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July 18th, 2012
11:50 AM ET

Clips From Last Night: Michael Vick on watching his first dog fight and getting caught

On Tuesday, Michael Vick sat down with Piers Morgan for a primetime exclusive interview. The very candid Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback did not shy away from difficult subject matter and even described the first time he saw a dog fight and the way it change him for the worse:

"I didn't know dogs would react in the way that they did," said Vick about how dogs behave in a fight. "I thought it may seem intriguing, you know, nobody ever said it was not the right thing to do or that it was wrong."

"You only go off what you see at such a young age," explained Vick about drawing his own conclusions about the morality of dog fighting. "As I grew up, I continued to think that, you know, it wasn't any consequences behind it or that I would never get in trouble for it."

Vick also described the painful moment when he had to tell his mother that he would be charged with running an illegal interstate dog fighting business.

"I told her the truth the day I got arraigned," said Vick. "I think my mom cried for four or five days straight ... It was a dramatic change for everybody's life."

Watch the clips, and listen to the interview, as Vick remembers the first dog fight and the day he got caught.

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  1. Kim Nuzo

    So Piers when will you have Jerry Sandusky on your show to promote his book (sure it's coming) and whine about being misunderstood? Your show is pathetic... I miss Larry King.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynda

      I agree!!!! Michael Vick is full of excuses!!! and why would you give him the time of day???

      July 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jack

      This is not about Vick – its is about Piers Morgan thirst for publicity. He was a third rate news paper guy who worked for Rupprt Murdock in UK for a few years and did not make it. So, he moved to US and chose an ambush interview tactic to make a name. What a mess! CNN should seriously reconsider having such an idiot during prime time.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • sal ear

        I agree. CNN cheapened it's reputation with this interview – I was astonished.

        July 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Telma

        I will agree with you that the murder of pelope (not just women and children of color) is a much more heinous crime than the slaying of animals, the reason that this is so reported on is not an issue of race, but of popularity and economics. The news media is a business and as such they work to make money. The media is able to sell and profit off of reporting the news of a famous person much more than reporting all the missing and murdered pelope everyday.Although this type of news coverage isn't ideal, it is a part of our economic driven society.

        December 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Phredd

    The infomercial for Michael Vick's book was very, very, very disappointing. If the NFL had any integrity it would have banned Vick from football. An appropriate question is in view of MLB's treatment of Pete Rose why does Vick believe he was allowed to come back to NFL? (remember, no animals were injured in the making of Pete Rose's bets).
    By definition, a dog fight produces injured dogs, dogs who are murdered when it is deemed cost effective.
    Vick not only participated in dog fighting but also facilitated dog fights and murdered numerous dogs.
    Like the NFL (no felon leftout), had the ASPCA truly cared, it would have led the fight to have Vick banned from NFL.
    For Vick to be a spokesman for ASPCA is like having Hannibal Lecter as spokesman for Campbell's Vegetarian Vegetable Soup.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jenny Parr

    I agree with Kim's post – Piers that interview was disgusting – that fact that you even had him on your show tells me you're reaching for content – you used to do great stuff, what happened??? I don't know about anyone else but my thoughts are that Vick has forfeited his ETERNAL right to foster, be around or UNIVERSE FORBID be responsible for any animal!!!!!!!!!! ASPCA, SPCA's and ALL BREEDERS, and SHELTERS PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS person ever ever get his hands on one of the creatures that your are sworn to PROTECT!!!!!! Take the kids to a supervised petting farm!

    July 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Teresa Burdick

    Shame on you for giving this piece of trash airtime. He still does not seem to take responsiblity for the abuse he caused. No one should need to tell him that it was wrong. Anyone with a heart and a conscience could figure that out on their own.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Trevor

    So you people seem to think what Sandusky did is comparable to what Vick did? If that is the case Kim, you are just as sick. I don't care if he fought a million dogs, comparing that to raping a child?? Really? Who's reaching now?

