or sum) villainize Vick for his perpetual acts of murdering animals. Indeed, his actions were more than wrong and inconsistent with America’s view. However, in no way fashion or from show people whom have participated in mass killing via War and other genocides be so critical of someone whom made mistakes and search to condemn him by there on selfish point of view. Shame on them who fail to acknowledge their mischief and little value of human life, those how are consumed by their own foolish proud fail to remember there imperfections and therefore should not judge, but seek to build their fellowman.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  292. JudgeNot

    Since "people" can't let it go what Vick did, why do these same "people" want African Americans to let go what Slave Owners did (as well as the Nazi with the Jewish, and White Americans with Native Indians. etc.). You want him to rot and payback forever for cruelty to the dogs, but these same "people" think what was done in the past (and still today) to humans should be forgiven? Here we go again with the "double standard". Give me a break. He has repented and I believe is forgiven. People may not change, but they do learn from the experiences and can make an effort everyday to be better.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  293. Chim Chim

    This is to "steve" – real mature bro. Wishing poor luck on other people always fixes things. Shouldn't you be working on a cure for cancer?

    February 5, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  294. Look PPL

    Look ppl Vick served his time and has done a lot in reversing the trend that his old neighborhood and other neighborhoods like it instil in young minds- that dog fighting is ok. I'm a native ATLien and avid Vick supporter. It just amazes me that there are players and even politicians who have KILLED HUMAN BEINGS and are still allowed to walk freely and continue their careers unhampered by their unspeakable actions. LET IT GO ALREADY

    February 5, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  295. J.E.

    If you hatin and you know it clap yo hands....bustas

    February 5, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  296. Stacey Johnson Hart

    All you haters should have watched the documentary before posting your comments. Leave this man alone! He did not steal from anyone, murder someone or rape anyone, he simply got involved with a gambling ring. He has served his time and does deserve to be back on the field. I own a farm filled with animals that make me money and I love my animals, but Michael Vick deserves another shot. EVERYONE makes mistakes, including you! All you god loving people must not know the God I know as he DOES forgive! SO get your bibles out and read it again, obviously you didn't understand the first time.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  297. Tony

    I want everyone who is supporting Micheal Vick to think about one thing. What does it take...what kind of soul does it take...what kind of mind does it take...to cold-bloodedly kill a defenseless animal? Not something you need to survive, but something protected by law. I've have been a football fan for years and have known many Vick supporters. I look into Micheal Vick's eyes and I see nothing. He's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. This human being is sadly, a product of his environment. We know this story. You give a very immature young man millions of dollars, with virtually no supervision, before he has become a man, before he has earned it, and what happens. This happens. Let's step back and see where he is at 45 years old. I think most of us, if were honest with ourselves, already know the answer.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  298. Pete

    Was what he did right? No! But that's already been established. He did his time. So for all of you people talking about God? You are amazing. Everything in Christianity says that judgement is up to Him and that we ask He "forgive US OUR trespasses as WE FORGIVE THOSE who trespass against us." So before you start pointing fingers and condemning, maybe you'd like to remember the reason Jesus died for our sins to begin with. NONE OF US ARE PERFECT and sin is sin!

    February 5, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  299. Real Talk

    I wonder if you all will be as harsh on Tiger as you are on Michael. Let it go and move on. Talk about Haiti and how you can help!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  300. Abner Dune

    I think its time to move on. I donate to the ASPCA and think dog fighting is terrible but even I have to let go and realize we can not hold Michael Vick responsible for the institution of Dog Fighting, it is nothing new. He is neither the first nor the last "celebrity" to be involved. Let him make his living by whatever legal means possible, he has humans depending on him now. If you are really opposed to him then I would suggest not watching the show, or buying his jersey short of that, live your life.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  301. Real Talk

    I wonderif you all will be as harsh on Tiger as you are on Michael. Let it go and move on. Talk about Haiti and how you can help!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  302. Frilly

    We do all make mistakes and when we do – do we pray for mercy or do we pray for justice ? That said I don't see that what Vick did was a "mistake" – typically by it's very nature a mistake is something that happens once ! I think we all deserve a second chance and for me vicks second chance was getting out of jail early not having another shot at an NFL career.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  303. Mark

