Rapper Young Calicoe Is Suspected of Dog Fighting After Viral Video
"Anyone want to fight some dogs?" Detroit rapper Young Calicoe says at the start of a video that went viral early this week, in which he shows off a number of Pit Bulls in cages at his house. "I hope we don't get indicted for that ... that Michael Vick type s***."
Well, good news: Yesterday his house was raided by Detroit police and Michigan Humane Society investigators, who took the dogs -- and some roosters, according to the Detroit Free Press.
(For some of our coverage of "that Michael Vick type s***," click here.)
In the homemade video, the rapper walks through his backyard and a shed full of cages, pointing out the Pit Bulls, some thin and whimpering, calling them "grand champions" and -- for the pups -- "champions in the making."
Don't forget the roosters.
"We fight them too! That's a grand champ right there," Young Calicoe says, gesturing to an anxious, caged rooster.
Is Young Calicoe the dumbest rapper ever, posting this video? We don't know yet. The police investigation is ongoing. The video showed no clear evidence of dog fighting, just what looks like a terrible dog owner who keeps a lot of Pit Bulls in cages, doesn't feed or care for them enough (they looked thin and terribly sad), while boasting to America that they are grand champions -- and champions in the making, for the pups.
Young Calicoe denies he fights dogs. We're not sure we believe him.
Altered to the possible (probable) dog fighting by half the Internet after the video went viral, the police and Michigan Humane Society finally showed up at his door Wednesday. We're surprised Young Calicoe wasn't waiting on the porch for them. "We did seize a number of the animals from the property. They're being taken to the Michigan Humane Society," said Michigan Humane Society spokesman Kevin Hatman, as reported by the Free Press. "They're going to receive the best quality care that they can be given."
Young Calicoe responded as well. He tweeted: "Now that they have Healthy lovable dogs in custody, I just hope that they find nice homes for each and every one of them."
He also denied he was fighting dogs. Sort of. He wrote this on Twitter:
"If u find a video of me 'FIGHTING DOGS' PLEEEEZE LET ME KNO”
Twitter user @MissyB_06 then asked if the rapper had a video of him fighting dogs.
Young Calicoe shot back: "HELL NAAAW"
Although Michigan Humane Society spokesman Kevin Hatman said it's too early to tell whether Young Calicoe is fighting dogs, the Detroit Free Press hit the streets and started reporting. It found resident Robert Mackert, who said he runs an animal rescue operation nearby.
"You hear dogs all through the night. We've made numerous police reports," Mackert told the Free Press. "It's an absolute nightmare around here." He said he also found dog carcases around the neighborhood, which he believes were victims of dog fighting.
Fortunately, the police action on this has been pretty strong, because of the clamor over the viral video. It looks like a dog fighting operation, but appearances can be deceiving. If looking like a guy who fights dogs raises your stakes in certain dark corners of the rap world -- and don't think it doesn't -- then you can bet there's more than a few rappers are boasting about owning "grand champions" and "future grand champions."
If that was Young Calicoe's game, it worked. He's bigger than ever.
But be suspicious. We are.
According to WXYZ-TV, Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said, "I want to thank the media for the attention that you brought to this because the humane treatment of animals ... is very important to us, and some of the conditions that we saw, without going into detail, gave a lot of credence to support what, I think, is going to be a prosecutable case going forward."
Let's hope so.
See the full video here. Caution: Crude language.