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Despite Adrian Peterson, here are 5 reasons Mike Vick isn't fit to be a Viking

Adrian Peterson recently tweeted out his desire for the Vikings to bring Mike Vick on-board for its Quarterback-go-round.

But there's good reason that many teams don't want to touch Vick, regardless of his skills on the field (which are questionable -- he hasn't started more than 13 games a season since 2006): Vick is a dog-killer. He ran a gross and illegal dog-fighting ring and served time for it.

Despite Adrian Peterson, here are 5 reasons Mike Vick isn't fit to be a Viking

Lest you forget exactly what Vick did to those poor, innocent dogs, here are five reminders:

5. Vick didn't just kill the dogs, he did it inhumanely
From the federal indictment:

"In or about April 2007, PEACE, PHILLIPS, and VICK executed approximately 8 dogs that did not perform well in 'testing' sessions ... by various methods, including hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog's body to the ground."

4. The way they killed dogs sounds like Abu Ghraib torture
From the federal indictment:

"In or about March of 2003, PEACE, after consulting with VICK about the losing female pit bull's condition, executed the losing dog by wetting the dog down with water and electrocuting the animal."

3. Vick lied about delivering the dogs to their inhumane fate
From a polygraph test:

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Gill, Vick told the polygrapher, "I carried a dog over to Quanis Phillips, who tied a rope around its neck. I dropped the dog."

2. The dogs who survived had mental as well as physical scars
From a Parade article:

Then there was a group characterized as "pancake dogs"-animals so traumatized they flattened themselves on the ground and trembled when humans approached.

1. The forced breeding of one dog involved removing all her teeth
From a New York Times article:

A quick survey of Georgia, a caramel-colored pit bull mix with cropped ears and soulful brown eyes, offers a road map to a difficult life. Her tongue juts from the left side of her mouth because her jaw, once broken, healed at an awkward angle. Her tail zigzags.

Scars from puncture wounds on her face, legs and torso reveal that she was a fighter. Her misshapen, dangling teats show that she might have been such a successful, vicious competitor that she was forcibly bred, her new handlers suspect, again and again.

But there is one haunting sign that Georgia might have endured the most abuse of any of the 47 surviving pit bulls seized last April from the property of the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in connection with an illegal dogfighting ring.

Georgia has no teeth. All 42 of them were pried from her mouth, most likely to make certain she could not harm male dogs during forced breeding.

We may have a losing football team in Minnesota, but at least we can look our pets in the face. Winning at football is not worth the shame of hiring Mike Vick.

Hat-tip: Animal Fighting Defense League


Correction: The original version of this post said Adrian Peterson had deleted the Mike Vick tweet in question. It is in fact still available for viewing on his Tweet stream.

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