Dallas mayor pro tem Dwaine Caraway gave the key to the city to Michael Vick, the quarterback for the rival Philadelphia Eagles, causing an uproar among animal rights activists. In 2007, Vick was convicted of a felony related to a dogfighting ring and served 19 months in prison. However since we all know it’s been time to get over this hiccup, it’s good to see someone treating Vick with some respect for turning his life around. Maybe next time T.I. can really do such too.
“The message and the kids are far greater than all this response about, ‘Why give him the key to the city?’” Caraway told ESPNDallas Monday afternoon. “He is telling kids and exchanging with them the rights and wrongs of the things that he did and encouraging kids to further their education and to not deal with the drugs. To obey their parents and pick the people they hang around.
“That’s a message I would challenge anybody to say that not one kid across America shouldn’t hear from people in notoriety such as Michael Vick.”
Dallas mayor Tom Leppert distanced himself from the action later Monday.
“The action taken was not sanctioned by my office and was not an official ceremonial honor on behalf of the City of Dallas,” he said in a statement. “Official Keys to the City are presented by the Mayor, or an elected official designated by the Mayor, and reserved, on a limited basis, for an elected official of international status. Clearly, this was not the case in this situation and done without my knowledge or approval.”