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Vick’s Father Claims Vick is Heavily Involved in Dog Fighting August 25, 2007

Posted 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.



1. emmettjones - August 25, 2007

I completely agree with your point. He’s obviously just trying to get rich off Vick, after leaving him before (i.e. why does he need to write a book to explain his side of the story?). Say what you will about Vick, but I do think its pretty big of him to pay for his father’s housing and rehab. A lot of other people would not do as much.

2. andyfox1979 - August 25, 2007

You’re probably right, but dogfighting may be “mike’s thing” after all.

Here’s my take on it:

3. everythingscomingupmilhouse - August 25, 2007

i dont believe much of what this guy says. i cant see him nursing dogs completely back to health when he chose not to be around his son when he was young. then want money when he is grown and successful and then at the worst moment in his son’s life he goes to media and says he is guilty. basically one last f–k you to vick! come on it doesnt make sense. when is that book coming out?

i think vick should go to jail and not be let back in the nfl (but there are players in the nfl now i dont think should be) but his dad needs to just shut up and learn from his mistakes as a father and not make bigger ones now that he has the chance to be a better man for his son.

4. W.B. - August 25, 2007

yea, you definately called it… come on Boddi… a book? if he truely wasn’t a part of the majority of Vick’s life, the only reasonable explanation for him to suddenly turn author would be to capitalize on Vick’s current dilema… as soon as the Vick situation hit the media, you KNOW his dad was trying to figure out how much dirt he could dish for some cash… i admire the fact that Vick hasn’t neglected his father’s immediate neccesities like his rent and health but, for daddy to ask for 1 million… over 12 years…??? haha… I hope the book TANKS.

5. animalchaplain - August 28, 2007

I watched Vick’s public apology with my little son who USED TO wear Michael Vick jerseys to school. It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick’s “enlightenment” carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job. I hope I am wrong.

If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. There is so much anger about this issue. If we channel it into a positive direction, hopefully, something good can come of it. However…

I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings – they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

Chaplain Nancy Cronk
Founder, http://www.AnimalChaplains.com

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