PETA Backs Out of Vick PSA
PETA reportedly withdrew an offer to film an anti-dogfighting public service announcement with Michael Vick following the quarterback's release from prison.
According to the Associated Press, PETA withdrew its offer after being asked by Vick's attorneys to support his attempt to return to the NFL.
Vick is serving a 23-month federal prison sentence in Leavenworth, Kan., for his role in a dogfighting operation based at a home that he owned in Virginia. He is scheduled to be released in July.
He also is on indefinite suspension by the NFL.
"Saying sorry and getting his ball back after being caught enjoying killing dogs in hideously cruel ways for many years doesn't cut it," PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk said, according to the AP.
"Commissioner [Roger] Goodell knows that he has an obligation to the league and to millions of fans, including children who look up to ballplayers as idols, to make sure that Michael Vick is mentally capable of remorse before he can touch, let alone wear, an NFL uniform again."
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