Falcons won't bite on Vick's dog house
Quarterback denies it's a den for fighting
Paul Newberry, Associated Press
Published: Friday, May 04, 2007
ATLANTA -- More than a week after an alleged dog-fighting ring was uncovered on property owned by Michael Vick, the Atlanta Falcons still have little to say about their quarterback's potential legal problems.
General manager Rich McKay vowed to take a closer look after wrapping up last weekend's NFL draft, but he has declined to speak further on the case.
Through spokesman Reggie Roberts, McKay and the Falcons declined comment Thursday.
Police conducting a drug investigation raided a Vick-owned house in Smithfield, Va., and reported finding dozens of dogs, some injured and emaciated.
Investigators also discovered items associated with dog fighting, including veterinary supplies, blood-soaked carpeting, treadmills used for training and tools used to pry apart a dog's jaws.
Vick said he's never been to the home, even though he owns it and was letting a cousin live there. He blamed relatives for taking advantage of his generosity.
While Vick said he's not involved in dog fighting, a website shed light on his interest in breeding through a business known as "Mike Vick K-9 Kennels."
The site, http://www.vicksk9kennels.com, said Vick specializes in breeding registered puppies ranging from rare pit bull terriers to "the highly intelligent and powerful Presa Canario." It also contains a disclaimer that any of its dogs were used for fighting.
The NFL, which has cracked down on wayward players since Roger Goodell took over as commissioner, also was investigating the dog-fighting case. In fact, Vick was summoned to a meeting with Goodell last Saturday while in New York for the draft.
Vick has been involved in several embarrassing episodes in recent months.
He was fined for flashing an obscene gesture to heckling Atlanta fans after a game and was stopped by airport security officers in Miami carrying a suspicious water bottle.
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