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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Raleigh Community Protesting Against Mike Vick Speaking for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce..."He's no champion...." [Video]

Many say everyone deserves a second chance, but it looks like the Raleigh community doesn't believe so, when it comes to Mike Vick.

The NFL star is slated to speak at an upcoming appearance at the Greater Raleigh (North Carolina) Chamber of Commerce’s “Evening of Champions,” but members of this community feel that Vick is not someone to be highlighted.

If you remember, about five years ago, Michael Vick spent time in jail for fighting dogs.  Yes, he's 'paid his dues' but that doesn't mean that he should be one to speak to young athletes, according to some who live in Raleigh, North Carolina.
These people feel so strongly about that  a petition on, requesting that Vick be replaced at the “Evening of Champions,” has collected more than 66,000 signatures.
“The chamber’s decision to feature Michael Vick as a headliner at the event is insulting and degrading for our community and certainly does nothing to represent the business interest in our community,” the petition stated. “To elevate someone like Michael Vick, as if HE is a champion and have him speak to young, impressionable athletes is ludicrous.”

The opposition to Vick’s appearance at the “Evening of Champions” comes half a decade after the athlete was released from prison in 2009. Vick spent 19 months in prison upon pleading guilty to his role in a dog fighting ring in Virginia.

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Despite the protest over Vick, the Chamber is sticking to its guns as it stands by its decision to have the athlete speak. According to its Facebook page, the Chamber selected Vick “knowing that some would disagree, but our steering committee felt that his career story offers our guests an informative perspective about the excesses of fame and money in celebrity culture.”

Speaking to NBC affiliate WNCN, Chamber President and CEO Harvey Schmitt mentioned how the Chamber is looking forward to honoring local sports stars at the “Evening of Champions” as well as the event itself. Regarding the uproar over Vick’s appearance at the event, Schmitt summed it up with a simple observation.

“There is a group of folks, who are very unhappy with Mr. Vick for a variety of reasons — and they are passionate about it,” he said, adding that the Chamber is reviewing all concerns over Vick.

What do you think?

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