    Ok, so let's all take a deep breath and collectively, again, realize that "the man [loosely applied here] has served his time" so let it go. Do we apply that same logic to rapists and pedophiles? Sure he's served his time, just like the fellow who raped a 7 year old...but does that stain ever leave his life? NO. This same logic should apply to Vick. Sure let him come back to work, yeah, great, but tell me where it is that roughing up animals is OK because we assume they don't have feelings or emotional responses to their realities–in other words: they can't verbally express emotional responses and emotions like Man so eloquently does? Man's best friend can't think? Is man that stupid to have a best friend who can't think and feel?
    That's the usual defence on this, so....If you take that same approach to people, say infants (do they think in words?), or the mentally handicapped, which many do, then we should have baby eating contests, or say, a very "special" Olympics in a fight to the death? What's the difference? Now my boy's on TV telling how he gravitated toward it? Is this to inspire sympathy that he can't control his temptations that society will deem bad? But yet, we should pay him millions? Are you people drunk? Or just whiners?

    February 5, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  304. SteveVA

    I was happy when he got caught, I was happy that he actually went to jail for what he did. But enough is enough. This is the way the system works, don't blame him for it. He did his time. playing football is what the man does, that is all he knows how to do - and dog fighting, which is illegal –, if he were a janitor he would go back to sweeping floors, why does the amount of money he makes factor into the situation. Last I checked this the US, THE capitalist country where you get paid what your employer thinks you are worth.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  305. Sadlittlepeople

    All the "Hating" is comming from members of the "majority population". This guys debt has been paid to society. If you don't agree bring it with your elected officials to change the laws. Remember, this kind of abuse was inflicted on slaves back in the "good ol days". I don't see any infinite suffering by those in the "majority population" who perpatrated that travisty and inhumnity. MOVE ONE PEOPLE AND ALLOW HIM TO DO THE SAME.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  306. Jim

    Look in the mirror. Why are we so critical of others and not so of ourselves. Goes to show you. While you keep on ragging on Vick some inner city kid is learning the trade. By the way the ASPCA wasn't even on the radar prior to Vick going down. Oh yeah did you forget that since then no major dog fighting rings made major news. Stop playing. His story is the "American Dream" why shouldn't he get a second chance. Judge or be judged.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  307. Brandy

    Michael Vick paid for his crime in terms of legal ramifications, but just as something illegal is not necessarily immoral, a legal punishment may not be the final say in what is the moral punishment. I know I have heard he has reached out to some animal-protection agencies, and none have jumped at the chance to get a former dogfighter to speak out against animal abuse. However, the fact that he is trying to profit off of his disgusting choices now makes me concerned that his previous acts of remorse were just for show. I do believe people deserve a second chance, but only if they're truly sorry for screwing up the first time.

    Also, Neel, Ray Lewis was never convicted of murder or any similar charge, and the testimony given by witnesses pointed to him trying to stop someone from being killed, not contributing to someone's death. I, for one, do not believe that people who murder or seriously assault any person or animal should have a place in the NFL – an organization full of people who our children look up to as strong, powerful and exceptional human beings. But, if a court of law finds that someone did not commit the crimes of which they're accused, then that means, in our justice system, that they are not guilty (and cannot be treated as thought they were).

    February 5, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  308. BJ

    Are any of you from VA? Did you know what the culture is down there? I understand what he did was wrong but should he pay for it the rest of his life. We have all made mistakes. If he does it again, that's a different story.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  309. Trooper

    Forgive and move on. Congratulations Michael, I wish you and your family the very best God has for you. God loves His children not because of who they are but because of who He is.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  310. lead

    This is and always will be a bout race. You all are just mad he is young black and rich. Listen youre poor he is rich. How does that feel haters? Lets quote our lord Jesus: Let him without sin cast the first stone you hypocrites! I hate hypocrites.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  311. chas

    Give it a little time, he will screw up again. once a thug always thug.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  312. Steve

    I agree that he should (and has) been given a second chance. But why must that chance include anything in the media spotlight. By being reinstated in the NFL and being allowed to air this show, he is being given the chance to recreate his being as a celebrity and role model. Why? This second chance of his should hold him out of the media, athletic, and celebrity spotlight, and (if his financial worries are TRUE worries) lead him to obtaining a "low-profile" job... like the rest of us!

    February 5, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  313. lucy

    What kind of "man" would be so cruel to helpless animals. What is he trying to prove by the torture,killing and just treating these animals so cruelly? Is he trying to prove that he is a "man".

    Any "real" man would be disgusted by what Micheal Vick has done.
    Who could take pleasure is seeing innocence suffer so much.