    July 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nikki

      One of the items in profiling pedophiles is a history of animal abuse in their past. Animal abuse and child abuse are psychologically related, according to psychiatry and law enforcement.

      I also think there is a relationship between the culture that allowed Sandusky to keep his job and continue abusing children for years, and the culture that allowed Vick back into the NFL. A sports culture that values winning football games and making money above the suffering of innocent children and helpless animals.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • clancyfox

        Well said. I, also, found the interview lacking. I really thought there would be good questions regarding his personal involvement in the torture and killing. Nothing. His lies are so obvious. Any money from his book going to animal abuse? He should be working to fight euthanasia and unnecessary breeding. He's pathetic. And the comment "it won't be a pitbull" – that's EXACTLY what it should be – a RESCUED pitbull.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Your comment is ridiculous, our humanity should be measured by the way we treat other species. Child abuse proves that humans are the most dangerous animals on the earth.

      February 12, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jenny Parr

    Oh...dude...we are ALL animals and VIOLATION is VIOLATION! Actually children and "furries" know this instinctively!

    July 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Trevor

      Sorry violation is not violation. Its not Cut and dry. Those two examples do not equate not in the least. Now if you want to talk about a monster that is Sandusky all the way, it sounds like some of you regard your pets as your children which is a problem within itself, but that's another story. What Vick did was wrong, he served his time, and made an effort to eradicate dog fighting where possible. So to constantly demean him and compare him to a sick, disgusting predator like Sandusky is a clear over- reach. If you can't recognize that then there are some other factors besides just the dogs he fought/killed.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Sydney

        THEY ARE THE SAME. You keep comparing humans vs. animals, which is the wrong argument. The argument at hand is the people commiting the acts. I would not let someone who enjoys or enjoyed abusing and killing animals anywhere near my children, anymore than I would a pedophile. They are both sick individuals who pray on things weaker then them. They are both predators. Not to mention animal abusers are often known to become human abusers. Do you really think Vick would not still be killing dosg if had not been caught?

        July 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • anninaz

        Give up guys, this guy will never get it. He is inherently clueless. Just to enlighten you Trevor it's about moral integrity. Killing is killing but people like you will never make that connection because you think that nothing has value unless it affects a human, all other living beings are irrelevant. I can only hope that your type eventually disappear from the gene pool.

        July 22, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Nikki

        Unfortunately Trevor's type is not likely to disappear. The ignorant ones tend to breed a lot.

        July 22, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Criss

    Poor Mikey Vick, he's a victim... No one told him that violently murdering innocent animals might hurt his career. Laws? You mean dogfighting is illegal? But he loves dogs, don't forget. It's been proven many times over, violence on animals is a stepping stone for violence on people, Trevor. It's still violence. It's still disgusting and still sick.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Sean

    I guess everyone here is a vegetarian.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Deb

    Mr. Morgan,
    I am disappointed to know you were so insensitive that you used the language, Michael Vick came from "nothing." I found your interview hostile and bias. I have never heard you reference other guest by using the word "nothing." You are becoming too comfortable displaying your inappropriate personal views with your interviewing strategies. I will no longer tune in to your show. CNN must conference with you about how to treat your guest.
    Michael Vick came from a family just as you did. Review your voice tone and facial expressions!

    July 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Thomas

    Hey Sean,, as you posted about the vegetarian part. You are a complete loss in life. I don't see the humour at all in that.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. tyrana davis

    you all r som racist white trash

    July 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sydney

      So only white trash people dislike those who admit to the torture and murder of animals? The biggest problem is people like yourself who come to the support of such an evil human being. I hope your pit bull, that you probably fight, eats you.

      July 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dan

        I take it by your reaction to the idiotic comment from tyrana davis that you don't consider the possibility that davis may be white. Your pit bull comment leads me to beleve you refer to some group of minorities you believe tend to own pit bulls. May I take that to be a racist comment?

