Snoop Dogg represents the West Coast to the fullest, but not when it comes to football.
The veteran rapper is an unabashed, die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan and since Michael Vick has replaced an injured Ben Roethlisberger as the team's starting quarterback, Snoop is encouraging their fans and anyone who will listen to support Vick and leave his dogfighting conviction in the past.
"I love Vick. Before he got to the Steelers. I loved him when he caught the case, [and] after he caught the case," Snoop told Complex Sports about the now 35-year-old QB. "Mistakes are made to be made. I mean, he did his time. What y’all gonna do hold it over his head forever?"
He added: "It’s over with. He’s been punished, he’s been banned from the league, he came back, he's on the good foot, he ain’t been around dogs, he ain’t do nothing like that. He’s been about the positivity and that’s what’s wrong with people. We always judge people about what we did as opposed to what we’re doing. I love him to death whether he’s a Steeler or not. He’s a friend of mine."
Snoop's strong feelings come as a result of a segment of Steelers fans who signed a petition against Vick joining Pittsburgh late last month over his 2007 dogfighting conviction. But it has been eight years since then and Snoop wants everyone to move on.
Vick, now in his 13th NFL season, will be counted on to lead the Steelers since Roethlisberger sprained his MCL and will be out from four to six weeks.
Vick and the Steelers (2-1) will host the struggling Baltimore Ravens (0-3) on Thursday Night Football.
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