A Michael Vick petition is stirring up new controversy for the football player. The NFL season is still months away, but training camp is soon to begin. Michael Vick is ready to play with the New York Jets, and their training camp is held at SUNY Cortland. On April 7, New York Daily News reported that students at the college had submitted a petition with 1,500 signatures to the president of the college.
Students at SUNY Cortland do not want Vick on their campus. Why? Vick was arrested for dog fighting, and they feel that allowing him onto their campus supports his crimes. The petition said as follows:
If we welcome Vick onto our campus, we are complicit in his crimes. We are sending the message that, for money and publicity, we will turn a blind eye to the horrors of dogfighting.
Vick served 19 months in jail after he plead guilty to the charge. He is a new addition to the New York Jets. He played with the Philadelphia Eagles following his release from prison, but he was signed to a contract with the New York Jets for 2014. He will battle Geno Smith for the quarterback position during training camp.
There has been no response from the New York Jets or the college at this time. What do you think? Will this petition be successful?