Though Vick has suggested in the past that the terms of his probation prevent him from ever owning a dog again, the prohibition expired when his probation ended in July 2012, according to NBC
"I would love to get another dog in the future," Vick told NBC News and TheGrio
in 2010. "I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process."
Now, as msnNOW
put it, Vick wanted to get a dog and now he apparently has, though he seems reluctant to acknowledge it.
It was last week when the folks at CrossingBroad.com
, spotted an interesting photo that the Eagles quarterback posted Thursday on his Twitter account.
In it, Vick and his daughter share a homework night around the dinner table, with Vick studying his iPad playbook and Vick’s daughter doing homework.
reports that a sharp-eyed radio host in Philadelphia noticed something else in the shot: on the table was an open box of Milk-Bone dog biscuits positioned next to his daughter's doggie-themed folder. (seepicture here
Apparently, noticing the mistake (or seeing himself trending on Twitter?), per CrossingBroad.com, Vick then deleted the Milk-Bone tweet photo — and replaced it with a Milk-Bone-less picture-- and a seemingly sadder daughter. (new picture here
Dog fighter Vick vs. Anti-cruelty crusader Vick
It all started in December 2010, says the LA Times
, when the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback told a group of children at the Boys and Girls Club of Newark, N.J., that he longed for a canine companion "more than anything in the world."
Vick was soon reiterating the statement in more interviews.
"I think [getting a dog] would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process," he told NBC News and the website TheGrio
that same month. "I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding."
In July 2012, Vick joined CNN
's Piers Morgan for an interview. During the interview, Morgan asked Vick if he will get a new dog and Vick replied that he would for his children. "I can’t take that dream away from them," Vick explains. "That’s selfish on my behalf. You know, so, gotta find a way to make it right and, you know, I put everything in God’s hands to make it right."
When Morgan asked Vick what kind of dog he would adopt, Vick replied "I would let them [his children] pick it out. Certainly wouldn’t be a pit bull."
But as the the Philadelphia Inquirer
said the prospect of Vick, who admitted to drowning, electrocuting and beating to death dogs that did not perform in the fighting ring in 2007, owning a dog again has many people finding this idea, well, less than outstanding.
"Michael Vick owning a dog is like being Ok with Jerry Sandusky adopting children." said one reader.
reminds us that Vick has served his time in prison on charges related to his interstate dog fighting ring.and has been on the path to redemption, ever since. He has since spent significant amounts of his own time and money advocating for anti-cruelty and anti-dog fighting campaigns, including lobbying for a federal law that would make just watching a fight a crime and bringing a child to a dog fight a felony.
Bottom line: CrossingBroad.com says "if in fact those Milk-Bones belong to a dog Vick owns - and judging by the fact that the box is open, I'd say they do - it won't sit well with some people, and Vick probably would've liked to make it public in a slightly different manner. Say, by not accidentally tweeting a picture of Milk-Bones and being forced to recreate his kitchen table scene like it was part of a bad docudrama. Just a hunch."
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