Michael Vick to Sign Autographs in Butler June 19

Philadelphia Eagles player to sign autographs at Butler Sports Cards, Inc.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will be coming to Butler to sign autographs at , on Main Street, on June 19.

Vick will be in the store signing photos, jerseys, helmets and more to anyone who purchases an autograph ticket, which begins at $90.

"He's the most desired autograph in all of sports right now," said Jeff Robbins, the sports cards and memorabilia store owner. "The No. 1 autograph that people want is Michael Vick. He came back last year and it was the first year that he was ever focused on football."

Controversially, Vick is known for having spent 18 months in prison after being convicted on charges of running a dogfighting operation. Some Butler residents do not agree with Vick's appearance and have formed a Facebook page to express their frustrations.

While Robbins said inviting Vick to the store does not mean he condones dogfighting, "It was three or four years ago, people do change. He's coming here to do what he's paid to do."

In addition to Vick's appearance on June 19, Butler Sports Cards, Inc. will be hosting New York Giants running back Danny Ware on June 3 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Autographs will cost $10.

jgurbisz May 24, 2011 at 11:57 PM
Haters gonna hate! Like the guy really needs the money from the $90 autograph tickets anyway.
Lisa Angelini May 25, 2011 at 02:31 AM
Enjoy your day with your hero, and don't forget to bring your kids, because they'll learn a wonderful lesson - a lesson of what life's really about. They'll see the reality that it really doesn't matter if they're ethical, responsible or lawful as they grow - it's all about status and money. If they can attain similar stature as Mr. Vick - they're golden! And don't forget to mention that whatever they do, God will forgive them, too! Only in America - LMAO!!
Vigilante Justice May 25, 2011 at 06:38 PM
I'll be there and bringing all my friends....TO PROTEST THIS SICK POS. Seriously, organizing it now....we are hiring a bus and will fill it with people who have not forgotten. VICK IS A KILLER.
Pgreen May 25, 2011 at 10:35 PM
OH I wish I lived close to Butler because I would be there in a heartbeat to protest!!!!
Elizabeth Smith May 26, 2011 at 01:14 AM
I think this is one of the most evil beings on this earth. Shame on America for allowing this evil being to function in society without having had a just sentence for the extreme abuse of those poor dogs. He should be shunned by society.
Elizabeth Smith May 26, 2011 at 01:20 AM
I think this is one of the most evil beings on this earth and should be shunned by society. Shame on America for allowing this evil being to function without having paid for the cruel torture he put those dogs through. I do not know how people can be in the same state as Vick far less get his autograph.
TimothyJames May 26, 2011 at 03:10 AM
You people make me laugh. You got 1 (possibly 2) players in the NFL right now who have been convicted of vehicular manslaughter and nobody blinks twice. Dante Stallworth took an innocent mans life while drunk driving and served 27 days in prison. That's right, 27 days! Vick served 2 1/2 years and has paid unknown amounts of money to animal charities for some animals. Now I'm a dog owner but know which battles to fight. Since when has an animals life become more precious than a humans. Think about this weekend while your eating your chicken, burgers and ribs. All innocent animals at one point before then ended up on your plate.
CR May 27, 2011 at 09:53 AM
Those of you who continue to have hate in your hearts for this man are worse than he was. If you're really concerned about his past mistakes, why not take the time to do some research and learn how he was raised to think that dog fighting was normal. I honestly love animals more than most people but I cannot hate someone who didn't know any better. He's paid his dues, is trying to help the animal abuse issue and y'all need to give the man a chance. Hate is a far worse sin.
ROBIN FOSCHINI May 28, 2011 at 01:35 AM
He should never have been allowed to play football again,. sports figures are role models for children too, so what do they learn, you can commit the most violent cold blooded heartless crimes, say you're sorry, and become a hero?? Disgusting. If more people witnessed the horrific torture and mutilation of those dogs that he did this too, they might WAKE UP to what he is really all about! No heart, not a shred of decency, sorry, but someone that depraved does not change, their personalities lack what we call heart and compassion.
T Zinger May 29, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Then let him take every penny he gets from this event & donate every cent of it to the animal rescue groups! A LOT of dogs suffered & he would still be doing it if he hadn't been caught!
T Zinger May 29, 2011 at 08:00 PM