        July 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • sickscent

      No – not racist. I don't care if he is white, black, chinese, or indian – fighting dogs is wrong and he should rot in hell for what he did. This has absolutely nothing to do with the color of his skin – it has to do with his actions and the fact that he shows absolutely no remorse for the dogs that he forced to fight for their lives or for the ones that he killed with his bare hands.

      July 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. s.miller

    The man, and I use that word loosely, has no moral fiber. How could he think that it would be "intriguing" to see how a dog would react? and that no one ever said it was right or wrong!!! Were his parents not HUMANS???Get real! And Piers, you give him air time to hawk a book. Where is your moral fiber?

    July 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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      July 31, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Sydney

    I did not watch the interview, as I saw no reason to help with ratings. In addition, there is nothig Vick could say to change the facts he tortured and murdered dogs. I find it sickening that he will be able to own a dog. He does not deserve the unconditional love and loyalty a dog gives. Piers should do a segment on the Best Friends Animal Society who rescued a large amount of the dogs from Vick's home. Learn the TRUTH from them and learn that the only victims in this case were the dogs.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sickscent

      Amen!! This is an excellent idea – Piers, you should do a follow up interview with the folks at Best Friends Animal Society who took on the worst of the worst abused pit bulls from Vick's property and successfully rehabilitated them. Let them tell you what these poor animals went through.

      July 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Max

      SO you didn't watch the interview, yet took the time to read this article/recap and write out (several) self-righteous tirades about Michael Vick, who you essentially claim to hate. He's already monitored by the Humane Society and everyone knows by now what he's done, so you're not really informing people or changing anyone's opinion or assuring any dog's safety by ranting on here. None of you high-minded folks really are doing anything but reaffirming your already (quite) publicized and cemented opinions of somebody you don't actually know. Seems you'd have something better to do. Yet here you are...

      Must be a Cowboys Fan.

      July 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • StevieRaveOn

        Yes, I *am* a lifelong, never-lived-more-than-30-miles-from-Philly, Dallas fan. Sorry, but I like a team that wins. However, if the Cowboys EVER hired Vick, I'd burn every single thing I own that has to do with them and never even think about them again.

        Believe it or not, there ARE more important things in life than football.

        July 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • clancyfox

      Absolutely agree Piers owes the public a discussion on animal rights. What about having on Victoria to discuss the story about Lennox in Belfast. Activists who are fighting gas chambers still being used. The euthanization of millions of animals EVERY year. How can we stop this overpopulation.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. joyce

    So disappointed in CNN for giving Michael Vick a platform to promote his book and make more money. The man is a poor excuse for a human being.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Alex

    So shameful that Piers gave that human piece of garbage a platform to speak. I will never watch the show again.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Julia

    Michael Vick tortured innocent helpless animals-that is what he will be remembered for-

    July 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Michelle

    I'm so sick of hearing Michael Vick's name. The NFL should be ashamed of themselves as should ASPCA. I don't care if his parents never taught him is was wrong. In his soul he should of felt it!! Any person who takes pleasure & gain on anothers suffering is wrong! All the fighting is bad enough how about the way dogs were murdered cause it wasn't pretty. Something is very wrong in a person who enjoys such a thing. Michael Vick is nothing but a piece of trash to me & I will never see him any different then what he is. Now let him make millions so he can hide things better next time cause you are who you are! Maybe Piers should of shown pictures of all the hurt, mutilated & dead dogs as he was interviewing and asked how Vick felt.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Danny D.

    People I am an Eagles Fan and I sure know what Mike Vick did was truly wrong he served his time, and he realizes know he made a mistake but guess what people get over what he did all of us make mistakes in our lives. He is know a model citizen and does so much for the community in Philly. He also travels across the country to speak against dog fighting. I haven't. You people have no heart if you cant forgive a guy who knows and admits he has done nothing wrong. It's a shame

    July 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clara

      Vick did not serve one day for killing or fighting dogs. He plea bargained, so do your research and while you are at it look up bait dogs. Cause that is what he used his last family pets for.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jay

        He actually spent 548 days in prison. Maybe YOU should check your facts.

