Michael Vick Protesters Camp Outside Steelers Training Camp on “National Dog Day” (Pics)
I don’t know who decided that Wednesday was “National Dog Day.” All I know is that it really caught on on social media, which proved to be a bit of a PR problem for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Why? Because on Tuesday, the day before National Dog Day, the Steelers signed Michael Vick, the guy convicted of brutally killing a bunch of dogs.
Needless to say, dog-lovers did not appreciate the irony. So the Michael Vick protesters were out in force on Wednesday outside the Steelers training facility.
Well okay, “out in force” might be a bit of an overstatement. There were precisely five women holding signs:
Michael Vick protesters outside the Steelers’ facility as practice ends pic.twitter.com/TkOPrA5w6v
— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) August 26, 2015
Actually, one of the women in that photo isn’t holding a sign and may have been a reporter or something. In this photo there are only four of them:
A photo posted by Jeremy Ryan Fowler (@jfowlerespn) on
These four protesters sure were angry, though. Natalie Ahwesh, who says she is a Steelers season ticket holder, tried to explain her outrage.
“This move is embarrassing. It’s upsetting. I’m angry,” Ahwesh said. “I’m not going to be able to go to the games and have fun and watch with my family. The season is ruined for me as long as he’s on the team.”
Of course, the reaction to the Vick signing was much more extreme online. There is, for example, a change.org petition called “Say NO to Michael Vick on the Pittsburgh Steelers” that has over 18K signatures.
And then there are the angry tweets:
@steelers As a life long Steelers fan I am SICKENED that an upstanding franchise like this lets a DESPICABLE human being play QB for this
— Agent Dale Cooper (@lvanProvorov) August 25, 2015
I just lost respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I heard they just signed Michael Vick.
— Gary Blakeley (@gary_blakeley) August 26, 2015
— Karstan Schmarstan (@Karstan) August 25, 2015
— Holly (@hldunlap413) August 26, 2015
Wow I thought the @steelers had more class than to sign a piece of crap Dog Killer like Michael Vick and Big Ben Nuff said 2 jerks
— Michael Hinsdale (@MichaelHinsdale) August 25, 2015
— Stephanie Roland (@srolandj_roland) August 26, 2015
@btsteelcurtain he’s a piece of pondscum i wouldnt sign to a squad of garbage men in china.
— Michael Mosgrove (@irishpoet48) August 26, 2015
Now that #Steelers have signed Vick, my Sundays are clear. Anyone wanna grab brunch or start a book club?
— Dawn Fels (@kilgoret95) August 26, 2015
Michael Vick is not allowed on my team. unacceptable
— Nicholas Dorogy (@nickdorogy) August 25, 2015
Of course, not everyone understood all the rage:
Vick committed terrible crimes, served time, and by all accounts matured, turned his life around. That’s how the system is supposed to work.
— Tom McAllister (@t_mcallister) August 26, 2015
These white ppl on here care more about Vick fighting dogs 8 years ago than cops killing black people now
— Wee-Bae Brice (@Papa_Khelz) August 26, 2015
Food for thought.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]