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College students petition to ban Michael Vick from campus

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SUNY Cortland students started a petition on the website to ban quarterback Michael Vick from practicing on campus.

Vick’s new team, the New York Jets, trains on Cortland’s campus over the summer. The petition says Vick’s participation in dog fighting should not be forgotten. Their anger at Vick stems from federal dog-fighting conspiracy charges against him in 2007.

“If we welcome Vick onto our campus, we are complicit in his crimes,” the petition says. “We are sending the message that, for money and publicity, we will turn a blind eye to the horrors of dogfighting.”

The petition is addressed to Erik Bitterbaum, SUNY president and — seriously, a word of warning — contains a graphic image of a pit bull.

As of 1:15 p.m. Thursday, more than 14,000 people have signed the petition. That’s far from the number it takes to get it in front of the White House, but it’s still a pretty substantial number for such a localized item.

The quarterback served 19 months in prison after pleading guilty.

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  • airjackie

    Well it is not about Vick it is for attention. Look at the criminals in NY and no problem. The list is so no with even the former NY Mayor violated Federal law with his stop/frisk for 12 years assuring kids have criminal records and surprise no conviction because the 10,000 arrest committed no crime. No college student protest. Another college can use the money for the Jets to train at. We even War Criminal Dick Cheney speak at colleges with no problem.

  • Liz

    I am not a huge Vick fan but I do believe the guy has done his time and is trying to lead a different life from that which got him involved in dogfighting to begin with. This is a little silly at this point.

  • Betty

    Wow! Over 14,000 signatures to prohibit a man who was charged, convicted, and SERVED HIS TIME from practicing with his team…hmm

    While a petition to have an incompetent judge removed from the bench because she thought a pedophile would “not fare well” in prison, garners less than 200 signatures on

    Well, I guess we have our priorities in order, don’t we?

    Vindictiveness . . . the gift that keeps on giving.

  • isso

    He’ll be particularly covered and all right. Over 236,000 signatures against Justin Beiber didn’t warrant, garner or reach the attention of
    a Presidential response, according to Government rules.

  • Glen Allen

    It is not all about doing the crime and doing the time. Doing the time simply means he is free now, but it does not erase the horrific crime. He knew what he was doing when he participated in the crime. Any way you look at it, you are talking about a man that thinks it is okay to let innocent dogs kill each other in the name of entertainment. That is disgustingly sick; the stigma will follow him for the remainder of his life, as it should.

    • Shawn

      Glen Allen/Terri Jernigan…..Do you live a perfect life, have you not made mistakes in life or better yet….did you not learn from the mistake that you made!

  • skinny

    Vick learned a valuable lesson, but the world will never move forward as long as you have people constantly staying in the past. And what he did wasnt right but everybody deserves a second chance to get it right. People always want forgiveness when they’ve wronged but dont want to forgive others. Double standards

  • tustin coles

    of the 14k that signed the petition how many ate steak or chicken last night? or watch horse races or wear leather coats? the voice of a hypocrite is always the loudest. did his time let the man be

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