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Petition tries to ban Vick from Jets camp

Wherever quarterback Mike Vick goes, the boos and yells are likely to follow.  Since Vick's arrest for his dog fighting ring and subsequent 19-month stint in prison, he's had to defend his new image everywhere he's gone.  Now, it appears, Jets Nation is no different.

For the past several years, the New York Jets have held their training camp at SUNY Cortland.  There is currently a petition circulating on Change.org demanding that SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbuam ban Vick from entering his campus during training camp.  It's not very likely that the petition will prevent the newest member of Gang Green from participating in camp, but it certainly sends a message.  As of 6:30pm EDT on Wednesday, the petition had 12,436 signatures. 

The petition reads:

"Michael Vick has recently become a member of the New York Jets football team, which practices on the SUNY Cortland campus. Vick has served a short sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting conspiracy, but animal cruelty charges were dropped in return for his guilty plea. This does not mean, however, that his crimes should be forgotten- He tortured more than fifty dogs, attaching them to car batteries via jumper cables and throwing them into water to watch them drown, beating and hanging them, slamming their heads and spines into the ground until they died, setting them against each other in brutal fights, rendering them defenseless and using them as bait for training, and more. He is a monster and a disgrace, and has never once apologized. He has even admitted that he would continue to fight dogs if given the chance.

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. We are sending the message that, for money and publicity, we will turn a blind eye to the horrors of dogfighting. I don't want to be that person, and I don't want SUNY Cortland to abandon its principles so easily.

Please ban Michael Vick from the SUNY Cortland campus; send a message that we know what is right and will stand by it. I hope that you will consider this message seriously. Thank you for your time."

When reached, officials at SUNY Cortland refused to comment on the grounds that there is no guarantee that the Jets will hold training camp in Cortland this summer.  The Jets have an opt out clause in the contract that can be activated as early as 2014.

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