WATCH: Anti-Michael Vick petition reaches 1 million signatures

Dave Holcomb

The NFL announced last month that former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick would serve as one of the 2020 Pro Bowl captains in January. Not everyone is happy about that.

Actually, quite a few people aren't pleased with that decision.

A couple different online petitions calling for the NFL to not honor Vick at the Pro Bowl have combined to reach more than 1.2 million signatures. It's received so much attention, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement this week, saying Vick would remain part of the Pro Bowl festivities.

It's hard to believe so many people are still riled up about Vick's dog-fighting involvement more than a decade after it happened.

One reason it's surprising is the fact being a captain at the Pro Bowl is actually more like torture than an honor. People annually elect to watch grass grow in the winter over the Pro Bowl.

But in all seriousness, the petition signers likely also don't know that Vick is a strong advocate for animals. He publicly supported the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act in 2014 and has been an active participant in Humane Society’s anti-dogfighting campaigns.

In 2007, Vick plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges for his role in a dogfighting ring. He served nearly two years in jail.

There are always going to be dog lovers that won't forgive Vick. American society as a whole, though, should embrace his drive to make things right with his second chance.

Vick served his punishment, and unless he puts on a real good act, he's shown true contrition. That's more than what a lot of other players who have abused women or children can say.

At the end of the day, though, we have bigger fish to fry than Vick's involvement at the Pro Bowl.

Comments (97)
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Dillon88
Dillon88

An absolute joke, Vick has done his time, changed as a man, done countless things for the community, and has donated to many causes. Shame people still hold this over him, was 10+ years ago...

RAA
RAA

“But in all seriousness, the petition signers likely also don't know that Vick is a strong advocate for animals. He publicly supported the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act in 2014 and has been an active participant in Humane Society’s anti-dogfighting campaigns.” SERIOUSLY? The majority of signers, are extremely aware of all the public moves he made to clean up his act. And that’s all it was. He has never shown remorse, nor did he pay for what he did to those dogs. Not ONE single day! He did time for the racketeering, NOTHING for cruelty. And this was not just someone involved standing at a distance. He inflicted severe, and repeated, sadistic TORTURE, and loved every minute. He threw FAMILY PETS to his pit bulls to be mauled. MODEL FATHER? He is an arrogant, evil, pos, and yes he may have to get on with his life, but he does NOT deserve to be on peoples televisions, or held up as some kind of role model. Everyone needs to read this: https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2806938009338165&id=100000659791239&set=a.101037419928251&source=48

isandman
isandman

In all seriousness, YOU, Dave Holcomb, don’t know who you are talking about. We know plenty about his short volunteer involvement with HSUS, speaking out, programs to end dog fighting and the lot of it. We also know he forked over nearly 24 grand to a public relations firm the week before he went to jail, and more than 5 times that in following years until he got his old job back in the NFL. They told him just what to say and do in order to win back the fair weathered hearts of fans and sponsors. Someone this depraved and sick doesn’t come up with this shiny new bs on his own. Do you understand what a sociopath is, Mr. Holcomb? Maybe you better look up a little research. If you’re behind this monster being recognized as a legend, you may have a cold, dead heart as well. There’s plenty of incredible players to celebrate that are true men of distinction and compassion off the field. Why not show the kids someone who’s worth putting up there as role model. Isn’t that the America you grew up in as well? One where you can grow up just like that guy, a real hero.

cabinfever
cabinfever

Wow, Dave Holcomb, you are SO clueless. I'll bet you've never read about the actual depraved things that he did to the animals, including throwing family pets in with the fighting dogs and watching them get ripped apart. Someone like that has evil in their DNA. He never served ONE MINUTE in prison for animal cruelty, and he has NEVER shown any interest in finding out what happened to the survivors of his sick, unspeakable cruelties. He's a disgusting, despicable human being and the NFL is a sick disgusting organization for turning a blind eye. He will NEVER be "forgiven" and this will ALWAYS be his legacy. I have zero doubt that, had he not been caught, he would still be happily torturing animals.

Getoverit
Getoverit

You fucking liberals are nothing but crying sniveling little bitches. Get the fuck over it. If you can't, then take your sorry asses to your safe place and don't watch the game. Bitches!!!

