Nascar Drivers Against Dog Fighting; Vick May Become More Popular

Ryan Newman

NASCAR drivers, Ryan Newman (pictured here with his wife) and Greg Biffle, have taken a personal interest in the dogfighting conspiracy charges against Michael Vick. They both are involved in animal rescue operations and say that Vick’s case will bring attention to their cause.

Newman and his wife, Krissie, made shirts this week that say: “7 to life” on the front and “Neuter Vick” on the back. They said that they will wear the shirts throughout Vick’s trial.

“Everybody is innocent until proven guilty,” Ryan Newman said. “But his little group has made it clear they fight dogs. People who defend that are slugs. This separates the smart people from the dumb.”

Krissie organized a group of wives of Dodge drivers to work at a local restaurant last Saturday. Their salaries and tips were donated to a local Humane Society.

Krissie says that everyone knows about dog fighting now and Michael Vick is the face of this horrible crime.

Biffle said that he is troubled by people who don’t think dogfighting is a problem. He said that he was furious when he read Vick’s indictment. Biffle added that if the allegations are true, Vick made some very poor decisions and he must pay for them.

Most people think that Vick’s career will be ended if he is found guilty of the charges filed against him. But one professor disagrees.

Syracuse University Professor Dr. Boyce Watkins says that Vick will be more popular than ever after the dog fighting scandal is over. Watkins is also a regular commentator on African Americans in sport on ESPN, CBS and CNN. He says that Vick’s popularity will be increased because of the fact that many of his fans already support a barbaric sport.

“In a sport like football, the more of a ‘man’s man’ you are, the more some people love you,” says Watkins. “People are going to love Vick for the same reasons they loved Tyson in spite of the rape conviction and loved Babe Ruth after all the drinking and womanizing. There is an almost shocking masculinity affect involved.”

Watkins says that he doesn’t condone dog fighting and considers it to be extremely tragic. In an online news column, Watkins tells Vick that he should “Handle his business”, and that he should get rid of friends that will surround him with trouble.

He also says that the public should be careful in judging Vick. Watkins says that the courts should be allowed to decide if he is guilty. He also advises the NFL to wait to sideline Vick until the case has been settled before making any premature moves.

Source: Savannah Now, PR-GB.com

(Thanks menusux)

14 Responses to “Nascar Drivers Against Dog Fighting; Vick May Become More Popular”

  1. Will Blog For Yarn » Bless you Ryan Newman! says:

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  2. catmom5 says:

    I am glad to see some prominent sports figures step up to let their fans know that they DO NOT support dog fighting or dog fighters. As far as MV’s “popularity” ~ well, that’s not a group I’d want to be popular with, but I do understand what Watkins is saying. Too bad because those are some of the attitudes about animals that need a serious adjustment, IMHO.

  3. Gindy says:

    Boyce is totally bonkers. It is a far cry from a womanizing Babe Ruth and thuggish Mike Tyson to animal abuser Michael Vick. First off Ruth and Tyson victimized human beings who could fight back on an even level (in the ring or out of it). Even when Tyson got physical with his wife, she could sue him in court and get an injunction against him to leave her alone.
    Those dogs OWNED any Vick had no choice and that more than anything sticks in the rest of humanity’s craw (those who fight dogs are no longer human as far as I am concerned…).
    Boyce severely underestimates the amount of folks who love football and animals. Twenty out of twenty football fans in my ‘hood think he should be thrown into a pit of dogs and let them do their thing to him. And almost all of these folks are Christian church goers of various races and ethnicities.

  4. straybaby says:

    even if Vick remains popular with the thugs, doesn’t mean he’ll play in the NFL again. i highly doubt the NFL will wait to sideline him. they would be nuts to let him play and i think they know it would be a major problem for the league. i think dog lovers far outweigh the dog fighters in this country.

  5. nora says:

    God bless those poor dogs that have and had no choice and are and were forced to fight to survive and then tortured and murdered when they would not or could not. And DAMM the people who carried out those hideous deeds and DAMM the ones who think that it is and was OK. All their days will COME. The GOOD SHALL OVERCOME.

  6. biasedoyster says:

    I think it is right for Vick to be lose his endorsements and be sidelines. I am sickened by the daily news stories about people abusing, starving, killing, and otherwise causing great harm to animals they “own” or come in contact with. These animals aren’t bad nor do they wish to fight or be hurt. But, some people continue to abuse and take advantage of the fact animals can’t fight back. I only wish penalties under the law were much more severe. It seems the penalties for abusers is a slap on the wrist for taking a life that should be respected. Who decided humans are the end all be all of the earth. We seem to be doing a great job of destroying it, hurting others and animals along the way.

