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At Least Five Teams Interested in Vick

A source familiar with Michael Vick's deliberations with NFL teams said Monday morning that at least five clubs are interested in Vick.

That comes after former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, an adviser to Vick, said Sunday night on NBC that Vick could sign with a team soon.

Sources also said Monday that the NFL Players Association has no suspicions that the league's franchise owners are colluding to keep Vick from returning to the league.

In a New York Times story published over the weekend, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said he wondered if the owners were colluding against Vick.

Vick was conditionally reinstated two weeks ago by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Vick missed the last two seasons while serving his federal sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation in Virginia.

By Mark Maske  |  August 10, 2009; 2:58 PM ET  | Category:  Crime , League , Union Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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@DnvrBrncs

My bad, you were correct. Then again, who seen him going to the Eagles? Starting to look pretty grim for the rest of the NFC with the Westbrook, McNabb, Vick wildcat combination.
One question still remains, being in "football shape" or "prison shape" which will actually prove to be better? Of course, football shape, but we can at least imagine a bunch of Tookie Williams' on the field, yeah? Now we're talkin contact sports...

Posted by: st8nme | August 14, 2009 10:28 AM

A difference between "harvesting for food" and dogfighting?

Well, consider that there is some discussion with speed of processing...in other words the animals may be skinned alive, while still breathing and feeling. Feel better about your Big Mac? How about those new kicks?

Ask a vegetarian if American meat consumption is anything but a luxury. Consider the amount of food required to sate the American desire for meat. We don't need the sheer poundage that we consume.

That is the comparison sir...we eat the amounts of meat because it is part of a certain leisure culture, as is dogfighting. One is socially abhorred and the other embraced as part and parcel of many holidays under the terms of the dominant narrative.

I do not condone dogfighting, and I do enjoy steaks, sausage, eggs, etc. et al. The point is that perspective is critical to maintain. Those that a screaming for his head should reconsider why you are doing so, as they are walking through their glass shack with a jackhammer. Or in this case, proponing animal rights with veal in their teeth.

That's the point I am trying to make.

Posted by: Qualchan | August 11, 2009 10:56 PM

Ok Vick made a mistake, a big mistake and i think the whole dog fighting thing was definitely blown way out of proportion. The reason i say that is because other atheltes have killed people and they got off on parol or bond. If Plaxico Burress situation would have been blown out of proportion they would have charged him with attempting to commit suicide and thats a felony by law. All everyone did was blow up the whole situation into something that should have never been. Some people continue not to forgive him after he has publicly said he was sorry and he contributed millions of dollars to homeless dog shelters...come on give the guy a break for once

Posted by: jonathankshort | August 11, 2009 6:40 PM

Keep in mind Michael Vick LIED to law enforcement and to the public initially when he was charged with dog fighting. "I am innocent and I will clear my good name" Only after his buddies turned him in did he change his tune. Vick is a pathological liar. He's been torturing and killing dogs for YEARS, including throwing in family pets into dog fighting rings because he thought it was funny, per the USDA report on Vick. So now he's done his time and it's been 88 days since his release and no public statements of remorse. NOTHING. Know why? Either he's stupid or he's not sorry. I think it's both. He did find time to go to a strip bar and a thug rapper party. What a great role model he is!

Posted by: precaryus1 | August 11, 2009 5:08 PM

@ST8-N.M.E.

Dungy did not say, "I think Mike will at least make a great player to come in for 4 or 5 series, I'm sure Ronnie Brown would appreciate it too."

What he actually said was, "I think Mike will at least make a great player to come in for 4 or 5 series, A LA Ronnie Brown."

Two whole different meanings there bud. Go check it on YouTube.

Vick to the Bills.

Posted by: DnvrBrncs | August 11, 2009 4:51 PM

Okay, I've never been the guy to read some comments and decide it was my voice that needed to be heard, so I MUST POST. But after reading the idiotic comments on this subject, I HAD TO say something to all the clowns not thinking before they throw something on a website.

1st - Comparing Mike Vick returning to the NFL to releasing Charles Manson and asking him to babysit....REALLY? Try something real quick with me, respond to the word with the first word that pops in your mind ready? Balloon... Sorry Hindenburg is a bit much.

