Petition wants Vick banned from Jets training camp site

Michael Vick hasn’t even been a Jet for three weeks, yet fan blowback is already in full swing.

An online petition on the website Change.org is pushing for Vick to be banned from the campus of SUNY Cortland, site of Gang Green’s training camp.

Created last month, the petition is addressed to SUNY Cortland president Erik J. Bitterbaum and, as of publication time, has received more than 1,500 signatures.

The petition page features a picture of a mauled dog next to a photo of Vick, who signed with the Jets on March 21, and refers to the veteran quarterback as a “sociopath,” stemming from his 2007 conviction for dog fighting.

“I love SUNY Cortland, and cannot abide welcoming this sociopath onto our campus with open arms. We need to stand by what is right as a university by barring him from the grounds. I don’t want him anywhere near my beloved college or community. We MUST send the message that we won’t be party to the torture of animals by conveniently forgetting what he has done. If we welcome Vick onto our campus, we are complicit in his crimes.”

SUNY Cortland, located in upstate New York, has hosted four of the last five Jets camps. It’s been reported — but not yet confirmed — that the team will return there this summer.

[h/t Syracuse.com]

Zack Kelberman
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  • Dblock

    He did his time already! He paid his debt! Get over it!

    • JayJayJo

      Why do people have to get over it? What is your problem with people not wanting him on the team? He’s a murderer and not a very good football player anymore, that should be enough to not sign him.

      • bob

        hey douchebag killing an animal is not murder.

        • Robert Phillips

          Yes, it actually is !!!

          • bob

            By what objective ethical standard?

      • GeorgeMC

        Vick owned the property and was aware that his cousins used that property for dog-fighting …he did NOT personally kill dogs! As a result, he lost millions, was convicted, went to prison, profusely aplogized over and over, performed community service (both personally and financially), and has been a model citizen. What else do you fools want?
        STOP! A photo of an abused dog next to a photo of this man? …Foolishness!

        • Robert Phillips

          Actually, the films at court included him at the scene of torturing and finally killing a dog who didn’t want to fight. He admitted it before he was sentenced. Pay attention, RACIST georgemc !!!!!

        • Robert Phillips

          Actually, he admitted in court before his sentencing that he personally did torture and kill dogs himself, 3 of the dogs were tortured and finally killed with baseball bats, all because none of the three wanted to fight ! Do some honest research !

      • Rob H

        He’s a murderer, really??? You sickos equate dog fighting and the putting down of dogs mauled beyond repair to the murder of a human??? Look I’m no Vick apologist but y’all are carrying this way too far. Horses get put down for less, except yeah I know you’re going to say it’s humanely and horse racing is legal. It strikes me as odd how animals aren’t humans, yet its ok in your eyes if they’re killed “humanely”. I’m sure those animals thank you for petitioning for their “graceful” deaths moron.

        • Robert Phillips

          Rob H. I guess you didn’t watch the films and tapes or read the testimony. He admitted that he tortured and finally killed dogs who didn’t want to fight ! You’re actually defending that?

          • Rob H

            Read my comment in its entirety so that you can understand context. I said I am no Vick apologist so if we take Michael Vick out of it I could care less if people fight dogs because dogs bred for fighting are not the family pet that is sitting in your house protecting you and your kids it’s a whole separate deal. I don’t view animals bred for competition, illegal or otherwise, in the same way that I do domestic ones. Let’s be real here you think farmers don’t have this same cognitive dissonance when they have animals bred for food that look just like the animals inside their home kept as pets? It doesn’t make him barbaric. The legality of dog fighting or any animal fighting is between that offender and the state, it’s not a moral issue for me, sorry but I don’t share your view buddy. By the way since you are so outraged you need to google search the number of people arrested for dog fighting in this country and show up at the court hearings and protest them if you are really seeking justice

          • Robert Phillips

            Then…you must be immoral !!! You’re either that or ignorant.
            BTW…I’m not seeking justice and I’m not outraged ! Simply posting my opinion regarding “sick vick” !!! Grow up! BYE !

  • GeorgeMC

    The prople that signed this petition really just need to morally feel “higher” or “better” than somebody …ANYBODY!
    Vick has lost time, money, status, reputation, he apologized over and over, went to prison, performed community service. So stop the foolishness, …and leave him alone!!!

    • llibtards4

      that’s called being a democrat. The need to feel “above” people… even though the democrats actions are horrible and wrong. example…. electing obama.

      • GeorgeMC

        Incredible! …Laughs!!!
        I wondered how long before some racist idiot would somehow involve President Barack Obama. Nothing else matters to fools like you.
        Can’t get past “That Black Man,” …huh?

        • llibtards4

          racism? lmfao. pot calling kettle. obama is not a racist term. disagreeing with a nazi is not racist.

          • Robert Phillips

            I agree ! The racist is georgemc. He brought up the color of one’s skin in his previous comment, directed at you and others.

          • GeorgeMC

            Laughs!!! Seriously, your post just CONFIRMS that you can’t stand “That Black Man” in the White House! Can’t hide that need to feel “Better” than somebody …ANYBODY, huh?

