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Mixed Opinions Surround Michael Vick Comedy Show

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New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick is in Louisiana this weekend, and not everyone is happy about it. Vick will be hosting “The Michael Vick Comedy Explosion” at the Strand Theatre Saturday night in Shreveport.

Local animal rights activists plan to protest the event. Attorney Dan Keele says protesters are against the venue for hosting the show.

"It’s possible to be able to elevate yourself above and beyond your past and to move forward into a positive direction."

“We have a problem with dog fighting in the Shreveport area,” Keele explained. “We have cases of animal abuse. This is not the place and time for the Strand Theatre to host Michael Vick.”

Keele says his group’s main concern is the comedians on the show making fun of dog fighting. But there are some who welcome Vick to Shreveport.

A “Forgiveness Rally” will also take place at the Strand before the comedy show.

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover hopes both groups hold peaceful demonstrations. He says he feels Vick has paid his debt to society, and his story is now one of redemption.

“It’s possible to be able to elevate yourself above and beyond your past and to move forward into a positive direction,” the mayor insisted.

He says Vick can have a life now of betterment and advancement form himself and other people as well.

Vick was jailed in 2007 for his involvement in a dog fighting ring. Since his release in 2009, he’s been a part-time advocate for animal rights and stricter animal cruelty laws, and he was scheduled Friday to talk to young football players at a football clinic at Independence Stadium.

Glover thinks Vick can give a very important message to the kids.

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