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Controversial Vick appearance in North Carolina canceled due to snow

Michael Vick AP

As a winter storm scraps a wide range of events in the Southeast, including the Duke-North Carolina men’s basketball game (you can now watch the Olympics on NBC instead), a controversial appearance by soon-to-be-free-agent quarterback Mike Vick in Raleigh has been canceled.

Per Phil Sheridan of ESPN.com, Vick was due to appear at the Raleigh Sports Council’s annual Evening of Champions.  The event has been moved to February 27, but the group staging it announced that Vick won’t be able to attend on the new date.

The move comes at a time when a pit bull advocacy group had mustered more than 74,000 signatures to an online petition protesting Vick’s appearance.  A protest had been planned, with 1,500 people declaring an intention via Facebook to show up.

As Vick prepares to become a free agent and sign with a new team, the franchise that chooses to pursue him needs to be ready for a local reaction that could be far more vocal and negative than the reaction five years ago when Vick signed with the Eagles.

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8 Responses to “Controversial Vick appearance in North Carolina canceled due to snow”
  1. jpash42 says: Feb 12, 2014 7:16 PM

    I by no means condone what he did. but the man did his time, has been pretty good w/ community stuff while in Philly. When we first signed him that first game there were about a thousand protesters, by the 4th game…nothing. Pardon the pun but the protesters bark is scarier then the bite.

  2. tatum064 says: Feb 12, 2014 7:20 PM

    Move on, hypocrites. If you had this much “concern over human rights , we´d have a much better world.

  3. mediasloppy says: Feb 12, 2014 7:36 PM

    This guy actually did time and has been bending over backwards to make up for his actions. More than I can say about others.

    For a “Christian” nation we forget about the forgiveness part…

  4. asimonetti88 says: Feb 12, 2014 7:50 PM

    people need to get over it. He went to jail and did his time, has not gotten in trouble since.

  5. siggtacular says: Feb 12, 2014 8:36 PM

    Get over it. The man did his time. End of story.

  6. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 13, 2014 9:48 PM

    Man did his time, let’s move on folks.

  7. hellraiserraider1985 says: Feb 15, 2014 2:29 AM

    The residents of the city of Raleigh got an early Valentine’s Day gift when this news came out. I wouldn’t want that lowlife dog killer and jerk within 500 miles of my city.

  8. fnmjdd says: Feb 23, 2014 10:29 PM

    For those of you that keep saying “he did his time”, remember what he actually went to jail for. He went to a federal prison for running an illegal business across state lines. He did not go for animal cruelty. If Vick was found guilty for all the individual cases of animal cruelty he would still be in jail. This is why many people don’t think the punishment fit the crime.

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