            God Bless Michael Vick! …And, Thank God for President Barack Obama!

          • Robert Phillips

            He will be gone soon enough….Thank GOD for that !!!

        • Robert Phillips

          You’re the RACIST here, George ! You brought up a person’s color, not the person you’re commenting to, or at !

          • GeorgeMC

            A Racist Fool, …and ONLY a “Racist Fool” would mention Barack Obama, President of the United States, in a discussion about Michael Vick and Dogfighting!
            So cowardly!!! In the past, “Racist Fools” wore white hoods …Now, they troll the internet!

          • Robert Phillips

            And in case you didn’t know…they don’t wear hoods anymore, they hunt undercover !!! Good Luck !

      • GeorgeMC

        And, …exactly what does Barack Obama, ELECTED and RE-ELECTED President of the United States, have to do with Michael Vick???
        Laughs!!! …I love it when “Racist Fools” expose themselves.

        • Robert Phillips

          Seems you’re the only one speaking about RACE ! How many years you been on welfare?

    • Robert Phillips

      Not gonna happen…he didn’t really pay yet, but he will. He’s SCUM ! Pure and simple !!!

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  • Swauny Jones

    The stuff people do to make themselves feel important LOL!!! This is sooooo 2007…. Move on peoples it isn’t like he got off. He paid his dues, served his time and has made amends already.

    • Robert Phillips

      Not quite….he has yet to be truly judged….by the MAN above !!!

      • Swauny Jones

        come back to reality…. there is no man above.

        • Robert Phillips

          Keep thinking that ! And while you’re thinking, learn to spell. “peoples”? Really? LMAO !!!

          • Swauny Jones

            Whatever Mr. Grammar Nazi, I think you need to reread all that religious banter you’re trying to touch on and point to a passage/verse/scripture that says God is a man, when finished come back on here with an educated response son.

          • Robert Phillips

            I’ve read it…it’s stated in there in several books, plain as day! Name calling….must be what your caveman parents taught you. Educated? You? Wahahahaha ! This coming from one who is afraid to post their real name !!! Lmao

          • Swauny Jones

            name calling?? really… anywho whatever floats your boat son.. why you so interested in knowing who I am? you trying to tell me something? This is my real name by the way…. I’m married with kids so don’t get any ideas aight son…

          • Robert Phillips

            Sorry………for your kids !!!

          • Robert Phillips

            I’m not “trying” to tell you anything……I just think you need some education. K through 4 would even help you !!!

          • Swauny Jones

            See that’s exactly the problem…. You thinking isn’t working out for you. You should think about doing something productive instead of preaching about the worlds greatest fairytale then trolling people on random threads and taking cheap shots at them. You obviously got issues of your own to deal with so I’ll excuse your childish ignorance for now.

          • Robert Phillips

            Exactly the Problem? Yes, you are THAT !!!

  • Tony T

    I can’t believe anybody would defend this monster. Let me ask you this all you HE’s OKAY GROUPIES- if he hadn’t gotten caught don’t you think he would still be dog fighting off season? I watched him apologize on TV–there could not have anything more shallow than that bogus C— come out of his mouth. The only benefit of him being back in the NFL was watching him get his butt kicked.

    • pana

      the point is, he did his time made his penance WHO ARE YOU @disqus_jBZ0UehN3f:disqus to continue to judge this man? i only hope whenever your transgressions come to light that people are as idiotic as you and refuse you a way to make a living

      • Robert Phillips

        And, which country are you from?

      • Robert Phillips

        AND, where did you learn to spell? “penance” ? Really? LOL

    • johnny rotten

      U r a self riteous fool. Need I really mention horse racing, zoos, f***ing sea world! Comon now wake up and smell the euthanasia.

      • Robert Phillips

        Learn to spell and are you afraid to use your real name? just asking

    • Trat

      You’re an idiot.

    • john

      Let me ask you. What sins are you guilty of? perhapd cussing, lying, stealing, bearing f
      alse witness against your neighbor. You have no right to judge but since u insist, judgement day for you will be without mercy since you show none

      • Robert Phillips

        If you study the Bible, you will discover that you just judged the person you’re commenting to!

    • Robert Phillips

      I’ll happily SECOND that !

  • Luis R Catinchi Bigio

    Get a live! Vick payed his time. So stop been a hater. Hay a bet you don’t fill guilty when you order a mc nugget or a hamburger, yum yum .

    • Itsafuckingdogpeople

      Michael Vick shouldn’t have to apologize. Who cares if he was hosting dog fights. As long as it wasn’t your dog, its really no big deal. The pussification of America is complete.

      • Mike in Georgia

        what an idiot you are….you’re lower than a dog!

        • Robert Phillips

          I totally AGREE !!! He’s a LOSER !

      • Robert Phillips

        You’re a MORON and your parents are too !!!