REBEL4 LIFE
REBEL4 LIFE

You people fucking amazed me today with this bullshit did you circulate a petition about white offices killing black males did you circulate a petition about your president groping women fondling disrespecting lying to the American people but you're quick do not want this man to be a honorary captain of a game he has played the game he has showed his potential for being great in man who has paid his dues for something that a lot of people feel he shouldn't have went to jail for but yet and still here we are with this b******* get a f****** life respect the game respect the individual respect the talent we all make mistakes and at some point in time we pay for it he is paid for his look in your f****** closet cuz you ain't as righteous as f****** the petition you write on you piece of s***

Grinda666
Grinda666

This man deserves no place of honor at all it wasn’t just a dog fighting which is bad enough he tortured electrocuted people around him sexually abused dogs they tortured them people who torture animals are psychos and they should not be honored and he never served any time for they asked those actual acts

Klippie
Klippie

He only does what his PR people or the courts have told him to do for publicity reasons for animals. To do the things he did to these animals you have to have a sick mind. His evil ways have not changed. His immediate family still breeds pits. Beat they are not being breed for fighting. What a depraved human. There are so many other deserving players to single out. True Heros! The NFL has no morals. They welcome all kinds of violent men back into the fold. Not that my few dollars matter but I will not support the NFL buying any of their products. I use to buy NFL products for gifts for all of the men in the family no more. And I’m not going to support these advertisers. Sorry Budweiser I love your commercials featuring animals but your support for the NFL SPEAKS volumes!

Laela236$
Laela236$

You cannot change something that gives someone pleasure. And Vick enjoyed torturing and seeing dogs maul each other.

AriesAle
AriesAle

MV is coached and prepped by a PR team. The only dues he has paid are to non profits who accepted donations, in this case, aka dues to have their name associated with him. If he is so repentant and remorseful, he could have anonymously donated to non profits. Bottom line: textbook psychopath.

Bowash
Bowash

Well Dave Holcomb since you think he is so @@&#ing great why don't you marry him

Wendy1967
Wendy1967

I will definitely watch the pro bowl this year. I will also make sure none of the advertisers get a penny of my money.

Mklitt
Mklitt

Gee, dog lovers are so clueless! We don't understand that a man who strangled a dog with his bare hands now loves dogs. Of course he does. As to serving his time, this is the reaction you get when someone gets off with a light sentence. Had he been forbidden to play at the NFL level after his sentencing, then we would not be protesting still against Michael Vick. Then he might have paid the price. As it is, the sentence was a sham and his work as a dog advocate is just a cover-up. It's like putting a pedophile and child care to make him look like he's changed. We see this man for the evil person he is. We don't have blinders on because he's a good athlete. So the problem here is not Clueless dog lovers, it's clueless sports fans. And believe me there are many sports fans who are not clueless and they have signed the petition and many more will sign the petition. If you go to that petition you can see people signing every few seconds. This is not going to end as long as Michael Vick enjoys the adulation of the NFL. I know many NFL fans who are disgusted by Michael Vick and disgusted by the NFL. So get out of the sportswriters box and go talk to the fans

RAA
RAA

Reading some of the comments here and elsewhere has just astonished me. What is it that MV supporters don’t get about him being no hero? This is about right and wrong, and actions having consequences. You don’t get to commit such atrocious acts as MV did, and then just continue on in life as though it never happened. It’s not about race, and it’s not about being unforgiving. Both pathetic arguments to use in making excuses for this man. As is blaming it on where and what he came from. Do all these supporters, or the author of this article for that matter, actually know the details of the case? MV did NOT pay for any of the cruelty, he was cut a sweet deal that gave him a small sentence for running a gambling ring. He is sorry he got caught, and sorry he lost money. He has never expressed remorse for what he did to those dogs, and it was not just killing dogs, and forcing them to fight. He repeatedly engaged in truly sadistic torture, and enjoyed it. He threw his own family’s pets to be mauled, and found it hilarious. Sociopath at the very least. You think he’s changed, because the HSUS, a corrupt, money loving scam themselves, and his well paid PR people cooked up some public moves? Well that’s your right, but no way, should he ever again be held up as a role model, or a hero, and I would say the same if he was white, or any other colour. The fact so many are willing to excuse him, says a lot about them, and what their values are. It’s the same reason that someone who is good playing with a ball, or acting, or singing, makes obscene amounts of money, while people who put their lives on the line every day, or work long hours daily to save lives, get nothing like what they are worth as human beings. But one thing should be universal. WHOEVER you are, you commit crimes like that, there is no going back, there are no excuses, and there is no being reinstated to a person I want on the tv with my children and grandchildren idolizing or admiring. Actions have consequences, and kids need to know that. Too bad the NFL and the sponsors don’t acknowledge that. Money always speaks in place of morals.

