Would you be a happy camper if your dad was like Michael Vick's? What if you were a professional football player and your dad tried to get you sent to jail and banned from playing professional football. Would you be happy? What would these actions do to your declining self esteem? Could you ever forgive your dad once all of this is behind you?
Make no mistake about it, Vick is in a world of trouble. Pending the outcome of his legal battle, he may go to jail and lose his professional football career. Given his lavish spending, the $130 million, ten-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons could dry up faster than one can say Jackie Robinson.
As if this is not enough, his estranged dad is adding to his burden, and while the charges have already been filed, the charges now coming from the dad could have an influence on the judge, a potential jury, and the court of public opinion.
His dad, Michael Boddie, insists that Vick personally staged dogfights. In the Journal-Constitution report, posted on the newspaper’s website, Michael Boddie, estranged from Vick and the quarterback’s mother, said around 2001 his son staged dogfights in the garage of the family home in Newport News, Virginia. He goes on to say that he pleaded with his son to give up dog fighting or at least put the property into someone else’s names to avoid being implicated.
Sounds like dear old dad wanted the house for himself. Boddie told the newspaper that Vick rejected his help and kept fighting dogs in the family’s backyard, including dogs that were “bit up, chewed up, exhausted.” Boddie claimed to have nursed the dogs back to health. The indictment against Vick does not mention the parents’ former home in Newport News.
Boddie must be really pissed off at his son, for he went on in the report to dismiss the idea that Vick’s longtime friends were the main instigators of the dogfighting operation. “I wish people would stop sugarcoating it,” Boddie told The Journal-Constitution. “This is Mike’s thing. And he knows it … likes it, and he has the capital to have a set up like that.”
The report said Boddie and the Atlanta Falcons quarterback have had a volatile relationship for years and that his son has refused to speak with him directly for the last 2 1/2 half months. Perhaps this is the motivating factor behind the dad's allegations against his son, jealousy of his son's success and money, the root of all evil.
Vick is not an ungrateful son. He has provided support to his family. Boddie, 45, lives in an apartment his son has paid the rent on for the last three years. Vick also gives him a couple of hundred dollars every week or two, the father told the newspaper. In the report, Boddie also said he asked Vick for $1 million, spread out over 12 years, but he said Vick declined. Recently, Boddie asked Vick, through an assistant, for $700,000 to live on. This is how the dad shows his gratitude to his son for covering his rent for the past three years.
After Vick entered a guilty plea, the NFL suspend him indefinitely. There is a real possibility that he may never play professional football again. My advice to him is to get his personal life together and demonsrate to the public that he has really learned his lesson but given the circumstances this may not be enough to change public opinion. Unfortunately, he may be in the same boat with OJ Simpson and Barry Bonds permanently damaged for life. The Falcons have requested that Vick pay back $22 million in signing bonus and sports marketing experts say that he will lose over $100 million in salary and endorsements over the next ten years, all for the stupid and cruel activity of dog fighting. He is finished!