Leading Rhode Island animal rights activist Dennis Tabella is calling out the National Football League for honoring former league quarterback Michael Vick as one of its 2020 “Pro Bowl Legends Captains.”
On November 26, the NFL announced that Pro Football Hall of Famers Terrell Davis, Darrell Green and Bruce Smith, and “NFL Legend” Michael Vick, will serve as 2020 Pro Bowl Legends Captains.
In 2007, Vick pled guilty for his involvement in a dogfighting ring and spent 21 months in federal prison.
“The NFL has a responsibility to the youth of this country by setting an example of good sportsmanship both on the field and off the field. By honoring former football players that have a history of unmentionable acts of cruelty, the NFL is conveying the wrong message and to fans and youth,” said Tabella, who advocates for animal welfare as the head of “Defenders of Animals” in Rhode Island.
“Many football players that have been involved with domestic violence are not being considered for this honor nor should a former player that is responsible for killing dogs and committing acts of animal cruelty,” said Tabella.
“Just because you spent time in prison for sick acts does not mean that you should be forgiven. Anyone that kills a child or animal should not be considered for any honor,” Tabella added, calling the types of acts “unforgivable.”
“The smaller the victim, the bigger the crime,” said Tabella.
Petition Up to 50K
On Sunday, Tabella said he signed on the petition, “Do Not Allow Michael Vick to Be Honored at the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl”
The petition — which was started by Joanna Lind on change.org — was up to over 52,000 signatures on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Just saw this on Facebook and was absolutely disgusted. When is the NFL going to take any responsibility for the behavior of its current and former players? To honor a man who had zero regard for animals is unacceptable and I would like your help to make sure he is NOT honored at the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl.
Michael Vick will be one of four “legends captains” at the 2020 Pro Bowl. Does anyone else find it exhausting that the NFL constantly ignores their players’ criminal behavior?!
Below is a snippet of The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption.
<b>“And then there was one last body that stood out from the rest. It had signs of bruising on all four ankles and all along its side. Brownie had said that all the dogs that didn’t die from being hanged were drowned, except one.
As that dog lay on the ground fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its hind legs. They swung the dog over their head like a jump rope then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didn’t kill it. So [they] slammed it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground, until at last, the little red dog was dead.” </b>