    He is a disgusting human being and should not be allowed to earn a living at all, much less such an extravagent one as the NFL would permit.

    He should be put through the same things that he put those dogs through. They did nothing to him, but be loyal and loving and this creep puts them through hell on earth. Burn him at the stake!!

    February 5, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  314. geoff


    I reserve second chances for people who don't take pleasure in torturing living things.

    I say throw this guy in with the child molestors.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  315. geoff

    Wouldn't it have been funny if his dogs had killed him?

    February 5, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  316. Moveonpeople

    He who has not sin??? Repent? Ask for forgiveness and it shal be given? He treated those animals as worse as african americans had been treated for years and we forgave the US. Hmmmmm......!! Was there an outrage then?

    February 5, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  317. anonymous

    Debra R...

    Why are you bringing Whoopi Goldbergup in this scenario?
    That racist hypocrite does not belong in these comments.
    IQ's under 100...so sad.....

    February 5, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  318. Todd

    Michael Vick commited a terrible act on animals and I understand he had a debt to pay to society. What bothers me is if everyone is up in arms about dog fighting in this country because they love animals so much what about hunting? No one cares about deer, moose, turkey, and every other animal that gets killed everyday. Minorities for the most part don't participate in hunting as much as whites. It's just something that we dont usually do culturally. It seems to me their is a double standard in this country. You can call hunting a sport where u put dead animals on the back of your truck which is completely legal,but if someone fights dogs we should incarcerate him and end his career? Something also tells me if Michael Vick was Peyton Manning this wouldn't have ever been a federal case and all this uproar would be quiet.

    February 5, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  319. Debra R

    So sick of hearing that poverty is the cause of this....there are plenty of peole raised in poverty who NEVER abuse an animal or commit crimes. My father was a sharecropper and had family members in the Klan....he never joined the Klan and he has never committed a crime...at some point a person has to take responsibility for his own decisions and quit blaming his paretns, culture, blah, blah, blah...Vick has served his time for his crime. he should not be allowed to make $$$ off his crime....

    February 5, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  320. letsbereal

    I live by the fact that GOD forgives everything...I absolutely agreed with the verse "He who is without sin, cast the first stone" we all have made mistakes and I would think that once we have been forgiven and paid our debt that we can go on with our lives. You act as if he isn't doing community service, isn't trying to work with the ASPCA, I'm sorry they are not GOD...SO GIVE IT A BREAK.....If you don't like the show, don't watch it, because as you complain and watch it you give the show more publicity and viewers. We live in a free country where everyone even those who have been incarcerated had the right to live their life. Stop judging unless you will like to be judge. He wants to play football and take care of his family, why don't you worry about your own!!

    February 5, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  321. Seriously???

    With the exception of a few, you all are nuts and UNBELIEVEABLE! I love animals, but at the same time I recognize that they are just that animals! While it is sad that he got involved in dog fighting the man has paid his dues. For the life of me I can't understand why everyone is up in arms.

    Does anyone remember what happened on March 14, 2009? Let me remind you. Cleveland Browns WR Donte Stallworth hit and KILLED a PEDESTRIAN while DRIVING DRUNK! What was his sentence? 30 days in jail for DUI Manslaughter (of which he only served 24 days), 1,000 hours of community service, 2 years of house arrest, $2500 fine paid to MADD, and 8 years of probation. And his Florida license is suspended indefinitely. Oh...and he was only suspended from the NFL for the 2009 season. He'll be reinstated after the Super Bowl.

    So really, whats the bigger outrage? I'm tired of people giving Mike Vick hell. He's been doing nothing but trying to appease everyone since this has gone down. He's done 2 years in federal prison, lost a big chunk of money, and on top of that has to deal with this bull****!

    Get over yourselves....you animal worshipping freaks!

    February 5, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  322. D Allen

    Let he without sin cast the first stone. Most of you have given more time to the killings of these dogs then to the killings of black youths in this country on a daily basis. Why don't you go to China where they eat dogs or go to our own slaughter houses and see what they do to the pork and beef on your table. Move on people there are more pressing issues in this country other than Vick, like my fellow soldiers being brought home safe.

