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Mark Buehrle says he and his wife rooted for Michael Vick ‘to get injured’

Feb 10, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT


Mark Buehrle is supposed to be a command pitcher, but there was no finesse in his recent comments about Michael Vick in an story posted on Wednesday. Buehrle, the White Sox hurler who owns three dogs and is involved with various dog rescue organizations, said that he and his wife were so distressed over Vick’s treatment of the animals that they would watch Eagles games and root for Vick to get injured.

The quotes came in an story by Scott Merkin posted on Wednesday, which centered on Buerhle and his wife, Jamie, and their commitment to animal rights. But by Wednesday evening, Buehrle’s quotes on Vick had been removed from the story. Merkin posted them on his Twitter page, however, where they remain as of this writing.

The excised Buehrle quotes:

“(Vick) 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. Everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys.”

According to, Buerhle was also quoted in the story as saying:

“Even if you are not a dog lover, how can you sit there and make two dogs fight and one is going to die? How could you do that if you are somewhat sane?”

That Buehrle is a lover of animals, even extinct ones, was never in doubt. In December the Buehrles volunteered to pay $2,400 in vet bills for a dog found near Mark’s hometown of St. Charles, MO, that had been found with an arrow stuck through its abdomen. They also started the Sox for Strays animal rescue program, and are featured on billboards in the Chicago area promoting pet adoption.

Agree with Buehrle’s quotes? Hate them? Wishing someone bodily harm is no good, but I also suspect that Buehrle is not alone in his thinking. It proves that Vick’s image problem is not going anywhere anytime soon.

MLB Pitcher On Michael Vick: “There Were Times Where [I] Hope He Gets Hurt” [Sports Grid]
Buerhles passionate about animal rights []

  1. dvjons - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    lol…….get a life…..stop worrying about Vick!….he got his……

    • bangfloriohere - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM


    • Dirty D Fo - Feb 10, 2011 at 9:27 PM

      Vick has still yet to get ‘his’ … White collar prison doesn’t change a person. It’s all a show. You don’t feel a certain way, or act a certain way for 27 years and all of the sudden change. Be for real.

    • pennycandy58 - Feb 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM

      No he didn’t, not nearly enough.

      • animalkindness - Feb 15, 2011 at 12:44 PM

        Hey pennycandy58 cut the y’all crap okay, we get which side of the fence you are on and btw you had better read the transcript yourself before you go lets see how should I put this “a spoutin off”.

  2. thhalejr - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    These are very sad comments coming from a supposed professional and his wife. The comments from individuals who feel Michael Vick should never be treated with any respect show a great deal of racism, bigotry, and ignorance. Where is/was the outrage when Oscar Grant, a human being, was killed in cold blood and his murderer was given a 2 year jail sentence? The same sentence Vick was given; actually, a lower sentence, since it was a state punishment and Vick’s was a federal sentence. However, some feel Vick should’ve gotten more time, when most perpetrators of this type of crime normally get nowhere near this much time, especially those with no criminal record.

    Buehrle shows that he is no better character traits than he claims Michael Vick lacks. It wouldn’t surprise me to hear of him and his wife being avid church goers and family values people, but their hypocritical actions show that their integrity and character dwell somewhere between the ditch and the sewer to wish harm on any person.

  3. dvjons - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    @thhalejr …..very well said…..God Bless……

    • bangfloriohere - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      And on the eighth day, God said unto dvjons, “Thou shalt go upon the darkness of the internet and spread my word. For it is you, dvjons, who speaks for me.”


  4. smokehouse56 - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Only couch jocks can spew this kind of hate. Buehrle and his wife are wrong and you know it. And yes, I have two black labs living on my farm. Before these two I had beagles, yellow labs and English setters. All were kept in our house and loved to hunt pheasants and retrieve ducks. But wishing ill of anyone is not right. So get a damn life.

  5. dvjons - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    @bangfloriohere…..thats persecution…….thats judgement…..”Your not God”…..I feel sorry for you……

    • bangfloriohere - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:57 PM

      And you are not judging people on here with your comments? Wow, and the oblivious shall lead them.

