Michael Vick shares he'd like to own a dog
Michael Vick has had his fair share of bad press stemming back to the illegal dog fighting operation he was running out of his home. Since the scandal in 2007, Vick served 19 months in prison for his involvement and has since undergone counseling to understand his wrongdoings, BET reports. Part of his rehabilitation included a three-year dog ownership ban and Vick recently admitted he feels ready to own a family dog now.
The three-year ban is close to expiring and Vick opened up about wanting a pet for his children when it happens. He discussed this desire while appearing on the Piers Morgan show.
"For the last three years, to not be able to have a dog because of my acts," Vicks told Morgan on his show. "I don’t think that’s fair. It may be something that’s therapeutic in it for them, and I can’t take that dream away from them."
Although some may feel the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has learned his lessons and has taken the steps to become a better person all around, one group is adamant he should never enjoy the perks of pet ownership after his actions. After the interview aired, members of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) spoke out against Vick.
"Vick’s journey toward rehabilitation and redemption has not reflected any direct concern for the wellbeing of animals, and we’ve never heard him express a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed," an ASPCA spokesperson told TMZ, according to BET.
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia reports Vick is trying to repair his image in many ways, including starring in multiple public service announcements to warn of the serious issues surrounding animal cruelty. No word on whether he will be getting a dog anytime soon, but he is opening up about another venture, his new sport clothing line, V7. He has agreed to donate part of his proceeds from the line to the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia to ensure kids don't make the same mistakes he did as a young man.
"It's all about proving to the kids, it's not how you start, it's how you finish," Vick told the news source. "It's still not over. I've still got to walk the straight line each and every day. I'm trying to do things that's going to be appealing, and make sense, and allow kids to dreams and have ambition. To have goals. That's what it's all about."
Vicks added the line is a mix of football, fashion and hip hop clothes and will have T-shirts, shorts and tank tops for now.
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