"I said it," Mark Buehrle said Thursday to ChicagoBreakingSports.com when asked if he regretted his comments on hoping Eagles quarterback Michael Vick would get hurt while playing football thanks to Vick's involvement in dog fighting.
"I said it, meant it. It's over and we'll move on," he added. Buerhle is particularly angered by Vick's actions given the work he and his wife do to protect dogs. Buerhle helps fund a program to support animal rescure groups and volunteerd to pay $2,400 in vetinarian bills for a lost dog who had an arrow stuck in his abdomen. He also appears on billboards promoting pet adoption, so Buerhle clearly has a soft spot for dogs, while Vick was all too willing to abuse and starve dogs before turning them lose on each other.
Some have wondered if Buehrle is being hypocritical when he is an avid hunter, but the lefty had an answer for that.
"Hunting is a sport," Buehrle said. "There are hunting stores out there. If that's illegal, shame on my dad and my grandpa and his grandpa. It's kind of been brought up throughout the history of America. The last time I knew dog fighting was a sport was never. Again, that's all we need to comment on that. We'll concentrate on baseball."
When asked for comment, manager Ozzie Guillen said he felt that only Vick should respond to Buerhle's comments and no one else. He added that his wife does not like vick. GM Kenny Williams, meanwhile, was more focused on making sure the controversy didn't blow up.
"I'm putting that in the no drama for Kenny zone," he said. "It is my business [in] the sense that he is a Chicago White Sox player, but it was the off-season and he's his own man. He's got some very strong opinions about animal rights, and I support those. I wish that it would have been handled differently, but it wasn't and that's as much as I'm going to say on it. No drama."
Buerhle is entering the final season of his contract with the White Sox. He wouldn't rule out leaving the club but did say he would not pitch anywhere where he and his family are not comfortable. Clearly, they are comfortable in Chicago but don't rule out St. Louis as Buehrle is a Cardinals fan and has been spotted wearing a St. Louis cap.
-- Evan Brunell