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An ex-con named Vick returns to Virginia Tech

By Doug Thompson
April 21, 2010

Convicted felon Michael Vick

Former Virginia Tech quarterback — and convicted felon — Michael Vick returns to Virginia Tech this weekend and will sell his autograph for $25 to $30 a pop.

His return is generating a lot of buzz — a lot of it unfavorable — around Blacksburg, VA. A Facebook page was shut down after a barrage of strongly-worded protests and the in-box at Tech is overflowing with angry emails.

“It makes us sick,” Nancy Luz, director of Kids and Kritters Animal Rescue, said in one email. “He makes us sick.”

Tech annually invites football team alumni to to the final Spring football scrimmage at Lane Stadium.

This year the university invited 16 former players, including Vick.

Never one to miss an opportunity to cash in, Vick will also sit at a table at the Tech bookstore and sign autographs for those willing to shell out up to thirty bucks for the signature of an ex-con who did 21 months in stir on a federal rap for running an illegal — and cruel — dogfighting ring.

“We believe Hokie Nation will respond in a favorable way,” George Daniels, manager of the bookstore, told The Roanoke Times.

If the “Hokie Nation” has any decency the response should be anything but favorable.

UPDATE: The manager of the Virginia Tech bookstore said later Wednesday that Vick “may” be donating “part” of the proceeds from his autograph sales to “a local charity,” possibly the Montgomery County Humane Society but said nothing was official and admitted he was “speculating.”

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12 Responses to An ex-con named Vick returns to Virginia Tech

  1. Hokie

    April 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    All of the proceeds are going to the Montgomery County (the County Blacksburg is in) Humane Society.

    Its not money for Vick, its money he’s raising for a charity. Do your research before trash talking a charitable event.

    • Doug Thompson

      April 22, 2010 at 5:32 am

      According to the manager of the Tech bookstore, Vick “may” donate “part” of his proceeds to the Montgomery County Humane Society but admitted that he is “just speculating.”

      I suggest you try doing a little research of your own before you make a fool of yourself.

  2. Bill Cravener

    April 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Vick is a creep!! It’s a shame but George is probably correct, but I hope not!

    Hoki, Hoki, Hoki, Hy.
    Techs, Techs, V.P.I.
    Sola-Rex, Sola-Rah.
    Polytechs – Vir-gin-ia.
    Rae, Ri, V.P.I.
    Team! Team! Team!

  3. Local Guy

    April 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Let go of the anger and put forgiveness in your heart. I am a dog lover and a Hokie fan and I will welcome Michael Vick back to Blacksburg with open arms.

  4. Hokie Bird

    April 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Vick is donating the money from the autograph signing to the Montgomery County Humane Society.

    • Doug Thompson

      April 22, 2010 at 5:34 am

      That report is current speculation by the manager of the Tech bookstore and not anything official from Vick or his “management company.”

  5. griff

    April 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Ron Paul would never host dogfights. Ha – just f**kin’ with ya, Doug.

    Being an animal lover, words can not describe my feelings concerning Vick’s crimes.

    That being said, Vick has also pled guilty to the charges, did time in prison (paid his debt to society), lost significant amounts of money and lost precious years of playing time in the prime of his career. He is also a graduate of Virginia Tech.

    I think he should be allowed to get on with his life and what’s left of his career. He’ll take his lumps, as he inevitably will, but I don’t think any one should bar him from appearing at his alma mater, or from doing any thing else that is not illegal. Such as selling autographs.

  6. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    April 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Vick appears to be a very wise man as it appears he is flipping himself off.
    I can’t contain my rage at this [censored] but he has to sleep in the bed he made for himself.

  7. AustinRanter (AKA Gregg)

    April 22, 2010 at 12:15 am

    At least Vick can count to two….

  8. sjr

    April 22, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Michael ConVick “may” donate “some” of the money. Just another PR plow by Vick and his high priced PR team. Why in the world would anyone pay money for his signature?????

  9. H0K135

    April 23, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Oh, silly me, I forgot this was an opinion piece.

    Vick is a Hokie and as a member of such a community, let him live his life! We all know what he did was wrong, but what else do you want from him? Hello, Tiger Woods?

    I agree with griff and Local Guy. Despite his troubles, he’s a Hokie through and through, and gave us his greatest years at Tech. If we can support any other Hokie, we can support him.

    Get off your high horse, Doug.

  10. MerryMarjie

    April 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    When someone displays such horrid viciousness in his actions as Michael Vick, I don’t believe he deserves one more minute of limelight. Not only that, but the charity should refuse funds procured from a man who is signing autographs for money and whose true claim to fame comes from his brutality. The whole affair is so detestable as to be vomit-inducing.

    Doug, I have lurked here for many years and I don’t always agree with you, but you have it quite right this time.

    Y’all have a fine day.