We have received a few comments and emails essentially thumbing their noses at Michael Vick. Pointing out a freshly minted story about how his estranged father (Michael doesn't even carry the man's last name) has let the media in on the 'fact' that Michael is 'all about' dog fighting.
Of course the man (who, reportedly, has never had a true father-son relationship with Vick) claims he tried and tried to get Michael to give it up. And that he nursed the dogs back to health. The man is a saint.
In The Journal-Constitution report posted on the newspaper's Web site Thursday night, Michael Boddie, who is estranged from Vick and the quarterback's mother, also said some time around 2001 his son staged dogfights in the garage of the family home in Newport News, Va. Boddie told the newspaper Vick 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.
Mr. Boddie continued:
"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 setup like that."
Makes Vick sound very bad. Very bad indeed. Of course, a huge detail is lost in the hard hitting paternal allegations.
Mr. Boddie had recently been demanding money from Michael. And lots of it.
In the report, Boddie also said he asked Vick for $1 million, spread out over 12 years. Vick declined, the father said. Recently, Boddie asked Vick, through an assistant, for $700,000 to live on.
Out of the goodness of his heart, Michael had been paying the rent on Mr. Boddie's apartment for the last several years and supplying him with spending money. But, clearly, that wasn't enough.
And, now, after being denied in his demands for big money to live on, Mr. Boddie seems to have decided to exact his revenge.
So, let's take the angry accusations of a man not willing to work to support himself with a grain of salt.
A man that has fit the definition of father for Mr. Vick strictly at his own convenience over the years.
Let's not sugar coat it.
Demanding handouts and then angrily spreading possible misinformation may well be Mr. Boddie's thing.
And he knows it.