If I could give one piece of advice to every professional athlete, it would be this: delete your Twitter account and never, ever, tweet anything again.
Yes, it's a good way to interact with fans without having to worry they may end up following you home. But without a proper monitoring source, like common sense, this form of expression can easily cause trouble.
Just ask Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who is the latest recipient of a good tweet gone bad when he posted an innocent picture on his account of him and his daughter sitting at a table in their home. Doesn't sound too devastating, right? Well it wasn't, until observant followers noticed that upon the table sat a box of dog biscuits.
Apparently Vick got his family a dog, which he is legally allowed to do since he is no longer on probation for the part he played in a dog fighting ring. Understandably, he is not wanting to talk about it publicly, but Vick was compelled to release a statement on Thursday due to media pressure.
“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” said Vick. ”As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.”
For followers of Vick, this should come as no surprise. Back in December of 2010, Vick expressed his desire to own a dog again.
“I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding,” Vick said. “If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted.
“I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that’s the hardest thing: telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions.”
Undoubtedly Vick's admittance of dog ownership will cause a wave of outrage over those who think that his previous heinous acts should forever deny him that right. And those offended parties may even have a point, depending on your views. But in the end, it is his legal right to give his children the love of a dog.
The Humane Society of the United States declined to comment on the matter.
James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.
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