PETA Ticked at Vick Pick for Madden NFL Cover

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are apparently cheesed off that Michael Vick has advanced to the "Sweet 16: of fan voting to determine who will grace the cover of Madden 2012. They should be grateful if Vick wins the distinction because Madden NFL cover athletes tend to have very bad luck.

"I can tell you we’ve already received the letters from our good friends at PETA urging us to take him out of the bracket," EA Sports president Peter Moore said recently at the World Congress of Sports in Miami. "I personally believe, and this is personal commentary right now, that Michael served his time. He’s had a tremendous season."

PETA is angry that Vick might grace the cover of the latest Madden NFL game because of his participation in an illegal interstate dog fighting ring and for the way he treated the animals he owned. But Vick supporters point out that he did his time. In August 2007 Vick pled guilty to federal charges related to his part in the illegal dog fighting circuit, and served 21 months in prison, followed by two months of house arrest.

Philadelphia Eagles fans agree with PETA – the Madden Curse certainly won’t help their favorite team.

Source: Sporting News

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  1. travelsize says:

    He’s lost more than you would care to know. Time in prison notwithstanding, he lost all of his previous endorsements and alot of respect in the NFL when he was sentenced. He’s regained the respect and has said he’s truly sorry for what he’s done. He works with animal rights groups now. He’s only just recently getting a few endorsement deals and even then, he’s deeply in dept. Yet he does his job actually improved his skills. Not liking him for what he’s done is your opinion and that is fine, but he deserves his shot at fame again because he brought himself back from the bottom.

    Now, as for your opinion of Eagles fans; I’m one of them and you are grossly mistaken on your perception of them. They’re as passionate as any fans of any team in the NFL. You obviously didn’t do the research about the Santa Claus incident(the media did, but "Booing Santa" makes for better ratings). The guy was drunk. Intimidation? Go to an Eagles-Cowboys game in Dallas or an Eagles-Giants game in the Meadowlands. Washington? Well, who cares? Every fan at those games acts the same way; they’re devoted to their team. Your theory on the puppy eating is ridiculous only because you’re talking about a figment of your imagination. What if’s are impossible to quantify since they never happened. But let’s say Tom Brady ate a puppy onfield, somehow wasn’t fired for behavior and won the super bowl. I bet there’d be people in MA defending him.

    As to the actual article, PETA is known for doing whatever it can to get attention(Cooking Mama? Really?). Their methods are extreme, though their hearts could be in the right place. Screw whatever they have to say and head on over to the ASPCA instead.  

  2. Neeneko says:

    realitive to what he did… yeah, I consider that a slap on the wrist.  Esp since he got to pick up such a lucrative career again so quickly, long term the effect was pretty much nothing.

  3. Hevach says:

    People charged with less counts involved in the same ring won’t be out until Vick is either retired or the next Brett Favre and should be retired. And that’s accounting for their sentences being cut short due to overcrowding.

    Now, as for the "legion of fans supporting him by intentionally taunting anyone who dislikes him," those are Philadelphia Eagles fans. A group which is notorious for including some of the most evil fans in sports. They booed and threw bottles at Santa Clause. They used intimidation, death threats, and vandalism to force several journalists who wrote bad things about the team to leave the city. Vick could probably trot a crate of puppies out on the field and eat one after every good play and as long as he still took them to the playoffs, they’d cheer. They might see some fans stop coming, but they’d probably still sell more tickets than the Detroit Lions.

  4. Monte says:

     "People charged with less counts involved in the same ring won’t be out until Vick is either retired or the next Brett Favre and should be retired. And that’s accounting for their sentences being cut short due to overcrowding."

    You sure? cause i looked up the case and it seems all those involved received similar sentences… some got similar months in prison or several years of probation. Unless there is another case for those involved in the same ring that i did not notice.

    Though i might agree that he got off easy relative to what he did especially if you take into account how it did not at all effect his rich career; really i think most people who get prison time have a lot harder time putting their lives back together after they get out much less getting such a rich work

  5. Michael Chandra says:

    "The suspended quarterback served 19 months in prison on the dogfighting conviction that capped one of the most astonishing falls in sports history _ one that stole his wealth and popularity."

    Slap on the wrist?_? 19 months in US jail? Damn, if you consider that a slap on the wrist and nothing more, remind me not to commit crimes when you can be a jury member, I’d be hung for robbery.