Bones Mom
Bones Mom

Dave Holcomb you are truly an idiot. Do more research before you look like more of an ass. He never served time for his true crimes of torturing and killing animals. He got a lighter sentence for gambling. As for his publicity stunt with HSUS, that's all it was...a feeble attempt to try and repair his crappy image. HSUS should've told him to shove that $ but money talks, bullshit walks.

Smhx10
Smhx10

I'm so sick of hearing about the change he's made. If you believe people like that can be rehabilitated shame on you . His award needs to be best actor in a horror show. There's not a animal lover on this planet that believes any of this. NFL I think you guys are Clueless

Trutalk
Trutalk

Michael Vick served his time for the crime he was accused of like it or not. He deserves to be where he is right now you will never be able to get over it and it’s not because of your love for dogs either is something deeper than that it’s because of your hatred for this man and the fact that he still a part of the NFL. Call him all the names you want it doesn’t change anything because there is nothing that you can say about him that he has an already heard and if you think he hasn’t counted the cost how he will forever be scrutinize think again. Your real problem is that you don’t have the control that you want to have so you try to control somebody else’s life behind a petition. Your words and cruelty no longer have power to condemn a redeemed man!!!

Originalbman
Originalbman

This guy is a giant POS. The only reason he stopped killing dogs is because he got caught. If you kill innocent animals you're the real animal. Michael Vick should be put to sleep.

Allachka1113
Allachka1113

Many who are aware of the facts of this ongoing controversy know, that Michael Vick never served his time for dog torture and dog fighting, only for bankrolling the dog fighting. We as society should open our eyes to the facts that the real issues why this monster should never be forgiven is not even the horrors of the illegal dog fighting, but what was done to the defenseless dogs. Micheal Vick electrocuted innocent dogs, by attaching cables to their ears and throwing them into the pool, where they died slow painful deaths, by slamming them into the concrete. If you can imagine the shock to their little bodies as they were repeatedly being slammed by this professional athlete, by handing the poor dogs on the wire, among many other horrible things that these dogs suffered while he laughed.
Many say he did his time he made mistakes, lets move on. There was no mistake in what this monster did, how he tortured these defenseless dogs and enjoyed these horrific acts. What Micheal Vick did is unforgettable and unforgivable. He doesn't deserve to be honored, the dogs who he put through hell on earth deserve that honor.

rie
rie

CANT BELIEVE SOME OF THE COMMENTS he is not even sorry he didnt think it was wrong, everything he done by him under his PR people...he did his little bit of time ONLY on the money running part look it up... he is trash and needs to go away he helped no animals and never will

pattypie
pattypie

...it is truly an insult to people to think that you can do bad things, and pay (?) your debt to society, and think that you can be honored and have a big party. Honestly, if Vick was sincere, he's just say no thanks. As with his crimes, his actions speak louder than words...

Mare04
Mare04

Agree. The only reason that piece of garbage stopped fighting dogs is because he got caught. Put him & the rest of you stupid supporters in a ring with those dogs & let them tear you & him apart. See how you'd like it!!

Cinderella1015
Cinderella1015

It’s really sad that people don’t recognize the wolf in sheep’s clothing.. demons don’t walk around saying they’re demons and they definitely don’t change their ways or suddenly become dog lovers or animal rights activists. Especially after his history of dogfighting, torture and killing for his amusement and total disregard for dogs at all. All of this done while making millions with the NFL. He may have all of you and Roger Goodell fooled but not me or the other 1.2 million dog lovers out there..

Barbara Jean
Barbara Jean

The only good thing this man ever did was that he could play a little bit of football. Other than that, he’s a useless POS not worthy of recognition.

Dogs33
Dogs33

Vick should have been banned by the NFL when he was convicted of a felony. Now the NFL is putting him up as a role model. There are so many good players with no criminal backgrounds that they could have chosen. The NFL is a joke. I will stick to college football!

