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Michael Vick calls on Android to pull dogfighting app

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An Android app called “Dog Wars” allows players to participate in video game dog fights. America’s best-known participant in real-life dog fights is not amused.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick issued a statement saying that Android should disallow the app because it portrays dogfighting as fun and games.

“I’ve come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street,” Vick said. “Now, I am on the right side of this issue, and I think it’s important to send the smart message to kids, and not glorify this form of animal cruelty, even in an Android app.”

The makers of “Dog Wars,” however, say it’s just a video game and not meant as an endorsement of dogfighting.

“Just because something is illegal in real life in certain countries, does not mean it is illegal to make a song, movie, or video game about it,” the game’s creators said in a statement.

Vick is joined in speaking out against “Dog Wars” by, among others, the Humane Society and the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

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  1. p4ck3r5 says: Apr 25, 2011 9:59 PM

    I gotta be honest here, gonna go check out the app

  2. jbl429 says: Apr 25, 2011 10:01 PM

    Vick shoulda just kept his mouth shut on this one. Shooting people is also illegal and 1st person shooter games are among the most popular games out there.

  3. 1buckeye76 says: Apr 25, 2011 10:01 PM

    did he also call for Grand Theft auto to be discontinued?

  4. theblowtorchreview says: Apr 25, 2011 10:01 PM

    Finally…………………FINALLY……FINALLY…….Vick is using his star power to try to do the right thing!

    I’m shocked…….must be scam.

  5. ronamadeo says: Apr 25, 2011 10:03 PM

    Android is a product, not an organization. Google is in charge of the Android Market. Your headline should read “Michael Vick calls on Google to pull dogfighting app”.

    Aren’t you sponsored by Sprint?

  6. xxchaos32xx says: Apr 25, 2011 10:04 PM

    Can someone say PR move.

  7. joey49er says: Apr 25, 2011 10:05 PM

    this is just too much .u have got to laugh on this one!!

  8. captainwisdom8888 says: Apr 25, 2011 10:06 PM

    Impressive, Vick owns the high score without ever having played the game. (Uncalled for, I know) haha

  9. trbowman says: Apr 25, 2011 10:09 PM

    Mike

    Most people already believe you’re actually sorry, and not just cause you got caught. This is unnecessary.

  10. duanethomas says: Apr 25, 2011 10:09 PM

    Good for Mike. Now let the idiots have at it 3…2….1 I think its great that he has learned and paid his dues. He is pulling off the greatest story of redemption since George W Bush & Ted Kenndy combined!

    Pro Player : Thumbs down

    Pro DeMaurice Smith:Thumbs Up

    My poll based on the thumbs up and down is the That the tide has turned to the players!

  11. whathappenedtovox says: Apr 25, 2011 10:09 PM

    And I guarantee more than half the comments slam him.

  12. joey49er says: Apr 25, 2011 10:15 PM

    this is as bad as when lawrence taylor was hosting kids football camps to say no to drugs !!!lol

  13. themagicisyou says: Apr 25, 2011 10:21 PM

    “Just because something is illegal in real life in certain countries, does not mean it is illegal to make a song, movie, or video game about it.”

    And if it’s not illegal, it can’t possibly be wrong.

  14. threegriffons says: Apr 25, 2011 10:21 PM

    As much as i want to hate Vick, he keeps doing the right things, damn you!

  15. freedoginit says: Apr 25, 2011 10:22 PM

    Good Job Mike Vick, We are ALL proud of you!

  16. sowcrates says: Apr 25, 2011 10:25 PM

    In other news, Michael Vick objected to Nintendo’s portrayal of canine violence in Pokemon because players can pit Growlithe against other fantasy creatures in epic, violent battles.