        October 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. river rat

    I watched the interview last night hoping against hope that I would see some redeeming qualities in Michael Vick. I tried to keep an open mind until he made the comment about being forgiven and he does not listen to negative comments. He left me with the impression that no one elses opinion mattered because he knows we all make mistakes. Of course we do, we are only human. How does he think that those people who try to live a descent life and try to do the right thing compares to someone who found pleasure and made money on maming and killing animals for fun. I was looking for a changed man and found one whose ego is as big or bigger than ever.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thokozile

      Dear Jon:Thank you for your touching stemetant in my support. I would have preferred that the person who came to my defense knew how to spell (e.g., pay'd is not a word), understood the difference between there or their, or used punctuation, but I will accept whatever support I can get. I am always happy to learn that persons such as yourself are willing to blithely (look it up, Jon) overlook the allegations that I: (i) tortured animals for fun and profit, (ii) knowlingly gave a woman herpes while using my famous nom de guerre (again, Jon, look it up), and (iii) stiffed my creditors by filing for bankruptcy. I agree with you that too many people's transgressions, including murder, are permitted in society. And many of those people are professional athletes. Those animal rights folks are completely overreacting. Torturing and killing animals for fun and profit are not so bad, and I am glad a man of your esteemed character and intellect recognizes that. RM

      August 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Kelley

    The guy still has no idea what he did was wrong and immoral. I still can't believe that after all of these years, Michael Vick still has the podium to speak. He is NOT a person who should ever own a dog or be a mentor for anyone. He still has no idea of the pain he caused those poor dogs. He has only been sorry that he was ever caught doing it. I only believe people pay for their crimes if they truly understand the impact they have caused and have real remorse. Michael has no remorse and only cares about making $$$$. I pray he ends up like the other 70+% of the NFL that goes bankrupt after playing. Good luck finding a real job afterward, I know I would never higher someone as cold and calculating and non-remorseful as Michael Vick.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Robert

    I'm a huge Mike Vick fan, I dont agree with what he did by any means. Vick served his jail time and deserves a second chance. Everyone on here is complaining about what he did get over it. There is a player in the Nfl who hit and killed a person will he was drunk so he should not be in the NFL and has not gotten as much hate as Vick has. People need to move on from what he did. what if it was one of your family members that did this i bet everyone would want people to leave them alone.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jack Murphy

      If one of my family members abused an animal I would wail the tar out of his sorry a$$

      July 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clara

      He did not do time for dog fighting, he plea bargained. Get the facts and then look up dog fighting and bait dogs. Then tell me what a great guy he is.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nikki

      Robert, are you also a Charles Manson fan? I cannot understand how any mentally healthy human can be a fan of Michael Vick. He is a narcissistic, sadistic torturer and killer.

      Clara, that's right. Vick has not spent one minute in punishment for his crimes, and he has absolutely not shown any remorse for his grotesque behavior.

      Michael Vick is a sick, sick individual, and we are a sick society for putting him right back on his pedestal the second he was released from jail.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Robert

        You people on here make me laugh. you people sit here and complain on what vick did to dogs a couple of years ago GET OVER IT. there is a person in the nfl who hit and killed a person because he was drunk driving which is way worse than killing a dog and he only served 30 days in jail. and for Clara last tie i checked when your in prison that is serving time not his fault that the fbi gave him a plea deal so i do know all the facts. Everyone Just GET OVER IT.

        July 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nikki

        Laughing about this is probably a typical way to deal with your inner ethical/moral dilemma and guilt for being a fan of a sadistic killer.

        As for the DUI case you're talking about, I'm not familiar with it. If it angers you, then start your own campaign against it. It's a different, but important I'm sure, issue.