  7. biasedoyster says:

    I think it is right for Vick to be lose his endorsements and be sidelined. I am sickened by the daily news stories about people abusing, starving, killing, and otherwise causing great harm to animals they “own” or come in contact with. These animals aren’t bad nor do they wish to fight or be hurt. But, some people continue to abuse and take advantage of the fact animals can’t fight back. I only wish penalties under the law were much more severe. It seems the penalties for abusers is a slap on the wrist for taking a life that should be respected. Who decided humans are the end all be all of the earth. We seem to be doing a great job of destroying it, hurting others and animals along the way.

  8. mittens says:

    i’m offended by the concept that some think its not so bad for a human female to be raped or beat by some sports thug-because they can allegedly ‘ fight back’ or sue later.

    how many men do you know who could successfully fight off an unprovoked attack by a large, muscled male who is a paid professional athlete or prize fighter? this is the moral equivilent of saying its ok to beat, rape and murder adult humans because, afterall, they are adults and can fight back. (survival of the fittest?) how soon we forget that human is part of the word humane.

    people seem more collectively horrified at cruel treatment of bunnies in petco or people who are systematically cruel to a breed of dog then they are at the fact that there was even another professional male athlete, strung out on steroids, who killed his wife and son. if he’d killed his pit bull there’d be more concern. it just isn’t right- a selective morality that says you can do anything to humans because humans are bad and not innocent and can mystically choose to not be the victim of some cruel sociopath. tell that to the mothers of the women slain by serial killers. youre saying theyre not worth the life of a dog because they basically got what they deserved through inaction or that it’s more forgivable because unlike rover they can hire a lawyer after the fact.

    sexist and disturbing, frankly. im the first one to call for the head of an animal abuser on par with anyone alleged to have done what vick did but dragging in unbalanced , horrifyingly cavalier attitudes torward women in particular who have suffered violence at the hands of men is putting truth to the concept that ‘ she wanted it anyway…’- a giant step backwards for the rights and care we accord to victims. dog fighting is wrong. throwing kittens in bags and tossing them onto the highway is wrong. but so is beating, raping and harming humans. we loose our humanity when we can no longer empathize with other humans but rather can only identify with nonhumans whom we deem ‘ innocent.’ i dont much like humans and i prefer the company of my cats, but i’ll be damned if i’ll tolerate the abuse of humans and women in particular given the history of gender directed violence in most of the world cultures.

    it only empowers the cruel and sadistic if we grant them a pass on their behaviours toward women or flimsily try to excuse it as less then the crimes perpetrated against animals. 9 times out of 10 if they strangled a puppy they’ve at least fantasized about doing it to a human. none of it can be tolerated or justified. justifying physical violence only enshrines it in our culture as acceptable behaviour perpetrated on socially approved subjects or more appropriately ‘ objects’- those stripped of their humanity and right to be treated with dignity and respect and not blamed for the crimes directed at them.

  9. Traci says:

    Amen Sister!

    I am assuming you are a “sister” not a “brother.” ;)

  10. Mary says:

    Ryan Newman and his wife have been longtime advocates for animals. I have always been impressed by the overall generosity of NASCAR drivers in general. Of course, the fact that Ryan and Greg Biffle are outspoken animal advocates has been extremely important to me. I believe that Tony Stewart also donates money to animal groups, particularly greyhound rescue, through his foundation.

    If Michael Vick becomes more popular as a result of this travesty, it speaks very poorly for those remaining fans. It also speaks of a society that is truly terrifying to me. My hope is that, if proven guilty, he is punished to the fullest extent of the law (and then some!)

  11. lelap says:

    As Vick loses endorsement after endorsement, I am heartened to see that some companines have sense.
    Now if the NFL would end his contract….

  12. Sunrize311 says:

    Tell Professor Watson to take his head out of his ass. Football is not a barbaric sport but dog fighting certainly is. I hope Vick goes to prison and then goes to hell.

  13. jabes says:

    Mittens,
    Thank you for so eloquently articulating just what I was thinking when I read one of the early comments. Perfectly said. There does not have to be an either/or when it comes to condeming abuse of animals and people–both are horrific.

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