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Someone Created Petition So Mike Vick Would Not Be Honored By Falcons Because of Dog-Fighting
It’s been close to ten years since former Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick turned the sports world and his career upside down when there was an investigation into illegal dog-fighting, which eventually led to him and three other men being convicted.
Vick did 18 months in prison for financing a dogfighting ring but got a second chance with the Eagles once he was released, signing a 1-year deal with no guaranteed money.
Although Vick has kept his nose clean since leaving prison, there are people out there that are not willing to forgive him, no matter how much goodwill he has done since then.
During Sunday’s Falcons-Saints game, Michael Vick is expected to be honored during halftime. Once that bit of information got out, someone immediately took to Change.org to petition the team to not go through with this.
“Michael Vick should not be invited to or honored by the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the final regular-season game at the Georgia Dome.
For over six years, Michael Vick ran a dogfighting operation in Virginia where he personally tortured and killed dogs without hesitation, without fear of reprisal, and without remorse.
Vick and his associates operated the aptly named “Bad Newz Kennels,” which housed and trained over 50 pit bull dogs, staged dog fights, killed dogs, and ran a high stakes gambling ring with purses up to $26,000.
A report by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigator provided details on the April 2007 killings, saying that the men hung approximately three dogs “by placing a nylon cord over a 2 X 4 that was nailed to two trees located next to the big shed. They also drowned approximately three dogs by putting the dogs’ heads in a five-gallon bucket of water.” They killed one dog by “slamming it to the ground several times before it died, breaking the dog’s back or neck.”
According to a witness, the men fought their trained pit bulls with pet dogs, and they “thought it was funny to watch the pit bull dogs belonging to Bad Newz Kennels injure or kill the other dogs.” Dogs who lost fights were sometimes executed. According to the federal indictment, “In or about March of 2003, PEACE, after consulting with VICK about the losing female pit bull’s condition, executed the losing dog by wetting the dog down with water and electrocuting the animal.”
In 2007, he pleaded guilty in a federal dogfighting investigation. He was suspended from the NFL for violation of the league’s personal-conduct policy. He served 21 months in prison and two months on house arrest for his crimes.
By inviting Michael Vick to participate in a ceremony on Sunday, the Falcons are honoring a convicted dogfighter who profited from cruelty to animals for years.
Please sign this petition and let the Falcons know that NFL fans do not support Vick and do not condone his actions.”
The petition has over 13,000 signatures as of right now.