        July 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • sal ear

      Robert if a member of my family did this I'd (1) be astonished & disbelieving!; (2) be repulsed; (3) question whether I knew or understood my family member? I would be apalled if any member of my family did such violence & malice FOR FUN & PLEASURE! This is the KEY, Robert – Vick ENJOYED the VIOLENCE & PAIN inflicted on the helpless dogs – he's a Socioath; sick & depraved on many levels.

      CNN – how could you have given this person free airtime?? Aren't there more important & productive people to interview – e.g., ANYONE ELSE who might be interested in doing something good & beneficial for the World?? ANYONE interested in GOOD!

      July 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Diana

    Sociopaths have little or no regard for life, and sadistic pleasure related to killing animals is very telling. Along with the fact that this man shows no genuine remorse makes me fear for the lives of those around him.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Judy Moore

    What a disappointment to put this disgusting human being on your show and give him airtime & publicity. I did not watch that show & am not sure when I will watch your show again. What Michael Vick did was inexcusable & I am glad he "lost" so much-just think of what those dogs lost. Shame on you, Piers!

    July 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sal ear

      I completely agree, Judy! Well said!

      CNN – shameful to give M Vick free airtime. Shameful!

      July 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Susan Spiegel

    All Vick does is care about himself. Shame on Pies for havingVick on his show.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. North

    Good for him. M.Vick is going to keep on winning and the reason why is everyone is fighting a battle they can't win. He has been forgiven and does not endorse or engage in animal abuse any more. You are all fighting against your own mercy. Just the same, being that no one knows what he thinks except himself and God in the end, it is just better that I can go by what I see without casting aspersions...

    July 19, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nikki

      That's rich. Mention God in this discussion of this most ungodly scoundrel. Let this sadistic killer live like a king, while others suffer and starve. You think this is God's will? Go on... Have no thoughts of your own and hope for the best, that God will take care of everything. Good luck with that.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  26. North

    Well Nikki, I suppose if you are about "that" then that is what you are all about. The better part in myself wants what would be the best outcome..that he would become better and evolve, not just nailing him down to prove he can't make it work again. That kind of liberty. There is a time for judgment though...but anyways that's that.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. clancyfox

    I think we should picket any book stores that offer his book for sale......

    July 19, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eray Morehouse

      Good idea, this man (I use the word lightly) should not be able to go on and make money off the back of his not so heart felt confessional. Dog fighters are worse that animals!!

      July 19, 2012 at 5:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nikki

      We should not buy the book or anything from its publisher, we should not watch NFL games, and we should cancel our CNN subscriptions. The only thing that affects these amoral individuals is a loss of fame or fortune. They have no regard for other lives or suffering. We need to hit them where they feel it. In their bank accounts.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. clancyfox

    If you REALLY want to know what Michael Vick is like – read "ThE LOST DOGS!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Connie

    Morgan needs to let rescuers present the other side of the story. If he doesn't he is not a credible interviewer. Let us speak for the dogs!!!!!

    July 19, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Penny

    He STILL doesn't think it was wrong. He is only sorry it interfered with his football career and that he got caught. He is sick.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Jack Murphy

    You can tell the character of a man by how he treats animals

    July 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Dillon Smith

    Any of you trashing Vick on here are very ignorant. Everyone makes mistakes and yes that includes all of you. Vick did a horrible thing but has spent every second since he got out of prison trying to make up for it. Dont judge what he was jugde what he is today. He's a changed man and if you think otherwise dig a little deeper than the newspaper articles written 5 years ago.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tina

      people make mistakes. But is taking a dog and smashing on the ground until it dies just a mistake, UMM how many dogs did he kill? How many dog fights did he watch and take part in? One mistake after another. NO MISTAKE, JUST A MONSTER

      July 20, 2012 at 3:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • sal ear

        Tina, you said it perfectly! Abuse & Cruelty & ENJOYMENT of inflicting pain on other living creatures is BARBARIC! Vic has a very frightening character flaw – he is a sociopath, IMHO.

