A petition seeking to ban NFL star Michael Vick from practicing with his team has about 1,500 signatures.
The New York Jets has held its training camp on SUNY Cortland’s campus since 2009, but despite the team’s history, people aren’t thrilled about Vick’s presence.
The Daily News reported last month that the Jets will return to Cortland, where they have held training camp every season since 2009 except for the lockout year in 2011, again this summer.
Vick pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge in 2007, for which he served 19 months in prison. “If we welcome Vick onto our campus, we are complicit in his crimes,” the petition reads. “We are sending the message that, for money and publicity, we will turn a blind eye to the horrors of dogfighting.”
The petition, which is housed on Change.org, has an image of Vick in uniform next to a mutilated dog. The Jets declined to comment.
Are people demonizing Michael Vick? Should they let it go, especially since he served time for his crimes?
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