Michael Vick is the troubled, former quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL, and a former All-American at Virginia Tech. The man...

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Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper has become public enemy #1 since a video surfaced of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert.

Cooper, who is white, apologized and was fined by the team. He later held a news conference at the team's headquarters where he apologized at length.

On Twitter, both athletes and fans alike chimed in, as you would expect. But what you might not expect was that Marcus Vick put a bounty on Riley Cooper:

  • Marcus Tweets
  • R-Coop

Vick, a former college football star and brother of Cooper's Eagles teammate Michael Vick, quickly deleted the Tweet after his girlfriend made him (apparently).

Michael, for his part, took a different view:

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Michael Vick knows he may never change some people's minds - heck, the guy still receives death threats - but he called in to TMZ yesterday and sounded quite sincere:

The ex-convict of a quarterback says he's a changed man.

Michael Vick on a Couch

Vick is involved with the Team Freedom Outreach, an organization that asks volunteers to play sports with incarcerated kids, and cites his prison time as the basis for making such a commitment.

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NFL star Michael Vick says he won't be bullied by a spate of recent death threats, but he has canceled his upcoming book tour in the wake of them.

Vick on the Eags

The once-imprisoned QB and author of Finally Free: An Autobiography says he will continue his work with community service organizations, too.

Vick nixed his book tour after "credible threats" were called in to several Barnes & Noble stores across the country, but "won't let this control his life."

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Michael Vick appeared on Pies Morgan Tonight yesterday and said he'd be interesting in adopting a new puppy for his children, telling the host:

"I can't take that dream away from them. That's selfish on my behalf."

But the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) sees things very differently, releasing a statement in response and calling out the Eagles quarterback - who spent 19 months in prison for dogfighting - for even considering such an idea.

"Vick’s journey toward rehabilitation and redemption has not reflected any direct concern for the wellbeing of animals, and we’ve never heard him express a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed," the ASPCA tells TMZ.

"Rather than talk about the horrors and brutalities of dog fighting, Vick has instead chosen to focus on the consequences of getting caught.

"Vick’s actions have been simply self-serving and not remotely expressing remorse. Because of this, the ASPCA has serious concerns about Vick’s ability to be a responsible pet guardian."

Hey, at least the organization didn't say it thought Vick should die.

What do YOU think? Should Michael Vick adopt a dog?

 

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America can be forgiving for many things, but Michael Vick still has a ways to go. He remains the most hated athlete in America, according to a Forbes poll.

Vick clocked in with an usually high awareness rate of 42 percent, meaning he’s well-known in America even among non-NFL fans ... but not in a good way.

“His awareness is up there with Peyton Manning, but a lot of it is people knowing him for the wrong reasons,” said Stephen Master, VP of Sports for Nielsen.

Top Dog!

Other notable names toward the top of the most-disliked list include Kris Humphries (Kim would totally be #1) Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez and Kurt Busch.

Mark McGwire, Randy Moss, Manny Ramirez and Ben Roethlisberger fell out of the dubious top 10, even if there was no major image rehab in any case.

One shocking 180 was that of the Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh, who went from one of the NFL’s best-liked players to one of its worse in a matter of months.

Suh’s reputation took a beating after a highly public stomping of a Green Bay Packer on national TV on Thankgiving. It's no animal cruelty, but that'll do it.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick may soon be caught up in a naked photo scandal, if a woman trying to hawk a “full frontal” picture of him has her way.

According to reports, the unnamed female is shopping around a pic of Michael Vick naked to various media outlets in an attempt to secure a big payday. Wonderful.

Vick’s camp dismissed the story, saying he has better things to worry about - like losing to the Bears 30-24 last night - but doesn’t outright deny the photo exists.

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"The only thing Mike has on his mind is his date with the Chicago Bears this evening,” his rep said. “The rest of what this woman is claiming isn't worth dignifying."

According to one website the woman contacted, the pic is clearly Vick due to the tats “that appear all over his body including his signature super man tattoo [sic].”

The woman claims the photo of Vick, whose NFL comeback after a two-year prison term for running a dogfighting ring is the stuff of legend, is less than a year old.

“He is in the bathroom of the hotel room the night before the game taking the photos of himself,” she claims.  “It is from the neck down with all tattoos visible.”

So ... his face isn't visible. How convenient.

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Following Chris Brown's recent rampage in New York, there are fans that still take the side of this singer, typically using three defenses:

  1. Hasn't everyone made a mistake?!?
  2. His incident with Rihanna is two years old.
  3. The media should stop bringing it up.

The first argument is ridiculous. Brown did not push Rihanna, nor did he strike her just once. Have you seen the photos following the attack? Brown pummeled his then-girlfriend. He gave her a fat lip and a black eye. You can stand atop your high horses all you'd like, but, no, not all "mistakes" are equal.

Would supporters continue to echo this non-judgmental sentiment if he sexually assaulted Rihanna? If she died as a result of his temper?

Brown, C.

Chris Brown could learn a lot from Mike Vick.

But the real crux of my argument centers around the second and third points listed above. If Brown truly wants forgiveness from the public and is legitimately sorry for his actions, he should look to Michael Vick as a role model.

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Michael Vick just called time out on his interview ever with Oprah Winfrey that was set to air next week. The abrupt cancellation was not explained.

"Michael Vick was scheduled to be a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show for an episode airing next Thursday," said a spokesman for Harpo Productions.

Oooooprah!

"Mr. Vick's representatives called to cancel his appearance for personal reasons."

Vick did not elaborate, but told Philadelphia Sports Daily, that "I admire and respect Oprah and hope to be able to participate in an interview in the future."

Why would the NFL star bail? It's doubtful that he's ducking tough questions, as he's faced them head on for over a year, and he has a heck of a story to tell.

After running an illegal dogfighting ring led to a 23-month stint in prison and home confinement, he returned to the NFL in 2009 and climbed back to stardom.

Some sources say the cancellation may boil down to a friendly wager. Seriously.

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Michael Vick, who fell from grace as an NFL star and landed in a federal prison for dogfighting, only to reemerge as a star years later, is coming to Oprah.

The talk show queen's interview with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is set to air on Thursday. Oprah Winfrey will also do an extensive feature on Vick.

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Officials with Chicago-based Harpo Productions say she will spotlight Vick's time in prison, work with the Humane Society and return to NFL stardom.

 

Vick. Oprah. The much-anticipated interview airs Thursday.

Vick served 18 months in prison over a dogfighting ring based on his property in Surry County, Va. In 2007, several dogs were seized from his property.

He was released, then reinstated to the NFL for the 2009 season and has been doing public-service work, including with the Humane Society, ever since.

Do you think Michael Vick is a changed man? Will Oprah take it to him with tough questions? Are you looking forward to seeing him on the program?

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Many football fans, including President Barack Obama, are happy about Michael Vick getting a second chance from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson is not one of those people.

We know it's a 24-hour news world, and Fox anchors are mandated to embrace the opposite view of anything Obama says, but listen to this:

“I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances,” Carlson said. “But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a cruel, heartless way. Personally, I think he should’ve been executed for that."

"He wasn't, but the idea that the President of the United States is getting behind someone who murdered dogs? Kind of beyond the pale."

So ... the Christian thing to do is execute Michael Vick?

What if he can truly be rehabilitated and people can learn from his example? Michael Vick loves animals now. What more do you want?

For its part, the White House reiterated that Obama condemns his crimes (running a dogfighting ring) but believes convicts should get a chance to contribute to society when they are released from prison (Vick served nearly two years).

Tell us, was Michael Vick's sentence fair?