If there is one thing that the National Football League hates it’s gambling. They consistently lobby the government to restrict all forms of sports betting in the US. It’s likely that the NFL is scared that sporting betting can corrupt the league by tempting players and refs who have the abilities to change the outcome of games with big paydays coming from Las Vegas.
This is why Michael Vick had to deny wagering on his dog fights, even though he eventually admitted to owning the dog fighting operation. But did Vick really bet on these fights?
In 2007 a police informant speaking with anonymity told ESPN that Vick is, “a heavyweight. He’s one of the ones they call the big boys. He bets a large dollar; $30,000 – $40,000.”
One of Michael Vick’s co-defendants also said that Vick basically funded the entire operation, even the bets. A federal indictment stated that, “The ‘Bad Newz Kennels’ operation and gambling monies were almost exclusively funded by Vick.”
It’s pretty obvious that Vick was gambling on these fights, yet he denied, denied and denied, and it’s amazing that some people still took him at his word. The NFL commission seemed to when he issued a statement to Vick stating that “your actions in funding the betting and your association with illegal gambling both violate the terms of your NFL player contract and expose you to corrupting influences in derogation of one of the most fundamental responsibilities of an NFL player.”
The fact that Vick never admitted to betting on the dog fights might be one of the reasons that he is still in the NFL today. After all the sports community may be able to tolerate killing dogs by various methods including wetting one dog down and electrocuting her, hanging, drowning and shooting others and by slamming a dog’s body to the ground, but just ask Pete Rose what they think of gambling.