Retired MMA tough guy Gordon Shell has thrown a challenge to convicted dog-fighter and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick: Fight me in a cage match, and donate the proceeds to animal rescue groups, reports the Huffington Post on Sept. 20.
The 44-year-old’s dare to Vick – as proudly displayed on his line of “Fight me Mike Vick!” t-shirts – comes shortly after a Pa. Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant canceled Vick’s scheduled autograph signing session.
Vick was set to appear at a Buffalo Wild Wings in York, Pa. on Oct. 31, where he was scheduled to sign autographs and be available for photos (for $75 that is), but the appearance was canceled after word of his visit hit social media.
The restaurant’s Facebook site was barraged with messages complaining about Wild Wings opening their arms to Vick, who although he has served his time for his crimes in a legal capacity, remains a dog killer in the eyes of many.
“You suck. Your food sucks. Anyone who eats there sucks. And whoever thought liking / supporting Michael Vick should burn in hell.” --Facebook comment on Buffalo Wild Wings page
Gordon Shell, the mixed martial arts fighter from Detroit, has been championing abused animals for many years. Shell is happy about the feedback that was directed at Wild Wings, but wants more. He wants blood – Vick’s blood – and he wants Vick to feel like a battered dog, forced to fight to the death.
“If you truly want redemption, if you truly want to be free, people want to see you bleed,” says Shell. “At the end of the fight, I'm going to grab the microphone, and just announce to all the animal advocates, OK, this man has actually stepped up. We're both bleeding. He's bleeding. He's felt like what it's like to be a dog. Except he's still alive, we haven't electrocuted him. But he's stepped up. Now we have to let him finally be free.”
The fight is unlikely to happen, at least while Vick is under an NFL contract, and Shell understands that. But he’s pushing forward with the challenge anyway, hoping to draw attention to his cause.
“We're America. We don't do an eye for an eye,” says Shell. “But we can put him in a cage, regulated. And put on a nice show. We can generate so much money that can help out the abused animals.”
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