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Dallas mayor: Vick’s key to city “not sanctioned by my office”

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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick didn’t attend the pre-Super Bowl party he had been slated to host, but he did stop by Dallas over the weekend, where he picked up a key to the city.

And now the mayor of Dallas wants everyone to know that he wasn’t involved in that decision.

“The action taken was not sanctioned by my office and was not an official ceremonial honor on behalf of the City of Dallas,” Mayor Tom Leppert said in a statement. “Official Keys to the City are presented by the Mayor, or an elected official designated by the Mayor, and reserved, on a limited basis, for an elected official of international status. Clearly, this was not the case in this situation and done without my knowledge or approval. Given these circumstances I have requested the City Manager propose guidelines to prevent this situation in the future.”

So what was Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway thinking when he gave Vick the key to the city? He says he was under the impression that he has the authority to give keys to the city, and he believes Vick has become a good role model.

“Since making some bad choices, Michael Vick has devoted time to speaking to children about staying in school, staying away from drugs, making positive choices about picking friends, and the importance of education,” Caraway said. “For those reasons, Michael Vick deserves such an action from my office.”

Whether you agree with Caraway on the merits or not, you have to question the politics of honoring the quarterback of the Eagles in the heart of Cowboys country.

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61 Responses to “Dallas mayor: Vick’s key to city “not sanctioned by my office””
  1. stinkfingers says: Feb 7, 2011 5:29 PM

    Good for Dallas. I wouldn’t give a key to my city to that dirtbag either…. And I’m an Eagle fan.

  2. closisgood says: Feb 7, 2011 5:29 PM

    What an idiot. Good thing I live 2 streets out of Dallas County

  3. mvp43 says: Feb 7, 2011 5:32 PM

    Just don’t give him the key to the Humane Society….

  4. livenbreathefootball says: Feb 7, 2011 5:33 PM

    Making good decisions? Vick had to be told that hosting a high profile party, that may or may not have required extraordinary security, was a bad idea.

    Honestly, when is the slobbering over Vick’s alleged redemption going to stop?

  5. screamingsheep69 says: Feb 7, 2011 5:34 PM

    Better change the locks before dark.

  6. beeler262011 says: Feb 7, 2011 5:38 PM

    Hopefully the key doesn’t open up the dog pound

  7. dogluverssuck says: Feb 7, 2011 5:38 PM

    - In Atlanta they chant “We Want Vick”

    - In Philly he is the new God.

    - In Dallas he gets key to City.

    This has got to be a record to be the franchise qb in 3 major cities at once :)

  8. tatum064 says: Feb 7, 2011 5:42 PM

    Stop whining. Just refund the tickets for those 400 fans that didnt get a seat at the SB.

  9. tatum064 says: Feb 7, 2011 5:43 PM

    livenbreathefootball says: Feb 7, 2011 5:33 PM

    Making good decisions? Vick had to be told that hosting a high profile party, that may or may not have required extraordinary security, was a bad idea.

    Honestly, when is the slobbering over Vick’s alleged redemption going to stop?
    ========================
    It wont. It NEVER WILL. America has been about 2nd chances, period.

  10. donovanmcflabb says: Feb 7, 2011 5:45 PM

    Dallas should have spent as much energy ensuring that everyone who had a ticket to the Super Bowl actually got to sit in his/her seat.

  11. rbrow018 says: Feb 7, 2011 5:45 PM

    Dang Dallas gave Michael Vick a key to the city….and they got Tony Romo still trying to figure out how to pick the locks haha

  12. profootballwalk says: Feb 7, 2011 5:45 PM

    This one shouldn’t be too hard to figure out folks.

  13. poiuyt7 says: Feb 7, 2011 5:46 PM

    Bad choice? Picking out the wrong colored socks is a “bad choice.” Sociopathic behavior is something that is ingrained in Vick’s psyche.

  14. hobartbaker says: Feb 7, 2011 5:47 PM

    Mike hoping it opens the jail and the pound. In case he ever has to spring a relative or their pet.

