Portis, Samuels Brush off Vick’s Dog Fighting Issues

Speaking without thinking. It’s a common happening in sports, as over the years I have heard plenty of players, coaches, and even owners say things that come back to bite them. In this case, a pair of Washington Redskin players were speaking about biting, and their comments should show you just where the mindset of today’s players are today.

The two players are running back Clinton Portis and offensive linemen Chris Samuels, who both on Monday decided to speak out about the ongoing saga of Falcons QB Michael Vick and his latest snafu – a dog fighting ring that it appears he was somehow involved in. The ring was discovered by agents when they stormed a home that Vick owns in a raid, but Vick claims he does not live in the home, that his cousin does.

In recent weeks though, more than one source claims that Vick was not only well aware of the activities at his home, but also enjoyed taking part in them. Far be it from me to pass judgement on if dog fighting is a crime, but it does involve a number of illegal activities – gambling and cruelty of animals are two that come to mind right away. With all that said, Portis coming out and giving support to Vick like he did on Monday almost makes you shake your head in disbelief.

“I don’t know if he was fighting dogs or not,” Portis told WAVY-TV on Monday. “But it’s his property, it’s his dogs. If that’s what he wants to do, do it.” Wow. If ever there was a case of not using your noggin before speaking, this has got to be right up there. Portis’ comments cannot be taken lightly, as he not only is defending a player that cannot keep himself out of the headlines, and for all the wrong reasons, as of late, but he is also standing up for those that breed animals strictly for the use of having them fight and then putting money on them.

Both Portis and Samuels giggled and laughed during the interview, and both brushed off the notion that dog fighting is a crime. Portis, who is from Mississippi, stated that down home there are dog fights all over the place, and people like police and even judges have dogs for the sole purpose of having them fight. Again Clinton, think before you speak.

Even if Portis is correct, and there are judges and police in Mississippi with dogs, that does not make the activity right. While dog fighting is not going out and committing murder, it is a crime, and a crime that should be dealt with. As with most pro players, they think because they have the skill to run a football faster than others, dunk a basketball or hit a home run that they are above the law. Portis and Samuels should include themselves in that list.

I can understand Portis being in Vick’s corner. I have no problem with he and Samuels’ support of a fellow NFL player. But you can easily say you support Vick and hope things turn out okay, and not have to try and brush off the crime like that is okay. Portis said if Vick is charged and convicted that “he got cheated…you’re putting him behind bars for no reason – over a dog fight.”

I can’t believe that someone from the Redskins organization, possibly even Joe Gibbs, is not going to pull these two aside and let them know that they may not want to come out and condone something that if they feel it is or not – is in the American justice system a crime. Not only does it make the person saying it look foolish, it makes the Redskins look bad as well. Just chalk it up once again to the one thing that gets more players and those in sports in trouble these days – speaking without thinking.


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11 Responses to “Portis, Samuels Brush off Vick’s Dog Fighting Issues”

  1. sally p says:

    i think that dog fighting is very cruel and that people should stand up for them and not let those poor dogs just get hurt!!!! No wonder people do not want baby pit bulls or rotts because in their blood they always want to fight just because a stupid idiot started a fight between two innocent dogs that were forced to fight!!!! they even make un pure breed dogs that are much smaller than their fighting dogs because it is suppose to be a little chew toy for the dog the is cruel and people should not act like stupid immature dumb asses just because they want to have their pleasures…. they probably do it because they have no mother fuckin damn stupid life !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for reading and please excuse the cussing, it is just that i love animals and this is animal cruelty and they should be put in jail and have their time!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you so much for reading I LUBB YA !!!!!!!