2nd - "Thugs in The NFL". Would you really want to remove all the bad ass*s in this game and end up with full rosters of Sabastian Janikowski? NEGATIVE. What will you suggest next? Hey lets enforce the "felon cannot associate with another felon" laws in sports. One word... JANIKOWSKI.

3rd - Believing that a hated player will cost a team to lose money to loss of fans. I guarantee that people that know even so little about sports will know a bad boy of the NFL before they know the guy who won the sportsmanship award for any organization last year.

and,

D. - My god people, the purpose of the Department of Corrections is exactly that. What is it that would be fair? Give him an opportunity to play a game he hasn't played in two years, or forever deem him with titles like "thug" and "criminal"? This goes one of two ways. You give him a chance, let him play the game, even if he does make it on to a roster, you keep an eye on him and if he screws up send him to the CFL! HAHA That's probably worse than any prison or parole board in the country just ask Ricky Williams, ay? Or you continue to hate this man, kick him out of the league, look at him as a no good convict,and keep labeling him so much until he soon starts to believe them to be true and eventually becomes that vicious, cruel, thug you all seem to think he is.

All things aside, SEND HIM TO THE DOLPHINS, I'D BE HAPPIER THAN HELL TO SEE THAT! Just to see what he can do with the Wildcat offense.

P.S. The Titans v. Bills game the other night... Did anyone besides me hear Dungy slip up when talking in the booth? Went something like, "I think Mike will at least make a great player to come in for 4 or 5 series, I'm sure Ronnie Brown would appreciate it too" WAS I THE ONLY ONE THAT HEARD IT? They hop-scotched right past it. WHEW! Feel alot better, hey, I kinda like this, Guess I'll be seeing y'all again.

ST8-N.M.E.

Posted by: st8nme | August 11, 2009 4:13 PM

The cynic in me said the NFL would never ban Vick from playing. They do not care about anything other than winning and profits. They think winning will dictate what fans think, believing that sports fans can be lead around by the nose and will accept what they are told. Celebrity and hero worship is blinding. After all, aren't all the sports leagues populated with criminals--what's one more?

The things Vick did to dogs are heinous. I hear his name, I see dogs who didn't make the grade being body slammed to the ground until dead, held gasping underwater until dead, electrocuted with a battery and jumper cables, and strangled to death.

Read the forensic report. Fans do not want to understand that this level of cruel behavior is not redeemable. Killing dogs with your bare hands...is this what the NFL is reduced to underwriting? Winning is more important than teaching the thousands of young fans that this behavior will never be sanctioned.

Leagues all refuse to meet out the one punishment that means something. Take away what is supposed to be the privilege of playing for the league. One commenter here said sarcastically 'what about Charles Manson, does he deserve a second chance?'
That would just be crazy, wouldn't it?

Yet the cynic is there telling me there's no stopping Vick getting back into the league. Why not then use him, if he is authentically remorseful--something yet to be seen or heard from the horse's mouth--if his hero(and how idiotic is THAT concept)worshipers can be lead away from inflicting the torture that is dogfighting.
But if he's only sorry he got caught, everyone loses.

Posted by: dancingdogblog | August 11, 2009 3:46 PM

There is more outrage about the pathetic Michael Vick killing animals then Donte' Stallworth killing a human while driving DUI. What's this world coming to? They are both pathetic examples of a human being and neither should EVER be allowed to play on the NFL again. I understand the argument about paying their debt (Although Sallworth's debt was ridiculous) but that is to society. This allows them to live among society again. Playing in the NFL is a privilege and anyone that commits a crime while playing in the NFL should never be allowed to play again. Do this to a few and watch the amount of criminal activity committed by the players drop. They do it now because there is no definitive long lasting deterrent against doing so.

Look at what MLB did to Pete Rose just for placing wagers on games.... Banned from baseball for life. Which he deserved.

What a society we have become.

Posted by: JimBeam50 | August 11, 2009 2:18 PM

@sligekc - your comment makes no sense (actually it's just pretty dumb). It's funny how you can substitute "killing" with "harvesting for food" when you need it. But I bet animals don't care whether they are killed for fun or slaughtered (oh sorry, "harvested") for food - sucks for them either way.

