Mike Vick loves dogs. No, really, he does.
Until they lose money for him. Then it gets ugly.
There is something about Hampton Roads…
Continuing the rich heritage of misfits, Michael Vick was indicted yesterday by the Feds on three dog fighting charges. Unlike the Duke case, with a renegade prosecuter, those indicted have a 95 % conviction rate by the Feds. Not looking good.
According to news reports:
In the summer of 2002, Vick and the others performed testing sessions on the dogs at the Smithfield property, and Peace, Phillips or Taylor sometimes killed those that didn’t perform well. In April 2007, all four participated in a test followed by the killing of eight dogs, one by slamming its body into the ground, according to the indictment.
Various members of Bad Newz Kennels participated in dog fights in other parts of Virginia and several other states, according to the indictment.
Vick and other defendants face as much as five years in prison and fines of as much as $250,000 for the interstate commerce part of the charge, and one year in prison and $100,000 fines on the dog-fighting charge, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Vick might also face penalties from the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell in April suspended Tennessee Titans defensive back Pacman Jones for the entire 2007 season after Jones was arrested five times in about two years on charges that included public intoxication and felony coercion involving a fight in a Las Vegas strip club that left an employee paralyzed.
Read the full indictment here.
Here is one humorous look at the dire straits of Michael Vick: