No matter what former Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and current Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick does, people are still going to hate him for his involvement in the brutal dog fighting incident in the early 2000’s.
Vick recently signed on with the Steelers and the team is paying for it now after an event at Heinz Field was canceled.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Animal Rescue League canceled an event scheduled to be held at Heinz Field after Vick signed on with the team. The League issued a statement acknowledging Vick’s attempts to right his wrongdoings in the past.
“While we understand that Mr. Vick has made an effort to atone for his past mistakes and has worked to help strengthen animal abuse laws, we do not believe that it is appropriate for him to continue a high-profile and influential public career,” the organization said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Our hope is that the very public discourse taking place across Steeler Nation this week raises awareness of the brutality and inhumanity of dog fighting. With increased community knowledge of the issue, we can all play a role in helping to end dog fighting once and for all.”
People have been criticizing Pittsburgh ever since they signed Vick earlier this week.
It doesn’t seem like that is going to stop anytime soon.
I don’t condone what Vick did so many years ago, but he has done all he could to correct his past and he also served his time in prison for what he did. It’s not any fault of the Steelers that they needed to sign a quarterback to backup Ben Roethlisberger, who also has a bit of a troubled past as well.
I don’t hear many people criticizing them for keeping him around.
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