Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles was scheduled to appear at an autograph signing at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar in Springettsbury Township, Pa. But the event was cancelled after nearly 1,500 death threats were sent from people who still resent Vick’s involvement with dog fighting.
The York Daily Record reported on Sunday that Joe Bartolo, owner of JJ Cards-N-Toys, received death threats after announcing the event.
But according to Bartolo, tickets have already been sold, and Vick will be coming to the area, even if the location changes. “We are definitely going to have the signing,” Bartolo said.
This time, the information will not be announced on social media. Store customers on their mailing list will receive an email announcing the events new time and place on Monday or Tuesday, according to Bartolo.
“Until then, we do not want people talking about it,” he said.
In 2007, Michael Vick was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. Fifty-four dogs, mostly pit bulls, were found on his property, many underfed and injured. Vick was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, and was released from Leavenworth in May 2009.
Read more about Vick’s involvement with fighting dogs on ALDF.
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