Michael Vick had been avoiding the subject for nearly a week, but he finally caved. Or at least his people did, because Vick spokesman Chris Shigas released a statement on Vick's behalf Thursday, finally revealing that, yes, the Vick family possesses a domesticated canine.
Here's the statement, via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News:
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. 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.
I've got no problem with this. Vick paid his debt to society, and it should be clear that this pup's going to be taken good care of. Does anyone really think he's going to start entering the dog into fights? Plus, his kids shouldn't have to suffer for their dad's past crimes.
That said, I know it's probably a divisive issue and something that irks people. I had a few interesting responses when I brought this up on Twitter last weekend, but if you weren't a part of that conversation, feel free to provide your take on the whole thing in the comments section below.
Here's what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division...
From Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Anthony Spencer is back at practice and should return to the lineup Sunday in Baltimore.
From Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News: Turns out Carlos Rogers has no plans on salsa dancing Sunday, after all.
From Ralph Vacchiano of the same outlet: Hakeem Nicks (knee, foot) returned to practice Thursday. Now, Friday will be the final test to see if he can get back to game action after missing the last three weeks.
The Eagles are struggling to get yardage on returns, yet they still haven't gone to DeSean Jackson. CSN Philly's Reuben Frank says there's a reason for that.
Phil Sheridan, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, has a problem with the Eagles' failure to dictate what their opponents will do.
Rich Campbell, of the Washington Times, has an update on Robert Griffin III. No setbacks thus far.