Then there are the vague allusions to Vick's troubled past without much specificity (again, emphasis added):
Though Vick's more or less moved on at this point from his previous issues, it's pretty clear New York hasn't forgotten.
-- CBS Sports
And then there's this Sports Illustrated story, which makes no mention of his dogfighting past at all. And this one, from the New York Daily News, which promises to be about "Critics of Michael Vick" -- but ignores the subject, and his biggest critics, completely.
All of which avoids the truth behind what Vick actually admitted to doing: Running a dogfighting ring at his own estate, where he admitted to personally participating in drowning and hanging dogs. As Juliet Macur wrote in the New York Times earlier this year, Vick wasn't just involved (or entangled, or played a role) in a dog-fighting ring -- he was "the mastermind" behind it:
He bankrolled it, gave it a home base, encouraged it ... In the backyard of his Virginia home were mass graves of pit bulls that had fought for him or had been torn apart serving as bait dogs in practice sessions. The surviving dogs were found barely alive, beaten, starved, tortured and chained to concrete slabs. ...
Dogs that did not perform well for Vick were drowned, electrocuted, shot. He admitted to holding dogs while a noose was placed over their heads, then dropping those dogs to their deaths.
Once, he and a friend grabbed the paws of a little red dog and held it over their heads, like a jump rope, slamming the animal on the ground again and again until it was lifeless, according to ''The Lost Dogs'' by Jim Gorant, a book about the dogs in Vick's ring.