The whole Michael Vick dogfighting case has completely turned my stomach and ruined my love of football. And those of you who've known me for a while know what a football fanatic I am.
I know I won't be able to watch a game this year without wondering which of the other players on the field are dog torturers and murderers.
And when people, players I've respected in the past, take up for Vick--not stating that they think he's innocent, but actually trying to justify dog fighting--it makes me want to chuck the whole thing.
The latest is Deion Sanders, who recently talked about how much Vick loved his dogs. Here's a quote for you:
Some people kiss their dogs on the mouth. Some people let their dogs eat from their plate. Some people dress their dogs in suits more expensive than mine, if you can believe that. And some people enjoy proving they have the biggest, toughest dog on the street. You’re probably not going to believe this, but I bet Vick loves the dogs that were the biggest and the baddest. Maybe, he identified with them in some way.
Yes, he loved his dogs while drowning, electrocuting, and slamming them into the ground until their necks snapped. I feel so much better knowing how much he cared for them.
He goes on to say:
I believe Vick had a passion for dogfighting. I know many athletes who share his passion. The allure is the intensity and the challenge of a dog fighting to the death. It’s like ultimate fighting, but the dog doesn’t tap out when he knows he can’t win.
It reminds me of when I wore a lot of jewelry back in the day because I always wanted to have the biggest chain or the biggest, baddest car. It gives you status.
I don't even have words for this.
Usually, I leave the NFL network on in the background while I work. No more. As long as Sanders is on there, I won't be supporting it.
I'm in the process right now of finding out mailing and email addresses for Steve Bornstein, Steve Sabol, Howard Katz, and Judy Fearing, the senior executives of NFL network. When I find this information, I'm going to email and send letters stating that the NFL network will lose viewers as long as they employ people like Sanders, who have no shred of human decency or compassion. I'll have the rescue groups I work with send them, too, and anyone else who's interested.
I'm all for freedom of speech--Sanders has the right to take up for dog fighting. In fact, I wish EVERYBODY who supports and/ or takes part in dog fighting would speak up. Then I'd know who all the assholes are.
But I have an equal right to tell the NFL network I won't support them.
Sorry for the long rant here, but if you could only see, up close and in person, some of the animals who have been used in fights, you might understand the depth of my reaction to Sanders' statements.