  15. jw731 says: Feb 7, 2011 5:51 PM

    You mean to tell me that in the entire city of Dallas. They don’t have police officers,firefighters, social workers, people who donate or are heavily involved in charities who are more deserving of this award? No, lets have some lame brain politician,who in an obvious politicial mea culpa in his eyes, give the keys to the city to someone who as far as i know, has never lived in the city, has never done one thing for the city, and was only going to the city to host a party. And this bozo was elected mayor?

  16. bf53 says: Feb 7, 2011 5:54 PM

    stinkfingers,

    are you one of those fans who “won’t watch eagles games while Vick is on the team”? you sure sound like it.

  17. mharenza says: Feb 7, 2011 5:57 PM

    Dallas fans talking negatively about the reputations of opposing players? That is too funny. Maybe they are too young to remember the constant arrests and debauchery engaged upon by countless Cowboy players throughout the years. Seriously, I guess they forget the drug possession and trafficking arrests.

  18. commandercornpone says: Feb 7, 2011 6:13 PM

    caraway doesnt even have a seed of good sense

  19. mad55555 says: Feb 7, 2011 6:13 PM

    First, Dallas players want Vicks autograph after he puts a beatdown on them and now the city wants to give him the key. Lock that city up and throw away the key.

  20. themonkeyman says: Feb 7, 2011 6:21 PM

    Making good decisions? Vick had to be told that hosting a high profile party, that may or may not have required extraordinary security, was a bad idea.

    Honestly, when is the slobbering over Vick’s alleged redemption going to stop?

    ————————————————-

    People act as if this guy cured cancer or is a war hero. All he’s done is throw a few footballs, underperformed in the playoffs again & stayed out of trouble since his release. Are our standards of behavior that low presently that all you have to do to get that kind of honor is stay out of trouble for 18 months & throw a few footballs?

    Hmmm, makes perfect sense to give the Cowboys division rival QB a key to the city for staying out of trouble for less than 2 years Mr Caraway sir. Would love to know how many violent ex-cons have visited Dallas & been presented with keys to their city.

  21. lboogie25 says: Feb 7, 2011 6:24 PM

    Who let the dogs out?? Vick,Vick, Vick.. Vick!!

  22. phillybirds says: Feb 7, 2011 6:26 PM

    lets go VICK! superbowl baby

  23. steelerfan9598 says: Feb 7, 2011 6:35 PM

    Key to the City? Of DALLAS? What an idiot. Maybe Ravenstahl can give Ray Lewis the key to the City of Pittsburgh.

    @profootballwalk: Spot on my man. Simple math.

  24. richm2256 says: Feb 7, 2011 6:36 PM

    Someone please explain what the hell Vick ever did for the city of Dallas? Maybe when Donte Stallworth hasn’t run someone over while drunk for a year or two, he can get a key too?

  25. jacksaysfu says: Feb 7, 2011 6:40 PM

    The key was for tony romo but once he realized it wasnt a key back into jessica simpsons heart they decided to just give it to a QB with skills !!!! P.S the cowgirls suck

  26. tantrim says: Feb 7, 2011 6:41 PM

    I’m prejudice against those that destroy dogs for their pleasure and it will take more then being in jail for a brief period of time and just because he can play QB doesn’t make him good person in my eyes.

  27. mharenza says: Feb 7, 2011 6:43 PM

    I am a huge proponent of humane and ethical treatment of animals, but all those spending time repeatedly bashing Vick have your priorities wrong. The NFL allows murders to play and nobody bats an eye, in fact they make them the face of the NFL and give them deodorant commercials……but touch an animal and you are the biggest villain in all of humanity. Priorities.

  28. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 7, 2011 6:43 PM

    Are you kidding me
    A key to the city
    Damn next Mike Irvin is getting the key to the PD drug locker

    Vick has one heck of a PR machine behind him never would you think a low life scum could pull this off

    I bet he is laughing all the way to the dog fights

    I say he is back behind bars prior to week 8 of the season

    Then lets see what andy or John Gruden who ever that team has a coach does

  29. xxchaos32xx says: Feb 7, 2011 6:49 PM

    bf53,

    He probably is, and if he wants to hate Vick he has every right to.

    Just because a lot of people are choosing to believe that Vick has changed doesn’t make those who aren’t buying it wrong.

    I would have a hard time watching my beloved Packers if Vick was the QB.

