According to a rather testy-sounding message posted to Facebook, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce was aware that “some would disagree” when the group decided to host Michael Vick as a guest speaker at their 2014 “Evening of Champions.”
“The recognition is not for Mr. Vick,” Chamber president and CEO Harvey Schmitt told North Carolina NBC affiliate WNCN, while also declining to say how much Vick is being paid for his appearance. “Mr. Vick has an interesting story to tell. It is one of an attempt for his personal redemption.”
More than 64,000 people apparently think the free agent quarterback — who got out of jail in 2009 after serving 19 months for activities related to a brutal dogfighting ring, and renewed controversy last spring when he was spotted taking obedience classes with a recently acquired dog — hasn’t reached his redemption stage quite yet.
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