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ROY JONES JR. COMES DIRTY ON COCKFIGHTING

Posted by HG on July 1, 2007

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Roy Jones Jr. is fighting on the 14th of July against 21-0 Anthony Hanshaw. I don’t care either, but Roy did an interview with Robert Cassidy of Newsday that caught my eyes. Cassidy touched on several topics with RJJr including the Mayweather/De La Hoya fight, UFC vs. Boxing, and then Michael Vick.

Q. What do you think about Michael Vick and the dog-fighting allegations that are swirling around him?

A. People tend to talk so hard against people. They make it such a bad thing, like dog fighting is worse than killing someone. I’m not a dog fighter. I’ve never been to a dog fight. But just because they have the animals doesn’t mean they are fighting the animals. Michael Vick doesn’t have that kind of time to train and raise dogs… I like bulldogs and I like their mentally. They are making this so bad, but really two dogs fighting can happen in anyone’s backyard or on the street. It happened in my backyard, two of my dogs fought and one died. I was devastated because I love dogs. Fighting animals don’t necessarily get mistreated. They get treated just the way I get treated. They train me, they feed me; if I lose, I lose, and when I get in the ring, there is that chance I could get killed.

I was with RJ for the first half of the paragraph. When he started with the “dogs fighting can happen in anyone’s backyard”, and he gets treated just like a fighting animal, he lost me. Dogs aren’t roving the streets and backyards looking for a scrap, and they’re damn sure not gettin paid. And you know Roy wasn’t done yet.

Q. You’ve always raised animals, haven’t you?

A. I’ve raised dogs and I’ve raised game chickens, but I don’t raise them for fighting. I just love them, I love their demeanor. But I can’t stand to see them hurt. It used to be that you could drive to Louisiana and fight chickens. But they passed a law and that’s illegal now.

Maybe Roy meant to say “I don’t raise them for fighting anymore” because saying “I don’t raise them for fighting” would be a lie. Roy’s love of his cocks and fighting them has been well documented. Hulk Hogan wrote Roy Jones Jr. a letter on the behalf of the Humane Society “urging” Jones to stop participating in the sport. “I can’t stand to see them hurt”.. Seems kinda strange.. Or smart. He has to go with the “I ain’t never seen no cockfighting” routine now that cf’n is illegal and because of the Michael Vick situation.

Toe-to-toe with Roy Jones Jr. Courtesy of Newsday

Hulk Hogan Takes Roy Jones Jr. to the Mat on Cockfighting. Courtesy of The Humane Society

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