Michael Vick’s father, Michael Boddie, said he urged his son to stop dog fighting years ago or, at least, put property used for the fights in the name of others to avoid being implicated some day.
Boddie said in 2001, Vick staged dog fights in the garage of the family’s home and backyard. The dogs were “bit up, chewed up, and exhausted”, and Boddie said he nursed the dogs back to health.
Vick’s father is estranged from his son. He dismissed comments that Vick’s friends were the main ones responsible for the dog fighting operation.
“I wish people would stop sugarcoating it,” Boddie said. “This is Mike’s thing. And he knows it and likes it. He has the capital to have a set up like that.”
Boddie said he has tried to look out for his son and told him that he doesn’t need to do dog fighting. He even told Vick to transfer the property to the name of one of his friends, just in case if something went wrong.
He said that Vick would organize dog fights at the family’s house in Newport News. Boddie added that Vick kept pit bulls in eight cages in the backyard of the house.
Boddie never expected that his son would someday be in trouble for dog fighting. “I thought he would have gotten out of it by then, gotten it out of his system,” he said.
One of Vick’s attorneys, Daniel Meachum, said Vick has never mentioned anything that Boddie has described. Meachum said it is disgraceful that Boddie would try to capitalize on Vick’s current situation.
Boddie said he and Vick have had a rocky relationship, and Vick has refused to directly speak to him for the past 2 1/2 half months. He said he is simply speaking out because he is hurt by Vick’s reports that he grew up without his father. He said he has been dragged through the mud.
He added that he plans to write a book about all that he knows about Vick.
Boddie said that Vick does pay for his rent and gives him a couple of hundred dollars every week or two.
On Monday, Vick will reportedly plead guilty to one count of interstate commerce for the purpose of taking dogs across state lines for dogfighting.
An unidentified ESPN source said Vick will not admit to killing dogs or gambling on dog fights when he enters his guilty plea. The source said Vick maintains he never killed dogs and never gambled on a dog fight.
(Thanks menusux, Pit Bull Lover)