  30. joetoronto says: Feb 7, 2011 6:50 PM

    I’d lock them both up, the City Manager and Vick. The Manager for giving it to him, and Vick for accepting it.

    People that stupid shouldn’t be on the streets.

  31. JimmySmith says: Feb 7, 2011 6:56 PM

    I would give Vick the keys to the VD clinic and that’s about it.

  32. ham1 says: Feb 7, 2011 7:02 PM

    What a farce.
    Pinheads.

  33. johnnyoclock says: Feb 7, 2011 7:03 PM

    I love how the “he mad bad choices” crowd never actually read the criminal complaint against him, where it details rape stands and electrocution.

    As and Eagles fan (yes I am) you shouldn’t want, nor need, a championship THAT bad that you can overlook anything at all. Eagles fans are the real sell outs.

    And the white guy lapdogs of ESPN and NFL network need to stop being racially scared and simply do what’s right, instead of being scared to do what’s right because they have it invented in their head of what it may “look like”. These are the people behind the curve in social evolution; yet think they’re the ones ahead.

    It really is a sad state of our phony culture now when we’re too scared to do the right thing and choose the wrong thing over image.

    As an Eagles fan you should be perfectly happy with the Phillies, and simply wait until both Andy and Vick are gone. Then, go put on your green jersey.

  34. henryjones20 says: Feb 7, 2011 7:05 PM

    NEWSFLASH @ ALL U DUMB PPL: The key 2 the city is really not the key to the city!! You can not gain acess 2 evrey house and bank and building and it is not made of pure gold. im thinking they have 57 of those keys layn around so please quit you anger!!holy moses

  35. xxchaos32xx says: Feb 7, 2011 7:38 PM

    henryjones20,

    All of these people talking about “locking their doors” and saying “hopefully they aren’t the keys to the Humane Society” are being sarcastic.

    You, my friend, are the one who is dumb.

  36. mharenza says: Feb 7, 2011 7:40 PM

    Couldn’t watch my beloved Green Bay if Vick were qb? Seriously? You watched a raging drug addict and alcoholic play qb for years. People need to stop with the selective morality and just enjoy the game for what it is….a game. Furthermore, what is wrong with rewarding personal redemption? People talk about Favre overcoming his issues. It is not a racial thing because people overlook Ray Lewis (allegedly) stabbing those people. If those issues are overlooked, what is it that draws the ire of so many people regarding Vick? I mean, correct me if I am wrong but I believe drug abuse and the sanctity of human life are far more important concerns.

  37. mharenza says: Feb 7, 2011 7:48 PM

    Furthermore, dog fighting within the city of Philadelphia is significantly down. It has been estimated that the public awareness and funding he has brought to the region has far exceeded the number of dogs killed by him and his associates. So in actuality, the net impact on dogs has been positive in a round about kind of messed up way. Also, 2 plus years in federal prison is not a brief stint in jail in my opinion. And nobody is saying what he did was not deplorable. It certainly was. That cannot be denied. But I believe in forgiveness and second chances. Those who do not, that is fine. It is your prerogative. Personally, I have made mistakes in my younger days. I would hate to be defined by the worst thing I had ever done. And I am quite sure, you guys would not want to be defined by your worst mistakes either.

  38. rcali says: Feb 7, 2011 7:55 PM

    Talk about setting the bar low.

  39. sufferingbirdsfan says: Feb 7, 2011 7:57 PM

    Enough already! It was dogs you morons! Not HUMAN BEINGS. I don’t approve of what Vick did but for Christ’s sake some people in other countries eat the damn things. Get over it! At least Vick paid for his crimes to the tune of about $30 million and a year and a half of freedom. What did Rapistberger get for forcing himself on young girls, or Ray Lewis for stabbing someone”allegedly” yeah right, or his teammate Stallworth for getting drunk and running over a father of two? 30 days and a few game checks between ‘em, that’s what! Get off the damn pulpit!

  40. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 7, 2011 8:00 PM

    So Dallas is saying that a traditional, hollow, thinly veiled, fake publicity stunt, really wasn’t real this time?

