KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A minor league baseball team has
dropped plans to hold a welcome party for Michael Vick.
The Kansas City T-Bones of the Northern League had planned to
have a Michael Vick "Welcome to the Neighborhood" night May 28,
complete with prison uniforms, spotlights and escape sirens. Other
events promoting caring for animals also were planned.
Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, is serving a
23-month sentence at the U.S. Penitentiary in nearby Leavenworth
after pleading guilty to federal charges related to dogfighting.
After receiving complaints about the promotion, the club
announced Friday that it will drop the Vick-related events and will
focus only on events that promote animal safety and adoptions.
"It was not our intent to be culturally insensitive," T-Bones
general manager Rick Muntean said. "We simply wanted to raise
awareness for what we think are great causes.
"We recognize that the health and well-being of animals is a
widely-supported cause of our fan base, so we're going to keep that
our only focus."
The night will include a dog parade, pregame dog adoptions and
entertainment by Rockin' Ray and the Sky Dogs.