Michael Vick and “Bad Newz Kennels”
An ongoing investigation into a cross-state gambling ring involving dogfighting led authorities to “Bad Newz Kennels,” with the alleged dog fights taking place on property owned by then Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Upwards of 70 dogs, many of which were pit bulls, were found with various injuries and levels of mistreatment due to the dog fights that took place there.
Vick and three co-conspirators were charged with federal conspiracy charges, which would result in Vick going to jail and eventually having to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It was a precipitous fall for one of the NFL’s brightest stars, and a major “black mark” on the league as a whole.