Michael Vick's father said he pushed his son to quit dogfighting years ago or, at least, put property used for the fights in the name of friends to avoid being implicated some day. Michael Boddie, in two sometimes tearful interviews with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week, said some time around 2001 his son staged dogfights in the garage of the family's home in Newport News, Va. Boddie also said Vick kept fighting dogs in the family's backyard, including injured ones — "bit up, chewed up, exhausted" — that the father nursed back to health. Boddie, who is estranged from his son, dismissed the idea that Vick's longtime friends were the main instigators of the dogfighting operation. "I wish people would stop sugarcoating it," Boddie said. "This is Mike's thing. And he knows it." He "likes it, and he has the capital to have a set up like that." Boddie said he intends to write a damaging book about more of what he knows.
Source: Matt Kempner, Atlanta Journal-Constitution