Mark Buehrle critical of Michael Vick

Updated: February 10, 2011, 1:06 PM ET
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Chicago White Sox pitcher and animal rights activist Mark Buehrle told MLB.com recently that there were times this season he wished Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick would get hurt.

In 2007, Vick was convicted of a felony related to a dogfighting ring and served 19 months in prison.

"He had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where we watched the game, and I know it's bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt," Buehrle told MLB.com. "Everything you've done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys."

At some point after the story was posted on MLB.com, the quotes were removed from the story, but the writer, Scott Merkin, had posted them on his Twitter account.

After serving his prison time, Vick was signed by the Eagles in 2009. This past season he was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year after making the Pro Bowl with the Eagles.

Buehrle and his wife, Jamie, who have three dogs, are active in promoting canine rights and have partnered with the White Sox on a program called "Sox for Strays," which hosts area animal rescue groups during the season at U.S. Cellular Field.

Jamie Buehrle made news in December when she helped save a dog who was found wandering the streets in St. Louis with an arrow sticking out of its abdomen. The Buehrles donated money to help pay the dog's veterinarian bills and, through Facebook, found a home for the dog.