    In all seriousness, if the game does actually portray dog-fighting in a realistic fashion i.e frequent fatalities, training puppies from youth to be violent and aggressive, and if you host fights in back alleys, lots of blood and whatnot ok, perhaps opposition is legitimized. But if it’s only slightly different from games like Pokemon and others where you cultivate little creatures to fight one another, Vick’s P.R agent doesn’t need to be pushing Mike up to the microphone to try and improve his image.

  17. vicksprman says: Apr 25, 2011 10:26 PM

    Way to be out in front on this issue Mike, they ought to be ashamed of themselves for putting out this app.

  18. titansfan says: Apr 25, 2011 10:29 PM

    …and just because something isn’t illegal doesn’t mean it’s an inappropriate way to make a buck.

  19. regiorr says: Apr 25, 2011 10:29 PM

    Wow!!! It’s incredible that so many people worry about this. With al due respect, but instead of worrying about video games that supposedly endorse dogfigthing, people should worry about more important things like fighting against poberty and famine in poor countries, discrimination (race, gender, age, etc.) and so many other really relevant issues.

  20. melonnhead says: Apr 25, 2011 10:31 PM

    haha Vick released a statement about an Android app? The PR machine continues at breakneck speed.

  21. Jeremy W says: Apr 25, 2011 10:32 PM

    Cry me a river. I don’t like dog fighting, but video games put players in situations far worse than this on a consistent basis. This game absolutely should not be banned.

  22. wydok says: Apr 25, 2011 10:36 PM

    The makers of Dog Wars should understand that the Humane Society and Vick arne’t saying it is illegal to make a game. They are just asking Android to block the app. Android isn’t the cops, it’s a private company.

  23. smackingfools says: Apr 25, 2011 10:37 PM

    That’s what you get for messing with the android network.

  24. winstonhussein says: Apr 25, 2011 10:38 PM

    I can’t wait to read the comments.

  25. warsal says: Apr 25, 2011 10:38 PM

    Media is retarded! No one would even know about this crap if you didn’t tell everyone. Just installed the ap! probably wont ever play it though

  26. rawsmoove says: Apr 25, 2011 10:42 PM

    Vick must have a blackberry lmao

  27. ar1888 says: Apr 25, 2011 10:47 PM

    So let me get this straight, Michael Vick wants to end the app because he has his own he wants to endorse?

  28. kspl1 says: Apr 25, 2011 10:47 PM

    Come on haters……we’re waiting. Dart your negative small-minded insults. Kills u he IS the most popular player in the league.

  29. j0esixpack says: Apr 25, 2011 10:47 PM

    Michael Vick calls on Android to pull dogfighting app….

    …. and by doing so just quadrupled the number of downloads

  30. raiderapologist says: Apr 25, 2011 10:52 PM

    It’s a good day for Ron Mexico. He’s the Mike Mayock of canine combat. Whenever the subject of dog-on-dog violence comes up, real or otherwise, he can just keep saying he doesn’t like it, and before you know it, he will be in the PETA hall of fame.

  31. descendency says: Apr 25, 2011 10:54 PM

    Thumbs up if you ran to download it.

  32. wydok says: Apr 25, 2011 10:56 PM

    OK, so Android isn’t a company. It’s an OS. Google is the company. Whatever :)

  33. benwobbles says: Apr 25, 2011 10:59 PM

    Mike Vick is smarter than we give him credit for on these forums… He is doing this to win the cover of madden. Way to play the game Vick you have my vote!

  34. capslockkey says: Apr 25, 2011 11:16 PM

    Heh, would have never heard of it if not for this. By speaking out against it, probably just made this developer a bunch of cash from the free pub.

  35. jamaltimore says: Apr 25, 2011 11:20 PM

    guy can’t win. seems like a smart use of his voice to support the humane society just like he said he would. Sounds like MV7 is just trying to live up to his word like a mature individual!

    Go Eagles!

  36. narutofan10 says: Apr 25, 2011 11:28 PM

    he stopped a videogame i guess vick lovers are gonna use this as an excuse to love him and forgive him LMAO

  37. blaz0037 says: Apr 25, 2011 11:31 PM

    but yet he personally drowned several dogs.