        In ancient Rome, people enjoyed watching Men brutally forced to fight to the death – this was barbaric. Dog-Fighting & animal torture is barbaric.

        July 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clara

      You should probably dig a little deeper. First off Vick did not pay for his crimes, he spent no time in jail for dog fighting, he plea bargained and did time for transporting animals and financing. He has not spent all of his time making things right. How could he when he plays football. He is doing what his handlers are telling him to do to rehab his reputation. He tortured and killed animals. He is sick.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. MSP

    It was all about money and greed! MV should still be in jail and he certainly should not be getting paid millions to play a game!
    Piers should be ashamed for promoting this killers book.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nikki

      Agreed. Unfortunately Piers Morgan might suffer more from this than Vick did from his crimes. NFL fans don't give a damn about anything but the wins but Morgan's viewers might not be so ignorant.

      July 19, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Tina

    I am sorry, but I am disgusted that CNN would even have this MONSTER on their show. He is still in denial, only sorry that he got caught? And everyone found out how much of a looser he really is. He makes me want to puke, can't understand why people don't like ME. SERIOUSLY?????? Just another show of how much he is in denial. I have a question for THE DOG KILLER, why would you not own a PIT BULL? Not that you should ever own any animal, But still why not a PIT BULL, because the only way you know how to interact with a pit bull is to beat and torture it. Certainly not because of their beautiful soulful eye's that you'd look into would remind you of all the poor dogs you tortured and killed. I wonder if your children understand how much of a monster lives inside of you, to do the thing you did, and your wife. UMMM oh yaa your rich, why would she leave. Those women that marry you rich looser's stay with you even if your messing with other women and beat on them. You know what they say about people who torture animals, they hurt humans too. Once a looser, always looser. I will never FORGET or FORGIVE michael vick. I do not feel justice was served, I do not think he's remorseful for what he did. I hope that one day when his children are older understand just how SADISTIC their father is, if he hasn't taught them his disgusting ways. Wouldn't that be a bite in his ass if his children were disgusted in him. Dog fighting actually went up after mr vick's case, all his little punk ass followers want to be just like him, but can't make money the legal way, so they fight dogs JUST like their idol did. HOW SAD michael vick most people DON"T F****** CARE about your sad story or that your kids can't have a dog. You are not the victom, the dog are the victims here. Your wife made the choice to stand by her monster, so your kids are stuck with two adults poor choices. GET IT now.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Becky

    Piers – In answer to Vick's comment about wanting a dog – the answer is absolutely NO. Vick's handlers and publicity machine all are about protecting Vick. He is making millions from both the book and his football career. In the meantime the dogs who he tortured are continuing to suffer. Many of them now have illnesses which come from the fact that they were forced into fighting. These illnesses are proving fatal in several cases and in others they cause chronic problems. Some are still showing that they have been traumatized – they are frightened of people except those they know, etc. Vick's prison term WAS NOT as punishment for animal cruelty or anything to do with is. He has NEVER paid for that. His sentence was for Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture – in other words IT WAS NOT FOR CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. Vick himself has NEVER expressed regret or remorse for torturing the dogs who were the actual victims. Because your children want a dog is not a reason to give one to a man who has exhibited by his behavior a lack of remorse and care for his victims. That tells me there has been no realization that the cruelty and torture he personally committed – strangling dogs, smashing them against trees, hanging them, personally drowning them has not penetrated on his conscience. Until them NO pet for Michael Vick.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Justin

    People wake up! Did Michael Vick not save more dogs than the ones he killed? Or even hurt for that matter!

    July 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nikki

      No. Wrong. Michael Vick's hands brutally tortured and killed many animals. Michael Vick's hands have not saved one single animal ever in his grotesque excuse for a life. He may have been forced to donate a tiny fraction of his hundreds of millions of dollars to animal funds but dog fighting has increased since the notoriety of his heinous crimes.

      On balance the world is a far worse place for the existence of Michael Vick.

