It’s obvious a lot of folks in Philadelphia are flustered by the fact that the Eagles are giving Michael Vick a second chance at an NFL career. The Vickster is set to make his debut for the Iggles this Thursday in an exhibition game against the Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field.
As you would expect, a big protest march is being planned to take place at the Linc before kickoff. As you might not expect, the planned march will be pro-Vick.
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reports that a number of civil rights groups - including the NAACP & the Black Clergy of Philadelphia - are set to hold a massive demonstration in a show of support for the previously-incarcerated QB.
Seems some folks are getting tired of PETA’s persecution of Michael:
“We believe Michael Vick has served his time, paid his debt to society and deserves a second chance and the animal rights groups want to hold him hostage for the rest of his life,” J. Whyatt Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, said Wednesday. “We think that’s patently unfair. It denies Michael Vick’s basic civil rights, denies him his ability to make a living.”
Seems fair enough. In this great country of ours, everyone has the right to their opinion. And such a march could be seen as a noble endeavor - as long as Al Sharpton steers clear.
So far, there hasn’t been any word of any counter-protests by animal rights activists setting up shop outside the Linc. But there’s bound to be a sign or two or 20 disagreeing with Vick’s inclusion into the Iggles family. And being in Philly, what’s a sporting event without some fists flying amongst attendees?
And if PETA does happen to put in an appearance, there better be a naked chick or two, by golly!