  6. dvjons - Feb 10, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Naw…..what I say?……

  7. prettypearlallday - Feb 10, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Really Mark Buehrle!!! This is laughable!!! But what’s even funnier is that y’all are so effing naive. I’m no conspiracy theorist but y’all actually believe $100 Million Dollar Mike Vick actually killed dogs! Damn, what the transcripts say or what he pleaded guilty too! Yes, he financed a dog-fighting ring, but actually strangled dogs or shot them…just doesn’t add up to me! For those of you who’ve never experienced the legal system in America, y’all really need a lesson on how it works! I mean really Mike Vick killing dogs is as outlandish as a Mob Boss wacking a guy in broad daylight! When you’re the top guy, you pay for people to do your dirty work. Maybe he’s wrong for it, but I won’t judge him! Besides he’s already stood in front his judge and did his time for those transgressions! And for all those who say he shouldn’t be allowed to make a living doing whatever should get a life too! You really sound stupid, but what do you say for to that individual who feeds their family off a Wal-mart salary! The problem with this information age is people speak/post before they think their thoughts/comments through because a lot of y’all need to just shut the hell up! But I digress…I hope y’all all the success in the world cuz I’m no hater like most of y’all!!!

    • pennycandy58 - Feb 15, 2011 at 12:36 PM

      The problem with this information age is people speak/post before they think their thoughts/comments through because a lot of y’all need to just shut the hell up!

      I think this pretty much describes you, pretty.

  8. cur68 - Feb 10, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    I don’t know as either Buehrle or VIck are that bad as people go, but Mr. Buehrle should be a little more careful when he speaks. Seriously man, wishing harm on another like that? This means placing the value of the dogs higher than the human. Yeah, probably keep that one to yourself, kay? To me there’s a deep irony here because I have some thoughts on psychopaths to share; some have commented on animal pit fighting = psychopath/social deviant (ie. something’s really wrong with Vick). But it’s a fact that animal pit fighting has been around for centuries. Practiced all over the world, just like hunting for sport. Few groups or societies seem free of it. It was acceptable because that was the societal norm. It may even have been Vick’s societal norm, just like he says. So, if animal pit fighting = a ‘damaged’ person then that’s a whole lotta of our ancestors, isn’t it? What’s interesting is that I’ve never heard Vick wish harm on another person. This tends to be a feature of the psycho (see one Jared Lee Loughner for a good example of that sort of behavior and person). While being cruel to animals from a young age is considered a feature of the psychopath, its often not associated with social behavior like in animal pit fighting which tends to be very social. Psychos tend to be loners and some seem to prefer the company of animals to humans. Remind you of anyone? Now there’s some irony for you.

  9. animalkindness - Feb 11, 2011 at 7:16 AM

    What is sad to me is that some of the people posting on this site are still using the “culture” argument. You don’t hide your dog houses in the woods, paint them black so that they can’t be seen and train at night if you truly believe that what you are doing is right. Hey just think of how much more money he could have made had he advertised “Michael Vick’s Dog Fighting Arena”. So stop with the culture argument and as for Vick wishing harm on anyone else hey cur68 do you hang with him 24/7/365 are you a personal friend? And who are you to judge who is better than who, you are doing the same thing.

    • cur68 - Feb 11, 2011 at 10:18 PM

      Right you are. I don’t hang with Mr. Vick. I likely wouldn’t even if he wanted to hang with me. Hell, I draw the line somewhere, right? My point is that Mr. Buehrle said what he said to the media. Shows a lack of fundamental empathy and understanding, not to mention bad judgment. Clearly Mr. Vick HAD the fundamental understanding that what he was doing was wrong, but, as he said, that’s what everyone where he comes from does (still; that was truly appalling judgment on his par as well). It’s amazing how often people fool themselves into doing the wrong thing by simple group/peer pressure. Happens all the time, too. How powerful is it? Check this link;
      The difference is that while Mr. Buehrle has very much in common with Mr. Vick (see all the hunting he does) the big red flag about him is publicly wishing harm on another person. He should know his position in society. Clearly Mike Vick’s aware of his; he hid the dog fighting. Someone like Mr. Buehrle ought to know better, too, but he doesn’t seem to. Hence my argument; Mr. Vick is likely relatively normal and Mr. Buehrle may bear keeping an eye on. Get it? “BEAR keeping any eye on”? That was a little bear hunting joke just for you.
      Peace out, man. This is just some idle chit chat about psychopaths & public figures etc, not trenchant criticism about people dear to you. There’s enough hate in the world without spewing it here too.

  10. qdog23 - Feb 14, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    From an story in Sept., 2007:

    Buehrle, Thome, Jermaine Dye and A.J. Pierzynski took a bear-hunting trip following Saturday’s victory, an excursion set up by Twins broadcaster Dan Gladden on the property of a friend. Buehrle made the only kill of the day, using a bow, but it turned into a memorable moment with Thome right beside him.

    The quartet went hunting at about 6 p.m. CT, giving them about one hour before the sun set. The kill was made from about 20 yards away, and the bear ran about another 30 yards before going down. Buehrle plans to have the head stuffed and have a necklace made out of a bear claw.