      July 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Paul

        Nikki, very well said, what is blaming a cruel culture, which I believe is the case, make your on choice on what is right or wrong.

        February 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Justin

    And I was also reading the "Sorry, VIOLATION is VIOLATION, we are all animals!" Unless you are a vegetarian, EVERY SINGLE one of you are hypocritical, because who are you to say that a dogs life is worth more than a cow, or even a chicken for that matter!

    July 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Nikki

    I am a vegetarian as are, probably, some of the other people posting to this blog.

    However, these are separate but similar issues. Animal abuse on a farm is wrong. Animal abuse by an NFL entertainer is wrong. Neither excuses the other.

    July 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Justin

      So why do you not bash the other farm companies who CONTINUE to do this on a daily basis!

      July 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Nikki

        Guess what? I do. But that's not what this blog is about. Piers Morgan did not have a farm animal torturer on his show to promote a book tour.

        July 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Do you know the traditional way of killing cows?
      Large scale slaughter house. Pneumatic piston rod to skull, acts the same as a bullet, kills them instantly, heart still beating, then throat slit and bleed out.
      Electrical performed as well.
      Smaller farms and some foreign countries, bullet between the eyes.

      The animal's legs still kick even after the head is cut off.
      Freshly slaughtered muscle meat cut sections still pulsate.

      July 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Nikki

        I already said, I don't eat meat. What's your point? Oh, right... You don't have one.

        July 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Justin

        And Nikki, I completely understand your view because you are indeed a vegetarian. But UNLIKE half of some of the hypocritical people on here, they should not even make an argument against Vick, when they indirectly do the same thing and the dinner table at least twice a day.

        July 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • NIkki

        I partially agree with you there because I think they are different issues.

        Vick is an extreme case of torturing and killing animals for no reason but his own sadistic pleasure. He is a sociopath.

        I am opposed to commercial farm slaughter also but it is done to feed people so if it is done in the best way, there is at least some justification.

        July 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  39. sal ear

    Jessica, joyce, Alex, Nikki – I completely agree & support your comments! I am ASTOUNDED CNN/P Morgan stooped to the level of interviewing M Vick. CNN – why give publicity to a person who TORTURED dogs for fun & entertainment????
    * So disappointed in CNN for giving Michael Vick a platform to promote his book and make more money. The man is a poor excuse for a human being.
    * So shameful that Piers gave that human piece of garbage a platform to speak. I will never watch the show again.
    * Agreed. Unfortunately Piers Morgan might suffer more from this than Vick did from his crimes. NFL fans don't give a damn about anything but the wins but Morgan's viewers might not be so ignorant.

    FINALLY – smh,

    Apparently there are people who rationalize cruelty & barbaric acts as 'forgivable' when they are made against animals without 'Souls'. And some people think only Humans have Souls, so Humans are the only Animals requiring humane treatment. All of this is a matter of personal opinion/belief – think whatever you want.

    I'm offering you an EXPLANATION: The reason so many people detest M Vick is because he is brutish & violent; he tortured living creatures for FUN & PLEASURE. IMHO & (apparently others'), Vick is a sociopath. SHAME on P Morgan & CNN for giving him MORE public exposure!! THE BOTTOM LINE: Vick & other barbaric people who get PLEASURE & ENJOYMENT from inflicting violence and torture on other living creatures are bad people; they are perverse & cruel.

    I'm a Catholic (a Christian religion) but it is my intellect, concience & heart that enables me to state categorically: "barbaric people who get PLEASURE & ENJOYMENT from inflicting violence and torture on other living creatures are bad people". I don't need any religion to tell me this; a decent human being doesn't need to be a member of any specific Religion to understand torture is depravity. One simply needs to be a rational & decent Human Being. (vs. a Sociopath).

    This is why Vick remains an anathema to many people.

    CNN – why give publicity to a person who TORTURED dogs for fun & entertainment????

