78. Man's Best Friend
A professional football player was charged by government
with breeding dogs to fight, providing the site
the dog fights, gambling on the dog fights,
killing dogs that were not good fighters. The
, Roger Cheney, at first denied everything. He told
media that he hoped his mother would not
about any of this and, if she did,
knew him well enough not to believe any
Unfortunately, all the people that worked
him immediately confessed everything, hoping for reduced sentences.
all pointed a finger at the quarterback.
interviewed Cheney’s father, who said that he had
his boy that dog-fighting was evil and he
stop it. His son told him that it
only some dogs—it wasn’t like he was destroying
or elephants. “He told me that humane societies
thousands of dogs a month, so what was
big deal,” Cheney’s dad said.
Two weeks after
initial charges were made, Cheney agreed to plead
to several reduced charges, including animal cruelty. He
be sentenced to five years in jail. Across
nation, football fans and animal fans were equally
at his admission. “Athletes are supposed to be
model for our nation’s youth,” said some. “He
more of an animal than any of his
dogs,” said others. Few were surprised or saddened
the National Football League suspended Cheney without pay
an undisclosed term.