  6. Neeneko says:

    His time?  You mean that slap on the wrist followed by a multimillion dollar contract and legions of fans who show support by intentionally taunting anyone who doesn’t like him?

    That time?

    Damn, I need to commit more horrific crimes.

  7. Neeneko says:

    So basically you are saying you will support anyone as long as someone you hate dislikes them, even if loads of other people also dislike them?

    A lot of people despise Vick, not just PETA.

  8. Michael Chandra says:

    Not to mention that this guy did his time. When is PETA going to serve time for all the pets they murder?

  9. travelsize says:

    The $2 million contract for 2 years? And being in dept, and not really playing much right after his release? Yeah what a sweet deal.

    Wait, I thougth he did great during last season(2010, right?). The O-line, however, sucked major balls. 

  10. jedidethfreak says:

    Ideally, yes. However, that isn’t always the case.

    With the first link, the chain is forged.

  11. hellfire7885 says:

    While PETA does painless euthanasia as far as I know, they do it excessively and needlessly.

  12. derrythe says:

    Yes, but neuter is as good as you will be put into a nice home with a loving family and have a long and happy life.

  13. jedidethfreak says:

    He got his second chance – that sweet multi-million-dollar contract he got within a year of getting out of prison.

    Keep in mind that he SUCKED IT HORRIBLY last season.  He’s only on the list because people don’t want to admit that he sucks as bad as he does.

    With the first link, the chain is forged.

  14. axiomatic says:

    PETA needs to hush up. They got a lot of free press from the NFL when Vick was found guilty. Now that Vick is a changed man they need to at least let him prove himself to be genuine in his rehabilitation. If Vick screws up again… sure, roast him. But otherwise… let him get the second chance we ALL deserve.

  15. Neeneko says:

    While I hesitate to defend PETA… I do think there is a differnce between painless euthinasia the intentional torturing and killing of loyal creatures in brutal ways for the fun of it.

    I think most people if they were given the option between ‘you will fall asleep and not wake up’ and ‘you will be ripped to shreads by a creature with sharp teeth, and if you surivive we will bash your brains against the floor till you die or drop you bleeding into a pool of electfied water till you tire and drown while we sit around laughing, drinking, and placing bets on how long you survive’… most people will feel there is a slight differnce between the two options even if the final result is the same.

    And of course the option of ‘you might live but will be horribly scared, multilated, and socially broken’.

  16. derrythe says:

    2,000+ dogs and cats a year is a whole lot more than 1 per day. Since 1998 PeTA has killed over 25,000 pets. How many could Vick have possibly contributed to the death of?

    Maybe he should have been made to work at a shelter and adopt out 9 pets. That’s more then PETA managed in the whole of 2009.

  17. Cecil475 says:


    Where dogfighting is BAD,

    and outright killing them is GOOD.

    Support PETA, and kill a dog today!

     – W


    (P.S. In other words, due to them killing dogs, they have no room to complain about how Vic was treating his dogs. In fact, in my point of view, they lost their voice on animal curelty period. Keep up the good work PETA.))

    R.i.P GamePolitics 2005-2016

  18. CEOIII says:

    I’m torn.

    On the one hand, PETA wants him out, so I should vote for him on principle.

    On the other hand, MADDEN CURSE(cue ominous music). He’s done his time, why punish him again?

    What do I do?

    I’m Charlie Owens, good night, and good luck.

  19. Neeneko says:

    This is why I hate PETA.

    Listen to these comments… PETA doesn’t like something, so people rush to defend it…. they have done so much harm when it comes to animal stuff, and people like the above posters are happy to play along as long as they get to snub their noses at the group.

  20. Austin from Oregon says:

    I bet there’s PETA members who have DUI’s, they should never be honored for being great at their jobs again.

  21. GrimCW says:

    agreed, tbh i’m against the dog fights and such, as well as believe in proper treatment of critters, but i’m more against home grown terrorist organizations (PETA) than i am UBIDRM.

    so my vote goes for Vick in that regard alone.

  22. hellfire7885 says:

    Despite that I hardly give a damn about Madden, I’ll say what I always say about groups like this.

    Let ’em bitch.

  23. BearDogg-X says:

    As long as Drew Brees isn’t on the cover again this year, I don’t really care who’s on the cover of Madden(though if it’s a Minnesota Vikings player, that’s fine with me, since some Vikings fans still whine about the Saints beating the Vikings in the 2009 NFC Championship).

    Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra. Hell will stay frozen over for quite a while since the Saints won the Super Bowl.

    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

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