    July 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. anninaz

    To the Pierce Morgan staff: if you really want to present the entire story, interview Jim Gorant. Despite what people say, "he's done his time," "everyone knows what he did"...... Well, no they don't. Unless they read Jim's book they don't know the details and it is those details that Vick has never even acknowledged, had remorse or apologized for, but then that would be an admission wouldn't it?

    July 22, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  41. flychik48

    Michael Vick was facing a dilemma and at the time he was making no choices on how to stop this or get out of it. Also, there were situations when he made no decision at all. He even said in the video how intrigued he was how the dogs fought and I am sure with all his thug friends there giving him different advices,HE SHOULD OF BEEN FEELING overwhelmed with hesitation, WE know he has this lack of self-confidence, there was no confusion and fear.You feel so confused that you may say to yourself:
    „Oh my Lord, please show me the right Way… give me a sign… what should I do now..?”
    In such cases, it is known that you should listen to your heart, the voice of your soul, your inner voice and intuition. All answers are hidden inside yourself. There is one criteria for what is right and wrong – that is your inner feeling about the things. Your inner voice is the only thing you can trust into.
    What is your inner voice? What says the voice of your heart? How to recognize it?
    You usually hear a choir of voices in your head when you are searching for the best outcome of a hard situation. You are obsessed with various thoughts, doubts, hesitation. As if there is a roundabout and storm in your head… like a raving ocean.
    You hear the voice saying “So what will happen if I make a mistake?… no, may be I had better not try that at all”,
    Then another voice telling you – “what if I miss my chance? I will do it…”
    Then third voice saying – “what will other people say”
    Fourth voice – “what if I fail?”… etc. etc. …and there is no end…
    This is called your subconscious mind starts to work on your favor ...but if you waant the next video he was having the best golf game ever with his snide smirk on his face. and the coment about it wouldn't be a pitbull.. this angers me so much because of all the pain and abuse everytime you turn around he put this BREED through people are wanting to ban the breed. he doesn't need any animals.. I would really love to know if his kids were subjected to the fighting of the dogs they say all dog fighters take their children to them so they can learn. H eshould of thought about this when he was picking her up reatedly and throwing repeated until she was dead just because she would not fight. The NFL should of never let him back in and the money he makes now should still go to the12 dogs that are in the sanctuary. He is a monster and I dont think he cant be trusted his body language said alot .He should be trying to help save the breed he gave a bad name.

    July 22, 2012 at 3:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  43. Rahat

    Jon,He went to prison for the carhges of racketeering, besides the cash he was ordered to pay, he hasn't done any time for animal cruelty. I also don't agree that those other people with a felony record of murder, animal abuse, or any other felony, should be allowed to play in the NFL (or any other major league sport, for that matter). If a felony is committed, you shouldn't be allowed fame and make millions of dollars, in my opinion. The fact that the NFL does allow these felons to play makes me very disappointed in the sport and the organization.Also, please remember the correct usages of there, they're, and their. You'll get your point across much better if you use proper grammar and punctuation.

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    • Name*Sue

      Gee. So many are so emotional about this. So let's just look at the facts. The three most common predictors of pure sociopaths are enuresis( bed wetting) cruelty to animals, and arson. Michael Vick admittedly has 2 of these. And while I never met the man in person, I also feel that he has minimal remorse for his actions. No empathy. No heart. No love. He might be very dangerous. Where are the psychology recommendations? Cuz by law he has served his time. And has to be allowed to live his life.

      August 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Samer

        If someone is going to hurt amlanis, he probably treats women, children and those viewed as less powerful than them just as bad, if not abusing them as well. It's how sociopaths start by torturing amlanis. Also, it doesn't seem like he has really felt bad about what he did, just that he got caught. And like I said, it usually starts with amlanis, I'd think twice about letting him around female and children humans if he can do it to a helpless animal who only wants to please and gain his love, pretty sure it's not that big of a jump to hitting his girlfriend or raping her. Violence is violence and the NFL breeds it quite well.

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