That involving yourself in an illegal dogfighting ring would lead to legal discomfort?
I hate to bring up pop culture at this point, but I suspect a great deal of this was a result of 'keeping it real'.
Without delving into socio-political arguments, I have to believe that Vick felt that this 'sport' was giving him some sort of cred. Cred from people too far below any kind of relevance, sure, but cred nonetheless.
And I thought I had a bad year.