More than four years after Eagles quarterback Mike Vick exited prison after serving time for dogfighting and gambling, some folks still hold a pretty strong grudge.
Via CBS 21 in Harrisburg, Vick was scheduled to appear at a Buffalo Wild Wings in York, Pennsylvania to sign autographs on October 30. The event was canceled due to death threats against the organizers.
“The message was, ‘I wish your wife and kids would die,'” Jamie Bartolo told CBS 21. (That’s really not a death threat, per se.)
Bartolo said other hateful messages were received via social media.
“We’re getting a lot of comments focused towards my family, hurting them, wishing they were dead, making comments that we are vile people for bringing him to this area,” Bartolo said.
She added that close to 70 people already had purchased tickets. By Monday, she’ll decide whether to reschedule the event, change the location, or make arrangements with a different player.
Meanwhile, and perhaps predictably, a spokesperson for Vick says that the Eagles quarterback never had agreed to appear the event.
“Michael was never presented any proposal or agreement to attend any autograph session in October,” the spokesperson told CBS 21.
Regardless of whether Vick ever was supposed to do it, he apparently won’t be doing it now.