Somehow, with every Michael Vick story that has come out over the past year, you had to know that this one was coming: AD AGE says that the disgraced former NFL star QB is in talks with PETA to become a spokesman for their organization, denouncing dog fighting and trying to steer others away from the dark path that ruined his life. Sort of a modern version of the Yul Brynner “I’m dead now, please don’t smoke” PSAs from the 1980s, but with more hair and more dogfighting.
Vick’s lawyers are working with PETA to make this happen. So as soon as Vick’s released from jail you can expect him to hit the ground running on the “I’m sorry I forced dogs to kill and maim each other” circuit - but this time with PETA’s blessing rather than hundreds of protesters at every stop. In fact, one of the executives at PETA thinks that, much like Smokey The Bear, only Michael Vick can prevent dogfighting.
“I’m familiar with [the plan],” said Dan Shannon, director of youth outreach and campaigns for PETA. “We have been in discussions with Michael Vick, with his management team, about the possibility of him putting out a public-service announcement with PETA when he’s out of jail. We want him to discourage people from taking part in dog-fighting. I can do it until I’m blue in the face and it might not convince anybody. Michael Vick sure can. He can say, ‘Look, I did it, I was wrong, and it ruined my career.’”
So remember, kids: Don’t engage in dogfighting. Not because it’s a morally bankrupt activity that puts helpless animals through tremendous pain and torture, but because if you get caught, you can’t play QB in the NFL any more and you’ll go to jail.
But Vick could agree to speak at every high school, TV station and dog shelter across the country, and it still might not be enough to convince the public (and especially NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell) that he’s sincere in his remorse and is a changed man. Which is why PETA also wants Vick to undergo a complete psychological evaluation for antisocial personality disorder before signing on to the deal. Needless to say, this might be a deal breaker, so don’t be on the lookout for the Michael Vick dogfighting PSAs just yet.