Fox Sports has employed former NFL quarterback Michael Vick to serve as their latest NFL studio analyst. The former dogfighter will seem on Fox NFL Kickoff, which runs within the hour sooner than the community’s signature pregame display, Fox NFL Sunday along with appearances on cable channel FS1 during the week.
Few names invoke the similar speedy, visceral reactions from canine fanatics across the nation as Michael Vick, who served 18-months of a 23-month jail sentence after he was once discovered responsible of bankrolling a dog-fighting operation, Bad Newz Kennels. In his responsible plea, Vick admitted to serving to kill 6 to eight canine. While Vick’s supporters declare he “did his time,” he has confronted no fees of animal cruelty or served a unmarried day in prison for his phase within the torture and homicide of any canine.
Yet, by some means, the admitted canine killer is faring higher than ever.
In addition to tens of thousands and thousands in soccer salaries, Vick has, within the 10 years since his conviction garnered product endorsement offers, BET’s Sportsman of the Year Award, induction into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, a a hit clothes line, a bestselling guide, and now a high-profile sports activities analyst place at Fox Sports.
Earlier this month, greater than 200,000 animal fanatics signed petitions urging Virginia Tech President Tim Sands to revoke Vick’s induction into the college’s Sports Hall of Fame. But, regardless of backlash, Vick will nonetheless be commemorated in a rite in overdue September.
Now, a petition to Fox Sports President, COO, and Executive Producer Eric Shanks has already been signed through tens of hundreds of compassionate animal fanatics hoping to thwart Vick’s new place on the sports activities channel.
The petition reads, partially, “We are asking that you remove Michael Vick from his position as an analyst at FOX Sports. While we believe in second chances and that convicted felons should be able to acquire gainful employment, we do not believe that Michael Vick is repentant and as such, he should not hold a position of influence. He has never inquired as to how his fighting dogs fared after leaving his property nor did he offer any type of financial assistance to aid in their care outside his court-mandated fine. In fact, he served an abbreviated sentence for racketeering, not animal cruelty.”
In addition, petitioners vow to boycott Fox Sports and their sponsors till his place with the channel is terminated.