Michael Vick, the NFL quarterback who made headlines five years ago for his role in a dog fighting ring, is now the proud owner of a new pooch.
Earlier this month, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback posted a picture of himself and his daughter on Twitter, and followers took notice of a box of Milk-Bone dog biscuits in the background. And though he quickly replaced the photo with a new, sans-biscuits picture, the media had already caught on. Vick has since released a statement through his publicist in which he said:
I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.
And while it may seem in poor taste for a man with Vick's specific criminal background to own a dog, he has already served 18 months in federal prison for his offenses, and, as per his 2007 sentence, has refrained from buying, selling or owning a canine throughout his entire probation period. In addition, Vick has since worked with the humane society to speak out against animal cruelty.
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