Remember when Michael Vick hinted that he'd get a dog when his court-mandated parole was over? Well, it looks like there wasn't really a hint about it. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback ignited quite a furor among animal rights activists earlier this week when he posted a picture of his daughter doing homework.
It wasn't the daughter that made people mad — people were like "aww, look at that adorable girl… wait, is that a box of dog biscuits on the table?!"
Vick soon realized his mistake and deleted the photo, later reposting it with the Milk Bone box conveniently cropped out. He wouldn't talk about it at practice on Thursday, telling reporters he only wanted to talk about football.
His rep later released a cryptic statement from the baller about it.
"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," the statement reads. "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."
Vick is legally allowed to own a dog, but should he? PETA and others have argued that he's a "psychopath" who didn't learn from his past mistakes. He wants people to give him the benefit of the doubt.
"I’m not a psychopath. I’m not crazy. I’m a human being," he told the Associated Press a couple of years ago. "What happened in my past and what I did in the culture I grew up in doesn’t shape and mold me as the person I am now."
As for the breed of the dog? We don't know, but Vick said he "certainly wouldn't" get another pitbull.
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