As for Michael Vick getting a second chance - I think he definitely deserves it. He was young, stupid and blinded by all the money and power. To all the Vick haters I want to say this - how do you know that that loosing everything he had and spending 2 years in prison didn't change him? He has the right to prove to us that he can be a better human being. Otherwise entire justice system makes no sense.

On a side note if he is still as talented as he was 2 years ago it could be great for the sport

Posted by: sportsfan6 | August 11, 2009 2:16 PM

A number of recent posts by readers have referred to the people that purchase meat products from their stores as having performed the same atrocities that Vick was convicted of. I beg to differ, there is a vast difference between the harvesting of meat products for consumption and the brutality of training dogs to fight to the death for amusement, and then frequently as his charges state, personally killing the weak and underperforming "fighters" by a.-drowning, b.hanging, - starving.

NO COMPARISON. and did Vick eat the animals he killed. Harvesting for food is one thing, KILLING FOR FUN and AMUSEMENT is an entirely different conversation.

Posted by: sligekc | August 11, 2009 1:06 PM

I think some analysis needs be done on the animal lovers who believe that Vick is terrible for what he has done. If you eat meat or feed your dog kibble that has meat
in it you contribute to an industry that does the same. Otherwise bathe in the hypocrisy as the slaughterhouse isn't exactly a bovine/porcine/fowl grooming house.

As far as the harm to sentient creatures, ask yourself how you feel about the Bush Administration's categorical support of torture, and how there was not nearly the same outcry as there is against Mike Vick.

As for Mike Vick being a Thug, review your definition. He didn't shoot anyone (including himself). He wasn't "making it rain". He didn't get caught with Cocaine in his SUV.

Now his normative values may be outside of the dominant narrative's but that isn't really all that difficult is it. Do not forget that CP, and Chris Samuels all took the situation lightly initially. Why? As was pointed out above, there is an ongoing culture of dog fighting in the rural South...away from iPods, SUV's, venti/non-fat/soy/sugar-free/mochacinno's, Bluetooth, plasma-screens and Mac Powerbooks. And for those of you who don't see Race as an issue, you aren't looking back far enough in a person's formative stages to points such as this.

Posted by: Qualchan | August 11, 2009 12:01 PM

I think that paying his debt should involve undergoing some of the horrors he has inflicted on his victims. I don't care whether they are human or not they are living beings and sociopaths are not rehabilitated by spending time in prison. It's not that simple. Michael Vick, in the mean time should not be in a position of role model to anyone - least of all kids!

Posted by: bigshot2 | August 11, 2009 10:29 AM

Mike Vick Is a thug and a sad, sorry version of what a human can be. Prior to this I had been a Mike " # 7 " Vick fan. That however, was wavering as both he and his brother were getting into one legal scrape after another. By the time this story broke, we in the state of Virginia had started to become quite wary of the Vick brothers act. His younger brother, also a VA Tech QB., had one issue after another until finally VA Tech took his remaining eligibility away. Mike was stupid as we found out over time. Stupid however, is NO EXCUSE for fighting and KILLING dogs. My step~son lives on the west coast and he was involved with two of the "Vick Dogs" and their rehabilitation. God Bless him for that... Those poor babies were and are innocent victims of a cruel man and a terrible, terrible thing... Dog fighting... Hire him back... Not now, not ever!

Posted by: StarLyrara | August 11, 2009 9:05 AM

~~ To All People Saying he Paid his Debt or saying it is NO Big Deal !! ~~~~~

You r almost as Sick as he is or maybe u simply haven't wrapped ur head around whats going on ... This doesn't just have to do w/ Dog Abuse - it also has to do w/ APBT Abuse.

This Man not only Faught Hundred of dogs / puppies ...........

he Held dogs heads under water till their last breath .. fighting for a gasp of air

he starved dogs for weeks .....

he hung dogs till they died ........

bound dogs feet together and taped thier mouths shut - then set them on fire ....

he found/bought lil dogs for bait - throwing them in a ring w/ starved dogs ...

It takes a Mentally Unstable Human to do this - a Twisted and Sick person ....

60% of all serial killers Abused Animals in their Lifetime ...

Do u know anything about Psychology ???

and the worst thing is - THIS MAN WAS ALREADY RICH ......

