A Michael Vick petition is calling for the quarterback to be banned from SUNY Cortland college campus, where the New York Jets host their annual summer training camp. The creator of the Change.org petition believes that by allowing Vick on the campus, SUNY Cortland officials are "complicit in his crimes" of dogfighting.
The Michael Vick petition, which already has nearly 3,000 signatures, demands that SUNY Cortland President Erik. J. Bitterbaum not allow the NFL player on campus. Vick was signed to a one-year contract with the New York Jets, where he will compete with current Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith.
"He tortured more than fifty dogs, attaching them to car batteries via jumper cables and throwing them into water to watch them drown, beating and hanging them, … [and] setting them against each other in brutal fights," the petition, which places a picture of Vick next to a mauled dog, reads. "He is a monster and a disgrace, and has never once apologized. He has even admitted that he would continue to fight dogs if given the chance."
"I love SUNY Cortland, and cannot abide welcoming this sociopath onto our campus with open arms," the Change.org petition continues. "If we welcome Vick onto our campus, we are complicit in his crimes."
Despite the inaccuracies— Vick has apologized profusely for his heinous crimes, given over 24 speeches for the Humane Society, and travels nationwide to schools denouncing the horrors of dogfighting— the petition has gained steam among Cortland alumni and Vick's detractors. It has made its way across social media platforms and media outlets, where the 33-year-old is widely recognized as the most hated man in the NFL.
Vick's 2007 conviction for dogfighting resulted in him losing $130 million, losing all of his endorsements, forfeiting his spot on the Atlanta Falcons, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and indirectly toughened many states' laws against dogfighting.