On Friday, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference announced that they would be honoring Michael Vick at their annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia this week. The president of SCLC, Charles Steele, said that they would honor, recognize, and pray for Vick.
Now, in a turn of events, the organization has backed off its vow to honor Vick. SCLC spokesman David Stokes said that there is not an award or honoring of Michael Vick.
Also Stokes said that Steele never had any intention of honoring Vick. “He was just reiterating the support for Michael Vick … that he was innocent until proven guilty,” Stokes said.
As of today, the convention, which will be ending on Wednesday, has not scheduled any special event for Vick.
However, State Rep. Tyrone Brooks said that Steele called him last week to discuss honoring Vick. But Brooks advised against it.
He told Steele to focus on the convention and that there were a lot of young people that need help, but Michael Vick should not be one of them.
Brooks, a lifetime SCLC member, also stated that Vick had not been a supporter of SCLC. He added that SCLC should not become his public defender.
“What has he ever done except throw a football, run a football?” Brooks said. “I don’t think he has done anything to deserve any special recognition.”