HE DIDN'T JUST DO THIS FOR MONEY BUT FOR THE THRILL - HE GOT A THRILL OUT HIS DOGS BEING TORN TO PIECES......

Now for the APBT ........
this breed is the most Misunderstood and MisiIdenetified Animal ever .......

Millions of dogs of this breed or killed everyday - just in shelters , this doesn't count the MILLIONS OF INNOSCENT DOGS KILLED BCUZ OF BSL.........

APBT owners fight everyday for this breed - to keep their precious babies safe and ALIVE !!!!!

It is not fair to us Responsible Owners to Move or get ride of our dogs because the few who kill .........

AND U WANT TO TALK ABOUT MORE IMPORTANT SHYT - ILL TELL U ABOUT MORE IMPORTANT SHYT -

MORE THAN 400,000 PEOPLE WILL DIE TO cIGARETTES IN 1 YR ......
BUT NO MORE THAN 14 apbt WILL KILL A HUMAN
IN 1 YEAR - BUT ALL APBT ARE VICIOUS AND SHOULD BE KILLED, huh

MORE THAN 2000 CHILDREN WILL DIE FROM THEIR OWN PARENTS - BUT WE KILL THE ANIMAL WHO IS BEING USED BY THE hUMAN ...

Posted by: beengoneandbackagain | August 11, 2009 1:25 AM

SCgirl1 you are silly, he deserves a second chance. You are probably a hardcore peta person that doesnt have a life.

Posted by: j2a0e04tc | August 11, 2009 12:16 AM

On the issue of talent evaluation prowess or lack thereof among football coaches: Very interesting to see all the coaches and GMs who say they have no interest in Vick because they are "very happy with the quarterbacks we have on our roster." See e.g. the running list of comments on the USA Today "Who Wants Michael Vick?" site. Four months from now, some decent proportion of all these geniuses who are so thrilled, pleased, and happy about the QBs they now have are going to be looking at really bad 2009 W-L records.

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Posted by: matt988 | August 10, 2009 11:15 PM

Please give this up!!! Yes what he did was wrong but he has paid the price. He went to jail, lost huge amounts of money and his reputation. He has paid his debt to society. Let him get on with his life and his career. Why dont you put more effort into bringing attention to all of the other cruel things that are done to "people".

Posted by: goscott2 | August 10, 2009 9:58 PM

Vick is a ruthless, cruel person. It's too bad people like Dunge and Pacelle (Humane Society) are supporting a person of such low quality. Dunge is doing it to help a black person. Pacelle is helping Vick for cheap publicity (which he probably won't get after all.) And what they are REALLY doing is honoring and romanticizing a very sick person. Vick is going to be back in the bowels of the criminal infested NFL before he ever spits out his first 'sorry 'bout that.' Dunge and the Human Society are certainly doing a great disservice to young people and those poor dogs who are made to fight. I will encourage everyone I know to boycott the team that hires Vick, it's sponsors and the 60 Minutes. They are all serving Vick so nicely, doing exactly what he wants to get back to being rich and rude.

Posted by: SCgirl1 | August 10, 2009 9:45 PM

So horse racing and racing grey hounds is animal cruelty? There is no difference.

Posted by: SBRUCE8 | August 10, 2009 9:35 PM

Let's face it, the criminal justice system in the US is f--ked up. Donte Stallworth got 30 days in jail for killing a person. A human being. A man with a mother and a father. Vick killed dogs. An animal. Beloved by many, yes. But humans eat animals. In some countries they eat dogs. He is not evil. He is not the anti-christ. He paid his price, unfair as it was, and he should be allowed to enter back into society as he sees fit, not us.

Posted by: magnetic54 | August 10, 2009 9:26 PM

Vick committed a cruel, thoughtless crime and has paid his price to society. He did not murder dogs. Murder according to Webster is killing a person. If he conducts his life as a responsible member of society, he should be allowed to live his life as he pleases.

Posted by: golfwise | August 10, 2009 8:58 PM

I grew up in rural Midwest America where cock fighting was a common Sunday afternoon event. The men would sit around, drink beer, and bet on the fight. Afterward, the rooster that lost was turned into chicken feed. Michael Vick grew up where dog fighting was common. The animal cruelty is the same, but I guess a dog is more important than a rooster, and no one on our farm was a superstar or they would be in jail.

