GLENDALE, Ariz. – Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle isn't backing off his critical comment about Michael Vick.
Buehrle recently told MLB.com that he sometimes saw Vick play on television and wished ill on the NFL quarterback who served an 18-month sentence in federal prison on dogfighting charges.
"He had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where we watched the game, and I know it's bad to say, but there were times where (my wife and I) hope he gets hurt," Buehrle was quoted as saying.
Buehrle reported to spring training Thursday and stood by his remark.
"I said it. It's on old story," Buehrle said. "Past history stuff. I said it. I meant it. It's over and we'll move on."
Vick led the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs last season. Buehrle is a dog owner and animal rights advocate.
Buehrle also is an avid hunter, and was asked how he responded to those who say someone who kills animals has no right to criticize Vick.
"Hunting is a sport. There are hunting stores out there," Buehrle said.
"If that's illegal, shame on my dad, shame on my grandpa, his grandpa. It's kind of been brought up throughout the history of America," he said. "The last time I knew dogfighting was a sport was never."