    February 5, 2010 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  323. headdivaincharge

    Dog fighting means that puppies can be tied to dogs to teach them to hate. Teeth will be punched out of weak dogs so they can be bait......these are living creatures, and in normal circumstances they would have an owner that loves them and treats them like one of the family. For someone to say "I just took to it" makes me sick. It is a privilege to be an NFL player – this is a privilege he SHOULD have lost.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  324. BB's daddy

    I've read these posts and thoughts.. #1, his job WAS the NFL, it's a privilidge to play in the NFL NOT a right! They let him back, NOT my 1st choice, but I understand. #2, he's PROFITING now with the TV show, SHAME on you BET Network! NOW that's the crime, TV exec's will PAY this man GOOD MONEY to "share" what happened to him. SO, he'll be making $ from his crimes, THE man KILLED animals with his bear hands, paid for others to KILL animals, he was "drawn to it"? Killing is KILLING. I don't defend players who beat their wives, they can go away, U kill someone like Donte Stallworth did, U are gone, NO 2nd chances. Animals can't talk back so GOOD PEOPLE have to speak for them. HEY VICK, TAKE EVERY DIME FROM THE TV SHOW AND GIVE TO THE ASPCA, they need the money more than U do, you're in for $5 million next year to sit on the sidelines again ! Maybe then you'd impress me. Really.. I think U should just go away, I didn't watch U all this year and ANY team U play for I will NOT watch, U make me SICK, U had the brass/gold ring and you pissed it away to commit crimes against animals. You're one of the dummest people I've ever heard of. By the way.. I have 4 dogs, DON'T come over to my home, you won't leave on your feet, you'll be on your butt !

    February 5, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  325. Jon

    He's not making any money....Most of the money he s making is going straight to what he owes...He did declare bankruptcy last year.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  326. Babak

    The guy is rich and famous and he chose to spend his time organizing dog fighting events. Something wrong with him mentally. Jail and punishment might make him remorseful but I don't think it helped his mental disorder.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  327. melanie

    and Pete Rose is not allowed to coach, manage or get into the hall of fame. Wow.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  328. reco

    If people spent as much time going after more dog fighters and the people associated with it there wouldn't be a problem. But instead they're placing the entire blame on him. Just because he's a public figure everyone thinks it's okay to condem him for everyone's sins. He's done his time and should be allowed to carry on with his life. I seriously doubt that he's getting any real money from bet and has lost a lot more; including the respect and admiration of millions, which is priceless. Mankind has done far worst things to each other than Micahel Vick has ever done to a dog. People try to forget about slavery and the holocost. But let a dog get hurt and it's the end of the world.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  329. GET OVER IT

    WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DOGS!!! I find it funny that people value a dogs life over a humans. There are people who kill people who will not spend as much time in jail as Michael Vick did for killing dogs. Also how do you know he is getting paid by BET? Let me guess all of you work there? Michael Vick paid his debt to society...leave the man alone!!! I personally don't care what he does...you know why...HIS CHOICES DON'T AFFECT MY CHOICES!!! ALSO MICHAEL VICK DOESN'T PAY A DAMN BILL IN MY HOUSE...so whatever he does in his...so be it!!! GET OVER IT FOLKS...find something else to do with your time!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Miggie

    Ya'll people need to give him a break its over and done with. eveybody is not perfect an shouldn't try to be perfect everyone makes some wrong decisions in life but you will learn from your mistakes so those of you who dislike him or say he dicuss you or whatever (GET A LIFE). I think they should let the man live his dream and play football. I will stand behind him 100% some people have cock fights you don't hear about them goin to jail all i am trying to say is judge your self before you try to judge any one else.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  331. BigDaddy

    Who the h e l l do all you people think you are standing in judgment of a man who paid his dues. You all are just jealous that he can make a buck or two...million and you can't. whaaaaaaah! Paaaaalease! Why don't all you closet freaks, alcoholics, sicko's and/or hypocrites go back to doing what you do best behind the scenes! Right on Sam!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  332. Johnnie

    So, who says crime doesn't pay. Well done America... as usual, your actions speak way louder than your words and laws.

    February 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  333. mary

    he's a horrible person! he shouldn't have even been able to place football. what a freaking joke. ugh

    February 4, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Shaun

    Let me first say that fighting/killing dogs in this manner is not acceptable. Any type of fighting of animals (dogs/roosters, etc) is barbaric. But, "Let those without sin cast the first stone!" No sin is greater than the other. There are plenty of things in my OWN past that I am not proud of. Not once on the show did Michael Vick shy away from the total truth. The man laid it all out on the 1st show. When it started, how he did it, why he lied about it, etc. Although the truth may be painful to hear that he did those things, I can definitely appreciate the truth. He's already been exposed, paid his debt to society. He's out now and ready to get back to being the husband, father, provider for his family. Don't hate him for that! For all the haters…how about we open the door to your closets and let your skeletons talk to the camera? What would THEY have to say? And how forthcoming would they be? Hmmmm...

