Is Geno Smith behind the petition to ban Michael Vick from the New York Jets training camp?
A Change.org petition calls on SUNY-Cortland, home of the training camp of the New York Jets, to bar the team’s new quarterback from stepping foot on campus. Michael Vick served nearly two years in jail on animal cruelty convictions in 2007 stemming from a dog-fighting ring overseen by the speedy quarterback.
“I love SUNY Cortland, and cannot abide welcoming this sociopath onto our campus with open arms,” states the petition to SUNY-Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum. “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.”
Change.org doesn’t list the name or group behind the anonymous entreaty. The petition, which calls Vick a “monster” and a “disgrace” in addition to a “sociopath,” has gained more than 3,000 signatures. It appears at Change.org under a split graphic of Vick and a dog disfigured by a mauling. It’s unclear whether the Jets have reached an agreement to return to the rural campus for their 2014 training camp.
Vick, who experienced a resurgence in his first years with Philadelphia, suffered from injuries, interceptions, and inefficiency the last two seasons. Nick Foles played remarkably in Vick’s stead, making the 33-year-old veteran expendable. Vick looks to compete with Geno Smith at the Jets training camp for New York’s starting quarterback job.
The second-year passer called Vick “my guy” upon his signing. But as Dan Leberfeld of Jets Confidential told Breitbart Sports, Vick “signed with the Jets because he sees a vulnerable starter he can beat out, so I’m not buying the mentoring stuff. He’s coming in because he thinks he will beat out Geno.”
Not if Geno, eh, I mean the Change.org petition, bans him from training camp first.