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24 thoughts on “Professional Athletes and Pit Bulls: Dogfighting, Abuse and Violent Attacks

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  1. Remember that for many years before he was finally busted for dogfighting, Michael Vick fended off accusations of dogfighting by claiming that he just loved pit bulls and was breeding them as pets because he “loved the breed.”

    Typical lies from a typical pit bull breeder.

    Athletes also have an affinity for gambling, and too many of these guys are involved in dog fighting and dog fighting breeding right now.

    Due to their exalted status as protected athletes, they think can get away with it. And too often law enforcement and local authorities ignore it. Starstruck idiots.

  2. “I do believe there is a subculture of dog fighting in the N.F.L. and N.B.A.,” Goodwin said. “You hear a lot of rumors, but these guys have layers of protection between themselves and prosecution.”

  3. Who can forget Latrell Sprewell and his comments about how he loves his pit bulls (inspite of horrible attack on his daughter)?

    The Commissioner of the NFL should be made aware of this very obvious problem, which contributes to the pop culture fascination with the pit bull….a dog that belongs caged in a zoo….

    What about the comments from Clinton Portis after Mick Vick arrested. They craziest thing is the fact that pit bull fighting seen as black mans game, when, in fact, this “sport” was completely controlled by white men from the 1800’s to 1980’s.

  4. Thank you Don! And please, all others with specific relevant instances, leave this information in comments. We will update this blog post accordingly.

  5. Why is there talk of re-instating Vick into the NFL in violation of their own rules? Also, what about the matter of where his restitution payment came from, the retirement funds of several workers of one of his companies? Why is he being given a free pass for this? Why is he not going right back to jail for fraud?

  6. It was known for years that Micheal Vick was dog fighting breeding and fighting centered at his Surry County Virginia home.

    But he had a county prosecutor who PROTECTED him for years, and when he was busted STILL tried to fend off investigation and prosecution (even stooping to the “racism” claim and saying that Vick was only targeted because he was black)

    A name that will live in infamy, and yet a typical authority protecting athletes in a typical way- Gerald Poindexter.

    For some of his comments

    After these comments, he got really active helping Vick and increased his accusations of racism.

    Poindexter did everything he could to stop the investigation, stop prosecution, stop everything, and protect Vick and his dog fighting operation.

    He was fooling around with search warrants and approval, everything, abusing his office to protect a criminal.

    This is being replayed across our country when it comes to dog fighting, not only with athletes but just ordinary dog fighters getting protected by the “good ole boy” authorities.

    We actually have law enforcement and court authorities that break the law and subvert the law to help their dog fighting friends and relatives (sometimes even their own operations!)

  7. Here’s Portis comments

    And notice the “I don’t know if he was fighting dogs or not, but it’s his property, it’s his dog,” Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis told WAVY-TV in Virginia. “If that’s what he wants to do, do it. I think people should mind their business.”

    THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE AKC SAYS! In all their lobbying, AKC breeders push the same insane argument that dogs are “property” and their property should not be regulated.

    They should be able to run puppy mills, abuse dogs, own and breed aggressive dogs.

    That’s why AKC emphasizes the “ownership” aspect in their lobbying front groups and AKC “responsible ownership days.” Ownership (dogs as property) to them is code for NO REGULATION, NO LAWS.

  8. I don’t doubt you one bit:

    “Poindexter did call Thursday’s search “a breach of protocol” and says he found about it around the same time federal authorities began scouring the grounds for evidence. “I was somewhat bothered by it and upset,” Poindexter said. “I didn’t realize the U.S. Attorney’s office had any interest in running an investigation.”

    It reminds me of LeShon Johnson. Dogfighting charges were deferred two times prior to his third arrest. has it documented.

    “…[February 2003 raid] According to the Osage County Court clerk, no court records exist related to this incident. When reached by telephone, District Attorney Larry Stuart said, the decision was made not to file criminal charges. No further explanation was given. Stuart previously deferred prosecution on dog-fighting charges against Johnson in February 2000, on the condition that he get rid of his dogs and stay away from dog fights. Despite this fact, no charges were filed after the 2003 raid.”

  9. Show me the $$$$. You know these scums are getting kickbacks left and right for covering their dog fighter friends. I think the feds ought to turn their eyes toward them, too, and include them in the investigations. In particular, look at the bank accounts and tax returns. It wouldn’t be too hard to discover why they’re so keen on obstructing justice.

  10. UPDATE: Harrison is now looking to re-home his nanny dog.

    The word is out and I am sure people will be bidding on this one of a kind piece of NFL/pit nutter memorabilia.