    February 4, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Just Moi

    Debra R. so you think that if he quit making money that would show that he's a redeemed man? Come on – he served his time and that's that, he has a right to earn a living and for him that living is the NFL. Don't get me wrong – what he did was disgusting and I was an Eagles fan until they signed him – but I say again he has served his time.

    February 4, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  336. JustMe

    Let it go! the same people condeming the man are those same people with their own skeletons. I know I've made mistakes, but I am so grateful for second chances. I am a better person. I apologized and those who forgave me have never looked back. So for those who won't give him his second chance, I say shame on you. When its your turn for your second chance, I hope those around you don't share your stubborness. A wrong is a wrong no matter what it is....

    February 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Michael

    This guy is the scum of the earth. He should not be allowed to profit from his shady past. Shame on the BET network for airing this program...yet ANOTHER reason to stay away from that network.

    February 4, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  338. barbara

    look at those rocks in his ears. who are you kidding. this man may have been confined for a period of time, but he sleeps in a far more elegant place than anyone who is contributing to this forum.

    February 4, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  339. Camela

    The legal aspect of this is closed; Michael Vick was given a sentence and he served it, but that doesn't make everything OK. My dislike of Michael Vick has nothing to do with dog fighting and has everything to do with the mentality of someone who could do the things he did. There is a fundamental flaw in someone who could do that and consider it normal behavior. Additionally, he is a thief and a liar. He stole the trust of his fans, me being one of them, the city of Atlanta, the Falcon's ownership, the NFL and his sponsors, by lying to them, not once but repeatedly, about his involvement in dog fighting. He had every opportunity to do the right thing, but he chose to continue the charade. Would people have still been angry? Absolutely. Would there have been some who would still never forgive him? No doubt, but there would certainly have been more respect and understanding if he had manned up and told the truth. No, Michael Vick did not "make a mistake". Michael Vick chose to be involved in dog fighting, and it is important to remember that he was not sentenced for that, but for gambling and other charges. It is also important to remember that anything Michael Vick has lost, was lost through his own actions and choices. He should not be playing in the NFL; the NFL was what allowed him to finance his operations.That should have been part of his sentence; just as it was for Tanya Harding.

    February 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Bianca

    He served his time and paid his fines, but I will never be able to find anything credible that this man ever does. I have always felt that people who enjoy mistreating God's animals would also mistreat God's people. A leopard can't change his spots.

    February 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Sam

    You holier than thou people are amazing. How dare you tell people you don't even know that their "moral compass is pointing the wrong way" simply because they have a different view. Who do you think you are? You aren't perfect. You've made mistakes. And you've wanted and been granted second chances. No one loves dogs more than me. I would do anything for my dogs. I believe what Michael Vick was involved in is absolutely sickening. But I also believe that he has paid a price. 2 years in a federal prison. That's more than most people would get for dog fighting. Not to mention the loss of basically all of his money, his career, etc. He served his sentence, has volunteered for the ASPCA, has shown ample remorse, and he is simply trying to rebuild his life. Believe it or not, EVERYONE is entitled to a second chance. Get over yourselves...

    February 4, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Vick never served time for dog fighting or cruelty. Those are state charges. He served time for running a gambling operation.

      August 28, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  342. bogaretha

    To the blogger who said any sports star should be banned from their chosen sport. Please get serious, that is every judge who sentences someone unfairly, every cop who kicks or beats a suspect, every priest who breaks his vows, every doctor who loses a patient due to his mistakes, every nurse who administers the wrong medication, every teacher whose student fails due to her teaching skills,and on and on and on. Hold everyone accountable for their bad judgement. These people are humans not role models teach your kids at home how to treat animals don't look to these people as an example on how to act. They're busy living their own lives, making their own mistakes.

    February 4, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  343. bogaretha

    "He who is without sin let him cast the first stone." How do you know what he has or has not learned. The man has lost a lot. If he was a white quarterback with multi-million dollar endorsements, he would have gotten his slap on the wrist and went on with business as usual. I say go on Vick you have paid your debt to society now do what you do best PLAY BALL!

