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Michael Vick

'I Made Bad Decisions'

8/14/2009 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Michael Vick "Please Don't Pelt Me with Objects" tour began today as Vick addressed the press for the first time as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.


Vick said all the right things -- like "I won't disappoint," "Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right," and "You only get one shot at a second chance" -- but he's still got a long way to go to win over the fans of Philly. 

Remember, these are the same people that booed Santa Claus.

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Lippy Loo    

Excellent point #292! Would a rape crisis center allow a convicted rapist to work with them, to show how sorry he is?

1895 days ago

Lippy Loo    

Okay, so let me get this straight! If I want to play in the NFL I can drive drunk, beat up the old lady, do steroids, kill innocent dogs as a hobby and I get to make millions of dollars? I am in the wrong line of work. But, seriously folks... Vick is a COWARD and I see no remorse on that dog murdering face. He makes me sick! To have everything you want, and people are living paycheck to paycheck, or on food stamps, unemployment, and he does horrific acts to dogs, but get's play in the NFL again and make millions? I really hope that people do not forget what this psychopath did to those dogs.

1895 days ago


Character of a Quarterback Leader, Character, ethics, skill. Vick has none of these qualifications. He will be booed off the field. Pepsi is a sponsor of the Eagles. Let them know how you feel about this man who tortured animals. He is not a roll model for children to look up to.

1895 days ago


I CANNOT believe that someone who did what he did can just waltz back into his former job, command the type of salary he is, and expect everyone to just forgive and forget. Is he nuts? Or do he and his manager just think that we are all stupid? He is the typical jerk who gets caught and is then only sorry that he got caught and for what he has lost. Give me a break.

1895 days ago


No football in this household if that mass murdering serial killer/rapist is allowed anywhere near a field. Boycotting all sponsors. If he wants to redeem himself he can get a low paying job and start from scratch..not making millions straight from prison...

1895 days ago


I'm very excited that Vick is now back on a football team doing what he does best. Everyone has so much negative things to say about what he did. Personally I think it is crazy that he had to go to jail for what he did. People have murdered people and have gotten less time then he did. I will keep him in my prayers and I know he will have a very successful career ahead of him.

1895 days ago


Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:07 am EDT

My advice to those who might protest Vick or the Eagles
When Michael Vick found a new employer, the battleground was immediately marked off for the inevitable battle between animal rights protesters and whoever they decide to get mad at. The battleground will be Philadelphia, and to a lesser extent, the eight cities the Eagles will briefly visit over the course of the season.

There will be different groups conducting different protests for different reasons, and they'll all take different approaches. Some will be more inflammatory and destructive than others. Some people are mad as hell that Vick is back in the NFL, and they want to make someone's life miserable because of it.

My advice to those people, and anyone who feels the need to protest Michael Vick's(notes) presence in the NFL, is this: Don't do it that way. Don't take an attacking, vengeful, scorched-earth approach to this. For one thing, it's not going to work, and for another, it's not where your focus should be.

There's absolutely nothing you can do that's going to make Eagles fans turn against the Eagles. That's not happening. Maybe a few fringe fans fall by the wayside with the Vick signing, but anyone with more than a passing interest in the team -- and I'm speaking of the tens of thousands of people who eagerly pay for overpriced tickets, and the tens of thousands more who would if there were more tickets available -- aren't going anywhere, for any reason. If you're not a huge football fan, please take my word for this: The NFL has a grip on people like you cannot believe. For a great many people, the NFL is right up there with air, food, water and shelter.

No matter what you do, The Linc is going to be filled every Sunday. Any attempt at a boycott will be laughably futile. That's a guarantee. The only things that make people stop coming to football games are losing streaks. Dog murder will not have nearly the impact on the gate as the won/loss record. I'm not condoning it. I'm just letting you know.

So don't make this a battle against people who love the Eagles and will tolerate Vick's presence. Again, you're not going to win that battle, and more importantly, those people aren't the enemy. They don't have anything to do with the real goal here (or what should be the real goal), which is drawing attention to dogfighting and doing our best to eliminate it in the future.

That's what's important, isn't it? That we curb the practice of dogfighting?

Put your focus there. You can try to lead boycotts, you can yell and scream at Vick, you can try to make fans feel bad about following the Eagles and you can be as vindictive as you want. But how does that help? Does that bring any dogs back to life? Does it do anything but cause conflict between people?

Put your focus on the future and try to accomplish something that can save dog lives for years to come. The biggest advantage you have here is that your message is 100% in the right: Dogfighting is wrong, criminal, evil and intolerable. I think you'll find that the overwhelming majority of football fans -- even Michael Vick fans -- agree with you.

