Thousands of people have signed petitions to remove Michael Vick as a captain of the 2020 Pro Bowl due to his previous convictions for dogfighting. Vick was named a captain back in November and the petitions started almost immediately.
The change.org petition named “Do not allow Michael Vick to be honored in the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl” has almost 200,000 signatures.
Jonna Lind, the creator of the petition, said she is “absolutely disgusted” that the NFL named Vick a “legend captain.”
Vick was sentenced back in December of 2007 to 23 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting ring. He also killed some of the dogs that underperformed. He ended up serving 17 months of his sentence and while incarcerated he got involved with the Humane Society of the United States. He has been one of their main faces of their anti-dog fighting campaigns.
Even with his changes, there are many who believe Vick shouldn’t be honored. Aladdin Nation’s petition also called out Disney who is ESPN’s parent comment for allowing this to happen.
“Mike Vick does not deserve the honor of being Pro Bowl Captain. He is a convicted felon and a known animal abuser, is this who we want our children to look up to? Disney, how could you condone this?? There are so many players that have made amazing contribution to society, however Michael Vick is not one of them,” wrote Aladdin Nation.
The NFL has not released a comment on the situation, but this is a story that probably won’t go away anytime soon.