Vick Receives Key to Dallas
Receiving the key to a city is considered a great honor around the US. Many have received this honor, but most have made great contributions to the area through some sort of charitable work and so on. So why did Michael Vick, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, receive the key to the city of Dallas during the Super Bowl weekend? That is a question that many are asking themselves today after the award was announced.
But there is a twist to this story and one that takes us into the depths of politics at many levels. Vick did not receive the official key to the city, that award is reserved for those that make contributions. He received a cheaper version that is allowed to be handed out by council members and other political figures. Most often this is done for celebrities and so on.
Gene Simmons, famed rocker with the band KISS and businessman, received a similar award in Dallas two weeks ago. These are known as token gifts and cost the city about $25 to have created. The actual key to the city is made of gold and crystal and is highly valuable to those that receive it.
But still many are questioning why Michael Vick, who admitted to torturing and killing dogs for entertainment, would receive such an honor. While it is true the Vick has cleaned up his act and is once again playing football, there are many who are angered by the honor bestowed upon him.
One man is particularly angry and was in the crowd for the ceremony. He took a shaky cell phone video of the event. He has a vested interest in Vick and what he does as he adopted one of the dogs that was severely abused by Vick and tends to keep tabs on the man around the US.
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