How do you know we aren't also against those who killed others because they were driving while intoxicated. There's more than one type of POS. So his money to charities is supposed to make things better? I am sure he made a hell of a lot of money off of the dog fights than what he has "donated". Now that he gives money to the charities, is he writing this off? I bet he didn't pay income tax on what took in all of those years.. He owes a lot more & should be out there doing more than he does, for the animals. PS - I can't speak for others, but we believe that all animals deserve to live and not become someone's dinner.
Michael Osenni May 29, 2011 at 09:14 PM
So what else is he supposed to do T Zinger? He went to prison, he donates money to the appropriate charities, and speaks out against what he was guilty of. I also don't understand why you seem so focused on the money aspect. Vick earned enough money playing football to the point where I'm sure that the dog fighting ring he was a part of had nothing to do with money (not that that fact makes it any better or worse).
Jo June 03, 2011 at 02:49 PM
He can take his autograph and put it where the sun don't shine......
Flower June 03, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Why is it that Americans have no problem turning the other cheek when one of their sports "heros" does something disgusting and horrific? Whether it's beat his wife/cheat on his wife, steal, abuse drugs, or contribute to the horrors of dog fighting...America has no problem forgiving and acting like it's all OK "because he paid his debt to society." BS! I will be there to remind him how hated he still is and will always be! Shame on all of you for supporting him.
Carla Stowec June 08, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Only losers support Michael Vick the_rick!!! I wouldn't cross the street for him, unless I was allowed to bring a hand full of rocks! What a sorry POS!!!
Sherri Hicks June 08, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Once a cruel person and animal abuser/ALWAY a cruel person...and FUTURE HUMAN Abuser!!!! I wonder if anyone would be asking for his autograph if he had mutilated people instead of animals! Studies have proved that a psycho like him begins with torturing animals and then escalates to torturing humans....they become desensitized to the blood, gore and cruelty...completely separating themselves from the suffering going on right before their eyes! I say throw the bastard out of sports and FINE folks and HIM for signing autographs for a PROFIT!!!! UGH! He Outta have to work in a landfill the rest of his days....with steaming, stinking heaps of garbage all around him! He helped create it....he needs to see FIRST hand, the fruits of his labor! No telling how much of the dog fighting/massacre goes on because of his celebrity status and enthusiasm for the bloodsprt....GROSS!! Nothing is too bad for him as far as I am concerned!!!
mrs. solis June 09, 2011 at 12:10 AM
It is worth the time and efortt to go there. Because it's not like we're going on a "Witch Hunt", set him on fire and throw rocks at him; we're just Animal Lovers and protectors raising our voices in front of that IGNORANT- ROTTEN HEARTED "man", with the only purpose of letting him know that he has no Moral Values, Personal Ethics, No Love, etc. (that's why he does what does or did OR STILL DOING ¬¬), AND THEN WE CAN MOVE FORWARD!. :)
Jb Dean June 09, 2011 at 01:17 AM
Moved on? Paid his debt to society? People saying that 1] don't know the details of his crimes, 2] don't realize that he never served one day for dog fighting or animal cruelty and 3] that he hasn't changed and is only going through the motions. Psychopaths do not change because they CANNOT change. This is a medical fact. He did not go to prison for dog fighting but he should have gone to prison for the horrors that he put dogs through. I'm not talking about the horrors of dog fighting, that's horrible enough. But Vick did more than that ... MUCH MORE. He ELECTROCUTED dogs that lost their fight. He SLAMMED them REPEATEDLY against walls until they were dead, for losing their fight. He CUT THEIR THROATS, kicked, beat and pounded on them ... for losing their fight. AND he is on tape LAUGHING during it and making the comment that he got AROUSED while doing it. Now, if THAT is the kind of person you want ANYTHING from ... go for it! Enjoy sharing his glory, basking in his presence. Eventually you'll all wind up in the same place together anyway so it's now or ... then.
Jb Dean June 09, 2011 at 01:21 AM
And people need to remember that the ONLY reason he stopped was because he got caught and if he had not agreed to the terms of his sentence, he'd have been given a harder one. So, I see no proof of anyone 'turning their life around' because of God or anyone else. He's just going through the motions.
Jb Dean June 09, 2011 at 01:23 AM
If I lived closer, I'd be there with you! I'll be there in spirit!! ^q^
Jb Dean June 09, 2011 at 01:26 AM
Yep! And while he's getting all of these drooling fans clamoring for his autograph ... I wonder what his dog fighting and bait dogs are doing. Oh, that's right ... they're DEAD.
