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Vick A Big Player In Dogfighting?

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Just as the prosecutor says there is little in the way of witnesses, ESPN digs up an anonymous source who says Vick is heavy into dogfighting:

"He's a pit bull fighter," the source said of Vick. "He's one of the ones that they call 'the big boys': that's who bets a large dollar. And they have the money to bet large money. As I'm talking about large money -- $30,000 to $40,000 -- even higher. He's one of the heavyweights."

This would probably be pretty damning if I had any idea who this source was. Aside from political reporters, no one uses the anonymous source more often than the sports reporter. Many times their insider knowledge is invaluable for a story and the reporter is willing to give them anonymity in exchange for it. The problem then becomes accountability. Anybody can claim to know that Vick is constantly a patron of dogfighting, and there's no way to say whether he would actually have any knowledge of that. You have to assume ESPN would've looked into him before using him as a source, but there's no way to know. It's fair to say he's involved in dogfighting simply by this attitude:

"They shouldn't be really upset, OK?" he said. "Because it's only just an animal. It's just a dog that is raised up. He's put out there, you know, and he's chained up, OK. And the time he gets a certain age, this dog is going to want to fight. It is bred in him, OK? He knows what he is and he's going to fight. Just take him off the leash, let him go."

Personal feelings aside, that seems to be exactly the kind of moronic thing that someone would say if they were involved in dogfighting. Oops, I guess I didn't set my personal feelings aside entirely. My bad. But obviously if this could be corroborated, Vick is in perhaps deeper trouble than he was before. That could be a problem for other football players who have been involved, too, and this could turn into a full blown NFL scandal at some point. That's really bad news for anyone who's a fan of football, and it's just another item in a long line of nebulously bad news about Vick.