File this one away under “things you probably shouldn’t say if you’re a convicted dog killer.”
Recently, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick told NBC News and TheGrio.com that he and his family miss having a dog as a pet. He said that it was his goal to show people that not only is he responsible enough to have a dog as a pet, but also that he had changed from his dog fighting days.
"I would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process," Vick said.
This public relations miscue comes on the heels to Vick leading his Philadelphia team to a share of the NFC East division lead. Along the way he has essentially rebuilt his career and made people forget that he spent time in federal prison over charges stemming from funding a dog fighting ring.
Vick’s operation, as widely reported, was built on training pit bulls to brutally fight one another. It also included killing dogs that did not perform well in training sessions.
"I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding," Vick said in the interview. "If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted.
"I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that's the hardest thing: Telling them that we can't have one because of my actions.”
So there you have it. Vick wants a dog.
Would you allow him to get one?