Posted by: skip5 | August 10, 2009 8:45 PM

I for one would love to see my local team pick Vick up! To back up my desire, does anyone realize that he could bring to the St.Louis area a new spokesperson for the Humane Society and/or counsel our kids on his experience. Give the Man a chance; and remember that only one perfect person walked on water and we were not manufactured to be perfect, forgive and you shall be forgiven.

Posted by: jlmmolaw | August 10, 2009 8:44 PM

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is a self serving blowhard who always turns up whenever there is a hot topic involving a black. Give it a break Jesse, its not a race issue just because he's black. How about listening to your old mentors words for a change, a man should be judged by the content of his character, not the color of his skin. Leave race out of it Jesse. When do you show up for a white guy?

Posted by: scottmando | August 10, 2009 8:39 PM

NFL and SPORTS CLUBS: Always remember and never forget that Vick made the TOP of the list of MOST DISLIKED ATHLETES. You need FANS more than you need Vick.

August 20th the real story about the Michael Vick case "Bad Newz" will be released, by Kathy Strouse. Vick murdered innocent dogs and everyone will know the truth.

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 10, 2009 8:27 PM

I've been fed up with thug athletes for a long time. I quit watching football for a long time because of the actions of players on and off the field.

In the last couple of years, I've been watching the game and I was glad to be back. It's a wonderful game.

However, if this man is allowed to play again, that will be it for me.

I'll boycott the game and everything that is associated with it.

It will not be enough for people to take the team who hires him to task. The entire league must be held accountable.

Posted by: gradyphilpott | August 10, 2009 8:25 PM

If I hear one more jacksass say the old "he paid his debt to society" crap, i'll puke. That is like saying if Charles Manson was released , "he paid his debt to society" so lets let him babysit our kids.
The fact of the matter is any team that hires Vick is making him the main representative of their team. If any team is that stupid, they deserve all the ridacule that will surely come their way.

Posted by: b1572468 | August 10, 2009 8:14 PM

The Vick Saga is ridiculous. If Vick had murdered his Black girlfriend or Black spouse, this would have been another thug, and Black on Black crime. This would have been a news story for a couple of weeks, and died. Since this story invoves an animal, specifically a dog, not a human, this young man continues to be prosecuted by the public, and continues to make headlines. Mr. Vick committed a crime that rightfully touched a lot of nerves. However, I wonder if John Q Public reacts the same way when we eat slaughtered cows, deer, pigs etc. Mr. Vick has done his time, for a crime that he shouldn't have done, so PLEASE LET IT GO!!!!

Posted by: williams4472 | August 10, 2009 8:12 PM

I agree with Hightower10023....a PR nightmare looms ahead for any team idiotic enough to sign on this two-bit thug to their roster. Only Jesse Jackson could misconstrue no owner wanting to take on this creep as racist. His playing in the NFL again simply serves to relieve me of the bondage of Sunday football!! I hope this creep just rides out to the horizon...

Posted by: jmfmft1 | August 10, 2009 8:07 PM

What's wrong with dog fighting? It's no different then cock fighting or bare knuckle boxing, and those sports are both awesome. Isn't football roughly the same sport? If he had gotten the dogs neutered, strapped on some pads, and thrown in a mouth piece would he still have gone to jail?

Posted by: ashyrecords | August 10, 2009 7:56 PM

I think Vick has paid his debt to society, done his time, and deserves another chance. I don't understand why some people hate him so much and want him to keep paying for his mistakes. Let it go, and let the man move on. Time will tell if he's truly changed, but at least give him the chance to prove it.

Posted by: surferlou1 | August 10, 2009 7:40 PM

The team that signs Vick will be in for a
public relations nightmare. He is a cruel
thug who should never be permitted to play
in the NFL or anywhere else. Trust Jesse
Jackson to arrive at a conclusion that
Vick is being discriminated against on a
racial basis. Any person, black or white,
who is as cruel and corrupt as Vick doesn't
deserve any breaks.

Posted by: hightower10023 | August 10, 2009 5:56 PM

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