  38. jebdamone says: Apr 25, 2011 11:38 PM

    appreciate the sentiment mike vick, but unless every game involving murder is also taken off the shelf, there is not much of a case for that. the unfortunate thing about violent games is they are fun.

  39. lacharger2112 says: Apr 25, 2011 11:42 PM

    He wanted it pulled because it didn’t have a way to bet on the dogs. His game of Bad Newzville is due out on Facebook next month.

  40. krunch209 says: Apr 25, 2011 11:53 PM

    Just downloaded it thanx to this article.

  41. king3319 says: Apr 25, 2011 11:56 PM

    Maybe it’s PR maybe he’s just fulfilling his service he was sentenced…Either way Vick has done nothing less than be a quality starter in the league and better yet for the most part stayed away from his former life as a entitled jackass…keep it up Vick I bought your jersey to piss people off but now I wear it because he’s turned his life around and become something positive.

  42. beauregard says: Apr 26, 2011 12:14 AM

    I’m not a big Vick fan, but this took some courage. It would of been easier to just let it go and not say anything. For the first time in a long time….I’m proud of Michael Vick.

  43. theblowtorchreview says: Apr 26, 2011 12:17 AM

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Wow!!! It’s incredible that so many people worry about this. With al due respect, but instead of worrying about video games that supposedly endorse dogfigthing, people should worry about more important things like fighting against poberty and famine in poor countries, discrimination (race, gender, age, etc.) and so many other really relevant issues.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Barak…..is that you? Take your liberal hearts and flowers crap somewhere else.

  44. baxman89 says: Apr 26, 2011 12:23 AM

    Most popular player in the league?

    Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, ect… Hell, Brett Favre being retired (or not) are all still more popular than Vick. This is not a bash against his ability because at his best he can be unstoppable, but he is far from the most popular. Most controversial? Sure. But that’s a far cry from most popular. He’s more like the class clown. You’ll cheer when he pulls something off, but you’re just as likely to roll your eyes when he turns his back.

  45. pu74y says: Apr 26, 2011 12:24 AM

    How can you people keep sucking up whatever he says… I’m sorry to say it but people never change… their actions change only because they have to… Vick would still be killing dogs if he hadn’t been caught. And before I thought that his punishment was severe but then I read the actual descriptions of what really happened and I realized that this man is an animal and doesn’t deserve the blessings he has… but go ahead and buy his PR bull**** if you want to

  46. dbellina says: Apr 26, 2011 1:10 AM

    Dog Wars has now become the most popular app on the Android Market.

  47. piemasteruk says: Apr 26, 2011 1:25 AM

    Dear Michael Vick, the Humane Society and the Los Angeles Police Protective League (amongst others).

    Get your interfering noses out of my business. I am quite capable of deciding all by myself which computer games are and are not suitable for me and/or my children without the morality police trying to get apps banned and so making my decision for me.

    Thanks

  48. freedomispopular says: Apr 26, 2011 1:43 AM

    Mike, your efforts are appreciated, but this isn’t Apple. The app isn’t going anywhere.

  49. msclemons67 says: Apr 26, 2011 1:47 AM

    I guess I’m just cynical but this looks like a PR move by Vick and it probably only increased the number of downloads for the app.

  50. childressrulz says: Apr 26, 2011 2:19 AM

    Mike

    Most people already believe you’re actually sorry, and not just cause you got caught. This is unnecessary.
    ___________________________
    Not this person. He’s still only sorry he got caught. I loved it when he had to tell his kids they couldn’t have a dog because he fought dogs and a judge said he couldn’t own one. It made my day.

  51. georgegabriel9 says: Apr 26, 2011 3:55 AM

    Vick has the right message here, but the fact he’s done it via a statement can mean that people are going to get the wrong idea. He could have just written to the company, in private. Because he’s done it via a public statement, his critics are instantly going to think he’s done it as a PR stunt.

