Snoop Dogg says that people who have a problem with Michael Vick, who served 19 months in federal prison on dogfighting charges, are misguided.

“He did his time,” the West Coast emcee says to Complex. “What y’all gonna do, hold it over his head forever? It’s over with. He’s been punished. He’s been banned from the league. He came back. He’s on the good foot. He ain’t been around dogs. He ain’t do nothing like that.”

Vick was released from a 19-month prison sentence in 2009 after he was convicted for charges stemming from his involvement in a dogfighting ring. He returned to the NFL for the 2009 season and signed with Philadelphia Eagles, with whom he played through the 2013 season. Last year, he played for the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Vick to a one-year deal prior to the 2015 NFL season opener, much to some Pittsburgh fans dismay.

The Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injured his MCL Sunday (September 27)) against the St. Louis Rams and is out four to six weeks. This puts Vick in the starting position for the Steelers’ game tomorrow (October 1) against the Baltimore Ravens.

An ardent Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Snoop Dogg also had some words of encouragement for Vick.

“Michael Vick keep on keepin’ on,” he says. “I’m glad you’re in the quarterback position for us now to lead us until Ben comes back, so prove ‘em wrong and go to work and do what you do.”

The founder of the Snoop Youth Football League announced Monday (September 28) that he is creating a reality show based on the youth football program.

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