    February 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Race has NOTHING to do with it. Rothlisberger of PIttsburg already has had a longer suspension than Vick and he hasn't been convicted of anything and he's white. Vick avoided the majority of the charges because he is wealthy, famous and has good attorneys. He avoided the state dog fighting and animal cruelty charges because they settled for the federal gambling ring charges. If he wasn't a famous athlete, he would have been released from federal prison, transferred to state prison and then, upon release would be on parole for both, would have to wear an ankle bracelet, have a curfew and have to meet with his probation officer once a week. And, he wouldn't be able to get a decent job because of the criminal background check. Vick got off easy compared to what the average person would get.

      August 28, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  344. Yourdreamgirl111

    Everyone is up in arms about him fighting dogs. He has paid his debt to society. Let it go!!!!!. I live in Tennessee and they fight roosters. Where is the ASPCA in that? Can anyone tell me the difference between the two? Stop-! There is none. Where is everyone's disgust over that? Hypocrites. Tisk Tisk–those in glass houses...........

    February 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  345. notamazda

    Most of the negative comments posted seem to share a common sentiment; how dare he capitalize off of his story? Please inform me why that is considered his second crime? He has served his time, so why should he not be allowed to return to his profession? Football is his JOB, not a recreation or a luxury. Football is simply an outlet of entertainment for us spectators, but for those like Vick, it is a hard day's, honest work that provides him a means to have luxuries. Furthermore, the documentary may not be useful to you, but did you ever consider that YOU may not be the intended audience. His capitalism is no worse than yours as a means of contrition.

    February 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      His capitalism is profit as a direct result of commiting a crime. That's what makes it wrong. Kind of like if someone killed someone else, then did their time, then got out and made a ton of money making a tv show about why they killed that person. You can bet that the family of that person would be very angry that this person is making money off of killing their family member.
      The target audience for this show are the people who are stupid enough to believe that he has reformed himself after being out of jail for only a few months. The show is meant to glorify him and make him out to be some kind of hero, in the hopes that some team will trade for him and give him tons more money. So far it, like Vick, has failed miserably and rightly so. No one really wants him on their team anymore. He's not that good, he has no character, and he doesn't go all out for his team. Oh yea. .and he also kills dogs and probably no one in the NFL really wants to be around all that. He's trying to sell himself. If he was so changed, he wouldn't be throwing these parties all over the country. .and no one would have gotten shot at any of the parties.

      August 28, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  346. Becky

    To the commenter in the article, Michael Vick makes more monetarily than most of us can dream. He slaughtered innocent dogs mercilessly and served his little time and got his light slap on the wrist and yet he's still allowed to work with the ridiculously highly paid NFL. A brutal and asinine criminal deserves our disapproval.

    February 4, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  347. Linda

    The reason people are so up in arms over Vick abusing dogs is because they have NO DEFENSE against that kind of abuse. One could postulate that a person could defend themselves against an attack or abuse. But animals only have US to defend them; and Vick treated them like tools to be used and thrown away when they were used up. Personally, I think any of the sports stars who commit violent crimes or drive drunk and crash their cars should be banned from their chosen sport. I have no respect for them and think it is wrong for them to be seen as role models.
    I find it abhorrent that Michael Vick is doing this show to profit from his abuse of animals and misfortune at being caught and prosecuted. At the very least, he should be donating all proceeds to the ASPCA. Just my opinion.

    February 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  348. steve

    I hope everyone who thinks he should stiil pay, even after he did his time find their kids in a bad situation. I hope your kids get in trouble and then make amends an no one excepts their apology.

    February 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  349. skidd

    so you expect for people who break the law to just sit back and not continue on with there lives after they have served there time. Everyone should be aloud to do what they love as long as it is legal they should be able to do it

    February 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  350. LBW

    He got his football career back. He doesn't need to be making money on a documentary where he killed dogs. He got back more than he deserves.

    February 4, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Neel

    he was sent to prison for DOGS...let it go. He didn't kill any human beings like Ray Lewis.

    February 4, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Neel – He went to prison for running an interstate gambling operation. He never did time for what he did to the dogs. That would have been a state charge. Because he is wealthy, famous and has good lawyers he was able to work out a deal that prevented him from getting charged with animal cruelty.

