Friday, August 24, 2007

DEAR DAD: PLEASE SHUT UP

If this were the Vickpranos, Jr. Boddie would get "whacked."

According to the AP Michael Vick's father said he asked his son to give up dogfighting, or to at very least to title his property in others’ names to keep the heat off his trail according to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“Michael Boddie, who is estranged from Vick and the quarterback's mother, also said some time around 2001 his son staged dogfights in the garage of the family home in Newport News, Va. Boddie told the newspaper Vick kept fighting dogs in the family's backyard, including dogs that were "bit up, chewed up, exhausted.”

In addition:

“… Boddie dismissed the idea that Vick's longtime friends were the main instigators of the dogfighting operation.

"I wish people would stop sugarcoating it," Boddie told The Journal-Constitution. "This is Mike's thing. And he knows it ... likes it, and he has the capital to have a set up like that."

Um, Dad, you're not helping...

Evidently Michael and his dear old dad don’t get along so well. (Can’t imagine why?). Evidently Vick has refused to speak with him the past few month, but that hasn’t stopped the $130 million QB from paying dad’s rent and staking him with some cash here and there.

Evidently Pops was looking to formalize their financial relationship when he asked his son for $1 million spread out over 12 years. Vick declined, and dear old dad countered with a $700,000 request. We don’t imagine Boddie’s recent ink helped the negotiations.

In somewhat better news for Vicksters, ESPN reported that Vick's defense team met with federal attorneys Thursday afternoon to determine the "summary of facts" to which Vick will plead. But ESPN's source said Vick maintains he never killed dogs and never gambled on a dog fight. The source told ESPN the Atlanta Falcons quarterback will plead guilty to the charge of interstate commerce for the purpose of dogfighting.

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