Michael Vick's Team Drops Ball with PETA

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What in the world were Michael Vick’s lawyers thinking when they tried to barter for their client’s appearance in an anti-dogfighting public service announcement for PETA?

The animal-rights group told the Associated Press it had an agreement with Vick’s representatives for the disgraced quarterback to shoot the spot, but pulled it off the table after his legal team wanted assurances that PETA would publicly support his reinstatement to the NFL when he got out of prison.

“Saying sorry and getting his ball back after being caught enjoying killing dogs in hideously cruel ways for many years doesn’t cut it,” said PETA president Ingrid Newkirk.

“{NFL} Commissioner {Roger} Goodell knows that he has an obligation to the league and to millions of fans, including children who look up to ballplayers as idols, to make sure that Michael Vick is mentally capable of remorse before he can touch, let alone wear, an NFL uniform again.”

Vick is going to need an earnest and concerted PR effort if he’s to get back on the gridiron. There are, we suspect, a whole lot of football fans who are also genuine animal lovers. The notion that PETA would even want him to do the PSA should have been enough for his reps to leap at the opportunity, no questions asked. The time for negotiation can’t come until there’s been considerable time for contrition.

PETA is urging that Vick undergo a brain scan and a full psychiatric evaluation. We think his lawyers ought to join him.