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By Robert Mullen (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/8/2014 (2 years ago)

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The Jets new quarterback still faces opposition form dog fighting case

Michael Vick, the new quarterback for the New York Jets, may still face repercussions from felony dog fighting charges back in 2007. At least if a petition circling the web acquires enough signatures.

Michael Vick was signed on to be the new quarterback for the New York Jets, in a one year, $5 million contract.

Michael Vick was signed on to be the new quarterback for the New York Jets, in a one year, $5 million contract.

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By Robert Mullen (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/8/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Sports

Keywords: NFL, football, dogfighting


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The petition making the rounds on Change.org, seeks to bar Vick from participating in the Jets annual summer training camp at the State University of New York Cortland, and has already accrued nearly 5,000 signatures.

The former quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles pled guilty to the charges of hosting dog fights on the grounds of his Virginia home from 2001 through 2007 and has since served 19 months in prison, as well as losing numerous endorsements.

Law enforcement originally uncovered the dog fighting ring after investigating Vick in connection to drug charges.

The petition, addressed to Cortland's president Erik J. Bitterbaum, shows a very graphic picture of a mangled pit-bull next to a smiling Vick wearing an Atlanta Falcons jersey.

"We MUST send the message that we won't be party to the torture of animals by conveniently forgetting what he has done," reads a portion of the petition. "If we welcome Vick onto our campus, we are complicit in his crimes."

The petition goes on to make accusations against Vick, including the torture and murder of over 50 dogs via electrocution, hanging, drowning, beating, and mutilation.

Vick was suspended from the NFL and the Falcons, whom he played for from 2001-06, in 2007 and eventually returned to the NFL in 2009 with a one year contract with the Eagles, where he remained through the 2013 season. Then on March 21 Vick signed a one-year $5 million contract with the Jets.

Vick apologized for his actions in August of 2007, and did serve 19 months in prison, lost numerous endorsements including a ridiculously lucrative contract with Nike, and ended up bankrupt while in prison. He has now become a supporter of tougher animal rights laws, and too all intents and purposes looks as if he has repented from his previously horrendous actions.

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