Jb Dean June 09, 2011 at 01:27 AM
Flower June 09, 2011 at 03:42 AM
There were many dogs that were seized and were able to be salvaged. But there are countless that weren't...who were tortured, whether by Vick or his people (remember, he claimed he didn't know what was going on at his own home) not to mention all of the animals that were used as bait. Cats, puppies, and other small animals. Yes, the losers were tortured and died horrible deaths. I would like Vick to experience what he put them through. I would like ALL dog fighters and animal abusers to feel the pain that they inflict on these animals.....I just can't wrap my head around the idea that he has been forgiven. He shows NO remorse. If he weren't a sports idol, it wouldn't be like this. He would be shunned and hated. So I don't know what's worse. I wonder if people would act the same if he was caught abusing a child? Probably. (And yes, I am comparing the two. Both animals and children are innocent creatures who cannot defend themselves and can be completely powerless.) If he beat a child, and "paid his debt to society" would everyone still be standing up for him? I look forward to standing united with my fellow humans who have hearts and souls to remind him how disgusting he is and that not everyone forgives him. I will be there for the animals.
Michael Osenni June 09, 2011 at 03:52 AM
There's a lot wrong here Jb. I'll answer your points in the order you made them to make things easier for you. 1-Don't know the details of his crimes Well, actually, I followed this case pretty intently and am well aware of the things that occurred during the case. I don't think anyone is saying that any of the things that he did were okay. Now you'll probably call me heartless or worse, but believe it or not some people don't place the same value in the lives of animals that you do. Was it depraved that he tortured (in no uncertain terms) animals? Yes. However, I'd rather have 20 dogs killed before a single human felt pain. If you want I can get into the specifics of my argument, but I'm sure you won't because every time someone makes a valid point on here, it gets ignored.
Michael Osenni June 09, 2011 at 03:54 AM
2- I've already responded to this. Why does it matter exactly what he served for? Regardless of the charge he was convicted before, he was going to be sent to a Federal Prison either way. Convicts often serve time in prison for only some of the crimes they are charged with. If you have a problem with this part of Vicks crimes, you have a problem with this aspect of the entire legal system. 3- Do you know what a psychopath is? Are you a trained medical professional in the field? You must be a very talented psychologist to be able to diagnose someone without having ever met them. Oh, wait, you must be, because you know that "psychopaths do not change because they cannot change" is a "medical fact".
JK Grace June 09, 2011 at 01:52 PM
I think the bigger question is: Why do we let professional athletes get away with any of these crimes and seemingly return to profitable careers without greater consequences. I absolutely believe there are more important things in life than money, but money seems to get these folks in trouble and we go right back to paying them million-dollar contracts. Drug abuse, sex scandals, unlawful weapon possession, dog fighting, steroids, and DWI offenses... all acceptable for pro athletes and we pay them to have these freedoms. I would rather pay the men and women fighting overseas for our freedom rather than the athletes. It also reflects poorly on the pros who aren't involved in such activities and reflects poorly on professional sports.
Rev. Vikki Anderson June 09, 2011 at 01:57 PM
I am a volunteer at a local animal shelter. It bothers me that we are having Michael Vick here in my home town of Butler. I know he did his time in jail, but will anyone ever forget the cruelty that was done to the helpless animals at his home, ever? I would prefer that Butler didn't host him, but that's not up to me. I suppose the public has to decide on their own.
Debbie O'Neill June 09, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Actually, Vikki, with all due respect, it is not up to the town - it is up to the store owner, and he/she is certainly well within his rights to do so. The public is, likewise, welcome to not participate by not going to the store for an autograph. Simple.
Flower June 09, 2011 at 05:59 PM
Yes, and shame on Jeff Robbins for letting dollar signs get in the way of morals. He claims he doesn't think what Vick did was right...........my a--! What it comes down to is that money speaks louder than morals and ethics. Shame on this small town business owner because he has now shown his town his true colors. He has not only lost customers, but he has lost much respect.
Debbie O'Neill June 09, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Hmm - speaking of "heart and compassion..." Robin, do you know how to say hypocrite?


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