Mark Buerhle Takes A Bite Out Of Michael Vick…
BY Kevin Armstrong
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER, NEWYORKDAILYNEWS.COM
Mark Buehrle, a Chicago White Sox pitcher and animal rights activist, does not believe Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has been fully punished for his felony conviction for bankrolling and partaking in a dogfighting ring in 2007.
“He had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where we watched the game, and I know it’s bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt,” Buehrle told MLB.com in a recent interview. “Everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys.”
The story, which was published on Wednesday, centered around the animal rights work Buehrle does with wife Jamie. Sometime after being posted, the comments were edited out of the text.
The writer, Scott Merkin, also posted the quotes on his Twitter account, but the tweets were later deleted.
Vick, 30, served 19 months in a federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. After being released, he was signed by the Eagles in 2009 and served as a backup to starter Donovan McNabb. In 2010, he was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year and reached the Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,018 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Buehrle, who threw a perfect game in 2009, and his wife, Jamie, have three dogs. They are active in promoting canine rights and the couple has partnered with the White Sox on a program called “Sox for Strays,” which hosts area animal rescue groups during the season at U.S. Cellular Field.
Buehrle’s wife drew attention when she helped save a dog who was found wandering the streets of St. Louis with an arrow sticking out of its abdomen in December. The couple donated money to help pay for the dog’s veterinarian bills.