From USA Today
Michael Vick is expected to make his NFL preseason debut Thursday night with the Philadelphia Eagles. How he’ll perform after serving a prison term for running a dogfighting ring is one question. How the former Pro Bowl quarterback will be greeted at the game in Philadelphia is another.
J. Whyatt Mondesire, president of the NAACP’s Philadelphia chapter, said Wednesday that his group and others planned to rally outside Lincoln Financial Field in support of Vick.
“Just some folk walking around with some signs saying, ‘Leave him alone, Michael Vick should be allowed to play football,’ nothing elaborate. We heard some PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) people might come and try to make life uncomfortable, and we don’t want them to be out there alone.”
Said PETA national spokesman Dan Shannon: “We don’t have anything planned at this time. I’ve heard that there are going to be some local folks, sort of unaffiliated with PETA, on their own going out to do some sort of a protest. … But PETA isn’t taking an official role in that.”