This week the media and the sports world were shocked by the charges against Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons. He is charged, among other things, of sponsoring a dogfighting operation.
Is this what it took to focus attention on the criminal behavior of some NFL players? For years, these players have had run-ins with the law and charges of sodomy, rape, assault, drug possession and trafficking and dui's. They were crimes against people, now they are accused of crimes against animals.
Back in 1998, Jeff Benedict and Don Yaeger wrote a book entitled PROS AND CONS The Criminals Who Play in the NFL. They go into detail on Patrick Bates who was charged with aggravated assault and false imprisonment, but pled to reduced charges. Then there was Willie Beamon who was convicted of assault. Cornelius Bennett was charged with rape, sodomy, unlawful imprisonment and sexual abuse, but pled to reduced charges.
There are many other stories in this book. Evidently, they didn't get the coverage that Michael Vicks did.
I don't like pit bulls, but what those dogs allegedly went through was terrible. I can't understand why anyone would enjoy watching and betting on a fight that will end in death to one of the participants. I hope that everyone involved, if found guilty, will receive the full punishment possible.
Maybe now there will be more media attention on all criminal activity by professional sports players. Too many of them are held up as heroes.