Vick’s Father Claims Vick is Heavily Involved in Dog Fighting August 25, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports.
I wish people would stop sugarcoating it. This is Mike’s thing. And he knows it.
Those are the words spoken by Michael Vick’s estranged father, Michael Boddie. Boddie claims that Vick has been involved in dogfighting since 2001, and would stage dogfights in the garage of the family home in Newport News, Virginia. Boddie stated that he would nurse the injured dogs back to full health after the fights. He also claims that he warned Vick not to participate in dog fighting.
Boddie is apparently frustrated that he has been accused by Vick of not being a part of his son’s life. He states that he has had drug problems in the past, but was there for Vick and his other kids. Boddie plans to release a book telling more of what he knows.
Vick and his father rarely talk to each other, and when they do, it’s through an assistant. There are reports that Boddie asked Vick for $700,000 a couple of weeks ago through an assistant, but was denied by Vick. Two years ago, he asked Vick for $1 million spread over 12 years, but that too was denied. Vick does however pay for his father’s apartment and payed for his rehab.
This is just a classic story of a father that was never there for his son, but when the son suddenly becomes a superstar, he then decides that he wants to be a father, not realizing that he’s about 22 years late.
I think it’s safe to say that Boddie is more upset about not getting rich off of Michael Vick, than being accused of not being a good father. It’s obvious that he’s not making these claims to the media as a way to do the right thing, but is rather making an attempt to make money off his son’s current situation. I hope the media doesn’t add more fuel to this story and give Boddie more opportunities to make money off of Vick.