  2. jessica says:

    hi, my name is jessica i think people should not put there dogs through that just think if you were a dog and your owner put you in a fight and you died trying you would think your owner was pretty fucked up don’t you i think people should think before they go and do stuped shit like that its mean and they should be killed just for puting there pore animals throught that shit why do you think they are trying to make it alegeal to have pitpulls i have one andshe is the nicest thing ever they are really good dogs all dogs are its just the fucking stuped people that train them to be that way. Well anyway thank you for reading this it truly means you care and we have to do all we can to stop it. THANKS

  3. JE Quesada says:

    You know what, the idiots who don’t feel like it’ a big deal probably partcipate in other illegal activities and dont’ think it’s a big deal. Well, let me pass this “not a big deal” off to you Einsteins, I won’t be having anything do do do with the Falcon’s till they address this animal cruely issue and I won’t attend a game where they are one of the contentders. So there, see, it’s really “not a big deal” is it.

  4. Al Sharpton took a stand and for once people agreed with him.

    But it’s also a shame when a child gets attacked by a Wimerauner and noone does anything about it.

  5. mike says:

    MICHAEL VICK really SCREWED UP BIG TIMEE
    Dose he REALLY THINK, THAT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS COLLECTED FROM PITBULL TERRIER FIGHTS is worth a dead dog
    NO AMOUNT OF MONEY IS WORTH THE PAIN & SUFFERAGE OF THESE INNOCENT DOGS. I DON’T CARE WHAT hey MAY THINK, IT’S WHAT US CARING PEOPLE KNOW. KNOW, THAT BRINGING UP PITBULLS FOR FIGHTING, JUST ISN’T RIGHT. PITBULLS SHOULD BE BOUGHT INTO THIS WORLD, INTO A WELCOMING ENVIROMENT & PL ACED WTH A CARING FAMILY WHO WILL DO THEIR BEST TO TAKE CARE OF IT, & MAKE IT A FAMILY MEMBER OF THEIR OWN. GIVE THEM ATTENTION, LOVE, SUPPORT.
    Pitbulls ARE NOT NATURAL-BORN KILLERS. It is at the OWNER’S FAULT, as to wether or not the pitbull BECOMES one, due to wether or not it’s been HARSHLY ABUSED, or just not trained properly .
    pitbulls, really, are as SWEET as can be THEY’RE AS GENTLE & LOVING AS EVER………
    SO I GUESS IN THE END..IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS ; IS THIS RIGHT?? THESE MAY NOT BE YOUR PETS
    , BUT THEY ONCE WERE, TO SOMEBODY ELSE. TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR PET RIGHT NOW. LOOK AT YOUR DOG…WOULD YOU TOLERATE THIS HAPPENING TO HIM/HER ? DEFINATELY NOT. WHY NOT STEP IN & TAKE ACTION, TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE’S PET JUST LIKE YOURS?

    This is INHUMANE….

  6. kristie says:

    this is mean to dogs u fucking basterds

  7. ryan says:

    People like Mike Vick make me want to move to Norway
    http://www.collegefastbreak.com/

  8. YOUNGMIKE says:

    i wish i had a pit

  9. hailey says:

    if you think that this is fun and entertaining then you should rot in hell no animal no matter the size should have to go through this i have seen some bad stuff like this I single handedly saved 4 horses and a goat that had been kicked in the head by one of the horses I feed the horses I called the ASPCA every single day i had pictures of the barbed stuck in there skin,manes and tails this is SO stupid if i could really express how i REALLY felt on the computer the world would die well anyone that had somthing to do with dog fighting now if i can go and get off so i can through up i will!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Dog Man says:

    I think that if a rott fighting it is very wrong i have heard from former rott breeders that rott are just like german shepherd they are very smart animals, also that you can make any dog smart. And the breeders also said that you can make any dog smart. that any dog can be aggressive, it is only on the way you train. if you teach a dog to just be a bad dog it will act bad thinking it is ok. But if you trained you dog to be good let say it is a pit bull. it will be a very social dog good around kids and it will not be like you have a furry demon in the house that can break at any time.

  11. eddie says:

    dog fighting is not wonrg because dogs is not humans and its fun to watch