Though it’s been quite some time since Michael Vick’s dogfighting ordeal, there are certain people who won’t let him forget it. The Eagles quarterback was supposed to appear at an autograph signing at Buffalo Wild Wings in York, Pa., but it looks like the owner received death threats and was forced to cancel the event. Read more after the jump.
Joe Bartolo told me this afternoon the signing was postponed after he claims death threats were made against him, his wife Jamie — the owners of JJ Cards N Toys — and their family for organizing Vick’s appearance in October at a local Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant.
Those making the threats were upset the Bartolos would bring Vick to the area. Vick served 18 months in federal prison for running an illegal dogfighting ring. Bartolo told me thousands of threats were coming in from all the country. He even had to shut down the store’s Facebook page.
This isn’t the first time Vick has been forced to cancel public appearances because of death threats. In March, he canceled a book signing in Atlanta (where he used to play) and Philadelphia (where he plays now).
Now I don’t agree with what Michael Vick did but he’s paid his debt to society and has shown remorse. No one is perfect and we all do things we aren’t proud of, I don’t think Vick should be continually punished for his mistake. Two wrongs certainly don’t make a right; threatening to kill someone and their family definitely isn’t better than a dogfighting ring.