Petition To Ban Michael Vick as 'Pro Bowl Legends Captain' Tops 300,000 Signatures

Kristian Dyer

Michael Vick is slated to be one of four honorary Pro Bowl captains but one group is protesting his inclusion, citing his past incidents of animal cruelty. 

Announced as a ‘Pro Bowl Legends Captain’ for the upcoming all-star event in Orlando, Vick certainly stacks up on the field as a playmaker quarterback and a transformational player at his position. But his career and legacy were stained when it was discovered that he was running a dog fighting ring out of his house. 

Vick played one season for the New York Jets in 2014 where he had 100 appearances and three starts. 

In just a matter of days, over 300,000 signatures have been obtained by Animal Victory Petitioners, an organization that creates “petitions to persuade government officials to create severe punishment laws for Animal Abusers.” 

A petition has been created via the organization, entitled ‘Remove Michael Vick From Being A 2020 Pro Bowl Legend Captain.’ The petition gives background on Vick’s past involvement with the dog fighting ring. 

“Out of the hundreds of professional football athletes who have led upstanding lives, the NFL has chosen a convicted dog-fighting organizer as someone who they want to honor,” the petition said. 

“Please add your signature to this petition, which will be presented to officials with the NFL. Michael Vick should not be placed in a position of honor - the dogs who were tortured and killed deserve to be remembered and honored. Not the man who played a part in their suffering.” 

Since that time, Vick has made amends, including working with legislative bodies including Congress as an advocate for greater laws to eradicate animal cruelty and abuse. In 2015, he went to the statehouse in Pennsylvania to lobby for legislation protecting animals from being kept long-term in hot vehicles. 

He also has been active in raising scholarship money in honor of the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting. During his time with the Jets, he made numerous charitable appearances, including working closely with the United Way.

Comments (9)
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Idontkilldogs
Idontkilldogs

Murderers often start on animals. You can not rehabilitate someone that murders an innocent animal for pleasure.

Hoppie64
Hoppie64

Reading all these petition and want him to stop being honored if you can honor Caitlyn Jenner as of Man and but hes dressed as a woman come on you can forgive Amber who shot a man in his own house come on This right here makes me mad you Americans think you better than somebody else you can't do no wrong that Old saying don't sweep around somebody else's yard and you got dirty yard. This shit isnt right. If this happens we going to take it to the ne t level. Hell I dont believe all these people signed. Fake Ass News.

NKG
NKG

I think I saw a petition, petitioning their petition to allow Mike Vick as captain.

Elizabeth79416
Elizabeth79416

To whomever wrote this story, it saddens me greatly that you went to so much trouble to list his accomplishments. I'm glad he seems to be doing good things now; but please spend some time educating yourself on the absolutely horrific things he did. It's completely sickening and it has been completely glossed over and whitewashed. A lot of animal advocates feel that the continuous whitewashing and ignoring by the NFL and others is an egregious sign of disrespect. There are literally hundreds of athletes to choose from...hundreds of good men who have done good works and are good role models for our youth...why do the powers that be continue to force this one in our faces?

anlogrol
anlogrol

While I am thrilled Vick appears to be evolving as a person & I wish him well, healing, the degree of torture & methods of murdering these innocent dogs he employed is still among the worst cases of animal cruelty & should be a disqualifier for such an honor regardless of any future good works. And SI's short blurb on the origins of the petitions (there are four that I know of) citing "past incidents of animal cruelty" & "was running a dog fighting ring out of his house" is a willful attempt to gloss over the reality of the case. He personally actively tortured numerous dogs & admitted to killing 8 at the minimum (though this is considered a low number) in intentionally horrifically painful sadistic ways. I'm not suggesting he be a pariah or that he not live a fulfilling, good life - I truly wish him well, want him to succeed in what ever endeavours he chooses. One does not live in a vacuum though and atrocities in ones past personal life may certainly impact honors offered in their work life & when it is in the national arena with an audience of this size I suggest it must. I hope he continues to do good work on behalf of all of our fellow beings, humans included & he finds personal satisfaction & healing in it but no, this does not make amends for the degree of horror he unleashed on these living beings & all of the humans who his antisocial, sadistic behavior touched & I don't know a single soul that knows the extent of atrocities he committed that believes 23 months is a remotely adequate sentance & if you know the extent of it I imagine you don't either, but that's more a reflection of our broken justice system & a society that views our fellow beings as commodity, to be used at mans whim. He's served his time & I'm glad he's doing well, Pro Bowl Legend Captain material he is not, nor should he have ever been allowed to care for another animal.

For the record, I am a life long, die hard OAKLAND Raiders fan, received a degree in sports medicine 37yrs ago, hoping to be the 1st woman athletic trainer for the Raiders. I loved the work, enjoyed working with the athletes but was so disgusted with the lack of concern/care offered the athletes by the teams they played for & the wide spread acceptance of steroid use among my fellow grad students despite what we knew to be true even back then that I found employment elsewhere & coached Pop Warner football for my football fix. It was a much more fun game back then & loyalty to team was more the norm then it is now but this crop of players will live longer, healthier lives than the players I grew up with and admired, the NFL & owners betrayed for money & the win. I'm also a justice reform advocate & believe in redemption but the sociopathology required to perpetrate the horrors Vick did can't be glossed over, celebrating him with this honor on a national stage kind of does that. I have more pics, some you've likely not seen, they aren't in the book. Please ask if you'd like to see them.


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