Trace58line
Trace58line

Big F ing deal...he should still be in jail for the inhuman torture he made dogs suffer every day for years....you don't change your soul just because you got caught. My wish is that we could pay money to watch animal abusers be tortured...the NFL could make some extra cash using Vic as the 1st abuser so many precious souls....we can't bare it anymore....people just can't get away with this behavior...no more Say it loud...by NOT letting Vic Vicious any where near the NFL.

thisisit14
thisisit14

This man is a POS and should of been banned from the NFL. He didn't just dog fight... and he tortured and murdered innocent animals! He only has done these "kind acts" to "Help" clear up his image. He never would of stopped had he not gotten caught. There's a special place in hell for him.

Codyjo
Codyjo

Hey Dave, get a grip. You seem to be extremely naive and may be suffering from a severe case denial or perhaps dementia. Michael Vick dealt out immense suffering and death of many dogs with his own two hands. He bought, bred, and raised living beings for the soul reason of inflicting torture and unimaginable pain upon them. Why? He found it entertaining. But, sure thing...Let's put blinders on and make outrageous claims of his being reformed and a true 'advocate of animals' now. Bitch...Please. When I was 22 I returned a dog to the shelter, that I had difficulty training making fit in my household and cried for days afterward. I still feel like an asshole for doing that nearly twenty years later. Mr. Vick picked up dogs by the legs while a fellow POS grabbed the other set of paws. They then repeatedly slammed the dog's body onto the floor. Until it was mostly dead. Left it to suffer the last minutes broken and gasping for air and escape from the pain. Why? Because Mikey was pissed the dog lost a fight and him money. But, hey...Mr. Goodell you go right ahead and put him on a pedestal. I now alot more about who you are as a person. Oh, and Dave...Again, get a grip.

Codyjo
Codyjo

I might believe he has truly "changed" had it been discovered he had a brain tumor at the time; While simultaneously having a addiction to ketamine and meth. All afflictions now having been overcome. He did evil. True evil. He is and should continue to be judged for it.

Truefalcfan11
Truefalcfan11

I hate to say this but even some of our so called die hard fans are idiots. All season been blaming Falcons play on Matty(Ice). My point is these people are not true Falcons Fans. Obviously people don't believe in forgiveness either,Vick did his time and has helped animals since being out, I mean he was a kid with money, coming out of the hood, he had to learn that the survival rules you learn there which is hardcore,and in that situation who knows what others would do but I believe the same . This man has grown up in violence, and crime and made it out. The problem was he still ran with his crew from the hood. Yes even after becoming a success. But that's all he knew. So he had to learn the hard way, that he needed to x that part of life out of life now. I read how hard it was on this man, not only for his Team, and his future,but all the people he let down, and yes the pain he put animals through. So people with asap or whatever, let this man live his life. He has more than made a huge difference and change to animal cruelty, as well as gaining his respect back from peers and the city of Atlanta. #Riseup#MVickoneofbestQB'S#TheBrotherhood#11JulioJonesbest receiver in NFL#AtlantaFalconsNation#TFF(True Falcons Fans)

Farar
Farar

The only place this man should be visible is on the list of the world’s most evil men throughout history.

He should not be in the public eye and should be kept away from people and animals.

There is no legal form of punishment that could ever administer justice for the acts performed over a six year period.

Farar
Farar

To those of you trying to use this to stir up racial hatred, SHAME ON YOU and you are completely missing the point.

Yes, everyone has skeletons in their closet. (Although this is something entirely different.)

Yes, most civilisations have committed barbaric acts towards their fellow man in less enlightened times (and some in more enlightened times). Still absolutely nothing to do with this.

The majority of people have had hard lives but I wonder how many of them have committed acts such as these. STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR THIS MAN. There are some things that should NEVER be forgotten. Please educate yourself on the details if you are unclear. The one man that is Michael Vick is only a tiny part of the bigger picture. Stop concerning yourself with the welfare of someone who has entirely no right to it.

What we need to do now is stand up as human beings and give this message to potential animal abusers. Please let this never happen again.

Please let them know: We will NOT tolerate this. We WILL punish you and we will certainly NOT honour you.

There is strength in numbers. Please do whatever you can, no matter how small. Sign a petition, fund a petition, share the torture information. Everyone should be aware of the facts, no matter how upsetting. Don’t look the other way.