    Nonetheless, way to go Mike. Keep at it!

  52. famucancer says: Apr 26, 2011 6:24 AM

    pu747, you must be buying this “PR bull****”, that’s why you couldn’t wait to comment on it. LOL

    baxman, it depends on how you measure popularity – some would say its how the fans vote for the Pro Bowl or whose jersey is the best seller – or by pure name recognition – either way Vick is right up there.

  53. steelerfan9598 says: Apr 26, 2011 6:25 AM

    Congrats on finally saying something smart Mike. I know it’s ‘just a game’ but, come on. What’s next? Sexual assault video games? It’s a sad state of affairs.

  54. axespray says: Apr 26, 2011 6:33 AM

    captainwisdom8888 says:
    Apr 25, 2011 10:06 PM
    Impressive, Vick owns the high score without ever having played the game. (Uncalled for, I know) haha

    ^ LMAO!
    so wrong….that’s messed up dude….haha!

  55. hendeeze says: Apr 26, 2011 6:50 AM

    Here in lies the difference Vick, a Video game is virtual. I’ve killed millions virtually and have never pointed a gun at anyone in real life. Do you really think the millions of “angry bird”s players are now abusing airborne creatures? I dont think so…

  56. nfl fan says: Apr 26, 2011 7:22 AM

    Thanks Mike, you’re such a good guy.

  57. burntorangehorn says: Apr 26, 2011 7:51 AM

    I don’t like Vick one little bit. I loved the kid when he was at VT, and I defended him early in his career. But I have staunchly held the position that he shouldn’t have been allowed back into the league, and that every game he plays is a bad day for football.

    I also recognize that he probably didn’t come up with the idea of condemning this app all by himself. I’m guessing his agent or someone else heard about it, and the agent talked it over with Mike.

    All that said, he’s doing the right thing here. This is vastly different from GTA or other shoot-em-ups, because dogfighting is not an over-the-top concept to many people like the GTA themes are. Vick was part and parcel to the glorification of a sickening industry of willful, sadistic, and cruel treatment of living beings, and at least he’s doing his part to perhaps de-glorify it a little bit.

    I still don’t like you, Vick, but thanks for taking a step in the right direction.

  58. oldbyrd says: Apr 26, 2011 8:18 AM

    No matter what Vick does, someone will have something to say about it. What if he would have said “at least its not real dog fighting” Give the guy a break will ya.

  59. mykelane says: Apr 26, 2011 8:37 AM

    steelerfan9598 says:
    Apr 26, 2011 6:25 AM
    Congrats on finally saying something smart Mike. I know it’s ‘just a game’ but, come on. What’s next? Sexual assault video games? It’s a sad state of affairs.

    ———————————————-

    exactly. double standard.

    I’m sure Big Ben would speak out against it and get bashed on here too.

  60. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 26, 2011 9:51 AM

    Dear PR Stunt Conspiracy idea mongers,
    I think the humane society probably called on Vick to make a statement, and he did, cuz he owes them a big, huge, lifelong debt in which he better jump exactly how high they ever ask him too.

    Vick wouldn’t do ANYTHING he didn’t have to. Notice how he never goes to events? He WANTS to lay low (except on the field and in his bank). But he doesn’t have that option when it comes to speaking publicly about the evils of animal cruelty. he has to do it. No more, and no less a PR stunt than when he speaks at public schools abou the same things.

  61. melonnhead says: Apr 26, 2011 10:34 AM

    I’m gonna call on Ron Mexico to stop spreading his herps to Philly’s women (and no doubt, some of the men).

  62. oldbyrd says: Apr 26, 2011 12:50 PM

    He avoids events because of the hateful crap they say about him. I hear he stopped at a water ice stand yesterday. Now let the cheap talk start.

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