Gallup Poll: Football Fans Want Vick Banned For Life For Dog Fighting


A new Gallup poll reveals that most football fans do not want Michael Vick playing in the NFL ever again. Majority of the 1,001 respondents believe Vick should go to prison for his involvement in dog fighting.

Only 22% say they want their team to try and sign Vick when he gets out of prison. 51% favored a short prison sentence, while 35% favored a long prison sentence. 12% of football fans asked said Vick should not serve any prison time at all.

Source: Editor and Publisher

Photo: Associated Press

25 Responses to “Gallup Poll: Football Fans Want Vick Banned For Life For Dog Fighting”

  1. nora says:

    NO ONE who did what he did to another living being should be allowed to play on the NFL or any professional sporting event ever again. There should be no question about it. He does not have the integrity to be a role model of any kind. And to clarify myself for people who have a problem with my opinion, color has absolutely NOTHING to do with it.

  2. 3FURS says:

    DMX and Vick are only the tip of the iceberg. I long for the day when the numerous others, of every race, color and creed, who are involved in various forms of animal cruelity, are caught and severly punished. Until this brutality is condemed, children will continue to feel it’s “only a sport”. The outrage has to be kept up. We were not put on this earth to harm any of GOD’s creatures. Every one in every area of the world should strongly protest any and all forms of animal abuse, wheather it’s a circus or animal experiments. And the offenders have to severly punished when they are caught. If they reoffend, a minimum of ten years in prison. No sports association or record company or buisness should dirty their reputation by being associated with them. Courts have to get serious with these crimes or they will not end.

  3. 3FURS says:

    I would love to hear GOD laugh. And if I was standing near these animal abusers, when they say ” But I’m more important than an animal”, I’m sure GOD wouldn’t be able to control His laughter. GOD values ALL of His creations, and He never gave ANYONE the power or right to harm ANY of His creations, wheather it be human, animal or the enviroment. WISE UP PEOPLE.

  4. Jenny Bark says:

    3Furs, boy do I agree with your 2 posts. They should be printed in every newspaper all around the world. Well done good & faithful servent.

  5. Lynn says:

    I happened to look at a website last night that showed that the August 24th findings at the rapper DMX were not charged. Anyone know details of why they didn’t charge him? Especially after they found dead bodies and weapons on the property? Or perhaps the website hasn’t been updated? Just what IS the status?

  6. Lynn says:

    Check out the CNN website. Leona Helmsley left her pet Maltese $12M. Wonder what she thought of Vick?

  7. Lynn says:

    So NFL and Arthur Blank, are you paying attention to the polls? Or are you of the belief that the outrage will die down in due time and you can bury the skeletons [honest - no disrespect to the dogs intended] and let the creep play again?

  8. Moonbeams says:

    I hope to never see Sicko Vicko’s name in print again after his sentence except to say he is denied parole - a life sentence behind bars is too short of a time to make up for what he’s done to the poor helpless dogs.

    The NFL should spit on his name and turn their backs to anyone involved in dog fighting or animal abuse.

    It reminds me of the Artest case - Sacramento Kings Player - abused and neglected his dogs on his multi-million dollar mansion in California and some nearly starved. Neighbors had to feed and water them because this hot shot basketball player was just too busy to care. Socks, the Great Dane, never went back to Artest, but Artest still plays basetball and makes millions and beats his wife (he was arrested for that) and it makes me wonder how we as a society can be in love with these sports figures of such crapy character that we will forgive almost anything - even murder (OJ).

    It is all nuts!

  9. Lynn says:

    Too much selective attention. People just don’t see the big picture. Pathetic.

    I think the NFL and every other pro-sports org should be required to have a full-time investigator on staff who runs all the players’ criminal records….on a regular basis. Anyone who appears on the list should be axed from the team. Permanently. Weed out the trash. There are plenty of other clean people who have the sports talent to replace them.

  10. moonbeams says:

    You can take the man out of the Ghetto but you can’t take the Ghetto out of the man!

  11. Katie says:

    Thank goodness for the Gallup polls. I hope the sports announcers are paying attention. We had the game on the other night and all the announcers could talk about was poor MV. They were sure that he would be back playing ball, since he is so talented…and would lead a team on to victory and even mentioned the Hall of Fame!!!!

    I hope America wakes up and begins to re-evaluate who they look up to as hero’s and who they support with their money.

    And, I almost choked when one of the announcers said well in order to play football and have a successful team, players can’t be wimpy….football requires a kill instinct??

    I agree with you all; it is time for the NFL and the NBA and every sports outfit and the entertainment industry to clean house and demand morals and ethics.


  12. Elaine says:

    This is a good opinion piece on Michael Vick. It may have been posted before, but it bears repeating.

