GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Mark Buehrle has no regrets about the comments he made to MLB.com a week ago, in which he stated that he wished Michael Vick had gotten injured while taking part in the 2010 NFL season as retribution for the cruel way in which the Eagles quarterback treated some of his dogs at the Bad Newz Kennels.
The White Sox ace and avid dog rights supporter answered just a few questions on the Vick topic Thursday when the team's pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training. He then expressed a firm desire to treat this topic as past history.
"We have to concentrate on baseball and can't bring outside distractions in," Buehrle said. "We have to concentrate on what we have in here and try to go for our goal of going to the World Series and winning it.
"I said it. It's an old story," said Buehrle, speaking directly on his Vick statement. "Again, we are not bringing drama inside and past history stuff. So, I said it, meant it. It's over and we'll move on."
As an avid hunter, Buehrle received some criticism for his seemingly contradictory stance on animals, but the left-hander countered by pointing out that hunting is a legal sport -- and in his case, a family tradition -- and that dog fighting has never been a legal sport. The White Sox organization supports Buehrle's passion, but didn't take his viewpoint any deeper.
"I'm putting that in the 'no drama for Kenny' zone," White Sox general manager Ken Williams said of Buehrle's comments. "It is my business in the sense that he is a Chicago White Sox player, but it was the offseason 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."