Despite more than 800,000 signatures across two petitions (here and here) urging the NFL to remove Michael Vick as Pro Bowl Captain, the National Football League remains steadfast in their decision to honor the former dog fighter.
Michael Vick—a name that brings up instant emotions in hundreds of thousands of dog lovers at its mere mention— is headed back to the NFL Pro Bowl, this time as one of four NFL Legends Pro Bowl Captains, despite more than 800,000 dog lovers urging the football league to reconsider.
On Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell voiced his support for the former quarterback, stating that “over the last, what is it, nine years or so, we have supported Michael in his, what I think his recognition of the mistake he made. “He’s paid a heavy price for that. He’s been accountable for it. He’s worked aggressively with the Humane Society and other institutions to deal with animal rights and to make sure people don’t make the same mistake he made, and I admire that.”
The Pro Bowl takes place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on January 26, 2020. As of today, Michael Vick will still join players and fans on the sidelines as a mentor and honorary team captain, alongside Terrell Davis, Darrell Green and Bruce Smith.
In response to being ignored, dog lovers are now attempting to create change by striking where it hurts—the wallets of both the NFL and their Pro Bowl sponsors, including Verizon, Disney, ESPN, the city of Orlando, and Camping World Stadium.
A third change.org petition urges people to stop supporting the NFL and Pro Bowl sponsors in hopes that impacting their bottom lines will finally make them listen.
The newest petition urges:
Michael Vick was named a Pro Bowl captain alongside three NFL icons not associated with torturing and slaughtering dogs. He should NOT be celebrated. He should NOT be on television. He should NOT be honored by the NFL.
The NFL, Disney, ESPN, the city of Orlando, and Camping World Stadium should not be condoning the torture and murder of dogs by allowing Michael Vick to be involved in the Pro Bowl – or any other professional sport. Please do not buy any products, merchandise, vacations, tickets, shows, etc. until they replace him.
It is beyond baffling why they would possibly choose Michael Vick when there are so many players who are worthy of the honor and have not been convicted of torturing and murdering dogs!!! PLEASE TELL HIS SPONSORS NO MORE!!! STOP GIVING ANY MONEY OR SUPPORT TO THESE BUSINESSES UNTIL THEY REPLACE MICHAEL VICK!
You can sign the latest petition and pledge to boycott sponsors right here.
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