    • Robert Phillips

      Luis, haven’t you been away from home long enough ? BTW…learn to SPELL

      • luis

        WOW, You are correct I am a bad speller. But it looks like thats the only thing that you are good at Moron. P.S. Did I spell (MORON) correct you MORON!

        • Robert Phillips

          We just want you to know that there are classes available to you….subjects like English, Spelling, Correct grammar, etc., and there is one more that you should be aware of….it’s conveniently called ” If you don’t like Americans or our country, go the hell home and see what you get there for free” !!!

  • boz

    dose anyone no how inhumane horse racing is? but that’s ok because it run by the rich so when the run a horse into the ground their no animal killers. get a life animal abuse is ramped in the usa on all levels. if u wanted to stop start at the top!!!!! not mike vick!!!!!!!!

    • Mike in Georgia

      Comparing animal fighting to horse-racing is not even close…don’t go there…you’re just wrong! Cowards who engage in dog-fighting, cock-fighting, etc. are sociopaths, losers and any other word you casn use to describe their pathetic behavior. I would shoot to kill anyone I found engaged in this activity!

      • Robert Phillips

        What are you? A terrorist? You should be investigated for saying something like that ! However, I do agree that horse-racing is not close to animal fighting or animal killing like Vick did…but it is CRUEL !

    • Robert Phillips

      I agree with you but with one EXCEPTION. Vick is certainly closer to the bottom than the top. Get off your BUTT and start your own petition regarding horse racing. I’ll sign it. I would also sign one to stop rodeo’s ! That is also CRUELTY !!! I don’t attend them.

  • jperks1269

    Who ever started this petition has some serious issues. If they even consider this SUNY cortland is worse than I thought. Michael Vick has only said and done the right things since paying for his wrong. Are we saying he should never be forgiven. Calling him a sociopath. That person needs to look in the mirror. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

    • Robert Phillips

      Would that be you ?

  • jperks1269

    …..sounds like it is time to move the camp to where people can be forgiven. With so many righteous people in Cortland maybe it should be moved to somewhere else.

  • halevi

    Hypocrites! Why not look into every player’s sordid past? I’m sure you’ll find a number of players that did horrible things to humans.

    • Robert Phillips

      We’ll leave that task to you, if you know of someone who did horrible things to humans or animals….you should report them ! Get off the couch and practice what you preach !!!

  • OldTaxman

    Colleges seem to coddle more and more idiots every year. These kids need to wake up to life in the real world. They need to be studying courses that will make them productive wage earners and taxpayers instead of “Take-your-pick”-American Studies, Psychology, Problems in Sociology, and other whackjob courses. Time to revive the tried-and -true courses like Basket Weaving for Athletes.

    • Robert Phillips

      OldTaxman…..Well said, my friend ! However, I think if they’re in College, it’s already too late.

  • llibtards4

    why not ban democrats who wish to further push the entitlement state?

    • Robert Phillips

      Just ask everyone you know to VOTE the democreeps out ! Perhaps then they will return to stone….or go back home !!!

  • Steven Watson

    The craziest part of this petition is that 95% of those who signed it are so called Christians!! Can’t wait for their day to be judged for the deeds they have done!

    • Robert Phillips

      One of the WORST things we CHRISTIANS have done is ….Read garbage from Wackos like you. CAVEMAN INTELLIGENCE !!!

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  • JOHN

    I AM SO FED UP WITH THESE PEOPLE WHO FIGHT AGAINST VICK. HOWDARE ANYONE ACT LIKE THAT LIKE THEY ARE PERFECT. SIN IS SIN. ABORTION IS WAY MORE EVIL AND WICKED THAN A MAULED DOG. A HUMAN LIFE HAS WAY MORE VALUE THAN A FREAKIN PET. JUDGE AND YOU WILL BE JUDGED. I AM A CHRISTIAN AND VICK SHOULD BE FORGIVEN PERIOD. I LIKE S. WATSON COMMENT

    • Robert Phillips

      If you REALLY have read the BIBLE….you would know that it doesn’t say… thou shall not kill humans! It says….THOU SHALT NOT KILL ! Period !!!
      READ IT ! Gain some smarts !!

  • yee03

    fools get over it mike did time for the crime let it alone get a life and stop being a hatter stupid fools

    • Robert Phillips

      yee03….learn to spell, FOOL! You kinda sound like the animal killer.

  • Robert Phillips

    The jets for vick, the animal killer? Good, keep him over there on the East Coast !

  • Robert Phillips

    Marshawn Lynch could be cut? LMAO !! Could be, but don’t BET on that happening! Rumor probably started by one of those teams who can’t win the big games. Perhaps the 9erwhiners?

  • Robert Phillips

    Go Geno Smith ! Vick needs another Butt-Whuppin’ !!!

  • Ronny

    Many animal lovers care more about animals then people. They lack the ability for forgiveness in there hearts for animal crimes . Vick served his sentence. And as far as I know has not reoffended. Many animal lovers lack human forgiveness, because they lack true relationships with other people. This is why they become animal lovers (in a perverted way) in the first place, because they are unable to love (and forgive) other humans on a deeper level then animals.