Michael Vick autograph event postponed due to death threats
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was allegedly scheduled to sign autographs at a Buffalo Wild Wings in York, Pennsylvania on Oct. 30. The organizer of the event, co-owner of JJ Cards-N-Toys at the York Galleria Mall, Jamie Bartolo said she had to cancel the event due to death threats against her and her family.
Bartolo said she received thousands of death threats on social media for planning an event to bring Vick into town. From CBS 21's report:
"The message was, 'I wish your wife and kids would die,'" said Bartolo.
"I'm a dog lover and an animal person. I know what he did was wrong and he served his time in prison. You need to give a person a second chance is our philosophy in life. When you start threatening my family, that's when it gets scary for everyone involved."
Nearly 70 people had already purchased tickets to the event. Bartolo said she has not decided if she will change the venue, the player or cancel the event entirely.
After the story aired, a spokesperson for Vick contacted CBS 21 to state that Vick was never scheduled to appear at the event. From CBS 21:
"In fact, Michael was never presented any proposal or agreement to attend any autograph session in October," the spokesperson said.