BALTIMORE, March 10 (UPI) — Philadelphia Eagles player Michael Vick should not have been given the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation prize at a Baltimore event, protesters said.
The Baltimore Sun said Wednesday nearly 100 protesters assembled outside a Baltimore banquet hall Tuesday night to oppose Vick serving as the Eagles’ representative for the annual award.
A single player on each of the 32 NFL teams is presented with the award every year for serving as a role model or for embracing principles such as courage or sportsmanship.
Darlene Sanders Harris, the organizer of Tuesday’s protest, was among those questioning the selection of Vick, who served a prison sentence for illegal dog-fighting, for the honor.
“I don’t think he exudes courage or any of the qualities they are looking for in an Ed Block recipient,” she said.
“I find it appalling to give this to someone that has gotten enjoyment from hurting dogs,” protester Barbara Goldstein offered.
The Sun said Vick, a backup quarterback for the Eagles, had no specific comments regarding the protest.
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