  41. richm2256 says: Feb 7, 2011 8:16 PM

    henryjones20 says:
    NEWSFLASH @ ALL U DUMB PPL: The key 2 the city is really not the key to the city!! You can not gain acess 2 evrey house and bank and building and it is not made of pure gold. im thinking they have 57 of those keys layn around so please quit you anger!!holy moses
    ————————————————–
    Not a problem. Vick learned to jimmy his way into a house while he was in prison.

    It’s all good.

  42. nogoodell says: Feb 7, 2011 8:25 PM

    Lots of angry white folk

    God forbid a black man makes amends for what he has done and his acknowledged for it

    Black children have almost no role models and the ones they do have they vindicate.. allow this man some reference and hopefully others will listen

  43. meattuperello says: Feb 7, 2011 8:27 PM

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    - In Atlanta they chant “We Want Vick”

    - In Philly he is the new God.

    - In Dallas he gets key to City.

    This has got to be a record to be the franchise qb in 3 major cities at once
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It’s rather comical considering all three cities have better quarterbacks than the POS already on their roster….

  44. cur68 says: Feb 7, 2011 8:28 PM

    Keys? Man, people still do that? Give out keys? Maybe it was a Texas sized access card or the numbers to the city’s combination lock. Yeah, that’s what it was. Dallas’s PIN number! Too bad the economy is in the crapper. That sucker might have been worth something…

  45. meattuperello says: Feb 7, 2011 8:28 PM

    Jimmy Smith,

    I wouldn’t give him the keys to the VD clinic… Let the bastard suffer.

  46. steveop24 says: Feb 7, 2011 8:31 PM

    i wish mike vick was my dad

  47. Burritto says: Feb 7, 2011 8:37 PM

    The trick is on him. The key only opens the door to Underdog’s house. There’s no need to fear…!!

  48. east96st says: Feb 7, 2011 8:57 PM

    nogoodell says: “Black children have almost no role models.”

    No child of any color has more important and more influential role models than their parents. If you’re pointing out a professional athlete to your son or daughter as an example of how they should live their life, you are failing your first responsibility as a parent. Athletes are entertainers. Nothing more.

  49. bleedeaglegreen says: Feb 7, 2011 9:01 PM

    To intentionally take a bleeding, sick, already crying & hurt animal & continue to torture it by attaching cables to it & throwing it into a pool of water & shocking it over & over for no other reason but that you somehow get off on the screams & pain isn’t normal. Taking an already beat up, physically abused animal & slamming it into the ground over & over as it shrieks in pain until you kill it because the torture & suffering excites you isn’t sane behavior. To do this several times a week for 6 years isn’t a mistake, not even close. Truth be told Dallas gave the key to their beloved city to a sociopath.

  50. mharenza says: Feb 7, 2011 9:03 PM

    Sufferingbirdsfan,
    Thank you for the mention of Ray Lewis. Nobody even talks about that anymore. The NFL treats him like a saint and Old Spice gives him commercials. But people have a problem with Vick. Stallworth and Leonard Little get DUI manslaughter convictions, and people say nothing. Quick story: a few years ago in Philadelphia two trials were talking place at the court house. One was a case of a little girl who was murdered, only family members where there go decry the monster who murdered the little girl. Simultaneously, at an adjacent courtroom, a teenager was being convicted of animal abuse. There was a slew of people in the courtroom seemingly ready to condemn the boy to death. Like I was saying in a previous text….it is a matter of priorities.

  51. fallensceagle says: Feb 7, 2011 9:31 PM

    Mike Vick you got a believer here! The reason they gave a key to him in dallas, was so they can Show How a Real NFL player can redeem them selfs since not many dallas players were redeemin them selfs, Also really you wouldn’t watch Green Bay if Vick was on the team?? Or sorry would have a hard time watchin?? Did you enjoy watching them, When Mark Chimera was having sex with 16 year old girls??

  52. xxchaos32xx says: Feb 7, 2011 9:41 PM

    @ mharenza

    Actually I am only 21, so my memory of Brett Favre in the 90′s (when he was addicted to pain killers) is faint at best.

    Being only 3 years old when the Packers traded for Favre, I obviously never watched the Alcoholic QB, who ever that was.