By all means, use Michael Vick to draw attention to your cause. Make an anti-dogfighting message Vick's major contribution to the world for the rest of his life, whether he wants it to be or not. Vick, no matter where he goes or what he does, is going to be a lightning rod for attention. Jump on that.

Take that attention, and use it to reach young people who might find themselves right now in same situation where Vick was when he was a kid: in an environment that tolerates dogfighting.

If you take that attention, though, and use it to rail against people who have given Michael Vick a second chance, or people who don't agree that Vick should never play football again, you're wasting it. That doesn't do anyone any good. The future of Michael Vick the football player shouldn't be of the slightest interest to you.

What's truly important are the lives and health of any dogs who might be looking at a future of fighting one another. Put your focus on the kids who are susceptible to getting caught up in it.

That's what Michael Vick's doing. Don't let him do it better than you.

1895 days ago


What kind of message does this send to children? You can go out and torment creatures, as long as they are not human, and you get a slap on the wrist of about 18 months of lock-up and just go about life as usual. Do people who think those deaths he caused are of little value because they are not human lives? He has not served his time. He should never have gotten out of jail. The man is a cruel, unfeeling killer. "Will kill for money."

He shows no remorse for those killings. The people who are so anxious to have him back into the games obviously value their anticipated good times much more than the humane treatment of defenseless animals.

I do not understand how these athletes can want to associate with such a heinous monster. We must stand up for these animals and against monsters like him. We have to protect the precious creatures of this world from people who would drown, electrocute, and have other dogs maul them.

Boycott the Eagles. Stand up for Humane Treatment of All Animals.

1895 days ago


Everyone deserves a second chance. Not saying what he did was right, but there are other criminals who do more henious crimes and do less time. I don't condone what he did, but he did his time and deserves a chance to redeem himself. Don't be so quick to judge and condemn others. Forgiveness is key...

1895 days ago


theres more football players out there find some one else... and for those people that dont care you should all be put in a oin like those dogs and starved intell you have to attack each other.... if you think its ok maybe you need help tooo.... HE SHOULD DONATE HALF OF HIS MONEY TO SAVEING PITTS THERE OUT LAWED IN MANY STATES THERE AWSOME DOGS I HAVE 2 RED NOSE

1895 days ago

the sane & the old    

HEY, to ALL of you still reading these posts . . .

watch the video again, only this time notice how often he licks his lips, and when in the conversation he does so
pay attention now . . . .

it's like he knows all he has to do is say these lies and he will get millions, and he can taste the money already

smacking his mouth with anticipation, drooling over the cash

he's a sick and vile person, the level of cruelty he committed is justification for him to be committed IMHO

1895 days ago


Why do these guys steadily lick all around their lips with their tongues hanging out when ever they speak. I kept noticing Chris Brown doing that also when he talks. What's up with that? It looks gross and stupid..so stop it already.

1895 days ago


He made a mistake. He deserves a second chance. If he was white this wouldn't even be an issue to discuss. So get over yourselves. Focus your energy and hatred for the baby killers, rapists and murderers that still walk among us.

1895 days ago


I wish everybody was able to read this. this is to the unforgiving
ones. Yes, this man did something wrong who can cast the first stone. these vicious animals should be banned from breeding. They kill and mauld children, people or whatever. These animals are born
to kill. people raise them as pets and they will turn on their masters and the family. I wish they all could be killed. You have had people killed or attacked in some way and they haven't recieced
treatment this man is getting. Fighting some vicious killer animal
is not more than life. This is a terrible country to be in, you
people can condone sports to kill deers and other innocent animals,
but because this man is black was rich and got involved in the dog-
fighting incident which I know was wrong, but like I said these vicious animals need to be destroyed because they are dangerous. and people want to have them as pets. If one of your children got
mauld by one you would think differently. If you can forgive a humans life being taken. Why not a vicious animal like a pit bull
being abused not be forgiven?

1895 days ago

Heidi Dawson    

It is a disgrace for the Eagles to accept this man onto their team. I understand second chances, but he needs to continue working in construction privately not being allowed to show his face on TV. I hope everyone boycotts the games he plays in. I cannot imagine cheering for a team that promotes someone that had as much to do with animal cruelty as he did, for fun. I would be ashamed to have anything to do with him and am surprised any self respecting animal lover would call him a teammate let alone coach or cheer him on. He does deserve a second chance but working privately and not publicly.

1895 days ago
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