Protesting protests

Vick
Vick
Posted: June 21, 2011

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

On Sunday, approximately 80 people reportedly showed up to protest Michael Vick's appearance at a memorabilia store.

According to NorthJersey.com, demonstrators shouted "killer" while Vick sat inside the store in Butler, N.J., signing various items.

Outside, many of the demonstrators held signs protesting Vick's involvement in a dogfighting ring for which he spent 18 months in federal prison. One sign read, "The Hand Signing Your Autograph Is Covered In Blood!"

Inside, the website reported, one fan told Vick he felt sorry for him. The Eagles quarterback quietly replied, "It ain't too bad out there."

But it wasn't too good either.

Vick was tried and sentenced 4 years ago. Since then, he has time in prison, filed for bankruptcy and lost all of his endorsements.

That's not exactly getting off easy.

No one should feel sorry for him. But at some point, shouldn't he be allowed to do the things other players do without a throng of protesters screaming for his head?

Apparently, not yet.

Protesters showed up last year in Baltimore when he received the Ed Block Courage Award. They've showed up at training camp. They've showed up at Eagles games - both at home and on the road.

Odds are they'll show up at his funeral too.

Enough is enough.

Can life get any better?

And now, the news everyone has been waiting for: Tennis star Jimmy Connors is writing an autobiography.

The question is: Why?

"A lot has been written about me, my family, my on-court behavior and my off-court life," the 58-year old Connors said in a press release from publisher HarperCollins. "Some of it is true, a lot of it is [expletive], and none of it is by me. This book is going to change that."

The next question is: Who cares?

- Tom Mahon

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