Michael Vick was understandably protested against when he re-entered the NFL following his jail sentence for dog fighting. Eight years later, that’s still the case.
Officially retired as a player, the former star quarterback has dipped his toe into coaching, joining Kansas City Chiefs’ staff as an intern. Even with the limited role, animal activists rallied against the move outside Arrowhead Stadium Wednesday night.
“Colorful signs and chanting are not at all unfamiliar sights and sounds outside of Arrowhead. However, Wednesday night in lot C it all took on a new meaning. The group of animal lovers and advocate gathered because they believe the Chiefs’ decision to bring Vick along as a coaching intern was a poor one.
“I was upset because I am a die-hard Chiefs fan. I love them and I was really looking forward to going to football this season and I just can’t support something like this,” said Amanda Simoniello.
“There’s no amount of money for time served that could ever make up for what he has actually done to these poor animals,” said Simoniello.
“Everyone says there’s a lot of players who beat their wives. There’s physical human abuse going on in the NFL, but those humans can also defend themselves. They can go to court, they can press charges they can get help. Animals don’t really have the option to do that,” said Simoniello.
Some of the protesters say despite being lifelong Chiefs fan, they won’t come to games here as long as Vick remains connected to the team.