Monday, August 27, 2007

Target: DMX!

So Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleads guilty to animal abuse charges and now awaits sentencing on december 10th. That means no football in 2007, and assuming he gets at least a year in jail (as expected), none in 2008 either. Being away from the game that long, it's likely that he'll never play in the NFL again.

I understand that the maximum sentence could have been up to five years. Even taking into account that he (eventually) admitted to his guilt, only getting one would seem light, particularly in light of his involvement.

Ah, but what's this?

Rapper DMX is in hot water after Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies, on a tip of animal cruelty, found animal carcasses, a cache of guns and a half pound of suspected illegal narcotics at the oft-troubled musician's Cave Creek, AZ, home. According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office, the investigation into alleged animal cruelty is ongoing...

No charges or arrests have been made. Friday's (8/24) search was prompted by reports that pit bulls kept by the rapper at the home in rural north Phoenix were not being given enough food or water. A dozen pit bulls were seized, the bodies of three dogs were dug up in the yard and a variety of assault-style weapons were taken from the home, Arpaio told the Associated Press.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was not home during the search.

However, DMX's lawyer, Murray Richman, told the news agency on Saturday (8/25) that he had no knowledge of narcotics at the home. He said a caretaker was caring for the dogs and "all sorts of people" were staying at the home.

Richman said DMX, a staple at nightclubs around town, had not been at the home in months. Arpaio told the newspaper that witnesses said they had seen him in the Cave Creek area more recently than that.

Man alive. DMX's bullshit (Sorry...alleged bullshit) story and Vick's are near identical. Claiming "I'm never there" while others say otherwise and blaming those that supposedly are.

Wonder if the "tip" that led to the search came from Michael Vick? The similarities and timing are just too strange. I don't recall ever hearing of a celebrity getting busted over this sort of thing, but now two in the space of a few months?

I'm sure that lovely record cover above will help DMX's case, too.

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