  13. moonbeams says:

    Thank you Elaine for the link to the Washington Post Article. I cried reading it. Yes - we are angry for the right reasons.

  14. straybaby says:

    Katie says:
    August 29th, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    what game were you watching?! i haven’t heard anything like that. yes, speculation as to whether he’ll play again, but nothing that over rated his talent too much and certainly nothing regarding the instinct you need to play football. i’ve heard a lot of disgust for what he did with the dogs and his career.

  15. Animal Chaplain Nancy Cronk says:


    Here is my comment about dogfighting. Someone asked me to post it here. Thank-you.

    If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. There is so much anger about this issue. If we channel it into a positive direction, hopefully, something good can come of it. However…

    I watched Vick’s public apology with my little son who USED TO wear Michael Vick jerseys to school. It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick’s “enlightenment” carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job. I hope I am wrong.

    I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

    Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings - they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

    Dogfighting pits one dog against another until one of them dies. The survivor gets his flesh torn off, ears ripped off, eyes pulled out, etc., and the reward for being “a winner” is to writhe in pain until the next fight. Enough said. The pictures make my flesh crawl. The losers are tortured, beaten, starved, electrocuted or drowned. For what? Because these poor creatures were unlucky enough to be born a dog!

    Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk

  16. Lynn says:


    I would have choked, too, had I heard what you did. [”And, I almost choked when one of the announcers said well in order to play football and have a successful team, players can’t be wimpy….football requires a kill instinct??”]

    That’s the whole problem with football today. It used to be that pro-football required lots of ability [without drugs] and a fierce drive to win fairly. Nothing about killer instinct. Nowadays, no one gives a damn about how the player does it as long as the team wins. Money hungry SOB’s.

    If you’ve never seen the video of brother Marcus Vick and the foot stomping episode, play the video. Replay it and watch him pause and then step on the back calf of the player prone on the ground. Marcus is number 5.;plindex=0

    And while you’re at it, check out this link:

    Oh, and check this out: [printed below]

    Marcus Vick sentenced to 30 days

    May 14, 2004, | Submitted by admin
    Written By Chris Kahn

    “Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was cleared of charges he had sex with a 15-year-old girl, but he was convicted of serving alcohol to a minor. The charges stemmed from a late-night party January 27th at the Vick’s apartment. One of the girls said they were given shots of vodka and asked to strip and kiss. She said all three girls undressed and gave the players lap dances. One of the girls testified Vick had sex with her 15-year-old friend.”

    This is what the Vick family is about. I wonder just how many scrapes big brother Michael was in the were kept hush-hush because of his status in the NFL.

  17. 3FURS says:

    Well said Chaplain Cronk !! The true horrors of dog fighting, as you describe, should be repeated over and over. Pet parents are greiving their lost fur-babies ( there but for the grace of GOD go I ). I am so sorry for them all. The pet food companies have sealed their own coffins. And we must all keep up the pressure on all forms of animal suffering until it is stopped.

  18. Dee Eagle says:

    Please, everyone that values life, Boycot Vick and the Falcons or any other team that picks him up. I have 2 Falcon t-shirts that I will cut down the middle and take to my vets office to be used in taking care of the babies. The “cut” will be because the Falcons didn’t cut the satanic b——.
    Anyone know what brother Marcus is doing these days?

  19. CINDY WALSH says:


  20. meredith Hill says:

    Let Him Play and have him donate 3/4 of his salary(not tax deductible) to approved pet charities. Have him do his time at pet shelters….

  21. jame67 says:

    wow all of you are full of **** its a animal not a person let not forget people do hunt in this country and have fought dogs for years y are people these days acting as if it is murder if this the earl 1900s we would condone this but instead we are treatin it as if it is murder we eat animals

  22. spooner says:

    Beat your wife, beat your kids, get busted for drugs multiple times, shoot at people when your out on the town, maybe even kill one or two, and we’ll (idiot’s)still let you play football, but don’t even think about messen’ with mans “only” loyal and best friend. Hang the bastard!!!!

  23. JJones says:

    Michael Vick should be given another chance and allowed to play in the NFL again!

  24. Veronica Camacho says:

    I think people are taking this to far……….some people care more about an animal than this persons life. I love animals just as much as the next person but this is a persons life were taking about. I cant believe that people would ruin another person life for some animals. Come on make him pay some of those millions he makes for the rest of his life to an animal shelter but dont ban him from football. Use this as a way to, if you really love animals to help them. You ban him from football all you’ll be doing is making someone else jobless so they can live off of us (the taxpayer). Sometimes you need to think outside the box.

  25. Jay Jones says:

    Michael Vick should be reinstated to the NFL and return to the Falcons! What person on this comment board is without making mistakes (some worse than they will admit).

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