ESPN’s Page 2 recently interviewed former boxer and current vegan Mike Tyson about his new show, “Taking on Tyson,” an Animal Planet reality show that features Tyson doing what he loves: racing pigeons. During the interview, Tyson discussed pigeons and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
Tyson is an animal lover and has served some jail time. So, naturally, the interviewer thought Tyson might have some words of wisdom for the former dog-fight organizer who has also had to deal extensively with the law.
When asked about Vick, Tyson first responded, “What about him?” Then the interviewer mentioned the controversy: Some people say Vick’s paid his dues, and others think he should never be let off the hook.
“Listen, listen,” Tyson responded. “I don’t know why people do what they do. What should we do with Michael Vick? Really, really: Why don’t we castrate him? Why don’t we do something bad to his children to teach him a lesson? Is that really the answer?”
He continued: “Or instead, we can say, ‘Hey, you’ve been given the wrong signals all these years, and you didn’t realize you were destroying God’s animals.’ So, we have to change his way of thinking. Not kill him, not assassinate him. We have to kill his way of thinking in that particular area. So, yes, we should give him another chance. And so far he’s taken great advantage of it.”
Last we checked, castration and killing weren’t on the list of things to do to Vick (unless you’re this guy), but there is some validity in what Tyson says. Vick does have to change his ways, and we hope that he has. Although we’re still really on the fence about whether or not he should own a dog just yet.