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Mayor Of Atlantic City Gives Michael Vick Key To The City

The last time they tried to give a key to the city to Michael Vick was in Dallas, in 2011, and that didn’t go so well. A city councilman came up with the idea, unbeknownst to the mayor. A protester showed up, and tried to show Vick a picture of one of the abused dogs. One of Vick’s bodyguards unleashed an F-bomb at the protester. Later, another member of the Dallas City Council sent an edible key to the city to one of Vick’s dog victims.

So yeah, that went well.

But even though Vick is still getting death threats, another city official has given him a ceremonial key. Philly Mag:

Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford is presenting Michael Vick with a key to the city Thursday afternoon for his support in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

“Michael Vick is caring and compassionate enough to reach out to our city when we were at our lowest point during the immediate aftermath of Super Storm Sandy,” said Mayor Langford. “Twelve hours after a nationally televised Monday Night Football game, he was lifting the spirits of our residents confined to shelters with his generosity’ particularly our young people.

“And now, here he is again, helping us to spread the message that Atlantic City is open for business and ready for the summer season, all while continuing to encourage our youth to make positive contributions to the community.”

Vick was in town to back the “Restore the Shore” effort. He is scheduled to take a tour of the revitalized Atlantic City Boardwalk before meeting with local high school students.

Although I’m sure Vick’s efforts on the behalf of storm victims was meaningful, it all sounds like a PR gig to me. Both on behalf of Vick, and the boardwalk.

Dog Mayor does not approve.

Make no mistake, there are still many people who hate Vick with the flaming passion of a thousand suns. And it’s not really subsiding.

H/T SportsbyBrooks.

  • AJRementer

    Can athletes and other celebrity types get a fair break when it comes to them doing good? If they don’t do it … they get slammed … if they do something above and beyond it gets labelled as a PR move. The guy made a mistake … did his time and has kept a pretty clean record since. How would John Q. Public like it if anytime he walked out of his house his every move was critiqued in a negative way? This is unfair and does not serve any purpose other than to continue the hatred of a Mike Vick and/or others. Last line of this article is … And it’s not subsiding. DUH … you think? I met Mike Vick at an autograph signing a year or so ago. Far more people showed up than was planned and the crowd was told about Mike’s busy scheduled day and he would not have time to sign each and every autograph because the sheer number of people would not permit it from a time standpoint. Made sense being his next autograph scheduled event was being advertised online as well as other places. Everyone in line was understanding and even joked about how they should have gotten there earlier. Well … Mike stayed and signed every last one anyway and took time to pose for photographs with people as well. One of his handlers on this day said Mike was going to be eating Burger King or something to that effect to make it to his next event on time. I had three kids with me that day and Mike was cordial and thanked every one of us for coming out. I felt Mike Vick went way above and beyond what was expected of him that day and feel is very unfairly brutalized by the media these days. Everyone deserves a second chance and from my exposure to Mike, it seems to me he is making the best of it. Even through people like the writer of this article who make it more difficult with every malicious keystroke they can muster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sybil.ward1 Sybil Ward

    Not him

  • JJ

    You know him from an autograph signing in your on a first name basis??
    You surely do know him.

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