    Also from the article this little gem:
    “Any dog can bite,” said Ms. VanKavage of Best Friends. “We had a woman killed by dachshunds in Florida, a child killed by a Pomeranian. Any dog can bite and kill.”

    Does this woman have a REAL law degree or one of those $150 Spokane degrees that you buy in the mail?
    WE HAD A WOMAN KILLED? It sounds like she hired a hit. What a bizarre way to say something. Don’t get me started on the fact that she deliberately omitted one very critical detail. THE WOMAN KILLED BY DACHSHUNDS WAS AN INVALID! But hey, VanCarnage desperately needs to sell an idea and that is that her little wiggle butt is no more dangerous than a dachshund.


    Can’t wait to see which one of these loser pit nutter rescues steps up to the plate.

  12. New York Jets football player has a run in with a vicious pit bull, says he does not like them anymore. According to his Twitter account:

    "Walking in Brooklyn and was attacked by a vicious stray pitbull that was foaming at the mouth..I jumped on a tall fence to avoid the mauling.

    And the only reason I say it was stray is because it broke free from it’s owner..and I am not stretching the truth one bit..very vicious dog"

  13. The client list from shows lots of athletes:

    Reggie Evans (Philadelphia 76ers)
    Leroy Hill (Seattle Seahawks)
    Fabian Washington (Baltimore Ravens)
    Roy Jones Jr. (Boxing Champion)
    Justin Miller (Toronto Blue Jays)
    Cozy Coleman (Tampa Bay Bucs)
    Veron Haynes (Pittsburg Steelers)
    Hugh Douglas (Philadelphia Eagles)
    Richard "Rip" Hamilton (Detroit Pistons)
    Jordan Babineaux (Seattle Seahawks)
    Jonathan Babineaux (Atlanta Falcons)

  14. Travis Outlaw of the Portland Trail Blazers raises and sells pit bulls. His puppies range from $1,500-$2,600. This jackass is breeding "vanity" pit bulls despite the fact that U.S. shelters had to euthanize 1 million unwanted pit bulls in 2009. There's no doubt that Outlaw will soon make this list.

  15. Lot's of NFL news today. James Harrison leveled two players in helmet-to-helmet hits on Sunday then said some really stupid things, "Afterward, Harrison showed no remorse and his teammates praised the hits. "I thought Cribbs was asleep," said Harrison.." ? Both Cribbs and Massaquoi were diagnosed with head injuries and will undergo further tests to determine if they suffered concussions.

    FOX Sports reports:
    "Harrison's reputation as being one of the NFL's nastiest players was enhanced when his leading-with-the-helmet hits on Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi left the Browns with just two healthy wide receivers for more than a half. Neither hit was penalized…"

    Harrison is as bad as his former pit bull dog.

    In other news, Junior Seau drove his SUV off a cliff just after being released from jail from a Domestic Violence arrest:

    Drum roll….


    "We lived down the beach from football star Junior Seau, who has a beautiful blue Pit Bull named Rocky."

  16. Harrison fined $75,000 for unnecessary roughness. He may leave the game. Possibly he could just be "rehomed" or "rehabilitated" instead?

    Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison is not practicing today after receiving an excused absence from coach Mike Tomlin. Frustrated and perplexed after the NFL fined him $75,000 for unnecessary roughness, Harrison met with Tomlin this morning.

  17. Star wide receiver DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles (Vick teammate) recently compared the Eagles to 'pit bulls' causing himself and the team some PR problems.

    NOV 16, 2010 – "It got us going. It had us ready. We came back into the locker room pumped," he said. "We were like pit bulls, ready to get out of the cage." The statement is unfortunate considering Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick spent time in prison after being convicted on dogfighting charges.

    Pit bull "symbolism," dogfighting and breeding pit bulls for status purposes is so ingrained in the NFL that even Vick teammates can't stop themselves from blurting out analogies!

  18. Speaking of athletes, don't forget UFC fighter Kyacey Uscola who was attacked by two pit bulls outside 'The Ultimate Fighter' house. One of the dogs actually bit a hole through his penis. Here is what he said " I was walking up to the side of the house, along the road, when these dogs sort of ran up on me and cornered me, and um I’m an idiot I didn’t run when I should’ve ran, I squared off with them and sliced my hand punching one in the teeth. Got chunks bitten out of my shoulder, hip, hamstring and the uh money one was that they bit through my urethra and uh I had to have a catheter for two weeks."

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