Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will not speak at a Greater Raleigh Sports Council event now that the event is being moved because of weather.
Vick was scheduled to speak Wednesday night at the annual Evening of Champions banquet. His appearance had sparked protest by animal rights activists, and viewers and readers flooded WNCN's website and social media sites with their views on the topic.
But the coming snow and ice Wednesday means the event will be pushed to Feb. 27. Rick French, chairman and CEO of the public relations firm French, West, Vaughan, said Vick had another commitment that day.
"Unfortunately we couldn't rework Mike's schedule to attend on that date as he has another engagement in Florida that day," French said in an email.
Vick hired French, West, Vaughan to represent him.
Vick, who is currently a free agent, played for the Atlanta Falcons and Eagles. However, in 2007, Vick was implicated in an illegal dog fighting ring, for which he pleaded guilty.
Harvey Schmitt, president and CEO of the Chamber, previously told WNCN the Chamber was aware the pick would be controversial. But he said the event was about highlighting local sports stars, and not focused on Vick.
"The recognition is not for Mr. Vick," he stressed.
"Mr. Vick has an interesting story to tell. It is one of an attempt for his personal redemption."