      August 28, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  352. wisely

    Some of you people crack me up. He's supposed to be making money- you can't live in this world without making a living. Many celebs have been rocked by scandal and wrote a book about it, etc. This story is about HIS redemption. You don't get to tell him how to do it. Don't you have more important things to do- like go stand up for some of these children that are in orphanages, etc. Stand up for the chickens you're eating every day. Whatever you do, let him have his life back now that he's served his time. Sheesh. I wish we could torture some of you for the rest of your lives for YOUR OWN past transgressions.

    February 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Debi

    He grew up in a culture where dog fighting was accepted although illegal. He has learned. He has grown. And he has served his debt to society. Hopefully, his money from BET WILL go to ASPCA.

    February 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Debi – He participated in and contributed to a sub culture where dog fighting is accepted. He's not the victim. Has he learned? I seriously doubt it. He's making tons of money off of it and he's not donating anything other than what he is required to do. As far as the culture, I'm sorry but you can't blame this on the "culture." His own step father tried to stop him and even tried to save several of the dogs. Even his fellow dog fighters thought his violence towards the dogs that didn't fight well was excessive. They testified that he got a thrill out of killing those dogs in horrible ways. Vick did this, he is responsible and there is no excuse for it.

      August 28, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  354. Rach

    The NFL was wrong to reinstate him and BET is just as bad to let him profit off this. He would NOT have a show if he wouldn't have gone to jail. Now, he's infamous. I agree with some of the other posters that any and all proceeds of this show should go to the prevention of animal cruelty in the US.

    February 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  355. James


    do you even understand the magnitude of what Mr Vick has been accused of? it goes way beyond "dog fighting" as you put it. hanging, drowning, electrocuting, and mutilating not just one or even a couple dogs, but dozens if not hundreds of dogs. If Vick has served his sentence according to the law, fine... I for one agree to 'let him live'. but to simply discount his crime as you have is unfathomable. It was despicable and egregious and to me represents everything thats wrong with humanity. Whichever direction your moral compass is pointing, its the wrong way.

    February 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Reality

    I think that Michael Vick made a terrible mistake but atleast he is owning up to it. Poverty has a lot to do with some of the decisions that people make. Lets look at the root of the problem before we pass judgment. Im curious to see who are some of the other people you hate besides Michael Vick..

    February 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Poverty? You can't be serious. .he was a millionaire. .In fact, he is one again. Vick got off easy on some pretty sick and heinous crimes. He hasn't rehabilitated himself at all, he simply went back to playing football, went back to being wealthy and went back to partying. The show was only an attempt to sell himself as a changed man, not to prove that he has changed. It's all PR, smoke and mirrors. Besides, poverty is no excuse for sadistic and cruel behavior. Fighting and killing dogs isn't an accident that happens to someone and until we stop making excuses for people than it's going to continue unabated.

      August 28, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  357. pat Field

    to EAGM

    Killing is not a mistake

    and multiple killings surely do not qualify as mistakes

    February 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Gimme a break!

    I have to agree with "letsbereal"! Seriously the man has served his time and is trying to move on with his life and career. Yes it was a terrible thing he did, however who are we to judge him. He has lost so much, so much in fact he could never ever get back not to mention his name and intergrity is forever blemished. I don't think he is capitalizing at all off this incident, for goodness sake the man will never make enough to recoup his losses (whether those losses were his own fault or not).

    February 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  359. pat Field

    I strongly believe that Michael Vick should be in and pay for TV commercials teaching children and adults TO BE KIND TO ANIMALS...


    February 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  360. EAGM

    There are no perfect people in this world. Everyone has made mistakes. I'm very sure most of the people condemning Michael Vick have made mistakes and received a second chance. So let’s stop pretending like you have never made a mistake.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  361. letsbereal

    Lets be real, he served his time and he is trying to move on and do what he loves be football. I'm just confused on how Americans demonized Vick over dogs, I love animals dont' get me wrong but I don't love them more than human life. We forgive athletes who beat their spouse, have guns, drive drunk...etc, but ooooh no let one of them participate in dog fighting, we want his head. Let the man live...find something else to complain about.

    Lets be real!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  362. abbiej

    Disgusting that this pig is capitalizing on this! Always looking for a quick buck. HE LEARNED NOTHING!

    February 4, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  363. Debra R

    Once an abuser, always an abuser. I am sure Whoopi Goldberg will watch it as she was his chief appeaser when he got busted. The man has served his time. Instead of showing remorse, he is making $$$....guess he's not rehabilitated...unless of course all proceeds to this documentary is going to the ASPCA.....

    February 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |

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