Vick Hometown Celebration Cancelled, Will He Be In Atlanta?

5:11 PM, Aug 4, 2009   |    comments
A judge in Virginia has approved a plan for Michael Vick to repay $20 million to his creditors and emerge from bankruptcy. (AP Photo)
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ATLANTA --- A hometown celebration for Michael Vick in Virginia has been postponed, possibly for an appearance in Atlanta.


An organizer for the "Michael Vick Community Celebration" scheduled for Saturday said the former Atlanta Falcon quarterback informed him Monday he could not appear at the Newport News event because of a conflict.


President Andrew Shannon of the Peninsula chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference said Vick told him he had a commitment in Atlanta with the Humane Society of the United States.  Shannon did not know if the event was public.


A spokesman for the Humane Society of America told 11Alive Tuesday he had no comment on whether or not Vick will have an Atlanta appearance.


The Atlanta Humane Society issued a statement Tuesday, saying it has no affiliation with the national group and has no events scheduled with Vick.


Vick has been conditionally reinstated in the NFL after completing a 23-month federal sentence for running a dog fighting ring.  The Newport News celebration was to be his first announced public event since his freedom.

On Monday, Vick made a surprise visit to the Landstown, Virginia High School football team's first day of practice, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

Landstown coach Tommy Reamon coached Vick at Warwick High School in Newport News and supported and visited Vick while he was in prison.

Vick's nearly two hour visit included passing drills with Landstown receivers and a 15-minute talk with the team with no discussion of Vick's NFL suspension or jail time.


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