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Philadelphia Eagles on the PR Defensive over Michael Vick Outrage

August 15th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Almost immediately after signing Michael Vick to a two-year, multi-million dollar deal, the Philadelphia Eagles are on the defensive, responding to public criticism over their choice to sign a confessed animal torturer to play for their team.

The Philadelphia Enquirer reports that the Eagles issued a note to their high-dollar suiteholders (their “premium-service clients”) claiming they “understand” that their decision to sign Vick “may result in some personal soul-searching for you, along with some public debate in the coming days and weeks.”  The letter went on to ask the suiteholders not to allow this debate to “distract” from their relationship with the Eagles.

Eagles president Joe Banner included a statement that Vick deserved a “second chance” and asked that these clients join the Eagles in their “support and optimism” for Vick as he “commits to showing Philadelphia and the country he is a changed human being.”

Who is Joe Banner Talking About, Anyway?

Is Banner talking about the same guy who blatantly lied to Roger Goodell’s face when the charges first materialized?  Only to have to finally admit their truth when the evidence against him was too compelling to continue to deny?  Is this the person we’re supposed to believe is now a “changed human being”?

Can someone who has a long history of torturing innocent creatures – for fun – be truly capable of becoming a “changed human being” simply because he was caught and punished for his atrocities?  I doubt it.  Had he not been caught, Michael Vick would likely still be engaged in his dog fighting operation.

Let’s be perfectly clear about what he did.  The dogs in Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring were forced to fight to the death.  The dogs that did not die in the ring were often electrocuted, drowned, hanged, shot or beaten to death.

This went on for years.  And if Vick had not been caught, his Bad Newz Kennels would probably still be operating.

Protesting the Eagles’ Decision to Sign Michael Vick

While the Eagles try to paint sunshine and roses for their suiteholders, the website sackvick.net continues to inform concerned fans and dog lovers how they may contact Eagles sponsors and voice their outrage over Vick’s signing.

One football fan that I know reports that he made several telephone calls to sponsors yesterday, including a call to Anheuser Busch.  While speaking with the representative, he got the impression the company was fielding many such phone calls.  Nevertheless, the Anheuser Busch representative commented that there was little the company could do, since the decision was made by the Eagles organization.

Well, for starters, they could pull their sponsorship from the team.

But they’re not going to do that unless it becomes economically unfeasible for them to continue the sponsorship.  That is why concerned individuals need to continue to call the individual sponsors and respectfully let them know you won’t be buying their products if they continue to sponsor the Philadelphia Eagles and Michael Vick.

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  1. Dorothy
    August 15th, 2009 at 17:10 | #1

    Yes, they ALL need to pull their sponsorship. How could anyone that saw what he put those dogs though consider putting him a position that influences children??? It’s disgusting.

    This is what Michael Vick did – for eight years – for fun:
    http://www.usanimalprotection.org/gypsy100.jpg
    (Warning, it is very hard to stomach even for a few seconds)

    And for those of you that say “he did his time” – BS, he was NEVER convicted of animal cruelty.

  2. Suzanne
    August 15th, 2009 at 17:57 | #2

    @Dorothy
    You’re right, Dorothy. And another comment to those who say “he did his time.” No, he didn’t. He is on probation for several more years. If he violates his probation – which, given his illustrious history, he just might – he can wind up right back in prison.

    So, he has not paid his “debt to society.” He is still serving his sentence. All he finished was the incarceration portion of the sentence.

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