Evil prevails when good people do nothing. We can’t sit idly by. Please don’t the let terror and agony that was suffered by mans’ best friend be for nothing.

USE YOUR VOICE!

GoodbyeNFLandVick
GoodbyeNFLandVick

I am DISGUSTED by the NFL, by its consciousless sponsors, and by any team that would invite an evil murderer to join them, or worse yet, to stand as a hero and/or role model.

I am also disgusted that the #FalconMaven would print and circulate this article written by an undereducated idiot like Dave Holcomb.

Apparently the Falcons are yet another NFL team devoid of any morality.

This article is nothing but a publicity stunt to try to sway the public view... but it will only sway the undereducated and the evil condoners of vick's atrocities.

If Atlanta wants me (or the masses) to root for them this year -- or any year -- then they had best re-think their stance regarding Mr MURDERER VICK.

No way in HELL am I going to allow my children to watch that POS be given any accolades or position of 'hero'. And, no way in HELL would I ever root for any team that felt otherwise.

Not only will I NOT stand by the Falcons, I will also boycott every one of their sponsors, and every sponsor of the NFL.

The only beings that should be honored in this story are the innocent beings that vick and his cohorts horrendously tortured & visciously murdered. --- Period, the end.

I will not stop speaking out until vick himself apologizes publicly and then removes himself from the NFL and all of public life, forever.

Susan Lee
Susan Lee

It is the violence, torture and how he made his dogs suffer and die that we are against Vick. His uncontained cruelty because he lost millions because they lost. Yes, in a sport (?) that is illegal in the first place! His methods of punishing and killing his dogs was methodical and sadistic. He is a maniac.
You try hard to gloss over and avoid mentioning how he destroyed his animals. He's a monster!
Your turning a blind eye and taunting us as if we are unfair towards him. You who support Vick are showing who and what your made of.💩

Lolatoby
Lolatoby

Animal lovers are not just blind haters. Vick has never stood up to the world and become the anti dogfighting advocate he was supposed to be, when he was sprung early from jail by the Eagles and Humane Society. He did nothing. And he has never publicly decried his cruel violent unspeakable acts against animals. People are angry because he has never EVER said “i tortured and killed those dogs with my bare hands and I AM SORRY.” And we are more angry bc he is also saying he forgives his haters, as if we are supposed to overlook his failure to show remorse to the animals and to his crimes. He only has remorse for himself and his “taking a bad turn”. That is profoundly different- being sorry for yourself versus being sorry for the dogs. The dogs were NOT all saved! And when it came time to pay, he hid his money and declared bankruptcy. In the end he will face god, but until then in his lifetime he will face the people who see and try to help the animals burned, broken, blinded, beaten, electrocuted, and tortured by him and people like him. He needs to say I did this. I am sorry for each animal that was in my care and suffered at my hands.

Ceb1
Ceb1

Whoever wrote this ridiculous inaccurate story for this magazine should be fired. It's absolutely appalling anyone is even sticking up for this sadistic, sociopathic subhuman.

Let their record be straight, he never served time for the actual actions of abusing the animals that he did with his bare hands. When you look into the eyes of a living creature and get pleasure in hurting them, you don't deserve an award for anything.

And all of you saying he served his time, you really need to be educated, because at this point you are ignorant to the facts of what he really did. It wasn't just about a dog fighting ring for money.

I can't even imagine children growing up with a man who tortured and killed dogs and then having a society look up to him like he's some great role model. Ugh. Give me a break. He DESERVES to be banished from the public eye forever. If he really felt remorse he would accept that as his punishment and give up the Pro Bowl and go away forever. But there is no rehabilitation for sociopaths like Michael Vick. He's got a brain like Ted Bundy and Dahmer. No remorse. Nothing behind those murderess eyes.

CoachJohnson88
CoachJohnson88

People need to the facts straight. Michael Vick served Zero jail time animal abuse, cruelty and torture! No Federal laws existed! They busted him under the RICO ACT for running a gambling ring across state line. He’s paid nothing. Not even a penny of the over $900k order to pay for the care and treatment of the dogs rescued! How is this a legend? How is this a role model? Pete Rose is banned for gambling yet this Vick is a hero for torture and dog fighting! He has never shown a speck of remorse! So shame on the message the NFL ( National Felons League) is sending to kids and anyone with a conscience, soul and heart!


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