    I never said that I couldnt or wouldnt watch the Packers if Vick played for them, I just said that it would be hard (meaning hard to get over).

    Anyway, it is far more immoral to torture, murder, and fight defenseless animals than it is to destroys ones own body and reputation with addiction.

  53. bleedeaglegreen says: Feb 7, 2011 10:33 PM

    How about when Marcus Vick was having sex with underage girls? Or that Mike Vick infected women of his own race with incurable disease? That Vick family is sure role models & people to be proud of. What great feat has Mike Vick performed to redeem himself? What has Vick done that is so amazing?

    xxchaos32xx – your last line says it all about Vick – intentional torture for FUN of any living creature is inherently sick.

  54. Jack Burton says: Feb 7, 2011 10:43 PM

    Boy Dallas has really been getting raked over the coals the last 2 weeks in the NFL, it’s deserved. How any elected official could think this a good idea is beyond me.

  55. gpete1962 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:00 PM

    lets see what the Philly fans have to say about Vic after Kolb is traded and Vic’s back in jail.

    You idiots booed a great QB and role model like Donavon right out of your city and wrapped your arms around this run and gun “THUG”

    Stay classless Philadelphia !!!!

  56. canadianvikingfaniii says: Feb 7, 2011 11:07 PM

    And Ben Roethlisberger can get the key to the female dorms…

  57. wizahdry says: Feb 7, 2011 11:42 PM

    I’ve got no problem with this guy earning a living again and being left alone. However, people need to stop acting like he is Gandhi, MLK, and Mother Teresa rolled into one. When some one does something as despicable as he has, it should take some extraordinarily humanitarian act over a long period of time to receive the praise he is getting. Otherwise, the rewards and recognition should be reserved for some one who is doing greater charitable deeds over a greater period of time.

    As far as I am concerned, Vick doing his job and managing not to kill or torture dogs for a few years makes him the same as all of us. Not any better or worse. Based on what he has previously done he is morally “breaking even” right now. There’s nothing to justify any rewards at this point.

  58. botully says: Feb 8, 2011 1:27 AM

    Hooray. He served his sentence. What a role model. What a story of redemption. What a great guy.

    Did something illegal, immoral and cruel, for years.
    Got caught.
    Lied.
    Admitted it.
    Was punished.
    Got his job back.
    Performed job well.

    What is so wonderful about any of this?

  59. phillyeagles85 says: Feb 8, 2011 7:39 AM

    Stop all the negativity…..the man paid his debt to society and much to everybodys dislike he is making the best of it. All you guys want is to see him fail. GET OVER YOURSERLF!!! Your not perfect. Its OK for Ben to moleste little girls. Not all of sudden everyone cares about theses dogs. How many of you actually adopted a dog instead of buying one. Or how many of you help a stranded dog instead of riding by and letting it fend for itself. Ben Rapistbegerer is not going out and speaking out to others in his community. WHY do you want to see him FAIL so bad. Leave this man alone. IN THE END VICK HAS CHANGED AND HE HAS SHOWED IT TO THE PEOPLE THAT MEAN THE MOST NOT SOME RACIST ONE TRACK MINDED SPITEFUL, HATE YOURSELF AND YOUR LIFE LUNATICS LIKE YOURSELVES. GET A JOB OR HOBBY! SHEESH!!!

  60. stinkfingers says: Feb 8, 2011 7:58 AM

    nogoodell says:
    Feb 7, 2011 8:25 PM
    Lots of angry white folk

    God forbid a black man makes amends for what he has done and his acknowledged for it

    Black children have almost no role models and the ones they do have they vindicate.. allow this man some reference and hopefully others will listen
    ========

    Nothing to do with the fact that Vick is black… It has everything to do with the fact that he’s a convicted felon.

    Maybe your kids should look for a new role model.

  61. tbirdbaby says: Feb 8, 2011 12:30 PM

    nogoodell says:
    Feb 7, 2011 8:25 PM
    Lots of angry white folk

    God forbid a black man makes amends for what he has done and his acknowledged for it

    Black children have almost no role models and the ones they do have they vindicate.. allow this man some reference and hopefully others will listen

    ======
    if you are looking for role models, how about the 3 players who were nominated for the Walter Payton” award!

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