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Michael Vick: Future Dog Owner? No Way!

By Jasmine Sadry, 105.3 The Fan | CBSDFW.COM
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Michael Vick was a guest on CNN with Piers Morgan this week and once again, he’s opening his mouth about wanting to own a dog someday.

Vick said: “I don’t want to take that dream (of dog ownership) away from them,” adding,“That’s selfish” and he should be able to own a dog “Because I legally can.”

To go as far as to play the “I’m going to use the heartache of my children being without Fido to draw more sympathy for me and my cause” card and parade it around nationally as he is trying to promote his upcoming book?

Conniving, manipulative, and in his own word, “selfish.”

And just because you “legally can,” Michael Vick, it does not justify or necessitate the belief that you should. You should have thought about your children and the deeply unfortunate situations you will put them in for the rest of their lives. They too are innocent victims caught in the crossfire of your past abhorrent behavior.

Sure, let Michael Vick get a sweet, furry, little four-legged friend; While we are at it, let’s just have convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky open a daycare or head a children’s charity of some sort.

Initially, the reaction from comparing Michael Vick anywhere close to Jerry Sandusky is probably one that would illicit ridicule and subsequent backlash. The life of a dog can never equal the life of a child, would be the argument. But, the common factor in both deplorable cases is that both men preyed on helpless victims and both men by very definition are sociopaths.

Yes, Michael Vick is a sociopath.

The term sociopath is defined as: A person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience. Someone who behaves in a dangerous or violent way towards other people and does not feel guilty about such behavior.

The American Psychiatric Association published The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a tool used by professionals to diagnose various psychological problems, based on outstanding symptoms and behavior that may be linked to sociopathic qualities. The DSM lists “conduct disorder” which then proceeds to develop into “anti-social personality disorder,” two circumstances which most often consequently result in cruelty towards animals.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals released a statement after Vick’s expressed desire for wanting a dog, saying, “Vick’s journey toward rehabilitation and redemption has not reflected any direct concern for the well-being of animals, and we’ve never heard him express a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed. Vick’s actions have been simply self-serving and not remotely expressing remorse. Because of this, the ASPCA has serious concerns about Vick’s ability to be a responsible pet guardian.”

The point is, Michael Vick is not sorry. He was only sorry for getting caught.

Congratulations, Michael. You served 19 months in prison at the height of your career for illegal dog fighting. Let us all collectively give you a prize, you noble human being, you.

Vick tells USA Today: ” think I made a lot of changes for the better, and I think in my quest to be an advocate against dogfighting and working with the Humane Society, I’ve helped more animals than I’ve hurt.”

You’ve “helped more animals” than you’ve hurt? That completely merits all of the past brutal acts of dog killing to become awash. Please note obvious sarcasm of preceding statement. Again, let the gold sticker doling begin.

If Michael Vick legitimately thinks that he will step onto any NFL football field in any given stadium again with the notion that his passing game is all observers or fellow league comrades will be thinking about when they see him, he is living in a gross fantasy world.

Why does most of America have a hard time forgiving Michael Vick?

Because he killed many people’s best friends and extended family members.

The notion that going through mental rehabilitation will be an ultimate, true, recovery is not a realistic expectation. Maniacal, diabolical, predatory men like Michael Vick or Jerry Sandusky will always harbor those detestable character pre-dispositions, regardless of how small of a percentage they may end up being rehabilitated down to.

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